This year has been incredibly different in many aspects. I am still living and working in Singapore against all expectations, my professional interests are starting to shape up while I have a new found interest in fitness albeit limited to a couple of physical activities 🙂
It would be too lengthy to write a wholesome essay, I will summarize in 12 bullet points :
- Awesome year professionally having left my consulting job for a growth stage startup, with a short-stint in between as General Manager for an ASX-listed startup;
- Healthy diet! I started to cooking 80% of my week day’s lunch, cut down carbs intake by almost 60% and unfortunately, I still eat a lot of chocolate biscuits;
- A thorough understanding of “young” companies and how to evaluate them;
- Wiser by a mile or two: Clearer life aspiration despite the ambiguity (something that most people believe I am comfortable with);
- Fitness level went up! I am work out on average 3 times per week combining strength and resistance training;
- Online Dating can work for those who make an effort;
- Appreciate Singapore way much better than before as a global and exciting city for a young professional;
- I thought I was generally excited by fintech as a whole, in fact, I discovered I was pretty much fond of – payment, crowdfunding, personal finance and leveraging on technology to improve those specific areas.
- (I think it’s weird to say it but still….) Learnt to make better use of my brain to analyse trends, understand the past, appreciate the present & explore the future, and most importantly, to optimize my limited resources;
- Spent more time connecting and reconnecting with people;
- Evolving views on world matters, technology, life and career among others;
- Lastly, Pay It Forward: I believe this is now a recurring theme in my life. From mentoring my alma mater’s students to helping my friends to raise their fitness level…
Worth a mention: I didn’t take any days off from work in 2016…it doesn’t make me a workaholic, just passionate about delivering work on time, always.
Reflecting on 2016, I am very happy (and tired) to have taken some difficult decisions and I am keen to unlock new opportunities in 2017.