Posted by La Salle Catholic College, Bankstown
on 9 July 2019
Recently Nass Aoun, one of the College's highly successful alumni, generously gave of his time to return to LaSalle and speak to students about how they can live their lives with commitment and confidence to find success.
This was a wonderful opportunity for students to hear about the values, practices and intrapersonal qualities that can guide our young people to lead meaningful lives after secondary school.
Even better, Mr Aoun stands as a reminder to students of the heights individuals from our school community can reach once they have been instilled with our foundational Lasallian values.
We thank Mr Aoun for his time, and have provided excerpts of his address to the College below.
"Just being here, I think, is a major advantage because of the path LaSalle sets its students on as a matter of course.
I am, of course, referring the College's three principles, that everyone in the hall should know. These principles are Commitment, Confidence and Success. These principles are there to be understood and applied, not only during school but outside school as well.
You might not realise it while you are at school, but you will one day look back and realise how important they are. I know they have been instrumental to me, both in my personal life and in setting up Flexi Africa, and I would like to take a few moments to reflect on each of them and what they mean to me.
Commitment is my favourite principle because it is about dedication to a cause you truly believe in.
It reminds you not to waste time on nonsense and concentrate on the important things in life; to create something you have dreamed of and to make the things that are important to you work.
I made a commitment after school that I wanted to change something for the better and I found that passion when I went to Africa and started a venture to improve African lives by improving local businesses' export opportunities.
Staying 100% committed to your goal is one of the most fundamental principles of success. The goals can vary from leading a healthier life, having a better relationship, or improving work results, but the commitment remains the fundamental ingredient.
Confidence will come naturally once you proceed down the path you have committed to, but it requires some work and means taking small steps that leave a lasting sense of accomplishment. That includes even small successes here at school.
As your confidence grows, you'll find yourself more driven to stretch your abilities.
Of course, you will still have those "what-if" moments before any new venture: "What if I fail?"; "What if I embarrass myself?"; "What will my parents and friends think of me if I fail?".
But as your confidence and self-assurance grow, those thoughts will come less often or no longer be paralyzing when they do. Instead, you'll be able to grin and act anyway, feeling energized by your progress in pursuing goals that mean something to you.
To do something that you never have done before requires confidence.
It is Important to see possible successes and banish potential failures. It is important to stick to the plan. You do not want to live in a world of could have, should have and would have.
Finally, we have Success.
They say driven people are driven by goals, but I have personally learnt that much of life's happiness, much of our feelings of fulfillment come from the realization we are "walking the path", rather than reaching our destination.
Success must be found each day, sometimes even in small accomplishments. We must find success in the little prizes, like learning something new in class and developing positive habits, of getting past our own self-imposed limitations and milestones.
We might not notice it by looking at them, but successful people are constantly improving, growing and setting new benchmarks for themselves each and every day. Successes in their lives, no matter how large or small, have equal value, with one being no more important than another.
LaSalle's three principles of commitment, confidence and success form a perfect circle. They strengthen each other. They helped me, and they will help you if you let them."
Nass Aoun, Co-Founder of Flexi Africa
Nass Aoun is the operations expert behind Flexi Africa, making sure all the wheels and gears turn correctly and on time. Nass graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Management from Western Sydney University. He brings the most up-to-date and recent business operations tactics to the table. A strong executive with a clear and direct communication style, Nass is the team's stabilizing element. Any good company need to experience explosive growth, but if a firm in any industry grows too fast, it can collapse under its own success. Therefore, Nass is here to make sure the operational timing of all growth is right by staying in constant communication with all stakeholders, around the clock, in different parts of the world. Nass speaks Arabic, French, Mandarin and English and uses his linguistic talents in service of Flexi Africa's growth.