I am turning 37 this year. It is a fantastic age to be in. Coincidently at the age of 37, it is also the time when famous investors Jim Rogers retired to travel around the world. Like most ordinary Singaporeans, I am definitely not as ingenious as Mr. Rogers, hence does not have the luxury to retire, but continuing to work and feed my family and me tirelessly now. :-)
Nonetheless, now is a time when I started to have the right mix of knowledge and life experiences, while not losing the drive and passion to put talks/plans into action. It is also the time I comprehend "when to accelerate, stop or decelerate". It is a time when my wisdom (little bit, but better than the past) develops and creates patience to take over from the impatient and reckless me of the past.
It is also the time when I see my family grow, in particular see my kids grow. That kind of joy is beyond words. As famous investor Jim Rogers put it.
“I was always against children. I thought children were a terrible waste of time, energy and money. I was never going to do anything so foolish as to have a child,” says Rogers, “I can tell you right now I was completely wrong about that.”
Jim Rogers had his first child at the age of 57. For those who are still without kids or single, it is never too late. Remember “Better Late Than Never!”. Keep searching, do not settle.
10 Advices Your 37 Year-old Self Should Give to Your 30 Year old-self
Sometime last year, I read an article that catches my attention by Mark Manson, a South American writer and author. It is so true and meaningful that I decided to replicate/summarize the article in my blog then.
What happen is the writer turned 30 and sent an email out to readers and asked those of age 37 and older what advice they would give their 30-year-old selves. He received more than 600 responses, many was from the quality of insight people sent. What surprised him was just how consistent some of the advice was. It seems there really are a few core pieces of advice that are particularly relevant to this decade of your life.
1. Start Saving For Retirement Now, Not Later
2. Start Taking Care Of Your Health Now, Not Later
3. Don’t Spend Time With People Who Don’t Treat You Well
4. Be Good To The People You Care About
5. You Can’t Have Everything. Focus On Doing A Few Things Really Well
6. Don’t Be Afraid Of Taking Risks. You Can Still Change
7. You Must Continue To Grow And Develop Yourself
8. Nobody (Still) Knows What They’re Doing. Get Used To It
9. Invest in Your Family. It’s Worth It
10. Be Kind To Yourself — Respect Yourself