After my exams were officially over, the next task that awaited me was the Spirit of Enterprise. The spirit of enterprise is meant to allow the republic to show appreciation for the various entrepreneurs whose role had contributed to the Singapore success story.
As a student interviewer, my role was to locate and interview theses entrepreneurs from various industries. Naturally, my initial choices came from previous pleasant encounters. I had thus chosen to nominate Ice3 café which sells tasty dessert (with accolades to it), Cambridge institute where I had picked up the Japanese language, Jill Lowe international who specialize in image creation and a couple more; but only Mr. Edwin Chan and Mr. Philip Wong graciously agree to participate in this process.
The entire interview process was very enjoyable as I got to interview with 2 successful entrepreneurs and listen to their struggles, personal philosophy, and their vision for the future.
The thing that I found in common with these individuals and previously interviewed entrepreneurs was that they were once at the brink of failure or had failed before, but they didn’t just stop there. What they had chose to do was to pick themselves up, learn from there mistakes and persevere instead. They usually had a difficult childhood or had experienced a significant event in their life which brought them out of their comfort zone; as a result, they also take failure or risk very positively.
Although I was remunerated financially for my service, I had gained an alternate form of intangible remuneration. I managed to see beyond the illusion most people aspire; having a stable job with a fixed pay. This is in fact so insecure due to influx of cheaper foreign talents, inflation and volatility of business cyclics. This had reinforced me on the path I want to take, to strike it big in the property market as a real estate agent and eventually develop my career in the financial industry so as to enjoy my financial freedom with my close ones.
Spirit Of Enterprise
My exams are finally over; the entire last month schedule consists of mugging at AMK library with my study group, Deepak, Kyaw and company. One thing I noticed is that a long study break has its cons too as I got burnt out at the last week; but I am not complaining as they time was well-spent.
But now it is time to get to serious business. I will have approximately 2 whole months to myself and I have to optimize it. My agenda for this break is pretty simple: complete my Spirit of Enterprise project before the 15 June deadline, earn some bucks by working at my aunt’s company during the day and go for my real estate ESST training in the evening during the month of June.
Beyond all this tasks, I would like to start reading again; learning makes me feel all good and smart. I realized that I had to give up several of my activities like attending my church group, drawing, reading and sports during the course of my study break; that is a rather startling (and bad)discovery: I just cannot manage my time well! And that’s going to come back and bite my ass when I am juggling real estate, club activities and my studies next semester.
One reason is that I feel contributed to my bad time management is that I try to study with every moment I have, I am under the impression that all other activities will deprive me of my studying time so I just cut themL.
I guess I have to study more consistently next semester to prevent this feeling of insecurity (hey, this sounds awfully familiar!); this will help given my real estate and club commitments. I don’t want to face this issue when I am working in future and become a dull, fat uncle (sorry, no offense to all dull, fat uncles out there!)
This brings me to the issue on why I didn’t manage to allocate my schedule this semester better. The reason would have to be my enormous commitments as a project group leader. I realized I am a perfectionist (partially due to my above mentioned insecurity as well) and expects a lot out of my team mates as well, and that led to couple of conflicts with some individuals along the way; thankfully nothing personal. That clearly points out that my intra personal skill needs some polishing, so it’s back to basics: time to read Richard Templar’s The Rules of Work