Creating Isn’t Easy

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One of my favorite movie scenes of all time comes from the film Limitless. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie – a down-and-out loser who’s struggling in his career as a writer. He comes across NZT-48 – a “smart drug” that lets him access 100% of his brain instead of the usual 10% (this is a myth, but hey, it’s a movie). He swallows the pill, and suddenly he’s the most productive, creative and … [Read more...]

Two Readers Share Their Money Struggles

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Okay people, it was International Women’s Day this week. We male financial bloggers aren’t known for our social skills around women, so I decided to try something a little different and let them do the talking this week. Last week, I asked my female readers to share their biggest challenges about money. I picked two stories that really stood out to win one free ticket each to The Future Is Female … [Read more...]

Upcoming Event: The Future Is Female

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I have a love-hate relationship with email. On one hand, I love getting emails from my readers. I love your insights, your comments, and the great questions I get every week. However with the volume of emails I get, it’s also super hard for me to carry out a decent email conversation with any given person. Email is awesome when your question can be answered with 1-2 sentences. However, it sucks … [Read more...]

The Easiest Superpower To Learn

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Last week, I found myself standing in front of a crowd of ten people. Everyone was staring at me. One guy was frowning. I was feeling a little jumpy. I wondered whether my fly was open. Crap – I couldn’t remember my opening. I had no idea what to do with my hands. I remembered that “thought leaders” usually touch the tips of their fingers together, so I did that. “Okay,” said the coach. “You … [Read more...]

A So-Called Singaporean Love Story (Told In Corporate Jargon)

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“FYI pls,” Mr Tan said, “I’d like to introduce Siew May, who will be joining our headcount as per today. Tks.” Siew May implemented a smile as she shook hands with her new colleagues. “It’s a pleasure to establish introductions with you,” she beamed. Boon Keong received a notification on his shoulder – it was his buddy Tim. “Bro,” whispered Tim, “She’s not wearing a wedding ring. There is a … [Read more...]

What I Learnt From 4 Weeks Of Personal Training

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I’ll let you in on an embarrassing secret. Last year, I really wanted to build some muscle and “get fit”. I was too cheap to pay for a personal trainer, so I got hold of a copy of the Bikini Body Guide (BBG). As you can tell from the name, it’s a self-run fitness program. For ladies. I tried the first session and almost died. Somehow, I managed to stumble through 6 weeks of hell training, … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Gamble

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This Chinese New Year, one of the coolest things I saw was watching my 6-year old relative play blackjack. She played hand after hand, elbows on the table, her brows furrowed in concentration. Whenever she hit 21, she would smile, proudly show her cards and go “YAY!!”. I was fascinated by this young lady who could quickly add up the values of her cards, strategically decide to hit or pass, and bet … [Read more...]

Which Air Miles Card Should You Get First?

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Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Sometimes I like writing about the specific tools and resources that I use. Email me to let me know if you’d like more posts like these! Last year, I blogged about how I redeemed a Singapore Airlines Suites ticket to Zurich. Since then, I’ve been getting requests to blog about more tips and tactics anyone could use to earn miles and redeem them for free … [Read more...]

SMART Goals Are Sooooo 2016

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Ugh, I swear if I read another life-coach blogpost talking about “SMART goals”, I’m going to stab myself in the eye with a plateful of ikan bilis.  Today, SMART is THE cliche of the personal development world. It’s the equivalent of a student ending his essay with, “…And then he realised it was just a dream.” It makes us all roll out eyes. All my life, I’ve been setting SMART goals like “Get a … [Read more...]

New Talk: Money Or Love?

