Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My New Year Resolutions (2014)

Happy new year to all readers! On this first day of 2014, I would like to pen down some thoughts with regard to how the previous year had panned out for me, as well as my new year resolution.

2013 had been an incredibly good year for both my career and my blog as well. Readership for my blog, SG Wealth Builder, has soared from 50,000 pageviews in 2012 to 440,000 pageviews in 2013. The dramatic increase was due to my commitment to blog more often, increase in my blog's email subscription and also due to the expansion of my blog network. These factors had contributed steady flow of readers to my blog and spike up the traffic. Interestingly, my blog has also attracted new Singapore vendors to form business partnerships with me. I was approached by BullionStar and Fitch Learning to be their affiliate partners. My policy is to promote only business models which I believe in and I had previously turned down a few opportunities. One of them was to promote Malaysian properties investment seminars for a company which I politely declined.

Invest in myself
Many people, myself included, tends to chase the money and invest in everything under sun (stocks, ETF, property,gold, unit trust, etc). Everything, except themselves. We all failed to realize that our knowledge, ability and skills are the most important asset that help us to generate recurring income through jobs, sales, investment and business activities. Henceforth, most of us tend to neglect investments on acquiring new knowledge or skill.

In this year, I plan to improve my presentation skills and learn web designing. The former is meant to enhance my career prospect, while the latter is more for personal development interest. I foresee myself staying in my current job for the next 5 years, so it is important that I master presentation skills. I hope to learn web design because of my desire to improve the design of this blog. There are many ideas I wanted to implement in this blog but was unable to do so because of the lack of programming skill. Hope that taking a course will allow me to fulfill my dream.

Invest in health
As cliche as it might sound, health is really wealth. Many Singaporeans slogged hard in their 20s and 30s, but neglect their health and end up suffering in poor health in their 40s and 50s. Most of them rely on their family members to help them cope with the hefty hospitalization bills and medical fees. I want to take action and prevent this from happening to me, so I made a resolution to eat healthier food and exercise at least twice a week.

Invest in family and friends
Making money is important but spending quality times with family is even more important. I have been traveling too frequently for the past one year because of my job. This had reduced the amount of time I could spend with my wife and baby daughter. During the time when I was away from home, I felt sad because I could not get to witness those important growing up milestones of my daughter. Even more tragic was the demise of my father in Jan 2013. I was on overseas duty (again!) and could not rush back in time to see the last of him. This is one of the greatest regrets in my life. In 2014, I want to set things right and make sure that more time is allocated for my family and friends.

I wish everyone a good year!

Magically yours

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