AIESEC “Developing Leaders” Conference


“Hey, AIESEC!  What’s up?” 🙂   Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion that focused on How to Be Successful in Your Career Path at the national AIESEC conference on a chilly morning in Hanoi.  Below are some notes that I promised to post on my blog.

A word about AIESEC…  It’s the world’s largest student-run organization. Active in over 1700 universities across more than 107 countries and territories, its international platform enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential for them to have a positive impact in society.  AIESEC has chapters in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). 

Food for Thought

  • The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. (Alexander Chalmers)
  • “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  (Confucius)
  • Work is love made visible. (Khalil Gibran)

Career Success

Career success is connected to matching abilities and interests to the task.  Studies have shown that job success is connected to personality traits.  Dr. William Revelle, a Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) professor who specializes in personality research.


How To Choose a Major/Career:  ????

What do you enjoy? (interests)

What are you good at? (abilities)

What do you value/find rewarding?

What are your goals?

Pursuing Money Alone Isn’t Enough to Make You Rich  

Q:  You’ve trained over 500,000 people and written 11 books on the secrets of your success. If you had just one sentence, could you summarise the secret of your success?

A:  I would say “it’s all about loving what you do… and doing the very best you can in that field.

I think everyone can be successful, but they have to discover what they are special at, what they love to do and really focus on improving it every single day.

Adam Khoo, Singaporean entrepreneur, best-selling author and leading motivational speaker

Commencement Speech at Stanford University – Steve Jobs (12 June 2005)

You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever–because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.

Video:  How To Live Before You Die

Transcript & Video 


Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

Learn to expect the unexpected!


A composer describes those moments when his work is at its best:

You yourself are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist. I’ve experienced this time and again. My hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is happening. I just sit there watching in a state of awe and wonderment. And it just flows out by itself.


CareerZone New York:  The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents.

California CareerZone:    A new way to explore exciting jobs and occupations that the Golden State has to offer and to learn about what career path interests you. 

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Dr. Mark A. Ashwill

Managing Director & Founder, Capstone Vietnam

Former Country Director, IIE-Vietnam  



Making a point...


Study Guides & Strategies in English and Vietnamese.

From Baby Superstores to Vietnam – Paving Roads to a Better Life by Jack Tate (part I & II)