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Check out this NUSWhispers post from a girl who’s torn between two guys: Guy A: A rich gentleman who drives a BMW and wines and dines her at restaurants Guy B: Her boyfriend who’s serving his NS and takes her to Swensens and Ajisen On the surface, it’s easy to judge the girl for even thinking of leaving her current boyfriend. How ungrateful! He’s doing his best to save money now to afford … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide To Achieving An IPPT Gold

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It started with a T-shirt. While trying on T-shirts at Uniqlo, I realised that not a single M-sized shirt could hide my proudly protruding belly. Aren’t these changing room mirrors supposed to make you look more attractive than you actually are? Ugh. It was time to do something about it. I didn’t want to do the usual “join a gym, pay lots of money, fall of the treadmill (literally)” cycle that … [Read more...]

What A Hip-Hop Dance Group Taught Me About Rejection

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A friend randomly texted me this week saying that he watched Jia Jiang’s TED talk “What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection” and he thought of me: (If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s about this introverted Asian guy who wanted to inoculate himself against rejection. So he did an experiment where he filmed himself asking ridiculous requests from random people for 100 days). It just so … [Read more...]

Maybe You Don’t Have To Be Number 1

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So part of my new Sunday housework routine (#marriedlife) is that I listen to podcasts while mopping the floor and washing the toilets. Last Sunday, I came across this excellent 3-hour+ episode of the Tim Ferriss Show with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH). Who? His name may not be immediately familiar to you, but he created the programming language Ruby On Rails, is the founder of collaboration … [Read more...]

The Power Of Enthusiasm (Or Why Aunties Make The Best Promoters)

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So the wifey and I were at the supermarket this weekend (because that’s what married Singaporean couples do on weekends, amirite?). As you know, I’m fascinated by the psychology of sales. So while we were shopping, I started to observe the promoters who were scattered around the supermarket. You know the ones I’m talking about: Those earnest-looking folks who have a little pop-up stand next to the … [Read more...]

How To Fly First Or Business Class At A Fraction Of The Cost

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What are some of your most deep-seated assumptions? You know, stuff that you’d never even think about questioning. Like: “You need a college degree to be successful” “Investing is about how well you pick stocks” “Donald Trump will never win the election” How about this one: “Credit card fees are a waste of money” Are they really? Let’s think about this for a sec. Sure, no … [Read more...]

Your Investments Will Survive Donald Trump

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I’m not going to talk about Trump. You’ve heard enough from the news, Facebook, the Simpsons, and all your friends who transformed into political analysts overnight. If you’re still disappointed / worried / depressed like many of my friends are, read this excellent post from Wait But Why. It’ll help put things in perspective. Also, it reminds us that life goes on. The world didn’t end with … [Read more...]

Ambition Or Gratitude – Which Should You Choose?

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The crappy thing about the Internet is that it often sends you conflicting messages: On one hand, you’ve got articles that emphasise the value of “more”. Steve Jobs says, “Don’t settle.” A new study on LinkedIn proclaims, “Acquire multiple skills to rise to the top.” And if your full-time job isn’t enough, you should definitely start a side business. But the Internet also says that life … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Pitching And Presenting

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(Short post today because I’m travelling again this week) I have to do a lot of pitches in my line of work. In the past, I used to equate pitches with presentations. I’d prepare a huge deck of slides, rehearse the important points until I could confidently rattle them off, and then sit back and wait for the magic to happen. There was just one problem: It didn’t seem to work. The … [Read more...]

A Couple Of Reading Hacks

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I love, love, love reading. There’s no other learning medium in the world that lets you: Sneak a peak into someone else’s brain Have years and years of research all packaged up for you Potentially use it to level up your money/career/relationships – one chapter could literally change your life Learn a couple of fun stories along the way … All for the price of a movie ticket (or … [Read more...]

Would You Like To Buy A Porche For Your Hedge Fund Manager?

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Is there a celebrity you’ve always wanted to meet? Justin Timberlake, President Obama, Steve Jobs, Justin Bieber (so you can punch him in the face)? For a geek like me, I’ve always wanted to meet the “celebrities” in the investing world. Not many people know who they are, but they’ve changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them how to invest the right … [Read more...]