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HABITS: Choose your future. Choose life.

As I'm writing this, 2017 is coming to an end and soon we'll be ushering in the New Year 2018. A New Year for new beginnings and of course - New Year's resolutions.

Reflecting on the past year, I grew as an individual - physically, mentally and spiritually.

And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got habits?

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit"
With the digital revolution, I'd like to share on my personal journey of making and breaking habits - with lifehacks and tools which you may use to your advantage too!

Firstly, start with asking the right questions to prime your mind in looking at the world in a different way, in a different future, in a different life. Josh Kaufman, the #1 bestselling business author of the Personal MBA has laid out 49 Questions to Improve Your Results:

Do I use my body optimally?
What is the quality of my current diet?Do I get enough sleep?Am I managing my en…

4 traits from a Millennial career

You've probably read an article or heard someone voicing out their opinion on the performance of Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Y) in the workforce. Most of them share a common message, about how Millennials need soft-skills which are necessary to progress and climb the corporate ladder or survive in the world of business. Yet, year-on-year we also hear of a different theme of "Top Skills for the Year" and we flock to learn more about them... when history has again-and-again proved to all of us that the only constant in the world is change.

Earlier this year, Caroline Beaton penned a piece for Forbes titled "Top Employers Say Millennials Need These 4 Skills in 2017" which inspired me to do a write-up based on my final slide shared during my "Why Corporate Finance?" presentation at Sunway University and Brickfields Asia College (pic related). In my final slide, I had coincidentally shared on 4 traits necessary for Millennials drawn from my experience of bein…

How to become a Chartered Accountant

A couple of months back, I had attended a talk organised by Young Corporate Malaysians (YCM). I was particularly fascinated about attending this particular talk, as it features Tan Sri Wahid Omar, who is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Embracing Diversity and Cultural Differences: Choice & Chance

I fully embraced diversity and cultural differences by choice and by chance in weathering through 4 years in the Royal Military College, where about 90% of student demographic are Muslim, whereas I am a Hindu.

choice was made when I decided to enrol at the Royal Military College. Barely a teenager at the time, I survived and did my best in the 7-day interview of which we were told that only 150 students will be enrolled from around 20,000 candidates from all around Malaysia.

By chance, I received an acceptance letter to be enrolled. Given the odds, chance had definitely favoured me in making the cut. Again by chance, I was born a Hindu – allowing me to embrace life as a non-Muslim in a Muslim majority environment.

4 years of strict upbringing, discipline and being ragged with other Malaysians is a mix of choice and chance. The different upbringing and genetics of friends exposed me to different personalities and traits. I met them by chance but made a choice to befriend them.

When our 4…

Big Data and the "Internet of Things"

You've probably heard this a million times... Big Data is a movement which aims to employ a significant portion of the future talent market. You've probably heard of this about the Internet too: The Internet Never Forgets! The Internet of Things is basically just the entire Internet and everything connected to it, working together in the Cloud... just like how you use your phone's camera to take your pictures and share them on social media or use your GPS to drive to work with the help of a space-based radio-navigation system, the Internet never really forgets. What that means is basically every single thing which you have said on every phone call, SMS, MMS, WhatsApp, Facebook (feel free to propose additions) or uploaded - is still on the Internet. Hmmm, so there's a potential in this data... but I'm too tired to read the whole thing. Can someone summarise it for me (by using AI to analyse)? Head to your local and international banks, who are keen on a summary (insights)…