Chinese New Year has come and gone and in the blink of an eye, it is already coming to the end of the 1st quarter of 2019! Just some 2-3 months ago, our team was still churning out results to meet their 2018 individual targets and personal goals.
#teamJCO kicked off 2019 with a bang with Mr David Lim from Prudential Corporation Asia and Mr Lok Chong Hong, an NLP trainer I knew while attending a business convention in Malaysia.
During one of the sessions, we were asked to list down “something” that nobody knows about ourselves. I actually thought quite hard about it because I guess most, if not everyone may look upon me as an adventurous person and a high achiever. But beneath all that, I am actually an Extroverted Introvert – someone sensitive and observant of the surroundings.
I still remember when I first started out in my career some twenty years ago (oh gosh!), I was very much struggling to carve out a niche for myself and succeed. I believe in this career, you have to be adaptable. Up to today, I am still adapting to changes in the industry, constantly un-learning and re-learning.
I’m An Extroverted Introvert
Everyone looks up to individuals in leadership positions as superheroes with superhuman powers who never fail to save the day. I know I am my little ones’ superhero(mum). But I didn’t just become a superhero(mum) overnight. I had my own mother to draw experience from. At work, I may be the super leader, but I also had a great mentor to learn from. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for me during my beginning years but I am thankful and that it’s with the depths of pain that expands the breath of my compassion. Gathering those stumbling blocks that helps build someone else’s bridge. Recalling what was it like to be lost in the darkness so someday I can be that someone else’s much needed light.
There are many times when I am switched “on”, I will be like the Duracell rabbit, full of energy, always out there on the move, doing what needs to be done. But when I get “off”, I just want to hurry home to recharge in solitude. I swear by having my ME time – it does wonders for both your mental and emotional health. It is also during this time that I learn and this allows me keep going.
3 Golden Rules I have that keeps me going in my Business:
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci.
The development of a true expert depends upon the struggling and sacrificing journey. Successful people invest their time wisely by engaging themselves with learning.
People who become exceptional in their performance keep engaging themselves in practice to perfection so as to acquire the necessary skills to navigate themselves in this ever-changing environment.
“Don’t chase people. Be yourself. Do your own thing and work hard. The Right people – the ones who really belong in your life, will come to you. And stay.” – Will Smith
If you’re just like everyone else in your profession, then the only differentiator will be price. The one going to discount the most runs into a mindless race to the bottom, finding themselves being commoditized.
Have the courage to stand out and be different. Always take inventory of your unique abilities, credentials and life experiences that have shaped who you are and how you work. Own it, embrace it, leverage it in your own professional space. Your value will begin to soar when you are separated from the herd.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely!” – Jim Rohn
Surround yourself with the right company changes everything. Who you spend time with influences the person you eventually become. Who you are with can elevate you as much as it can bring you down.
Life is already hard enough – we don’t always win, and there will always be many obstacles and challenges surfaced. Naysayers will come along our path to success. During those times, nothing feels better than having someone you can share your fears and doubts with: friends and mentors who not only listen but also cheer you on to be the best version of yourself.
“Get back in there and do better! You can do it!” They give you energy and help you propel forward. There is no finish line when it comes to knowing who you are and what makes you happy. Start to identify your core circle that matches who you want to be in future. However always go back to the basics to strengthen the foundation.
Come April, I will be joining my rookies to Bangkok for their first incentive trip – Fastrack 2019. Every year, I look forward to learning and drawing new energy from many of these millennials. Likewise, I hope they draw from the experience of their leaders and achieve greater success