Lead The Way, Joseph Isaac Schooling

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2016

We salute Joseph Isaac Schooling for winning an Olympic gold medal and celebrate his unprecedented victory, a victory that can potentially go beyond just setting a new Olympic record.

As we rejoice as a nation, let’s look at how to leverage a seemingly impossible feat to inspire our country to even greater heights.

Success can lead to greater successes.

This historic feat serves as another reminder that we can overcome whatever challenges come our way with discipline, grit, and resilience.

Joseph’s 50.39 seconds-worth of achievement is the fruit of years of hard work, sacrifices and perseverance.

His rise to the top was also in no small way supported by his parents, family, household helper Aunty Yolly, coach and the community behind him.

In the same way, as Team Singapore continues to groom effective leaders, improve our systems, prepare ourselves to be future-ready, and work in unity and harmony, we can produce many more dream-builders and world-beaters like Joseph.

We do not have to win every race. Winning is not everything in life, having a winning spirit is.

It is the breadth of our dream, tenacity of our faith in it and the ability to take ever-improving action that will help us go farther and faster in fulfilling dreams in the sports of life.

Having a winning spirit can be a vital and an integral part of our economy and country.

It’s the “Majulah” spirit that our founding fathers had hoped to inculcate in our people, and people like Joseph are showing the way.

Thank you for giving us our first Olympic Gold and setting the stage for more and better achievements to come.


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