Updates

With the completion of my two runs, it seemed that time had flashed passed me very fast, there were businesses, work, administrative and personal matters that had been running in and out of me really quickly and some still not settled.

Well, some recent past news and updates –

  • Attended Queensland Alumni Networking Reception by Queensland Education and Training International at Marina Mandarin on 11th June 2008
  • Attended University of Queensland Alumni networking at Equinox, Swissotel The Stamford on 12th June 2008
  • Won a lucky draw at the University of Queensland Alumni Networking, 2 bottles of wine by The Wine Symphony !
  • Joined University of Queensland Alumni Committee

Future updates and objectives to be completed –

  • Concluding my final two book chapter reviews of Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Choosing from my range of books for my new book chapter review
  • Writing down my goals and objectives for 2nd half 2008, planning and steps to execute, breakthrough and completion with success and flying colours
  • Training regime for my various medium and long distance runs in 2nd half 2008
  • Personal Financial Review
  • Building, Establishing and Expanding Personal and Corporate Business Accounts
  • How, What and Where to Invest in a Turbulent Market
  • Special Theme Personal Photography Projects
  • Building My Photography Portfolio

The above points would serve as a BIG and CONSTANT reminder that I need to address, planning, execution, progression and completion.

TALK IS CHEAP …………… Time to go into OVERDRIVE ! FULL STEAM AHEAD !!!!

Are You Part of a Big Race Trend ?

During the recent completion of the Sundown Marathon and the PA Passion Run, I could see that more people in Singapore are joining long distance running, that is a good signal, more people are taking exercise, health and fitness training more seriously than before.

On 11th June 2008, The Straits Times segment, “Mind Your Body”, wrote on “The BIG RACE – The Enduring Appeal of Long-Distance Running”. Immediately, it caught my attention and reinforced my view that more people are willing to be more sporty and long distance running is getting more popular. The editor of Mind Your Body, Gloria Chandy, summarised it very well on the key points about long distance running –

  • Attitude – Having the will to succeed (even if is just for personal satisfaction)
  • Not letting laziness get the better of us
  • Exercise grows on us, feeling good about yourself
  • Maintaining good health and keeping in shape

I totally agree with Gloria Chandy key points, it also helps me a lot in managing my thoughts and emotions better with a fit and healthy body and mindset, thus giving me calm and tranquility when I need it most and last but not least, running a marathon is just like my businesses, career and life, completing it and getting breakthroughs constantly. Well, I would need to bring my level higher and achieve better and improved results in my marathon completion and that applies to my personal and business life too.

In the middle segment of Mind Your Body, there was the Cover Story – Running for life, by June Cheong. For readers who never ever or wish to think nor consider embarking on a long distance run, do read this article and have a better understanding on important learning points. The key points contributed by various doctors specialising in the sports field are –

  • Preparation is key before an endurance event
  • Carbohydrates are main source of fuel for a marathon
  • Good hydration strategy – reducing heat injuries, improving performance
  • Refrain from having meals 3 hrs before an endurance race
  • 50g to 60g of carbohydrate every hour of the race
  • A progressive and consistent training regimen – 6 months window
  • When preparing for an endurance race, increase training load by only 10% every week
  • For full marathon, exercise at least 4 days a week, building up a weekly mileage of minimum 60km

Besides the training points in the paper, by running a big race, it would help you with benefits such as cardiovascular fitness, musculoskeletal strength, endurance, optimal body mass index, mental fitness and increased immunity from common aliments.

Folks, don’t be afraid to take up a big race. If you are keen to start training and begin to start running your own big race, this is the calender of local runs for 2008, found in Mind Your Body page 14 & 15 –

  • Mizuno Wave Run 2008 – 10km run on July 27
  • Touch Run – 5km, 10km & 21km on August 3
  • SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon – 6km, 10km & 21km on August 24
  • AVIVA Ironman 70.3 Singapore – September 7
  • Great Eastern Women 10k 2008 – October 26
  • Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon – December 7

All it takes is your willingness and desire to take the 1st step to decide and sign up for your running a big race, thereafter, start your consistent training program.

I can share with you people that, I once “chickened out” from running a marathon in 2005, however, after completing my 1st marathon in 2006, I never looked back.

Believe in yourself and you will complete your big race !

What do you work ? For Learning ? For Money ?

Everyday, it is common for many of us to work and work. However, do we ever ask ourselves, what do we work for ? For Learning ? For Money ?

Are we being renumerated accordingly for our profession, talents, knowledge and skills ? Or are you struggling financially even though you are a highly respected professional in your respective fields ? Do you realise that, you are only a step (skill) away from great wealth besides just working hard only ?

