5 Reasons Why People Get Ahead At Work & In Relationships

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi Some people seem to be high achievers in multiple areas… career, relationships and whatnot. Love or hate them, you just can’t ignore them. There probably isn’t a standard recipe…

Signs That You Are Working For a Crappy Company

 “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” – Byron Dorgan There’s an old adage that goes: ‘People leave bad bosses, not companies.’ There are also circumstances where there is simply a misfit between employee and employer with regards to work / business interests, company culture or work values.  But independent of these factors, it can also…

The Importance of Being Patient

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasow  About 2000 years ago, a young Carthaginian general named Hannibal was facing the mighty Romans during the 2nd Punic War. He hated the Romans to the core and was close to squaring off with…

Is Your House an Asset?

“Managing your own property can be a full-time job.” – Robert Kiyosaki Is the house you stay in an asset? Or is it not? This might be an important question to ask as one’s views towards their properties can greatly influence their actions and management of the related finances, which is more often than not,…

Thoughts of A Retail Value Investor

“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.” – Warren Buffett It’s really exciting… the first time you see the money in the investment account. Waiting for action. I remember vividly how it felt like, purchasing my very first stake in Wells Fargo & Co. You just can’t wait to get started, hoping for it to turn out…

Successful People Who Just Didn’t Quit

  ‘Never, never, never give up.’ – Winston Churchill .. He was already in his mid-60s. His business has waned due to a new highway that snatched traffic away from his restaurant. All that’s left is a small house, an old car and a recipe for fried chicken that he had created . And he…

Reflections to kickstart 2014 with a Bang!

“Life’s a Journey; not a Destination.“  – Steven Tyler, Aerosmith . The year is drawing to a close. For some, the year whizzed by in an instant. For others, it couldn’t have been longer, right friends and colleagues? Feelin’ a little richer? Happier? Or not? Its been a real rollercoaster year for me. Lots of ups…

Good vs Bad Bosses – How to tell them Apart

   “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell Is your superior a good or a bad one? Would you wanna emulate your…

What’s lacking in the Singapore Education System

. ‘If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.’ – Gail Sheehy . Yes. On paper we look pretty good.  Out of the three full-fledged & local public universities, the two oldest (NUS and NTU) are constantly ranked in the top 100 universities globally. NTU dropped the ball…