July 30, 2021

15 thoughts on “I am meant for bigger things in life than this?

  1. Hi Rolf,

    Enlightened being…good to know you, even if it's just bits and bytes haha 🙂

    I always love your autobiographical posts! Keep it flowing man!

  2. Hi LP,

    Thanks for reading. Autobiography for a mainstream normal guy can be boring. You are also one of my inspirations to keep it flowing. Do you know that? haha…

    Hope to be able to catch up one day, just like I already met with Jared.

  3. Hi Rolf

    Like you, 10 years ago, I said the same thing to myself that I should be doing bigger than what I was doing right now. 10 years have evolved, I now hold greater responsibility and roles and managed more people than I did back then.

    I asked myself, do I want to do something bigger or just different? It's different that leads to the same "outcome"

    1. Hi B,

      Congrats to hear on the progression. Guess we must have the desire! That is important.

      Perhaps "bigger" means bigger outcome or having a bigger influence over more people.

      If it is just different or bigger input that lead to same outcome, then maybe something is not right.

      It still boil down to understand ourself if we really want or really suitable for bigger things n in the process that can make us naturally more energetic n happy.

  4. Hi Rolf,

    I was the opposite. No balls. When I was in the work force 2-3 years, I wondered a lot" how much I am worth outside" and wanted to become a insurance agent when my ex-colleague approached me. He was doing really well then. He is still, now.

    I took the books to read for the three modules and everyday going to work, I ask myself, Am I really leaving.

    When it is decision time, I said no and stayed. But no regrets 🙂

    1. Hi SI,

      I know so many people that venture out as regular from SAF and almost all that I know are more happy exiting. For teaching, I almost hear none in my circle venture out. This is also bcos I rarely hear my teacher frds complain about work. The reason to become a teacher is clear!

      So maybe it's not that u lack the courage, but maybe u r less swayed by the money in insurance than the meaningful work in teaching.

      To be in insurance, u must really like to meet people n chatty even above the magnetism of money as one of the criteria to do well in the long term.

      You can still exit. It's better than late than never! haha…

    1. gastric pain leading to severe intestinal bleeding. Less comparatively to do with diet but instead more related to the mental well being. The problem was at that time I was not stress nor tired, but just keep working and working because of the desire to "do well"!

  5. Rolf,

    Idiot! Your roar of the heart is even more powderful!!!

    Finally someone worthy enough for me to share:

    People like us MAKE a decision FIRST; then goals and plans follow naturally.

    Most others use goals and plans to buy time to avoid making a decision 🙂

    1. Hi Jared,

      That's why there is this more popular phrase of "follow your heart" and not "follow your mind" or "follow your plan or goals"

      I agree. Take action is often the most difficult because if u fail, there will be pain. Humans are fearful of pain in general. Plans or goals not executed will never fail!

      But frankly if I have more responsibilities at home now, it's no longer just jump into personal action immediately like in the past. Also need prudence to make sure that things are taken care of at home before taking off.

    1. Hi Cw, tks for sharing. Agree to certain extend about the real world. It can be tougher and not so ideal than one expect.

      Nonetheless sometimes it's better to have dreams n no knowing the real world and being curious n step out n try n fail than always worrying about the real world n stay enclosed! For u can also know more of a real world if u try! Most impt, u need to get up again if beaten.

      Of course there r some naive pple who only see the good side of things, then they r bound to fail.

      The biggest problem in SG is the lacking of creativity n entrepreneurship as we can see from our own leadership themselves, being scholars, generals etc!

      Ur ex boss is an employed boss always limited by others. Even CEO or MD is still just a corporate boss, seriously not so big deal for many are just a corporate guy who work or climb within the system. This I can vouch! Trust me!

      But if he never venture out he will never know the problems of shareholder.

      No job is ideal even ur own business, but the issue is really if u r following ur heart, the countless problems encountered can also be overall satisfying! As long as u dun bring worries to ur family n others when doing it.

      Of course, it applies to minority as we still need mainstream to stay employed like me now! 🙁

  6. Hi Rolf,

    Thanks for this post. I was actually feeling kinda low in recent days at my lack of career progression. Just like you, I hold similar belief that I am meant for bigger things.

    This post has actually imbued me with the sense that as long as I continue to grind at work, perhaps someday a silver lining will appear. Such is the life of a cog in the system..

    Wishing you the best for your health and career:)

    1. Hi PP,

      Thanks for the compliment,

      Guess it's common to have career crisis once in awhile. But we must have belief in ourselves and constantly look ahead. Staying stagnant for awhile is good because it builds patience and a strong foundation.

      But if it is too long, something can be wrong.
      Do remember that job problems are everywhere! If we leave because of problems, then we ought to be more careful in analyzing what exactly is wrong.

      Maybe internal transfer can sometimes be a good option if external move is uncertain.

      I wrote a post sometime back relating to resignation as follows.


      Hopefully it can help u.

      Thanks for the well wishes. Continue ur belief and dream. Do not be dampened and continue to evolve.

      I wish u all the best too! 🙂

  7. Thanks Rolf!

    I blazed through several of your blogpost detailing your job anecdotal, starting from the link you gave.

    Those are very good guidance indeed for people my age. Very lucky of me to chanced upon urs and SMOL blog during this period:)

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