In my previous book chapter reviews of Rich Dad Poor Dad, I highlighted that, to learn financial intelligence, you would require the synergy of the following segments –

  • Accounting
  • Investing
  • Marketing
  • Understanding the Law

Another source of great debate would be, do you choose to specialise a field that you are in ? Or do you do a bit of everything and learn from there ? By knowing a little bit about a lot, we could start to learn many different skills that would not only help us in our career, it would also change us and become better leaders and communicators in our career and our personal life too. Therefore, we should seek work for what we will learn, more than what we will earn. A key factor in becoming specialised is, the more specialised one becomes, the more trapped one becomes and dependent on that specialty.

In order to learn different skills and knowledge, the management skills needed for success are-

  • The Management of Cash Flow
  • The Management of Systems
  • The Management of People

For specialised skills, they are sales and understanding marketing. It is the ability to sell, the key tool to communicate in life, with another human being, the key to personal success. Communication skills such as writing, speaking and negotiating that are crucial to a life of success.

In life, to be truly rich and successful, we are not only a good learner, seller and marketer, we need to be good teachers and students, and we must be able to give as well as to receive.

Do you want to work just for money and forever be trapped in a rat race ? What do you work for ?

Adapted from Rich Dad Poor Dad, “Chapter Seven – Lesson Six : Work to Learn – Don’t Work For Money”, by Robert Kiyosaki.

Finishing My Passion Run

It was a lovely morning, good weather and the sun not shining too brightly on us. The PA Passion Run was a carnival with many participants, from different age groups. This year, it added a 15km segment into their running distance categories.

Starting off late, I kicked off another new leg of running, although not as long as a full marathon, it serves as a good training for my half marathon in August 2008, and tone down run from my full marathon on last Sunday. Overall, it felt good, I had a good time running my own race, timing wasn’t that ideal that I wanted to achieve, nevertheless, I set my goal to complete the run and I achieved it.

Got another medal (like a key chain) to my collection, smaller than the marathon and half-marathon medals that I had currently, nevertheless, a new addition to my medals and when I completed more runs, I would take a new photo of them !

Looking foward, more runs to come, maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle, what might I do next ? Triathlon or Biathlon ? Or Desert Run ? …… Pondering the future challenges to push myself further in personal growth and development, achieving bigger breakthroughs in my life.

Reflecting again on myself, it’s not an issue to finish what I started, however, it’s time to bring and raise my performances and results better and higher, now just in my running, but also in my career and other aspects of my life too.

A Passion Run on 8th June

In a few hours time, I would be embarking on another run, however, this run is only middle distance and it is just 15km.

It might sound physically demanding for my body and legs after a marathon last Sunday, however, I am feeling great and physically good, looking foward and excited for my morning run tomorrow. The run is known as the PA Passion Run and do pop by their website and take a look !

Stay fit and healthy folks, it is one of human being’s most precious gift and blessing ! If you are running tomorrow in the Passion Run too, see you all there at East Coast Park and have a good time !

Essential Planning – A Must Have For Travelers

Folks,

Down the road, in conjunction with the growth and development of this site, I would be adding 2 new categories here, namely Essential Planning and Financial Advisory, the areas that I would be able to write and share with my readers here.

A hobby that I always have a strong passion for, travel and photojournalism, takes me to many different places in different parts of the world. There is always planning and an essential must have for me traveling overseas is Travel Insurance.

There are 2 travel insurance sites that I found really useful, do consider them when you planning your next travel trip.

Looking for travel insurance? Apply online and receive a free no obligation quotation today!

Looking foward to share more interesting and meaningful knowledge with my readers in the future. Do bookmark my site here and visit here often !

A New Beginning Ahead

It’s been an exciting and awesome week since returning from the Millionaire Mindset Intensive in Kuala Lumpur from 23rd to 25th May, visiting Dragon Scout Group Camp on 31st May and running Singapore’s first Night Marathon, the Sundown Marathon on 1st June and last but not least, my business and work to follow up, catch up and continue fighting…..

There were many reflections in my previous few posts, on the Millionaire Mindset Intensive Seminar and the Sundown Marathon. Business and work wasn’t smooth, many different challenges ahead, the economy and outlook sure gets us understanding and analysing the markets and providing solutions and professional advice.

With strong and powerful emotions and thoughts still inside me arising from the Millionaire Mindset Intensive and Sundown Marathon, I had faced great difficulties and I need to focus on rising up to the challenges and overcoming them. If I focus on the difficulties, more difficulties will come towards me ! Therefore, it is essential and crucial to possess the correct mindset, with the strategies and execution of plans and actions towards my financial freedom, goals and objectives.

