From Troubled Young Man to Caring Lawyer with Josephus Tan – Episode 004

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Josephus Tan
I’ve read about Josephus few times on media, but really got interested to learn more about him around end of November 2015. When he posted an open letter on his facebook to the students who about to get their PSLE result. At the end of the article he gave a message to always do your best and never give up.  Josephus has transformed his life from troubled his teenager who involved secret societies, growing up as an alcoholic to a prominent lawyer.  Some people called him rocker lawyer due to his long hair. He spends 1/3 of his time doing pro-bono work, clocking over 5000 hours of pro bono work over six year.   The pro-bono cases he takes are often to help troubled youth.  In 2013 he is appointed by the law society of Singapore as pro-bono ambassador. He has received many awards one of them is Singapore youth award in July 2015, given out by National Youth Council, the highest accolade for young Singaporean who have made significant contribution to society.

Josephus Tan

Quotes from this Episode:

  • “Have you tried to do something good for yourself, not for other but for yourself?” The questioned asked by Josephus’ father to him.
  • “You cannot move forward to the future without embracing your past. Not matter how ugly it was, you embrace them and recognize that it as something you cannot change.”
  • “To me livable means being hopeful, being happy, being positive, being inspired, being motivated”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Turning your life around starts with baby steps. Such as
    • Embracing your past rather than trying to erase them.
    • Be discipline, start small like wake up in the morning, brushing your teeth.
  • Having people who willing to walk the journey with you.
  • Helping and becoming a friend for someone in need. When we help somebody else, it is often that the experience actually help us.
  • Take time reflecting and have a closure every night. What went right, what went wrong, how things could have been better?

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Left US$120,000 VP position to Pursuit Her Passion Building Music Community with Elaine Huang from Neon Owl – Episode 003

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Elaine Huang

I knew Elaine in School of Greatness Academy and a common friend Jessica connected us. Elaine is a high achiever at 26 year old she was the Vice President of business development and sales for a construction company.  She left the job to pursue her passion and founded Neon Owl, a community that connects people through music, passion, and giving back. She interviews artist, entrepreneur organization within the music industry, to find out about what they do, their struggles and vision. She has a big focus on giving back to charity around the world

Elaine Huang 

Quotes from this Episode:

  • “You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most”
  • “What’s the point of being the best of what you do, if you are not passionate about it”
  • “When you put out more good into this world.
  • “The more you give, the more you get and you give people your time it will eventually comeback.”
  • “No one achieve extraordinary by doing ordinary things.”
  • “To always come from a place of compassion and to be genuine”
  • “To Dance like no one watching”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Although everything seems good, when you feel unsure about your situation or what you are doing, ask yourself, would I be happy going down this path. Ask yourself the hard question “If money doesn’t matter, what would I do”
  • Take responsibility to your personal development. Feed your mind with more knowledge, inspiration and positivity.
  • Go out there, network and surround yourself with the people who are already where you want to be at.
  • In pursuit your passion, there will be days when you work so hard but you don’t see the outcome.
  • Habit of Mindset: Do everything in your control and let it be. Living without regrets.
  • Focus on the solution not the issues. Don’t let the issues become the reason which tie you down.
  • Start asking yourself is WHY NOT?

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Clarifying and Overcoming Your Fear with Tim Barker from Veraison Wine Events – Episode 002

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Tim Barker

I met Tim in Lewis Howes School of Greatness Academy.  We formed a mastermind group with four other friends from different parts of the world.   Tim just recently sold his amazon business in January 2016 to focus expanding his wine business, Veraison Wine Events, to the next level.  Prior to his entrepreneurship journey, he was in corporate world, responsible developing foot ware, apparel and medical devices and taking them to the market. Tim loves outdoor activities such as camping and skiing.

Tim Barker

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Take a deep look inside yourself then understanding and focusing on improving yourself.
  • Clarify and breaking through fear by writing down the worst possible scenario.
  • Tim’s personal development routines.
  • Thinking outside the box, get out your comfort zone and challenging the common perception around us.
  • How Tim started his Amazon business with imperfections and goal of understanding how Amazon works.
  • Tomorrow best may not be as good as today’s best. But at the end of the day, I am still doing my best at that moment in time.
  • Take the first step, even it will not be perfect.
  • Don’t take anything personal.
  • Focus on what are you great and stop trying doing things you are not good.
  • Tim’s wine business which has friendly approach on helping people to learn about wine.

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