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    hhmm upon rereading my post, I realised its very mathematical, heh... do pardon me, I"m engineer trained so maybe that's why!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiShnDaisy
    OT - I love Shrek!
    Can't wait 4 Shrek 2 this May!


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    I was never a "full-time" grad with a basic degree and have to survive one night class after another .... even now I am still 1 module away from completing my MBA...... Hard life for playing too much during schooldays and for flunking my Chinese during "A" level....

    Looking at the splash of beauty palour chains owners in today's Sunday Life. I couldn't help to admire (also read envy) at these successful business owners. Mostly no more than an O level and started from bottom up. (the corp ladder i mean).

    Would anyone here with there BBA / BSC / BA or Dip BA etc etc etc, have taken their path of "rage to riches" ?

    I doubt so easily considered as an option.

    My opinion of those ladies making it.... They have nothing to lose by not trying, other than the capital they raised from savings, family and friends. Worse case - their friend will jeer at them for " folding their business after xx months, coz CMI (Cannot make it)." Perhaps such act would earn them even more respect and admiration from their peers as they have dared to try and was about to make it..... yeah, for a few success stories splashed out in the papers, there will be a truck load more in the hospital nursing their wounds and failures....

    Whereas for some of us, especially those in sandwiched in between their career & education upgrade path, needed job security, the CPF and the (almost) 5 days week and then take the weekend to get squashed at the malls.

    Will you trade in all these for something of your fancy and satistication AND may not pay as well plus no CPF / medical ?

    On reading this thread, I was just wondering, what happened if I didn't make the dicision to sprint for the night classes.....will I still be stuck in the hotel's accounts dept as a credit officer (or manager by now after 8 yrs)....and enjoyed leaving work at 5.30pm sharp and perhaps got hitched and settle down with a family by now.... May be or may be not.....

    but I did follow where my 6th sense leads me to.... have done many things that my married & careers peers could admire (for now).... Spend a month diving in Bali last year (over 4 trips), 2 weeks in Thailand diving, sometime back 6 weeks in US backpacking (and returning home broke)... etc etc...

    In anycase I would like to wish Veronica Choo the best in her endavour for the possible career switch... follow where your heart leads you to.

    Quote Originally Posted by berryhappy
    .....My peers already have family and kids and one step further up on the career ladder. I probably had already lost in the rat race, and am being viewed as a "bummer". I am not sure how easy/tough it will be to get a job. Money-wise, no house, no car etc. only richer for the experience.

    To answer your question: courage I had, but I'm not sure if it was foolhardiness.

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    I'm one of those who quit a potentially well-paying job (auditing) to do something closer to my heart (teaching). Felt like a quantum leap 4 yrs ago... but never regretted my decision. Cannot claim that I enjoy every single minute of my job now, but once the satisfaction arrive once in a while, it more than make up for all the pain and hardwork...

    What's bold to one may not be so to another... I suppose as long as you listen to your heart, it'll tell u what to do

    Just to quote what John (aka Biscuit) of Ally McBeal said in the last episode of the 1st season of the show: "If you look back in the year, and it doesn't bring back a tear or two, consider it wasted."
    Jia Wang... "A photo is only as beautiful as the photographer's eyes can see."
    My Eyes ;)

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    I do miss Bali....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jia Wang
    Just to quote what John (aka Biscuit) of Ally McBeal said in the last episode of the 1st season of the show: "If you look back in the year, and it doesn't bring back a tear or two, consider it wasted."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppinghippo
    since personal time = life, ie the only time you have for yourself to enjoy life, to pursue what you like, time with loved ones etc, its quite meaningful that you loose 50% of it every month. so I guess one has to balance the extra $$$ in a good job vs time lost. kinda like selling your soul to your employer.
    i was wondering how about those who work S.O.H.O? what methods they hav 4 managing lifestyle..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonfire
    Can't wait 4 Shrek 2 this May!

    Ahem..sorwie...OT again...
    Yeah! Can't wait but then again, you know how Part IIs don't usually turn out as good as the original, so let's not get our hopes high...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppinghippo
    I have lawyer frens who work horrendous hours, sometimes till midnite (considered normal). but they do earn good money. I guess there's always always a trade off btwn pay and having a life. I figured out a long time ago that while its great to earn lots of $$$$ but there will be a limit where an extra $$$ means a huge loss in personal time.
    when you have time, you have no money.
    when you have money, you have no time.

    that's why time = money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berryhappy
    when you have time, you have no money.
    when you have money, you have no time.

    that's why time = money.

    yupz. time = money
    but....money =/= time!!!

    so..time is still more precious ^_^

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    Let me have the $$$ 1st, all other things can discuss later....

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    Ask a rich old man which is more important - money or time?

