Last evening I was discussing examination pressure with a group of students and scholars from mainland China. A first year student brought up the popular book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. He explained how one of those habits - being proactive - may help. A research assistant picked up the thread and the two of them recalled the seven habits.
I was amazed. Not by the book. I was aware of it, and felt the ideas were kind of common sense. But I was impressed that these young people seemed genuinely interested in learning and applying these self-improvement methods.
Sadly, I have not met too many young people from Hong Kong who seem to have the same enthusiasm in reading and thinking.