40sumthin’ – Making sense of our role models

I’ve been reading lots of Jim Rohn in recent months ever since I stumbled upon his self-help writings. One of the things he wrote is that we should study our own lives to draw the lessons from them.

At first I didn’t really pay heed to this advice, but it got stuck in my brain. I have a terrible memory for events, but I can remember the influence of certain people much better.

So I took out my fancy fountain pen (purchased for those special reflective moments!) and wrote a list of the positive, negative and neutral role models in my life.

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40sumthin’ – For the fellow middle-aged

A few disturbing things happened to me when I entered my forties.

I became long-sighted, more penny-pinching, and more OCD about having no clutter in the house. I was no longer getting caught up in sudden frenzies over a newfound hobby, nor did I feel the need to ride my beloved motorcycle regularly.

But most disconcertingly –  I didn’t know what to write on this blog anymore.

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Closing thoughts of 2017

This year has been a most remarkable one.

On the work front, I have just completed one full calendar year at Razer (I joined Aug 2016) and it has been an amazing non-stop adventure.

Now, I don’t write ever about work on this blog, but I am always thankful to have a job where there is so much to learn, and daily opportunities to change the world. For example, it was incredible to be part of an IPO and launch a new smartphone category all in the same November week!

On the personal front, what made this year special was how much I dived into books, and let go of things I never thought I would.

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We need more good leaders

When I was in our school’s 24-man dragonboat team in 1994, I was seated on the first row out of 12 rows because I was one of the shorter guys.

My rowing partner Naveen and I were coached by the previous pair of front rowers (simply by paddling behind them for one entire year) on how to set the rowing pace of the boat according to different water conditions and how other rival boats were performing.

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Sunday Times column – Telling Tales At Dinner Time

The Straits Times recently invited me to contribute columns on parenting to their Sunday Times newspaper. So here’s my first piece, of which I originally titled “Telling Tales At Dinner Time” but a copy editor thought otherwise. In any case, it’s pleasant to see my byline again after so many years after I left journalism.

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