What type of minds do I want to have?

I had a chance to sit with research degree supervisors. It was fascinating to sit with them. Lucky thing for me is that even though I am affiliated to my School for my study, I am not caught up in politics and tension in the School. I have heard there are multiple incidences of horizontal and vertical bullying, as well as some senior leaders are abusing their powers. I see that as luck of leadership and resentful culture allowing these things to happen. Not many individuals can act professionally which is, to some extend, sad because they are trained healthcare professionals.

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.

John Tillotson

Genuine leaders among these research degree supervisors will share their perspectives and ideas which will encourage and enhance growth of each other. Other people talk about other people in critical manner, accuse others, complain others, and only talks about their own research. Sometime it adds on the story while others are showcasing their research.

Great minds discuss ideas.

Average minds discuss events.

Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosvelt

After the conversation with supervisors, I was reflecting on the things that we discussed. We discussed about their students which was great to hear that they are thinking about their students all the time. They remembered most difficult students which wasn’t a surprise at all. It was fascinating to hear their experiences and how they dealt with it.

Every great mind seeks to labour for eternity.

All men are captivated by immediate advantages;

Great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.

Friedrich Schiller

Majority of time, some supervisors discussed about politics. I was able to see some of them struggled to get through that and their workplace are not present to them anymore. I can imagine how unpleasant that is. Once they get into that, it seems very difficult to ask them to change their topic. Everything from there will be returning back to politics, especially several individuals among our School.

Great spirits have always encountered violent oppositions from mediocre minds.

The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.


Some supervisors were aware we can only change our reaction to what had happened whilst others cannot change their mindset/perspective because they are in the midst of it. Whether they are willing to see it different or not, is their responsibility.

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.

Washington Irving

After reflecting on this event, I want to train myself to have great mind. I want to share ideas and opportunities with those around me. I want to discuss purpose of life. I want to see how wishes can be turn into the purposes.

What kind of mind do you have?
What do you want to discuss with others?
What’s the purpose behind everything you do?

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