July 31, 2021

18 thoughts on “Half Year Review – Rolf’s Life & Investment Strategy Towards The Current World Turmoil

  1. Rolf,

    People first,

    then business,

    then KPIs.

    I presented the above to a our Ang Moh IT top management at Shanghai.

    I knew what was coming and why they were learning from us in Trading on "Vendor Management".

    We finally caught on the in-house to outsourcing bandwagon.

    So even in good times, nothing is taken for granted.

    It's all about efficiency remember? Earn more, save more?

    I do my best provide the counter-balance so we don't go overboard!!!

    Like you, I focus a lot on relationships.

    1. Hey SMOL,

      You says "pple first, biz second, KPI third."

      Jack Ma says "customers first, employees second and shareholders third.”

      Notice that all are people related, so that is why Relationships are paramount in Biz particularly in Asia. If u combined that with Product excellence (look at Apple)… "Scary!"

      Business is about efficiency and effectiveness, no denials. In addition, asian values is also built upon trust, integrity and relationship! Ang Moh who does not know ought to be educated on this!

      But life in general, probably not about efficiency and effectiveness. It's about knowing who u r, finding what u like n eventually doing wat u like!

    2. Hi Rolf,

      Great reminders.

      Life is all about people. People drive businesses and people generate KPIs. Without people no KPIs nor businesses.

      By the way the best people I worked with weren't the smartest, but the nicest. A pound of emotional intelligence is worth a ton of book intelligence. I wish they'd teach this in our schools.

      People care whether you're pleasant to work with, whether you're good at your job, and whether you make them feel good about themselves (in that order).

      But I see you do know all that already.

      Cheers from an Ang Moh who likes to learn

    3. Hi Tacomob,

      Thanks for dropping by. It's really well said "a pound of EQ is worth a ton of book Intel."

      Indeed Life is all about people.

      As for teachings in school, there is a saying that you only start learning when you step into the society "real world"!

      I think your "Ang Moh" hair are all black already! Hahaha… You are what we call the "reverse" of banana LAR!!!


  2. Hi Rolf,

    Good set of priorities. Really no excuses, if you want to do something. As they rightly pointed out, if you want to do something, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find excuses 🙂

    Having a grateful mindset helps a lot in looking at the positives when mired in negatives. It's these positives mindset that makes us 'luckier' than the rest 😉

    1. Hi LP,


      Positive mindset is so powerful that it can even influence state of health, I think.

      You know I hate reading as a boy, and hate the "master reader!" program. But now is the contrary.

      From your blog, I see that you read so many books, that probably makes the difference in the depth of knowledge and mindset within a person.

  3. Hi Rolf

    Your mid year review looking good.

    From your writing, the general sense seems driving to "too many things, but with limited time." It is good to see so much drive in you 🙂

    Sometime, we just need to constantly review every aspects of our life to streamline, simplify and value-add to our daily experience. Easier said than done, life-time challenge. 🙂

    1. Hi FD,

      Thanks for dropping by. Hope ur Sunday is great.

      I have to agree that I am lacking time lately. But as I mentioned it is only temporary. If we cannot even take temp challenge, it is a challenge itself in life.

      It is without much choice for the business travel stealing time. But the utilizing of other time to do exercise, reading, blogging, family n friends is probably not to further exhaust myself. Conversely, It is actually ways of "recharging" and "balancing" by doing things I like, which is beneficial to the overall state of mind.

      For the last two yrs, I am sure I have more time in my work than most employees in Sg as I m not confine to a 8-6 schedule and manage my own time. So there is probably little to complain that now it is more hectic as life for me is never a straight line. Anyway the next 1-2 month is foreseen to be quiet times!

      Nevertheless if it is like this busy for a prolonged period of time, it's time to review like what u mention. The most worrying part for me is Health. Nothing else matters more.


    2. I agree with you, health and family time are priceless 🙂 I am sure you are on the right track. Let walk this journey together. Cheers

    3. I agree with you, health and family time are priceless 🙂 I am sure you are on the right track. Let walk this journey together. Cheers

    4. Hi FD,

      Yeah… I will like to boldly assume that most of us here if still slogging as employee are actually selling our time for money. If ur money many many one day, then you can start selling less of ur time for your health n family.

      Thanks and let's walk the track of happiness.. all of us.

  4. Hi Rolf,

    Wow. I personally felt "hectic" just from reading your post.

    You are really juggling many things and some trade-offs are inevitable. Hope everything's well and look forward to seeing a healthier you in the 2nd half of the year!

    1. Hi 15HWW,

      Yes.. definitely not healthy to juggle so many things at one time. That is why I am enjoying my week off this month also.

      The good news for second half of the year is I am sure to be more free. The bad news is very free means no business!

      So Busy is better than Free! 🙂

      I hope you are getting on extremely well too!

  5. Hi Rolf

    Like everyone else, I can feel your frustration and stuffed up trying to organize everything in a perfect manner though the busy schedule might have impacted you somehow.

    I hope everything goes well for you and your family. The overseas trip can take a toll on your private life but I think you are a man that I know will treasure the more important priority in life, whatever it is. I hope the good short break will rejuvenate you and you will come up stronger than ever. In the meantime, please take care my friend 🙂

    1. Hi B,

      Thanks for asking.

      Yes, our body either mentally or physically both need to be recharged! Just like all the ancient top Pugilist who retreat into the mountains or caves.

      I am just going to enjoy Singapore and home during the one week break.

      I hope you are going to enjoy your upcoming long weekend break also. More time for family and yourself!

      You too, take good care!

  6. Hi Rolf,

    At least you still exercise in hotels overseas.. normally I just want to drop dead on my bed after the long hours of meetings and travelling on the road. I am considering to swim in the hotel pools, perhaps you can try it too.

    Happy for you that you are making full use of your time and being busy for the correct things/reasons!

    1. Hi Jes,

      When I was traveling in my late 20s, I did not exercise while overseas. I am young and strong – I thought! I only work and work and more work. Eventually I collapse at the age of 30 while scaling to the peak of my career.

      As experience and wisdom grow, meeting nowadays is easier. So also feel less tired. Hence exercising is ok after that. By the way, I exercise to feel good and not to be an Olympian.

      Thanks for the suggestion of swimming. I will try next time, but I think it's compulsory to wear a cap! Hahhaa…

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