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This blog post is part of the “Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain” movement that started on the SCN a year ago. It is also my first blog under the new SCN. Just likeSusan Keohan , I registered myself in this table a while ago without anyone specifically naming me. It is mentioned by Steffi Warnecke ‘s blog Blog It Forward – Steffi Warnecke, and now to carry on the super chain.

Introduction

My name, Gordon Du, is clearly not a Western name. I have checked online and so far I have found everyone with the same last name like mine is Chinese.  My complete name given to me at birth in Chinese is GuangHui Du. My Chinese first name (Guang) means Light as in “The Ray of Light” and (Hui) means “Gathering”. In a way, my name indicates I am the one who is willing to gather and bring light together whenever it is not very bright or things might not be going right.

My home town is Tianjin – the fourth largest city in China. It ranks #8 in the world when considering the city’s total population. At the end of 2010, approximately 285 Fortune 500 companies have set up base there. I miss Tianjin very much.

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In 1999, I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with my family. As you might know, Vancouver had been named the best place to live in the world for several years. Although my second home is very different from Tianjin, I love the city of Vancouver also.

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My son Mason Du, was nominated for the “Top 40 Under 40” in 2012 by the Ottawa Business Journal, and his name can be found in the article of Forty Under 40 recipients show ‘Ottawa has a great future ahead’ – Local – Ottawa Business Jo…. He has much greater potential than I do, and has started his career in a great fashion.

I have been ranked number one amongst all contributors in SCN since early 2012. About 2 months ago I fell behind Jürgen L. in points. However, since I started my SCN membership in 2008 and he first enrolled in 2005, I think I am still leading the whole SCN contributors in term of average points per year.

You may find more info about me related to SCN through:

A Personal View of SCN From A Top Contributor,

How SCN Changed my Life, and

CommunityPROFILES – Introducing Gordon Du, SCN Topic Leader


Here are the posting from my best friend Zal Parchem ever made just through SCN:

GORDON DU HITS 50,000 POINTS – What can we say, Gordon???, and

GORDON DU HITS 35,000 REWARDS – Congrats and Thanks Gordon.

If you know Chinese, you may also find this: 新版主介绍:Du, Gordon

To summarize my entire experience with SCN into a bottom line:  It is a great place for me to add value in helping others. I obtain a good deal of satisfaction knowing that many members can get assistance from me in order to learn and then move forward.

Question from the chain

To answer the questions from the chain, here you go:

I. Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

More than one person has affected my career and my way of thinking. If only one name can be given, the first name which comes to mind is Lei Feng. When I was a child, Lei Feng stood for selflessness, modesty, sincerity, and always having a willingness to serve others. I made up my mind to follow his example. The acts of selflessness and serving people will be practiced throughout my entire life. I hopefully have never failed to help others whenever they had a need and I had the ability to assist them.

II. If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

The first super hero which came to mind was Superman. Then I checked this online superhero questionnaire to verify exactly which super hero I could be according to my personality. After answering the questions, I obtained the following result:

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
95%
Superman
90%
Robin
74%
Supergirl
67%
Spider-Man
65%
Iron Man
65%
Wonder Woman
62%
Hulk
45%
The Flash
45%
Batman
40%
Catwoman
15%
Hot-headed.  You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

III. Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

  1. To have no regrets when I face eternity.
  2. To be an expert in a field which is in the top of its industry.
  3. To help make sure the next generation is better off than mine.
  4. To never stop learning (up until the last minute of my life).
  5. To contribute to a better world by starting with the betterment of myself.

Blogging it forward

I want to see the blogs from the following persons

Zal Parchem

Rahul Moundekar

Jimmy Michael

Kennedy T

The following questions are listed so that you can select 3 among them to answer:

1. How will you leave the world a better place?

2. What is your philosophy of innovation and how do you help others to innovate?

3. What is the project that you are most proud of in your SAP life?

4. What do you enjoy most about your work and why?

5. Name the person who affected you most in your career/way of thinking and why?

6. If you had a “bucket list,” what would be your top 3 items on the list?

7. Where is your favorite place? Why?

8. Where would you like to travel to on vacation if you had no restrictions?

9. What is your professional life dream?

10. If you were 20 again, what would you study?

If the list could not satisfy you, you may search the exiting blogs to find any previous questions to answer.

