Year: 2022

  • 8 Lessons from “Get Smart with Money”

    8 Lessons from “Get Smart with Money”

    Netflix released a documentary film this month titled “Get Smart with Money”. In the show, 4 people struggling with different money issues are paired with financial advisers on a one-year coaching program. The 4 client-adviser pairs are: Lindsey, a waitress and bartender working 2 jobs and living from pay cheque to pay cheque. She is […]

  • The Ultimate Success Formula

    The Ultimate Success Formula

    Have you ever wondered why success comes easily to some people? And they don’t just succeed once. They succeed multiple times, in multiple fields, don’t they? Are they just born lucky, or is there something else they have that others don’t? You can succeed once by luck. You can succeed twice in a row if […]

  • Emotional Mastery

    Emotional Mastery

    Do you know of some people who are extremely resilient and stoic, able to handle any problem life throws at them? Ever wondered how they are able to stay calm most of the time and handle the situation in the best possible way? How about people who are highly motivated and work very hard to […]

  • Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) – Does It Work?

    Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) – Does It Work?

    In a commentary written by Keith Yap published by Channel News Asia on 16 Aug 2022, he says it is increasingly common to hear millennials talking about FIRE – Financial Independence, Retire Early. It is a movement which is supposedly able to help millennials retire by their 40s, or even 30s. Is it possible to retire in 10 years using this formula? To find out, I have reverse-engineered the math behind those claims.

  • How to do Keyword Research

    How to do Keyword Research

    “I want to start a business but have no idea what industry to be in and what type of business it should be. Where do I start?” I get this question very often, so I have decided to write an article on it. One great method is keyword research. The purpose is to see how many people are searching for your product using certain keywords in your chosen market.

  • MAS $7.4B Loss – It’s Either that or Higher Inflation

    MAS $7.4B Loss – It’s Either that or Higher Inflation

    The loss of S$7.4 billion announced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) seems to have gotten a lot of Singaporeans excited. How did that happen, and why is it a necessary trade-off to fight inflation?Macroeconomics is a super complicated subject. The politicians may have been factually correct in what they say, but I feel they haven’t done a good job at explaining it to the public.In this article, I will try to simplify everything, with layman examples, so that it can be understood by the layman.

  • A Depressing Day – I Quit Amazon FBA

    A Depressing Day – I Quit Amazon FBA

    Being a self-declared motivational blackbelt, one advice I always give to people who feel down is to talk about it and get it off their chest. I’m going to follow my own advice now and tell you about my depressing day.

  • Amazon FBA vs Shopify – My Personal Story

    Amazon FBA vs Shopify – My Personal Story

    Amazon has about 1.1 million merchants while Shopify has close to 900,000 web stores. In terms of Gross Merchandise Value (GMV), Amazon overpowers with $600 billion in 2021 compared to Shopify’s $175.4 billion. I have been selling on Amazon FBA since 2019 and have run Shopify web stores for longer than I can remember. This is my story.

  • SEO vs SEM – A Business Owner’s Perspective

    SEO vs SEM – A Business Owner’s Perspective

    SEO and SEM are two distinct marketing techniques businesses can use to reach their target markets on search engines such as Google and Bing. What is the difference, and which one should you use? In this article I will share with you my thoughts from a business owner’s viewpoint.

  • 2 Rules for Happiness

    2 Rules for Happiness

    During a long night drive with my family, my teenage boys and I were having a conversation, and somehow the topic of happiness came up. “Boys, do you want to know the secret to eternal happiness?” “What is it?”, they asked. “There are only 2 rules to happiness,” I said. “Expect Nothing, and be Grateful for Everything”. Yes, it’s that simple. But simple doesn’t mean easy.