During the two weeks of the IBO, I met various friends from different countries, and saw a bigger world. I also realized that there are so many more great men than I had thought. Most of them not only have one or two foreign languages, but they were very sociable. In addition, they are really passionate and do their best to acquire their great abilities. I know that it is faithfulness that we must have now to make our dreams come true. I would like to tell you the story of what one Korean, Ban Ki-Moon, achieved with faithfulness.
On December 14, 2006, Koreans proudly watched Ban Ki-moon’s inauguration as UN Secretary General. It was a historic moment to see a world leader who was born in Korea. And it was the greatest moment for Mr. Ban himself when his dreams came true. Born in a small city in 1944, he was a diligent student, always looking toward his goal. More than anything else, he studied English very hard. He even used to walk nearly 10 kilometers daily to a factory, in order to practice speaking English with Americans. With those efforts, he won the top prize in a US-sponsored English essay contest.
This inspired him to choose his career a diplomat. While working as Foreign Minister he focused on studying French, another official language in UN meetings. It helped him become UN secretary General. What can be learned from his success? Go for your dreams and continue to work hard.
Ock Jin-Young firstname.lastname@example.org
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