The moments in life that transform my life
This is my first time writing an article in LinkedIn. I felt excited but nervous at the same time, having all kind of uncertainties for example like if people will agree to what I have written; or the article which I am going to write later is going to attract tons of readers.
I guess this is exactly the feeling that most of us will have in daily life. As human being, we are too concerned about other people's opinions. In turns, most of the people will be walking the exact same path as 95% of people in their world.
I tend to be one of them. Being raised up in a normal family (not exactly wealthy but definitely not poor), I went to primary school when I was 7 years old; secondary school when I was 12 and university when I was 18. Then I went on to study Master degree in the United Kingdom and eventually got a decent job (not so decent eventually) when I was graduated.
However, I always know one thing - 'Being an employee won't make you achieve financial freedom'. But then I felt so comfortable in getting paid by the end of every month; which allowed me to still partying with friends during weekend, totally work-free after 6pm everyday. Now I realised this is what everyone known it as 'comfort-zone'.
Then, there was these few incidents happened between 2017 and 2018, which totally switched my mindset. I was working for someone back then and I was never get paid for ONE FULL YEAR between April 2017 and April 2018. Can you imagine that? As a 26 years old young lad (You probably can imagine I wont have too much of savings as I was just graduated), I was 'burning' for savings for the entire 12 months with the hope that I might get back the money. I didn't seek for financial support from anyone around me. I only told people around me about this incident after a year (after I got back all the amount from my ex-company, and it was 5 digits in SGD). As expected, everyone was asking me,
'Why you never go and seek for legal help?"
"Why you still continue to work for them?"
"Oh my goodness, are you serious? How can you survive for one year without any income?"
"Why are you not resigning? Why are you so sure that they will pay you back?"
To be honest, I wasn't sure and I was just taking a gamble, and luckily it went off. Sorry for the long explanation, however what I learnt from this incident is you never know when your boss stop going to pay you, and when are you going to be retrenched. In fact, all these are the risks being an employee.
There was another incident, which I was hospitalised for 13 days due to virus infection. I almost dead that time. This incident also gave me another life lesson, YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A 'TOMORROW'.
All these happened between 2016 and 2018 and it has totally switched my mindset and made me realised I have to cherish the second chance that god gave me and start doing something that I would never thought that I would.
I will share more in the next article. As a conclusion to today's post, I hope to use my past experience to have everyone aware that there is no certainties to their life, everything can happen at any moment in their life, any seconds of the day. Therefore, treat everyday like it's your last. Enjoy it, cherish it, and make sure there is no regret!