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I never wanted to ‘RETIRE’ — Like many of you, I’m a born optimist — but when I stopped working at Singapore Airlines after thirty years of service, I found that my sudden independence daunting. With my professional experience, I thought life afterwards would be easy. Boy, was I wrong!
In 2004, I started a healthcare business with three other partners in Vietnam – but that failed because of my unfamiliarity with local
business practices and the uncertain economic climate. Luckily I worked for several years more as a property manager in Singapore and
Malaysia – until the bubble burst again, and I found myself unemployed. I realized that no matter how lucky I had been in the past, I needed another kind of optimism for the future.
I started “Retire – Do What” to share how I overcame my fears, learnt new skills, and welcomed new experiences, including:
1. Undertaking the 4-day Salkantay Trail and climbing Macchu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes
2. Learning to blog and making myself more computer-literate
3. Starting a new business – the Sir Richard Branson Way of ‘Do Good, have Fun and the Money will come’
4. Overcoming fears of failure, embarrassment, rejection – especially with an Asian mindset
5. Starting a community of like-minded people who want to work for themeselves!
6. Letting go of my attachment to my life on the “Corporate Ladder”, and be true to my honest self.
I’m here to share my experiences and to hear about how we can work together to make a new life for ourselves. I’ll be sharing my
experiences learning, teaching, traveling, and doing all the fun things I always wanted to do. I’ll be writing ‘how-to’ guides, sharing
insights that I’ve made while traveling all over the world. As Steve Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford commencement address (quoting Stewart Brand) – ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’.