Note: This is a long-ish read, which may take 10 minutes to go through (but it’s worth it).
There is a saying by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar that goes “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
For most of my 20-year career (most of it spent online, thought the same principles of relationship building and business building apply as much to virtual business as much as brick-and-mortar ones), I’ve focused on a couple of values:
- Say what you do when you teach, but more importantly do what you say.
- Understand the expectations of your students/customers, then go beyond it.
- Always aim to be better.
A mentor, who owned about 20 lifestyle brand stores in Singapore, explained the concept of (more…)
So, September 24 was the day, in the words of a Facebook friend, I unlocked an achievement and hit level 41.
I also unlocked a new achievement, gaining about 5 lbs over the course of a meal. Here’s the evidence.
This post should have been posted then, but stuff came up, writing was delayed, so this happened.
At the same time, I was thinking back on what I’ve been doing over the past 15+ years.
Back then I was 23, the year was 1997 when I started doing “Internet stuff”. My first gig was as a web team leader at one of Asia’s largest media companies.
It was also the same year that Yahoo! started.
Besides building a couple of content portals from scratch, I also updated hundreds of (more…)
Are you happy with everything you have right now?
If so, stop reading this and head elsewhere.
If not, read on.
The following steps will help if you want to be successful in business and/or your personal life:
- Having goals
- Having a way to reach those goals
- Reaching those goals
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? I guess most of us (more…)
In an initative to help Singapore businesses combat rising costs, develop new technology and boost their efficiency, the government launched the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme.
The PIC scheme provides tax benefits for businesses that invest in productivity and innovation activities and successful applicants enjoy tax credits and reimbursement of their approved expenditure.That means buying items like computers and other equipment to improve their company’s operations can result in full reimbursement of their business expenses.
For the current year ending December 2014, businesses (refering to self-employed persons, including insurance agents, financial advisors, real estate agents, tradesmen), sole-proprietorships, limited liability partnerships, private limited companies can receive up to 160% reimbursement of approved activities.
What this means is spending $5,000 on a laptop means the government will reimburse you up to $8,000 (ie: 160%) if your business and your expense meets their qualifying criteria.
In particular, Internet marketers and those who use technology in their business operations (just about everyone) can benefit from this scheme.
If you look at the government website to sign up for the informational briefings, you can expect a 2-month or longer wait.
That’s one of the reasons why I’m helping to organize a series of informational briefings conducted by Daniel Goh, who has assisted in the submission of more than 100 successful PIC applications over the past 2 years.
The 160% reimbursement scheme ends this year, after which it drops to a 60% reimbursement scheme, so if it’s something you are considering, you should do it now.
Fill in your details in this form and you’ll receive information about the free briefings to be conducted in the coming weeks: PIC Informational briefing.
I was answering a question on a private forum from a writer who is contemplating whether to take up a publisher’s offer to publish his book.
He already has built up a following and was asking the opinion of the group whether he should take up the offer or consider self-publishing.
My advice to him:
It depends on where you see your st (more…)
I hear this often and get into these conversations, sometimes multiple times each day.
“If everything is available free on the Internet, why would anyone pay for stuff they can find for free?”. I often hear this from business owners and Internet marketers who’re looking at doing a paid prod (more…)