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A problem is a chance to do your best.
‘A problem is a chance to do your best’ is a famous saying by Duke Ellington (1899-1974), a musician renowned for his timeless music. Although his famous saying originally expressed his attitude toward his music, it is also suited to the lives of us all.

Though everyone knows that hard times are bound to come, if we cope with the difficulty with strong willpower and concentration the problem will become an opportunity to develop our ability to do our best, and lead to a greater maturity of our capabilities.

In our last issue, I made an error which was careless of me. You might have read my correction article in this issue, which explains my fault. Someone told me that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. I know everyone makes mistakes and nobody can be perfect, but I think this was a very serious problem, because it was not a little mistake and it was careless of me. So, I beat myself up over it.

In the meantime, I read Duke Ellington’s famous saying. And I realized that to beat myself up is not helpful to me or the readers, as it does not overcome the problem. This being so, I will keep in mind the previous mistake and I, as Editor-in-Chief, will make a greater effort in editing the newspaper. Everyone, on occasion, makes mistakes and nobody can be perfect. But I want to make a promise to you. I will give a hundred per cent effort to publishing a better newspaper.

I think a previous mistake is an example of the saying, ‘A problem is a chance to do your best.’ So, I think this is my chance to look back over my attitude.

Everyone has hard times, and we do not know when hard times are bound to come. The last two weeks were hard times for me as Editor-in-Chief, because I did not know I could make this mistake. However, I have overcome that in order to publish a better newspaper for the readers.

Do you have a difficulty? If you do, change from seeing it as a difficulty or problem to seeing it as a valuable chance or opportunity.

by Ryu Seung-bong, Editor-in-Chief

Ryu Seung-Bong  nawow100@changwon.ac.kr

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