Some important tasks on hand –

  • Realign my goals and objectives for 2nd half 2008
  • Network and keep in touch with my new friends from Millionaire Mindset Intensive
  • Kick start my passive business income programs
  • Investing for my financial freedom
  • Finishing my current book review – Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Starting my new book reviews
  • Keeping fit and healthy
  • Improving the quality of my blogs
  • Building my photography portfolio (online & album)

Some personal tasks on hand –

  • Buying my macbook
  • A bit of shopping because of Great Singapore Sale
  • Go on an overseas photography trip (any takers ?)

It was also a mixed week for me –

  • A blogger whom shared something personal with me via email and I truly appreciate the trust shown in me
  • Encouraging friends to go ahead with their new dreams and aspirations, believing in them. Yet, also a fair share of disappointments too …………..

For all those who read my lengthy posts, I sincerely THANK YOU ! Your constant support is greatly appreciated !

Let’s all strive together for our dreams, goals, objectives and financial freedom !

Sundown Marathon 2008 Finisher Story

Singapore first Night Marathon, the Sundown Marathon, got off to a great start and I was happy to be part of this maiden sporting event.

The Sundown Marathon was quite unique and interesting, running from the coastal road, into East Coast Park, walking up many different overhead bridges, along park connectors to different parts of Singapore’s Eastern housing estates suburbs.

Do take a look at the race route !

Reflecting back on my marathon run this early morning, at a time whereby most people would be sleeping and in their dreamlands, it did not make sense to some people why we would be doing such things …… Nevertheless, I was really keen on the night run, something different and unique from the 2 other marathons I been to.

My three marathons finishes till date:

  • Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2006
  • Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007
  • Sundown Marathon Singapore 2008

My Marathon Medals

For this Sundown Marathon, my physical training (on the running segment) was inadequate, although I was having regular fitness training in the gym. Therefore, my timing for the Sundown Marathon was slower than my previous 2 marathons finishes. Although my goal was to improve on my marathon timing, I did not achieve it and down the road, I will be analysing, planning and executing the necessary training schedules to improve my next marathon participation.

With insufficient training, Jack Lan came up with a running tactic for this marathon, not to over exert ourselves early, well it worked wonders for me given my inadequate training, although my endurance showed its flaws for marathon running. During the run, saw ex-colleagues and colleagues too, fun to see friendly faces there and running their own race.

While I was on the 36km mark, it started raining cats and dogs and I was really soaking wet, given the circumstances, I could choose to stop at a bus stop shelter and wait for the rain to stop. However, I chose to continue running, in spite of the new challenges and difficulties, not giving up my mission to SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE the marathon run.

Running across the finishing line, I had a great sense of achievement again, with my finishers medal and a bright red finisher tee.

Sundown Marathon Finisher Tee & Medal

I strongly encourage everybody to run a marathon for the experience and exposure. It will be very beneficial to your health and well-being and it will be something that you can relate to, your marathon running experiences and your journey as a entrepreneur.

IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING ……………………….. JUST DO IT !

SunDown Marathon …… Here I Come !

Folks,

In a few hours time, I would be starting my night marathon, known as the Sundown Marathon.

Looking foward to another awesome night running ! Would keep you folks posted when I returned from my running and a great time of exercise and fitness training. There would be a number of colleagues and ex-colleagues running too and hope to catch them there !

Got well wishes from Uncle Ray & YellowPrettyTruth, thanks folks !

See you readers soon with my write up !

Other Reflections on Millionaire Mindset Intensive 23rd – 25th May 2008

3 days of a powerful, awesome and extremely helpful and enlightening Millionaire Mindset Intensive Seminar had been summarised (as closely as possible to the daily events) in my previous few posts.

Now, back home in sunny Singapore, it was back to my business network, work and entrepreneur lifestyle. The thoughts and wisdom were still fresh inside me and I am constantly setting myself (and also finding like-minded Millionaire Mindset entrepreneurs) to the Financial Freedom formulas, guidelines and teachings, in my journey towards Financial Freedom.

Well, there were many other things that deserved to be mentioned during the Millionaire Mindset Intensive Seminar in Kuala Lumpur –

  • The warm, friendly and high energy friends from Malaysia, made a number of new friends from different business networks, and also not forgetting participants from Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia etc etc.
  • Friends, Patrick Oh, who was my seminar mate and Jack Lan, who gave up his precious entrepreneur time and drove his highly modified and powerful Honda Civic FD2, to accompany us up to Kuala Lumpur for the Millionaire Mindset Intensive.
  • Learning how T. Harv Eker, a world class coach, conducts his highest quality personal development training seminars to 5000 people of different nationalities.
  • Breakthroughs in my inner deeper self.
  • Supper in Bukit Bintang.
  • A good short holiday break + unforgettable trip up north

Thanks to all whom I had got to know during Millionaire Mindset Intensive in Kuala Lumpur from 23rd – 25th May 2008.

YOU HAVE A MILLIONAIRE MINDSET !