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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

This Is Success

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - MORNING


  4. Lying in bed, PETER is thinking.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've become so rational that if I dreamt something not right, I'd correct it to make it right.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my last dream, I've succeeded in doing that.


  8. Peter checks Quora notifications.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Recently, I've entertained dozens of answer requests on success.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.): All want to succeed, but most people don't know how.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since the year 2000, I'd conclude my talks by sharing the success formula.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK

  16. INT. LECTURE THEATRE - DAY (1999)

  17. Among other STUDENTS, Peter (45) follows a PROFESSOR's delivery.


  18. PROFESSOR: There are 3 essential elements to succeed: (1) Value, (2) Capacity and (3) Support.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PEPROFESSOR (Cont'd): To succeed, we need to align value, build capacity and lobby support, through effective persuasion.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.): I can understand the conceptual analysis. To help enact bills, I do all of that all the time.


  23. PROFESSOR (Cont'd): In certain situations, just capacity and support would suffice.


  24. Peter is in thoughts.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Aligning value is never easy as people don't change their biases, despite persuasion. No matter can please all.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, if a matter ought to be done regardless, it can be done with strong capacity and support.


  28. RETURN TO PRESENT


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He's a Harvard Chair professor. But the simple Harvard model doesn't seem to be documented anywhere.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, as a takeaway for my audience, I always share the knowhow with them.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But knowing how doesn't mean that one will succeed.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Through practical application, I've found out that the necessary and sufficient element is the element of support.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If support isn't there, one won't succeed, despite one's right value and capacity.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): An allied issue is whether not being successful equals to failure which suggests permanency.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To enhance the probability of success, one has to treat not being successful as a temporary setback.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But even if one is positive and patient, one may not get support after all, as circumstances are dynamic.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a fact of life that many right people don't happen to be in the right place at the right time.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Support is quite outside one's control.

  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That explains why somebody can't be somebody.


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. BEDROOM - EVENING


  52. Peter checks a Quora notification.


  53. PETER (V.O.): What's the greatest secret about success? That's the answer request.


  54. Peter adjusts the position of a small fan near him to face him directly.


  55. PETER (V.O.): I can share that greatest secret too. It's the windfall support one gets.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The one who gets the windfall support can become somebody.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having talked so much about success for so long, I've got tired of it. I just focus on making myself a value centre.


  60. Turning on his mini hifi system, Peter listens to oldies while working on a laptop.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Surrounding myself with positive vibes, I'm the right person in the right place at the right time now. This is success.


  62. .FADE OUT.


  63. THE END


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