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What does it mean to be a useful person?

Written by Father of the CQO, Phu Nguyen, author of "Story of the week" (Mỗi tuần một chuyện) series Translated by Hang Nguyen

Click here to read the original post written in Vietnamese.

It is commonly said that people who lead a useful life are those who live responsibly for the sake of everyone. This is not wrong, but first, you need to “be responsible for yourself”!

At first glance, this might sound selfish and self-contradictory, but it is absolutely realistic. If a person is irresponsible for their life, they will never be responsible for others. This is a truth, a seemingly simple lesson, but requires serious thought, perseverance, persistence, and awareness from a young age that will follow us for the rest of our lives.

To put this as a significant example, in the last two years when the global whirlwind of the Covid-19 pandemic raged, a message from doctors has been spread around the world on social media: "We work for your sake, please stay home for our sake!". That is life — sometimes you just need to be responsible to yourself in order to be responsible to the community by staying at home, wearing a mask to avoid a pandemic, avoiding the spread of the disease, and not being a burden to doctors and medical staff, your family and the society.

When we go to school or attend university, with hard work and self-discipline, we will do better. I myself experience and learn from my teachers and even my classmates, thus equipping myself with the initial "weapon" to confidently enter the school of life. The achievements you gain, first, bring the good to you. At the same time, it means you are not making those who care about you worry, instead, you are bringing joy to your beloved family, your grandparents, your fathers, your mothers, etc.

When we get old, we do the same. If it rains, we have to run home to avoid getting wet. If we get sick and have to go to the hospital, besides the pain we have to experience, we are bothering those who are taking care of us. Keeping ourselves healthy also means that we are helping and living for people.

It is that simple. We need to be responsible for ourselves to be useful. Nothing big, isn’t it?


Do you see yourself being responsible for yourself? If so, what are you most proud of? If not, where do you find yourself stuck? Please comment below, or don't hesitate to send a message to @bloomincrisis via Instagram/Facebook or email feedback to!


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