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  1. Susan Keohan

    Hey Gordon, congratulations on being a real self-starter!  And good for you for not waiting for someone to BIF you.  For what it’s worth, I am a green lantern too. 
    I am not sure what that means 😉

    Cheers,
    Sue

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    1. Gordon Du Post author

      Thank you for the fast response. I have checked the Green Lantern is similar with Superman but one of the earliest.

      Gordon

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  2. Jürgen L

    Of course you are the true SCN leader, no doubt about, I only past you because you have got stronger challengers within your space than I currently have.

    But we need to cooperate sooner than later, as we might drop to 2 and 3 in future, there is a quick woman who even beat me to be the first with liking your BIF. Keep up the great work and spirit you give to the community.

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      1. Julius von dem Bussche

        I also saved the world (and all SAP_ALL super heros in it) 3 times already from complete authorizations melt down.

        I feel entitled to 50% commision on all points earned by SCN developers who migrate to the new SAP_ALL and SAP_NEW roles… (the old profiles are replaced by roles now – might want to assign them…).

        Cheers,

        Julius

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    1. Gordon Du Post author

      Thank you for all that you pointed out. I have noticed also a quick women points added faster. We should cooperate now to have a healthy competition environment.

      Gordon

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  3. Julius von dem Bussche

    My cat Heidi is still busy writing her BIF in which I might hopefully be able hold a stage prop if lucky, but I liked your question # 2 as I head a development team and also do consulting where the customers have organizational problems of this type.

    **  2. What is your philosophy of innovation and how do you help others to innovate?

    In my development team the innovation borders even on a problem because the application implementation experience is sometimes lacking and customers are resistent to new things when it works manually but have lots of fancy requirements…

    How do you deal with this in the context of your work? You asked the question, so I assume you have thought about this as well so this particularly caught my eye.

    I also find it cool that you BIF yourself independently. The BIF is otherwise a pyramid scheme IMO (like the childish points system) which thinks there are endless returns to scale which reach (points) nirvana instead of a quality of life and inovative improvements.

    Would be interested on your thoughts.

    Cheers,

    Julius

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  4. Tammy Powlas

    Great BIF and I especially like this:

    When I was a child, Lei Feng stood for selflessness, modesty, sincerity, and always having a willingness to serve others. I made up my mind to follow his example. The acts of selflessness and serving people will be practiced throughout my entire life. I hopefully have never failed to help others whenever they had a need and I had the ability to assist them.

    What a great role model and such a nice way of how being helpful and kind to others.  I remember your saying too after helping others you always said “thanks”, like it was great to help someone.

    Tammy

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    1. Gordon Du Post author

      Hi Tammy,

      Thank you for your comments. I am sure you are the future top contributor in SCN if you keep the same rate as of now.

      Helping other would make us happy. Don’t you agree?

      Gordon

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  5. Jitendra Kansal

    Hi Gordon,

    Welcome to BIF family. 😆

    my name indicates I am the one who is willing to gather and bring light together whenever it is not very bright or things might not be going right.

    fantastic !!!

    enjoyed reading your blog.

    Rgrds,

    Jitendra

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  6. Ramakrishna Dadi

    Great Blog.. Nice to know more about you and your achievements.

    “my name indicates I am the one who is willing to gather and bring light together whenever it is not very bright or things might not be going right.”

    Amazed to see the coincidence of meaning of your name and Your Helping Nature.

    Thanks for sharing..

    Regards,

    Rama

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  7. Jason Lax

    Great to know more about you.

    I took the Superhero Personality Quiz, hoping I would get MacGyver, but got the Hulk instead…interesting.

    I left Canada 11 years ago, spending an amazing a year in China on the way to where I live now. Where I grew up may always be my true home and I wonder if you ever consider returning to Tianjin (Haigui)?

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    1. Gordon Du Post author
      If possible, yes. However, for 14 years, it would be extremely difficult to return. In few more years, retiring there might be my option.
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  8. Ravi Sankar Venna

    Thanks Gordon Du

    You are such an incredible personality and you are the top contributor on SCN for many years. You are inspirational and role-model for many SAP community members. I can still remembers the days of 2009, where you always stood top of the list of SDN contributions. It is great pleasure knowing you and great pleasure to know you.

    Best Regards,

    Ravi

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  9. Amit Kumar

    Dear Gordon,

    Nice Blog…Specially meaning of your Name “Ray of light”. You are always here (SCN) for giving solution to the SCN Users. keep resolving and updating us with new blogs and solution.

    Regards,

    Amit

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