We often measures success using only two yardsticks – wealth and power. Supposedly, the more digits one’s bank account has and the more weight his or her words carry, the higher they are in the success chart. That’s an erroneous thinking.
Success should not be confined to these. There are other metrics we should use to measure success such as our well-being, inner wisdom, ability to celebrate life and willingness to give back to society. These are much more meaningful than wealth and power.
This is why we make it a point to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) a big factor in our business structure. The Hiichiikok Foundation, the Centre For A Better Tomorrow (CENBET) and Anderson Market Analytics (AMA) are among the key initiatives in our CSR outreach. The Hiichiikok Foundation runs a children’s home in Kuala Lumpur, provides free tuition for the underprivileged and offers scholarships. CENBET promotes moderation and good governance while AMA conducts market surveys, especially on social issues.
Many entrepreneurs who have made their money do not hesitate in giving back to the society. Tan Sri Vincent Tan of Berjaya Group for example has donated tens of millions of ringgit to orphanages, old folks’ home, animal shelters, local performing arts groups and charitable funds under media organisations, among others. Last month, retired corporate figure Koon Yew Yin announced a donation of RM50 million to build a hostel for Universiti Sains Malaysia campus in Penang. There are many others.
But there are also some misers around. Despite having accumulated sizable wealth, these people find it hard to part with their money. But I think true success is finding joy in giving back to society at the same time as you accumulate material wealth.