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Is Singapore really a place for locals to fulfil their dreams? (If yes, exactly how can you do it?)

Recently I read with interest this article “Six in 10 young Singaporeans have considered leaving the country to pursue their dreams“. My interest was piqued because recently I wrote a viral article on Joseph Schooling which sought clarification¬†on the role of the Singaporean government¬†in his Olympics gold medal win. I recommend you go through¬†the comments section too, because¬†it is¬†even more interesting than¬†what I wrote. Some commentators¬†were saying things like: “Oh, real change start from us within–why blame the government?”; or “Come on, people who criticise the government’s perceived lack of support don’t even give a shit about sports–they are just angry with the government”; or “Look–Singapore is a small country, we got to be smart with how we spend money or allocate resources. Why is the government always blamed?” Essentially, the most fascinating¬†aspect of the above three¬†comments section is this: People who use the¬†“why blame the government” argument actually do¬†generally agree that if you are a local who want to do sports competitively and ambitiously (in that post’s context), Singapore is not the place for …

It’s “the heart” that will gain respect.

Consider a dichotomy¬†of “the heart” versus “financial success”. Compare the situation between a vet, and a¬†super successful banker. The latter is at least 20X richer than the former. Unless this banker is passionate about making the world a better place via his occupation, it is likely that the vet will gain more genuine respect. Next, consider the situation between the vet and a volunteer in a disaster-striken region. Even though the vet is 20X richer than the unpaid volunteer, it is likely that both will gain equal respect because they believe strongly in about what they do. It truly¬†is the heart that will gain respect, wherever you go. So, the next question we should ask ourselves is, “How do we do things that magnify hearts”? – This is a question of business model already. I don’t believe creative folks should be poor if they want to further their vision and craft. I really don’t. But I do believe that success requires the permission of each and every individual.

The art of acting dumb.

Recently I’d been really, really humbled by smart people who act dumb or ignorant. They are the true smarts who know the wisdom behind the saying “lose the battle but win the war.” Let’s consider this: When¬†you first meet someone and discover that they sort of don’t live up to expectations in some ways, there are three possibilities: They are really dumb; They are acting humble/ really humble; or They are acting dumb? I used to think that 70% of the people I meet belong to (1) and (2), but it’s only recently that I realised that I was so wrong. 70% of the people I meet, in reality, belong to group (3). That is, they’re the smart folks who act dumb. After observing and mulling about it, I think acting dumb is a truly valuable skill to have, if you can apply it to the right context.¬†For, if you apply it to the wrong context, people might start hating you, especially when it results in them¬†getting the wrong information, and making mis-steps. It’s even …