What I Learned in 2016

2016 is almost ending and we’re up to a new year. A new beginning. A new challenge.

Are you ready for 2017?

But first, let me greet you a “Happy New Year!”

Finding Happiness

The thing about being happy — and balanced — is that it takes work.

Let me give you an example. Have you ever been at a finish line of a marathon? You’ll see 2 kinds of people finishing:

  1. Those who finish with a large smile on their face
  2. Those who finish with a face full of pain, grimacing as they cross the finish line

Everyone wants to be in the first category, finishing with a smile on their face.

But that smile hides the months of training they had to put in to prepare their bodies. All the sacrifices, sleepless nights, sweat and blood they had to go through to succeed.

I always say this, and I will repeat it now: There is no shortcuts to success.

If you want to accomplish great things, you need to work hard.

It may look challenging, depressing, and sometimes hopeless at the start, but once you achieve your goals, there you’ll find happiness.

The Work-Life Balance Equation

Just like those marathoners, having a good work-life balance takes an incredible amount of work.

You need to be very mindful of your productivity. Setting up your desk to allow you to work as fast as possible without fatiguing out.

You’ll need to learn how to manage expectations of your bosses. And learn how to motivate and get the best out of the team you manage.

You don’t need to work 12 hours everyday. Trust me. You’re only killing yourself.

Work 8 hours, and try to accomplish as much as you can. After work, catch up with some friends. Or spend time with your family. Go to the gym. Read your favorite book. Whatever you decide to do, just relax and have fun.

At the end of the day, your mind and body will thank you for it. And you’ll be all set for a new day tomorrow with fresh ideas and promising plans, ready to take on new challenges.

In Conclusion

As we all get ready to face the new year, there is one thing I learned in 2016 that I want to share with all of you.

Success requires work. Lots of it. Don’t shy away from it.

Again, in behalf of the ResumeWriter.SG team, happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a prosperous and amazing 2017 ahead of us! Cheers!

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