[To my fellow introverts:]
Like you, I struggle with the dilemma of deciding between being known and having a quiet, private life.
Note the present tense. I still do.
What I learned is this:
In order to have the quiet, private life that I want, I must first be able to provide for it.
Yes, I’m talking about the 3rd most taboo subject: Money.
Let’s get real.
You need a fair bit of change to live in the most expensive city in the world (according to The Economist Intelligence Unit - EIU). As do I.
Prime opportunities go to those who are at the top of their field. If you’re not up there with them, you’re getting second-rate projects that they rejected or were never going to enter their field of vision anyway.
What that means for you is that you are fighting with a lot of people for very little gain.
Is that really how you want to live out the rest of your life?
This is my perspective.
I’m done being passed over for meaningful projects that I know I’ll be great at, which instead got handed to the loudest person in the room.
I’m tired of being treated as if I’m slow or invisible during unnecessarily raucous meetings and ‘brainstorming’ sessions.
I have had it with people wondering whether I’m good at what I do just because I take time to think rather than talk constantly and offer information they may or may not want.
This is why I built my personal brand around who I am and what I wish to achieve.
It required a lot of thought and a lot of work, but I am on my way to leading the life I want to lead. It’s going to be a journey, and I’m glad that I have friends along for the ride. (You guys know who you are!)
If this is a journey you have heard of but haven’t embarked upon, I encourage you to take the first step and start building your personal brand.
If you’re concerned that you don’t know what to do or which direction to head, it’s alright. You don’t have to go it alone. We can be your guides and show you the way.
Join me and my friend Eugene Seah on the 10th of July (it’s a Tuesday) from 7 pm to 10 pm at Synergy Hub @ 45 Middle Road #06-00, a mere 5 minute walk from Bugis MRT station.
I will be showing you how you, too, can quietly leave your mark on the world and those around you.