My Goals, Dreams, Aspirations


  • Resume my National Service liability of 26 days during my vacation in Dec 07. - DONE!
    Apply for the resumption of service at least 6 wks in advance
    (i.e. apply in Oct 07)

    School vacation starts on 03 Dec 2007 (Mon)
    end on 06 Jan 2008 (Sun)

    » Resume on 03 Dec 2007 (Mon)
    » new NSF ORD on 28 Dec 2007 (Fri).
    full-time national service liability: 26 day

  • Raise S$32,000 at the end of my 4-yr uni course in Aug 2011.
    This is to repay the loan for uni tuition fees.
Dream: giving u a sense of direction and purpose.

"I've a dream"

"Where do u see yrself in 5 yrs time?"

A source of motivation and gives a sense of achievement along the journey to success.
  • Cycle around Singapore
  • Own a business
  • Travel around the world

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” - Socrates.
Never get lost in the “busy-ness” of life; avoid all of the distractions and attractions.
- ask yourself daily: not "What am I doing," but, "What am I accomplishing?"​010/06/7-pieces-of-wisdom-from​-socrates.html

‎"whatever you seek - if you've the will to succeed; a determination that can't be defeated; a steely refusal to quit in the face of adversity - well, then almost anything is possible." - Jim Randel (The Skinny On)

initiate. change. create. explore. capture. disrupt. collaborate. experiment. question. invent. discover.
:: JOBY ::
- inspired.

Set aside time to pause, breathe and think abt what worked & what didn't.
> Use your last 5 min of each work day to self-REFLECT.
1. How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
2. What did I learn today? Abt myself? Abt others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tmr?
3. Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a qn? Share feedback?

A Professor once said:
"Success is made through motivation, focus and patience. Successful people always possess the desire for something more. They are not satisfied with what they have, and so they strive for something better. There have been no victors who did not want success. A person with no ambition is like a boat without a rudder."
Never give up on your dreams! Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness):
"Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period."

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NSF - like internship experience


I feel that spending 2 years of NSF life is like doing 2 years of internship.
We gain working experience during this 2 years.

Lesssons learnt:
Take the initiative:
when finished 1 task, ask for another.
let yr boss know specific things u would like to learn and get involed in.
don't wait around and whine that nobody is giving u work.

Show enthusiasm:
work does not always have to be exciting.
complete all tasks with enthusiasm and professionalism.
enjoy what u do. -> u'll look forward to going to work every day.
take pride in what u do, find interesting factors abt yr job.
u're an impt link to the organisation.

Ask Qns:
this is a learning experience.
yr boss expects u to perform
but u're not expected to know everything.
Seek advice when faced with problems.
"Ask and it'll be given to u; seek and u'll find; knock and the door will be opened to u. For everyone who asks receives;"
Speak up:
don't fade into the bkgd.
being an NSF doesn't mean yr opinion is not valued.

USMS (suggestions):
u're rewarded with money whenever your suggestions is implemented and put to good use.
keep thinking of new ways to improve the way u do things.

Add value:
Think of how u can contribute to the organisation.
Be the best in yr area of expertise.
Have in-depth knowledge and learn more to do yr job better.

Remember to network:
Meet more people, know what they do.
This is to familiarise and understand the organisation's operations more clearly.
This is to get a clearer and bigger picture.
bond with yr colleagues.
relationship built with supervisors & colleagues are vital.
never burn yr bridges.
always leave on GD terms.

a letter from yr boss can be useful, esp. if he has GD things to say.
u can ask yr boss if he can serve as ref.

Write 'Thank you' note:
this note to yr boss & anyone who was supportive during yr NSF life, leaves a GD impression.
The last impression matters juz as much as the 1st.

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