So recently I subscribed to a very interesting newsletter from Darren Hardy, founder of the Success! Magazine, so what it talked about today was how many people out there work 5 days a week so that they can rest for 2 days, but how a minority manage to rest so that they can work. Work, in this sense is not doing something that they dislike, but to truly do something where they are able to achieve, contribute, and grow at the same time.
Even with all the ‘contextual’ realities that people say will prevent them from being able to do such a thing, I truly believe that for such a developed and fortunate nation like Singapore, people are not happy or don’t feel satisfied in life because they settle. Not saying that it’s bad to settle for less of course, but if it’s the reason why your life seems so mundane, boring and unhappy even, there’s definitely something you can do to change it around, whether you are a university student or a working adult.
Oh and another note, I just read and reminded myself again about the power of vocabulary. No more using the word “lazy”. Worked well for me during JC, gonna make sure it happens again. Haha.
“Read everything about them. Write down things you can do to be more like them.
Remember you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with. But don’t forget they can be virtual mentors as well as real-life ones.”
Think this is some really good advice which I found from Business Insider! And it sounds really exciting too, virtual mentors and all. Haha. Now the only person I can think of is Anthony Robbins, now the fun challenge is to find 4 other people that I can model after and follow. Haha.
A lot of interesting things have been happening so far, helping out my friends with accounting which somehow is something I really enjoy, gaining interest into corporate finance and definitely most recently, the death of our Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew. Definitely a lot has been said about him, but I believe i have already prepared for the day that he would leave us already, and have privately gave thanks and appreciated what he has done already. Not everything needs to be posted on social media right? Haha. Still, its really a pity that he is gone, and I never had the opportunity to be around to be at his presence for a talk, etc.
With that said, I am pretty excited because I downloaded an app called List- Daily success from Android! It really helps to track and make sure I do my daily tasks in order for that tick in the app. Start small first, aim for bigger things in the future. :)
Anyway, its indeed quite worrying that I have had no luck with any internship yet. Still, I believe that good things will happen regardless, and having an internship right now will not affect whether I have a fulfilled life in the future #lifegoeson
Okay so quite a bit has happened since the last time I posted, most impactful being HOCC itself, which is essentially the inter hall dance competition that I took part in, for the second year running. Not sure if any of them would read this and/or others have posted this enough in their respective social media/blogs already, but it was such a memorable experience and that the journey that we all went through taught me so much about perseverance and definitely, exposed me further to dance. Personally, I guess its pretty hard cuz everyone has our own lives etc, but it would be good if Audancity is able to stay together even months after this and we are able to support the next batch of dance people well, regardless how busy we might be etc. With that said, it is really quite weird even now that dance is over, I would still be doing those random dance moves when walking around. Haha.
Also, a sincere wish to all out there who are facing crap out there, be it due to work, relationships or internship (Which I haven’t got yet hahah noo). It sucks seeing my friends feel the way that they are, and not being able to help. Really makes me wonder if I should be a finance student or someone involved in personal development instead.
Lastly, HOCC ended 2 weeks ago, which I guess was a good enough reason for me to sacrifice certain things etc cuz of the schedule etc. However now that it has ended, I really have no excuse to not continue the positive habits I have made for myself since school started, even something as simple as 30 push ups a day. Glad that watching Ah Boys to Men with the Vega peeps have somehow jolted the inner muscleman in me (HAHA), and I am continuing that right now. However, looking to jumpstart other habits and actions as well, such as reading 10 pages before I sleep, writing emails to people I admire, etc. As Darren Hardy wrote in his book, success doesn’t come by doing all the big stuff when you are motivated, it’s about doing all the small things even when you feel demotivated. The whole world can be working against me right now but I am so sure that as long as I do the right habits and constantly move out of my comfort zone, I don’t have to worry about what the future entails, because what I want to achieve will definitely follow.
Started the day with sore muscles, but glad I still managed to force myself to get up to hear Jane Woodall live, with her talk about the environment and how we as young people have all the power to save it. Additionally, what she said about how success = preparation + opportunity really struck me. While you might not always be successful all the time by being hardworking, you will never succeed without hard work, simply said.
Also, recently found out on Facebook that my ex junior from band discussed a similar topic during his (valedictorian?) speech. So happy for him that he managed to achieve so much!
Got a call from JP Morgan later on in the day too, which really highlighted this point. While I did prepare for the interview in terms of researching the company etc, I did not prepare for every single question available and hence the interview did not come about as well as I hoped. The opportunity was there, but I guess I was not able to make use of it fully. Now we’ll see if it was enough haha.
On a side note, got into UK for the exchange program. Really excited! But so much stuff to settle first. Arghh.
Read a Facebook post about an hour ago, and what the point my friend was trying to bring across really struck me which is, does whatever you say have MEANING to you? Many times we tell ourselves we will lose the weight, start that business, start investing etc, but somehow we never commit to whatever we set out to do. However, if you switch your mindset and tell yourself that whatever you say is LAW and you will do it whatever it takes, your life will definitely change.
I made my first loss on a trade last week, $2500 to be exact. While this might not be a lot compared to other people, it was about 30% of my portfolio all on one trade.
Did I regret whatever I did? No. Others might complain and feel super frustrated with whatever that have happened, but I chose to look at this experience as a lesson learnt instead, with regards to what I should do, what i shouldn’t, and how can I improve my strategies and actions to make sure this doesn’t happen again. After all, it could have been more than $2500?
After all, it’s all in the mind.