I used to think of networking as a dirty word, but now looking back, I can better appreciate the benefits of networking. Adam Grant’s Give and Take was instrumental in causing this mindset shift. I used to view networking as full of takers, just wanting to see how they can benefit. Now, networking to me is a bunch of people who come together to both give and also take, sometimes...Read More
“We have been gifted with 2 ears and 1 mouth – that surely shows us the ratio of talking and listening we have to do!” This has been a common refrain for those complaining about the ‘lost’ art of communication.
Particularly in this century where we feel hard-pressed for time and ever so tempted to ask people to get to the point, it’s no wonder listening...Read More
Growing up doesn’t feel easy. In the midst of #adulting, we realise we have opinions and preferences that we do want to express and be heard. These may require us to find ways to get along with others such that we can manoeuvre through this world with the support of people we value, while not becoming people pleasers.
Managing others especially our peers is an art. It’s...Read More
Ever wondered why the adults look like they know better? For starters, they do have the benefit of experience that is gained through living a longer time. That experience provides knowledge, reducing the fear of the unknown in decision making. Having also lived through failure, adults also know that failure in a particular situation is not the end of the world.
When we...Read More
The topic of building emotional resilience has been gaining awareness in recent years. Perhaps the older generation may dismiss this as weakness or an unnecessary skill since they coped just fine without it. However even though this generation has been privileged not to have to go through wars or the challenges of the past, technological advancement is a double...Read More
Ability to make money has always been top-of-mind for people across generations, but how many of us are able to manage money well? An unstable global job market over the last decade or so has forced Millennials and the younger Gen-Z to take a closer look at financial independence, literacy, and impact – for themselves and their children. Financial empowerment, which includes financial...Read More
Credits: Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
Control is but an illusion. For many of us who fear uncertainty, we try to prepare for all scenarios in life even though we know that’s impossible. Illness, retrenchment and accidents are all out of our control. We cannot avoid their occurrences, but can only be ready to respond when they occur. Being future ready ensures that, regardless...Read More
I come from a middle income family, graduated from an elite girls school, junior college and then a double degree from university. By society’s standards, I should be climbing the corporate ladder, working hard to earn big bucks. Being a non-conformist, I ended up only working full-time for 4 years before deciding that life was too short to be clocking hours at work for corporate...Read More
In my last week’s article, I wrote about what skills were necessary to survive in life. Looking back, I am not 100% certain that having the knowledge or being educated on these skills are sufficient. After all, it’s one thing to be book-smart, and another to be street-smart.
When I was in my mid 20s, I had friends asking me what they should do with their money....Read More