Learning to Overcome Adversities with Rodrigo Caetano – Episode 005

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Rodrigo Caetano

I got to know about Rodrigo Caetano through one of Michael Hyatt’s newsletter which highlighted Rodrigo’s life transformation in 2015. I was so impressed with his achievements in 2015, immediately I reached out to him and he replied.  He is a very accomplished man. He holds MBA degree from University of British Columbia. He is the Founder and past president of HSBC Speech Architects Toastmaster. He is currently principal consultant for WhiteLeaf Management consulting.  Where he works on clients from various industry such as technology, mining and banking industries. Helping them in developing their strategic business plan. He speaks five different languages. The other side of him. He is a photographer, an author and a speaker. His biggest passion now is to use photography a means to help people find their creativity and also to reduce stress. Photography as a therapy that’s what he mentioned to me. He recently publish his photography book, Satellites, a collection of three year photography project, to showcase the different aspects of the day to day life of Brasilia suburbs captured in B&W Film. Well, I brought him as a guest not because of his expertise in composition or his achievement in professional life, those are the bonuses.  More than that, I want him to share with us his tips in overcoming difficulties, especially in dealing with business failure.

Rodrigo Caetano

Quotes from this Episode:

  • “Learning to overcome adversities is an essential skill.”
  • “You need to step back and see whether things are making sense, without the whole load of emotion, like you are watching a movie.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Accepting our failure and admitting that we have failed. Stop living in the past and stop wondering all the possibilities we could have done.
  • Build back confidence and momentum.
  • Building habit of writing and journaling to process what we go through in life.
  • Knowing when to continue move forward, pushing harder and when to quit and change your strategy.
  • Tips on taking great pictures:
    • Take picture with your heart.
    • Take picture with the equipment what you have.
    • Print your pictures.
  • Have focus: starting your day by writing down what are the important things I need to accomplish today.

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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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The Lessons I learned from Mr Lim Seah Hor’s Story on TODAY’s article by Eveline Gan

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I am always looking for stories, stories of ordinary people with extraordinary courage who overcame their difficulties. Today, on my way to office I read this article “Kidney failure patient turns medalist at World Transplant Games”. I said in my mind “WOW, this man overcome difficulties and achieve greatness!”
Read the story here http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/kidney-failure-patient-sports-medallist, you will find that he faced not just health issue (Kidney failure) but also the followings:

* being single parent with young daughter when it happened
* Having to work 10 to 12 hours with his conditions
* Not previous experience and formal training in Tejo

Here are the 3 lesson I learned from this story:

1. KEEP THE FAITH.
Although he felt as he had “struck the lottery” or luck was in play. I do believe that it is his faith, his hope that made it possible. If he didn’t believe there is a chance for a transplant in the future, he would have given up. Perhaps he would not exercise which keep his body in good condition, which I believe would increase probability of the transplant success rate. Stay strong and keep the faith. Share your trouble with you families and friends, don’t keep it to yourself.

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