    Anyway, here's something I just read:

    Getting wealthier spawns other complaints. One is the "time squeeze"—the sense that we're more harried than ever. We all know this is true; we're tugged by jobs, family, PTA and soccer. Actually, it's not true. People go to work later in life and retire earlier. Housework has declined. One survey found that in 1999 only 14 percent of wives did more than four hours of daily housework; the figure was 43 percent in 1977 and 87 percent in 1924. Even when jobs and housework are combined, total work hours for women and men have dropped.

    Still, people gripe—and griping rises with income, report economists Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas and Jungmin Lee of the University of Arkansas. They studied the United States, Germany, Australia, Canada and South Korea. People who were otherwise statistically similar (same age, working hours, number of children) complained more about the "time squeeze" as their incomes rose. Hamermesh and Lee's explanation: the more money people have, the more things they can do with their time; time becomes more valuable, and people increasingly resent that they can't create more of it.

    Psychologist Barry Schwartz of Swarthmore College makes the broader point in his new book, "The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less." Our individual culture worships choice, but too much of it leads to choice congestion. Consumer Reports now "offers comparisons among 220 new car models, 250 breakfast cereals, 400 VCRs, 40 household soaps, 500 health insurance policies, 350 mutual funds, and even 35 showerheads," Schwartz writes. People feel overwhelmed by the time it takes to make the "best" choice—and may later regret having made the wrong choice. Purchasing blunders may irritate, but bigger mistakes of choice (in careers, work vs. family) can be profoundly depressing, Schwartz argues.

    As material wants are satisfied, psychological desires ascend. But these defy easy economic balm. "Most of what people really want in life—love, friendship, respect, family, standing, fun ... does not pass through the market," writes Gregg Easterbrook in his book "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse." (Note how paradox pops up in these titles.) Indeed, affluence may make matters worse. In 1957, 3 percent of Americans felt "lonely," according to a survey cited by Easterbrook; now 13 percent do. Although more people can afford to exist apart, it may not be good for them.

    None of this discredits the value of economic growth, which, as Easterbrook shows, has made life better for countless millions and can continue to do so. These problems are less serious than those of poverty and unemployment. Nor are they always intractable. To check obesity, we can eat better and exercise more. To control ordinary anxiety, we can recognize that some choices just don't matter that much. Still, affluence's afflictions endure and remind us of an eternal truth: it matters, as individuals and as a society, not just how much wealth we have but how well we use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetShooter
    Ask a rich old man which is more important - money or time?
    depends...

    if he wants to be even richer, then money is more important .

    if he feels that he has enough money (or when he survives a near-death experience), then time is more important.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Well, I quit my job as a photographer after 2 weeks.

    Got disillusioned working for this unreasonable employer (and potential employers) in a dead-end job without real career prospects.

    Now bumming around for so long that I've lost motivation to get on with my own filmmaking thing.

    $ is tight but I don't really use much if I hole up at home, which is what I'm doing.

    ... falling deeper into a rut...


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    a *salute* to all dream chasers.

    follow ur heart and let ur passion lit ur long and arduous path!
    You'll Never Walk Alone! - i have the best job in the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetShooter
    Ask a rich old man which is more important - money or time?
    We spend our youth chasing money,
    and then our money chasing youth.


    "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse."
    Switzerland has a higher suicide rate than most other countries.

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    before my decision to turn pro, I held in to his philosophy... of my own creation.

    Most people work hard to get money and spend it on things to make themselves happy, BUT if you're already doing something that makes you happy, you don't need as much money to stay happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berryhappy
    We spend our youth chasing money,
    and then our money chasing youth.



    Switzerland has a higher suicide rate than most other countries.
    Do you know where I can find these statistics? Would like to see a comparison between, Swiss, Japanese, American, Chinese and Singaporean suicide rates, especially those involving young people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rueyloon
    before my decision to turn pro, I held in to his philosophy... of my own creation.

    Most people work hard to get money and spend it on things to make themselves happy, BUT if you're already doing something that makes you happy, you don't need as much money to stay happy.
    Yes, if your are already doing something that makes you happy, then all you need is food and lodging to keep you alive.

    The drawback of being a pro is that sometimes you have to do things that make your clients happy, and they are not necessary the same things that make you happy. If you are already famous then no problem, just tell your clients, "Buzz off!, go look for another photographer!", but when you are just starting out, you will have to swallow your pride and do whatever they tell you.

    No, I am not a pro.

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    For me, I do. I quited my last job to concentrate my study on networking coz i know it will helps me in my career. And it did, my pay is getting higher and higher. :P
    Objection !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ansel
    Do you know where I can find these statistics? Would like to see a comparison between, Swiss, Japanese, American, Chinese and Singaporean suicide rates, especially those involving young people.
    Try http://www.who.int/mental_health/pre...iciderates/en/

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