Category: Self Improvement

Why Going to the Library is Cool

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NLB celebrated their 20th birthday last month with a cake cutting and lunch.

People usually associate going to the library with studying or with being uncool. But libraries are not just for bookworms; they house an extensive range of media, from archived newspapers, to magazines, music CDs, movies, comic books, anime, software, audiobooks, and more. You can even borrow a digital reader. Plus, there are a whole host of programmes which you can attend (often FOC) to expand your mind, your skills, and your network. For anyone who is looking for inspiration, or even just a good way to pass time, the library should be at the top of their list. Being in nicely air-conditioned space (away from the haze) is also an added bonus! (more…)

An Effective Way to Learn a New Language (and it’s Free!)

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Join a community of more than 10 million members and learn a new language for free.

I have a confession: I am secretly envious of all of you who are bilingual and multilingual. Yes, I’m Chinese (my grandparents are from mainland China), but my Mandarin is quite poor. Having grown up in the States, I took up Spanish as a second language, but since I rarely used it, most of it has long been forgotten. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve and practice my Mandarin speaking skills. And that’s when I found that there are tons of language learning resources that are available online and on your smartphone (and many of them are free). (more…)

Free PA Courses at CCs and Water-Venture Outlets

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Pick up new hobbies & skills while making new friends.

Now is your chance to learn how to play the guitar, make cheese, kayak, line dance, draw, sew, perform 13 various martial arts, meditate, cook Nonya cuisine, or teach your dogs new tricks. The People Association is offering 2000 free courses for you to upgrade yourself. Note that these are only open to Singaporeans and PRs, and registration is through the respective CCs or Water-Venture (WV) Outlets on a first-come, first-serve basis. (more…)

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions – in 5 Steps

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Here’s a better way to keep those New Year’s resolutions.

The top New Year’s resolutions that people make every year all have to do with self-improvement. Losing weight, spending less/saving more, and quitting smoking always top the list. But only after one week, already 25% of resolutions are broken, and less than half are kept by mid-year. Are our goals too ambitious? Or are we approaching them the wrong way? (more…)

A University Education without the Tuition

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Learn just about anything online for free with MOOCs.

I recently attended a NTUC appreciation dinner for mature workers and met a pioneer generation crane operator who has worked at the Singapore Port for the last 50 years (and is still working there!). Although my working years are relatively short compared to his, I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different jobs in very diverse industries. Because of this, people often wonder what my background is, and when I tell them that I have a masters in engineering, they usually follow up by asking, “where did you learn the skills you have now?” My answer is quite simple – online. If the person asking is the type that would expect a more noteworthy answer, then I would say “University of Google”. (more…)

Listen to Free Audiobooks on your Mobile Device or Computer While Becoming Rich

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Listen to free audiobooks anytime, anywhere.
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Tom Corley spent many years observing the habits of the ultra rich and compared them to that of the poor. He wrote about it in his book “Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals“. His belief is that if you adopt some of these wealthy habits, you can dramatically improve your life that will lead you to uncover more success or opportunities down the road. One of his findings was that 63% of wealthy people listen to audiobooks during  their commute to work, versus only 5% of the poor. Since most people in Singapore use public transport and don’t need to concentrate on traffic signals and patterns, it’s a great opportunity to adopt this “rich habit” rather than to be entertained with music, television dramas, or Candy Crush. (more…)

The Best, Smartest, Luckiest, and Safest Investment for the New Year

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Your year to achieve security, wealth, and happiness.
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In a few hours, it will be Chinese New Year, and many people hope this new year will bring to them luck and wealth. That’s why I want to share with you the biggest investment that I am banking on.

First, let me say that there’s no shortage of investment advice out there. There’s always a new algorithm or new formula for finding the best investments your money can buy. Personally, I’ve been to a handful of investment talks – from property to forex to overseas projects – and all proclaim that their method and investments are safe, low risk, high yield, and you’d be a fool not to buy them or use their strategies. But there is one outstanding and smart investment that finance folks and savvy investors rarely speak of, let alone invest in, and you will find this not in a get-rich-quick book, not with your broker/financial planner, and not in a seminar. You’ll find this by…. (more…)