South Korean President Lee Myung Bak spent his school days in various hardships: in junior middle school, he barely maintained his studies by selling chrysanthemum cake, ice cream and fruit; High school can only go to night school and sell popcorn to make money during the day; When he was in college, he got up in the middle of the night, went to the vegetable market to clean up the garbage, and then went to school. His junior was arrested and imprisoned for organizing a student movement… Lee Myung Bak became stronger after all kinds of hardships. His mother’s education was an important driving force for him to rise up in adversity.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak spent his school days in various hardships: in junior high school, he barely maintained his studies by selling chrysanthemum cakes, ice cream and fruits; High school can only go to night school and sell popcorn to make money during the day; When he was in college, he got up in the middle of the night, went to the vegetable market to clean up the garbage, and then went to school. His junior was arrested and imprisoned for organizing a student movement… Lee Myung Bak became stronger after all kinds of hardships. His mother’s education was an important driving force for him to rise up in adversity.

children, you haven’t lost anything.

Lee Myung Bak’s mother didn’t go to school. She is a typical rural woman in South Korea. But she is called “new woman” in the village. No matter who has something to discuss with her, she can always come up with ways to solve many of our problems.

when Lee Myung Bak was in the third grade of primary school, his parents once brought his whole family to the school to help him participate in the sports meeting. Before the competition, the teacher said that as long as anyone ran into the top few, there would be a prize, and there were two pencils in addition to the certificate of award. For Lee Myung Bak, who often uses old pencil heads, what a huge reward two new pencils will be. He decided to try his best to win two pencils. Sure enough, Lee Myung Bak tried his best to finish third, winning a certificate of award and two new pencils. This is the first time Lee Myung Bak has got a new pencil in his life.

two new pencils were lost in the noisy crowd before they were hot in their hands. The young Lee Myung Bak tried his best to look around every corner of the playground, but he couldn’t find it. Finally, he sat on the grass and cried bitterly… At this time, his mother came up and patted Lee Myung Bak on the shoulder and said, “child, don’t cry, you haven’t lost anything.”

the mother continued, “don’t you still have a certificate? The pencil will run out sooner or later, but the certificate will stay with you forever to give you strength.” The words made the son stop crying.

work for nothing for the rich family in the neighboring village.

in the third year of junior high school, once my mother solemnly said, “you are not young now. Tomorrow, a rich family in the neighboring village will have a wedding. Go and do me a favor.” Lee Myung Bak’s first reaction was that his mother let herself go to a rich family to have a full meal because he didn’t have enough at home.

didn’t want his mother to follow up with another sentence: “but you have to remember that you can only help others. You can’t eat anything at will, and you can’t take anything with you when you go home!”

Lee Myung Bak hesitated not to go. First, he was wearing old clothes worn by his brother and was in a mess to go to the occasion; Second, I have low self-esteem and withdrawn personality. How to speak and do things in a strange family is a big question mark. But Lee Myung Bak couldn’t resist his mother and had to go to the rich people in the neighboring village to help. First, he looked timidly outside the door. At this time, he came out and bombarded Lee Myung Bak away without saying a word. People thought he was a beggar who came to beg.

the mother was not discouraged. A few days later, she asked Lee Myung Bak to go to a rich family to help with the wedding. Lee Myung Bak is desperate this time. Walking into his master’s house, he obviously felt that the surrounding people looked at his ragged self with strange eyes. They must think they find an excuse to eat a big meal.

Lee Myung Bak remembered his mother’s words and bent down to work hard. Even if the yard was full of tempting fragrance, he had no time to take care of it. When it was dark, the host family left him for dinner. Lee Myung Bak endured hunger and said, “thank you. I’m not hungry. I have to go home quickly.”

at this time, the host family had a good feeling and admiration for Lee Myung Bak. They took out delicious food and said they would give it to his mother. Lee Myung Bak quickly respectfully declined: “my mother asked me to work, not to take things!”

when Lee Myung Bak left empty handed, there was an unspeakable excitement. It turned out that it made people so happy without asking for return. In the past, he had a kind of vigilance towards the rich. Now a child from a poor family gets sincere thanks from the rich family, and most of Lee Myung Bak’s inferiority complex and withdrawn psychology disappeared in an instant.

“thanks to my mother, I set up a principle of dealing with the world bravely facing the reality!” Decades later, Lee Myung Bak thought of it and felt that his mother had asked him to help others for nothing.

Myung Bak, mom believes you are right.

Lee Myung Bak’s opportunity to study in university is hard won: he sold coolies on the construction site before the college entrance examination, and he had a high fever and was bedridden in the last few days; After being admitted to Korea University, I almost missed school, thanks to the vendors in the vegetable market raising money to raise enough tuition fees; When he went to college, he got up in the middle of the night every day to clean and transport the garbage from the vegetable market before he could go to school; In the last semester of his sophomore year, due to poverty, he applied to abandon school and join the army. He didn’t want his weak body not to be a soldier at all. Finally, he was forced to return to school.

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but Lee Myung Bak was restless. In his junior year, he was not only concerned about the living difficulties of his family, but also about the major political problems encountered by the country and nation. During the talks between the South Korean and Japanese governments in 1964, the South Korean side did not put forward any claim for compensation for Japan’s oppression of South Korea in history, and was eager to normalize the diplomatic relations between South Korea and Japan. The South Korean people were angry, and the protests of the demonstrations rose from wave to wave. As a student leader, Lee Myung Bak always rushed to the front of the demonstration team and was finally arrested and jailed.

one day in September 1964, Lee Myung Bak heard that his mother came to visit the prison and was very upsetI was uneasy in the. He is ready to be criticized. It is not easy for him to go to college. Now he has “made trouble” and ran into prison. His mother will be very sad and disappointed.

but not. When the mother saw Lee Myung Bak, she first looked at him, then quickly ran forward to grab his son’s hand, and then there was a silence… After a long time, the mother said as if she had made a great determination: “Myung Bak, mother believes you are right, do what you want!” Then she let go of her son’s hand, turned and hurried out of the prison.

during the 20 minute prison visit, the mother said such a sentence, such a word to comfort her son!

(flower love butterfly from Song Delu, figure 4 of times youth 2010)