as a stem cell research scientist turned marketer, i've always had an interest in human physiology, psychology and a propensity for experimentation. i've sharpened my focus in the last few years on how we can discover our story, shape our journey and create a life full of energy and fulfillment. my hope is that this work can impact you to #liveyours as well.
A growth mindset
My need to learn and grow is very strong, but I still consistently face the fears of failure and the inner voice that tells me to stop pushing and stay comfortable. I realized through the years, but it only became real to me during my #30x 4.30am experience, that the key is to simply take action and disregard your reptilian brain. It is relentless and dedicated to protect you from any discomfort, even if that's what you want and how you'll grow. Not an easy feat, but I try my best to overcome it daily. These are three philosophies I live by:
Everything starts here. You want fulfillment? You want happiness? You've got to dig deep down and do you. It's great to have mentors to look up to, but you'll never find true fulfillment if you're constantly looking to be somebody else. And if we can't face our deepest darkest selves, we can never hope to unleash the best version of ourselves. Question our beliefs, our actions and everything we take for granted. If you adopt a growth mindset, you will embark on a path of self-awareness to become a better version of yourself. Join me!
Creating positive emotions
Life encompasses both the sweet and the bitter, but why not focus on gifting and sharing more of the sweet? As humans, we already have a negative bias where our brains are more sensitive to unpleasant news and experiences. If I can spark positive emotions with the people I come in contact with, I can help spread some element of joy, which hopefully can start to tip the balance towards positivity. In the end, creating positive emotions makes me happy - I'm just doing me.
Live to learn
This is a big one for me. I've lived my life moving across different countries, first having the opportunity to move from Singapore to the United States for college and have since worked and lived in Switzerland and The Netherlands. Living in a different culture is an immersive learning experience where all your senses are engaged. I've also moved from being a scientist to now a marketer launching brands and an advocate for everyone living out their story. My curiosity and thirst for knowledge has led me unconsciously for a very long time, but I have since explicitly organized my life to fulfill this deep seated need.