Preparing for life after graduation

So exams are ending in less than 2 weeks time, and that’s when real life BEGINS. I might have constantly mentioned about how excited I am and all and have educated myself to prepare for it, but it does not mean that I am fully ready. Unfortunately, the resistance is still acting upon me, and I haven’t practiced all the good habits (or taken out all the bad ones) that I really want to have. So, off the top of my head, these are what I want to start working towards:

  • Coming up with a concrete personal finance & investing plan (Which includes creating additional bank accounts and confirming my personal allocations from the beginning)
  • Developing my ebook/course on getting started on investing for young graduates (Which involves researching and content development)
  • Getting started on a more structured health & fitness plan (Which includes exercise & in the future, meal plans as well)
  • Coming up with a website for personal/professional use
  • Educating myself for my future job scope, careers, and personal projects (Which includes finding what courses I want to enroll for, personal biz dvp & canvassing, etc)

Can’t wait to get out of the bubble, not sure if I would be regretting feeling this way in a few weeks time. Haha. At least I still have my grad trip to look forward to first!!

Self realisation: Information Overload

My recent posts have been mostly about my observations about the world. However, this time it will be something that I have observed about myself. It’s a thought that has been nagging at me for a number of weeks already. Shall write it all down here to hopefully, put my mind a little more at ease.

I LOVE information, and I digest them from the following avenues: kindle, feedly, Facebook, Twitter, audible, podcasts, and YouTube. I educate and update myself a lot about A LOT of topics, from personal productivity, sucked, entrepreneurship, psychology, investing & finance, startups, career, business strategy, digital marketing, future trends, leadership etc. They are all topics that I am genuinely interested in.

However, I am pretty worried about the amount of information I have been taking in recently. While its true that I am curious over what I personally believe are more ‘practical’ subjects, I am afraid that it has evolved to a form of escapism for myself. At the same time, satisfying my curiosity has made me less guilty when I believed I should have been taking in more information instead.

Just hope that when I graduate, I will be doing more meaningful things and put my knowledge into good use. Also, I will need to find a way to perhaps, reduce the amount of information I take in or at least, structure it in such a way that I don’t mindlessly read/watch whatever that comes to my screen at that point of time.

But then again, this also reinforces my belief that I am more of a strategist/thinker than an operator/executioner. #random

Ahh life. So much out there to learn, discover, and be amazed by.

Self-Awareness

One insanely valuable thing I learnt from one of my favourite thought leaders, Gary Vaynerchuk, is the importance of self-awareness. It is not about the mystical philosophical awareness etc, but just simply about knowing what are your strengths and weaknesses. Some people have the luxury of knowing what they are good at and leveraging on that to do well in their lives, but the majority of us do not.

One simple (and fun!) exercise anyone can do is to meet up with the 10 people that are closest to them, and asking each of them what they believe what is his/her strengths & weaknesses. However, most people will not dare to share with their actual thoughts on what they believe are your weaknesses for fear of offending you. That is when you need to make it psychologically safe and let the other person know your rationale in doing so.

Only when you are self-aware, will you be able to leverage your strengths to go all out and do good for yourself and others, while hedging on your weaknesses at the same time. This can lead to an increased quality of life, happiness, and a bigger sense of purpose.

Stable when you are 25? Really?

Of course, choosing a company that provides you with the most amount of money, time, and recognition is important. However, so many young graduates out there are taking the short term view on their perceived road to success.

It’s only when you are young that you can afford to eat and live simply, for the promise of a higher purpose in the future.

It’s only when you are young that you do not have as many commitments, and therefore have more time to explore what you really want to do.

Wanting to be stable, simple, and rich when you are 25? Unless you have been working towards for it all your life, it’s something that does not come really easy.

It’s only when you are young, do you have the capability and ability to explore, learn, take risks, be unstable, and still bounce back stronger than ever.

Of course, there are many out there that need to take short term decisions because of their contextual realities. No problem with that.

But it’s the hundreds or even thousands out there, that would do much better if they understand that if you want to achieve a good quality of life and presumably, happiness, looking for stability right after you graduate might not be the best decision.

Just a 24-year old’s opinion.

Importance of Education

Some people just want to make it big in the world, to earn as much as possible, to promote as high as possible, to retire as fast as possible.

But, many need to realise that they aren’t doing enough.

Just learning the theories in school isn’t enough. Just doing the internship isn’t enough. Just having a full-time job isn’t enough.

People need to realise that constant education is the key to success. 

Sometimes, it doesn’t even have to cost money. Subscribing to an industry thought leader, watching an educational Youtube video, borrowing a book from the library.

And that’s just the first step.

 

The Resistance

Currently listening to a book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, and it talks about this invisible force called the Resistance. Basically, he conceptualises anything in our mind that deters us from moving towards closer to our goal as the Resistance, and encourages us to keep going despite it. Every single day of our lives, the Resistance is always working against us, to stop us from doing good work that will benefit the world.

What about work that will not necessarily do good for the world, like let’s say, an assignment or studying for a quiz for your degree GPA? Should you still work like crazy to overcome it? Giving myself tons of excuses to not go ahead with producing quality work since school started this semester, and quite worried about the eventual results that it will bring about. Of course, I did secure a job already, but does that mean that I should not be giving my 100%?

Some things to think about.

23rd February

Well, so a lot of things have happened since I last blogged. Somehow I can’t seem to make it a habit!

  1. Got a job. Feel really fortunate that I am able to secure a job at such a time when almost everyone else (besides the accounting Big 4 peeps) is still looking for one. Happy that it’s (somewhat?) close to what I really want to do, as its really a meaningful thing. Hope to network my ass off and meet Singaporeans in the entrepreneur community. While I am someone that is not very willing to move out of my comfort zone in the social space, I really do wish to make some good friends at my journey at ACE.
  2. Post exchange life. VERY NOT MOTIVATED. Can’t seem to move my ass to do any proper school work in NTU. Some say it is just post exchange life, but I think personally it’s more than that? I realised that university life and modules really do not aid my learning as much as real life, and I still very much hold the view that I rather use the university fees to take more concrete and practical courses instead. Well perhaps the social life is one thing, but that’s a subject for another day.
  3. Started an email subscription. Just like my investment sharing sessions, it’s free! Back to the point of contributing to society, I decided to start this as I find that many intelligent and smart people are unaware of the everyday happenings in the world today. If they can use their knowledge and think/apply critically to the real world TODAY, rather than after they graduate, they can accelerate their knowledge acquisition and skills even further.

That’s just the more, “on the surface” kind of stuff. Had some really interesting experiences during exchange, generated some internal conflict within myself about the strength of some of my existing friendships, and the thought of setting up some sort of paid course as a side business is still at the back of my mind.

On to greater heights. Till next time.