Gratitude 2018

It’s easy to forget about things to be grateful. I used to go on a morning walk, like an old man, and go through a list that I’m grateful about in my life. Life goes on and I forgot all about it.

Last week, I met with my primary school teacher, Mr Au. Over the years, he had a couple of bad accidents. He is now in the midst of recovering from a surgery. He mentioned that every time that he moves his arms – pins and needles will be sent down his entire arm.

I asked him: “How do you feel now?”. He answered: “Much better”.

I replied: “Well, that’s great!”. He responded: “but I still feeling a little pain and I have to stretch every now and then”.

I noticed how he kept focusing on the pain. Why isn’t he happy with his progress? Wouldn’t he be healed with time?

It got me thinking that it is easy to forget about the good things that happened. My health, my relationship, having no debt, air to breath and so much more.

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Dreams and Reality

I had an idea to live and work in a van.

I imagined all the nature that I would enjoy.

I gave my wedding studio away and spent the year building Sage Animation so that I can work from anywhere in the world.

In Oct, I flew to Las Vegas and bought a cargo van. I spent the next month building my own travelling home.

Randy lent me his tools. I found Nick and Alisa, who had just finished converting their van and they gave me great advice.

Every day, I tell myself: “I can’t wait to finish this and finally be able to live my dreams.”

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The Psychiatrist Who Started the Addiction Management Department at IMH | Dr Munidasa Winslow

“No one says that they decided to start drinking because my ambition in life is to be an alcoholic. It’s rubbish.”
– Dr Munidasa Winslow

Munidasa Winslow is a psychiatrist and the executive director of Promises Healthcare. He has been practising psychiatry since 1988 and is known for his work in addiction medicine and impulse control disorders.

He was also responsible for the setting up the Addiction Management Department at the Institute of Mental Health. His last appointment at IMH was the Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine Department at IMH Singapore.

Dr Winslow is accredited as a master addiction counsellor and a clinical supervisor.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Simple yardstick to test if one has an addiction
  • The framework recovery process for addictions
  • Dr Winslow’s views on ADHD
  • and much more!

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The Couple that Built JobsCentral and Cashed Out, Lim Der Shing and Huang Shao-Ning

Lim Der Shing is currently a private investor, Venture Advisor with Jungle Seedplus and board member with several organizations. Huang Shao-Ning is the Managing Partner of Hub Ventures Fund and a Partner at Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading company builder.

Together, they are the co-founders of JobsCentral Group and manage a regional portfolio of over 17 angel investments in startups.

JobsCentral grew from a 2-man startup into an organization with 150 employees over a period of 14 years.  In 2011, JobsCentral was acquired by CareerBuilder, making it one of Singapore’s largest tech exits at the time.

They did all of that while raising a family of 4 kids.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • How to discern good advice from noise
  • Strategies for hiring and managing talents
  • Effective communication between a couple
  • and much more!

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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From Building the Red Rhino to Creating an Iron-Man, Peter Ho

Peter Ho is the CEO of HOPE Technik, an engineering company specializing in Unmanned systems, Defence, Bio-medical, Smart Logistics and Special Vehicles.

The company has delivered over 400 projects across 18 countries to date and projects included (but not limited to) the last 4 versions of Red Rhino for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

HOPE Technik was awarded the Most Technologically Disruptive Collaboration (Collaboration Towards Smart Factory Using Autonomous Guided Vehicles) from SICC in 2017.

Peter is an adjunct professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Peter is also a board member of Composite Cluster Singapore and Airgo Design.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • The story of how Peter brought the rarest vintage car in Singapore
  • How did Hope Technik clinch the Red Rhino project?
  • Why did Peter leave his job as a Chief Engineer at Petronas?

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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