Man, Heroic, Sublime.

Vir Heroicus Sublimis by Barnett Newman, MoMA, New York City

Vir Heroicus Sublimis by Barnett Newman, MoMA, New York City

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost – J.R.R. Tolkien

Last month, I took a flight at the start of August from Singapore, found myself back in Loughborough, UK, travelled to Ireland, flew over to New York before finally deciding to buy a one way ticket back to Singapore.

What prompted the trip was the overwhelming feeling that I needed I get away for a while, get away from who I was and get away from the surroundings that started to define me.

You see the year back in Singapore has been, hard.

Everything was a reminder of my failures and everything reminded me of what I’ve failed to become.

Everything’s ‘halfway done’ in a sense. Did become a decathlete, but nowhere as good as I wanted. Did start my own business and investment portfolio, but nowhere near achieving the level of success I wanted.

So I packed my bags and hit the road with a one way ticket out to London.

No schedule, no plan, no expectations, no limits.

Track, Loughborough University, UK

Track, Loughborough University, UK

A revisit of my past.

For the week I was back in Loughborough, I trained with a fellow decathlete who also dropped training for a season due to work.

I realized, damn I’ve gotten so unfit, and damn I still love this sport very much.

I had a great journey over the past few years and the friends I’ve made really added a lot of colour to my life.

Running again with them just made me realize how thankful I am for it. Without question they put my up in their houses as I’m travelling and helped me along the way like they’ve always had in the past.

So not going to be crazily ambitious and come up with a training program that I have no hope in hell completing without getting injured 4 weeks down the road. Know your real edge and don’t fake it, as perfectly described by David Deida in Chapter 4 of The Way of The Superior Man (Worth a read).

Just going to progressively build the base I need to and work toward improving just 1 thing at a time.

Fitness first, then sprinting later.

Run 12.20s for the 100m during a competition by the end of the year.

That’s my target.

No point trying to pretend I’m running 11s plus when my PB is 12.24s, so let’s just aim to get that little bit better for a start.

86th Floor, Empire State Building, New York City

86th Floor, Empire State Building, New York City

A peak into the future.

Didn’t know anyone in NYC, perfect place to figure myself out.

And in a sense, I did.

Visited the museums with all the wonderful artwork and managed to hook up with a few startup founders. Attended a Tech Meet up event and seen all the wonderful and great work the people there are doing with their businesses to make an impact on people’s lives.

Compared to what we’re doing here, it’s like seeing first hand how the big boys play in this field.

So to sum things up, my dreams haven’t changed.

I just need to get better, I just have to become who I always wanted to be.

Feeling inspired and motivated, I came back in September after being a month away on the road, shuffling from friends’ homes and dodgy hotel rooms, ready to take on the world again.

And a week in, I’m starting to feel deflated already.

One’s current reality can be quite overwhelming at times, and the only way to break free is to literally free yourself from the reality that is the old you and just become ‘him’ or ‘her’, the person you wanted to be.

It’s not the place or space, it’s an empire state of mind.

This article on pretty much expresses it in a way better than I ever could. (Saint is the ‘alter ego’ of the write Dominic that he decided to become, which the person he always wanted to be.)

To become Saint, I’d have to forget. To forget, I’d have to suffer. To suffer, I’d have to commit. Saint would require sacrifice, and in order for Saint to survive, I’d have to suppress all my excuses about why I wasn’t who or what I wanted to be… and just be him – that burning desire inside myself to supersede all notions of success. To be Saint, meant to be great — the two go hand in hand.

And so I decided to become who I wanted to be.

The guy who wakes up at 6 to hit the gym or track, go to work and powers through a to-do list long enough to scare an uninspired worker. Plans out big projects and assembles great teams to achieve awesome stuff.

It’s time to live like how I should.

6 Things I need to do whislt I’m 26

Me on top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa 2 weeks ago. The years are starting to show.

Me on top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa 2 weeks ago. The years are starting to show.

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. – Benjamin Franklin.

Today is my birthday.

I turn 26 today.

I guess it’s not until you reach above 25 that you start to understand what Benjamin Franklin meant.

Here are the 6 things I need to do this year, when I’m 26.

1. Keep Dreaming

Funny thing was, shortly after I left for Loughborough the credit crunch hit and the economy tanked. The industry I was in went from booming to a standstill, what can I say? I was lucky.

Look forward, but please, hold on to your dreams.

It’s so easy to let go and start dying a little bit inside each day.

It’s so easy to let today’s reality overwhelm you and beat you into submission.

It’s so easy to let the pains of failure from yesterday rob you of your confidence to keep dreaming for tomorrow.

At 20, it’s so easy to look at your life ahead and dream big dreams for it.

And 26, things change a little, dut don’t stop dreaming.

The past 8 years of my life, the journey to become a decathlete, if nothing else, has taught me the powers of having and pursuing a dream.

It’ll drive you to see and experience great things in life that you will never otherwise have a chance to.

Things may not always go your way, but it will still make life better.

Now at 26, I have to summon up the courage to take the pains of failure from my past and transmute them into lessons for success in the future.

I have to dream bigger, plan better and execute the hell out of my plans to make it happen.

I have to be thankful too for my past, despite it’s shortcomings, for it is said best by the following great:

I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude. – Bruce Lee

I also have to be thankful for my family, mentors, coaches, training partners and friends.

Sometimes I find myself blaming the people around me (including my family) for the lack of success today, but I realised its just a cowardly avoidance of the real problem, which is myself.

So thank you all, for everything.

Time to man up and point the finger back at myself.


2. Follow Through

Trap Shooting at Sun City, South Africa

Trap Shooting at Sun City, South Africa

Lessons from my previous sport, shooting.

Steady the aim, pull the trigger and follow through.

Thinking back on the past 5-8 years of my life, one very big reason why I failed to achieve the success I wanted was that I failed many a times to follow through on the little things.

The small daily rehab routine for my injuries.

The daily diet and food preparation that I should have made.

The weekly financial planning and decisions I should have taken.

All the small little things that I should have been doing on a day to day basis to learn the skills I wanted or to complete the goals I’ve set.

I’m pretty good at making big decisions with my life and taking big chances, but its the little mundane stuff that gets to me.

So no more of this nonsense.

Put out the to-do list everyday, attacking each small task to make it happen.

No excuse is good enough anymore.


3. Choose


Jordan 2011

There is no more time to stay uncommitted, to ‘keep my options open’ and just wander around hoping that something great will happen.

Time to make a choice on what kind of person I want to be, the path ahead I wish to take, the family I want to have and the city I want to live in.

As how Dr Meg Jay puts it brilliantly in the video below, the course you set out for yourself in your 20s is going to have a huge impact on how your life turns out to be in the future.

At 26, you realise you’re starting to run out of time.

I have to force myself to make the hard decisions to close some doors and to start walking through the ones I left open.


4. Be Brutally Honest

Malibu Beach, California 2012

Malibu Beach, California 2012

No more time for bullshit.

Time to be completely honest with myself, see the harsh reflection of myself and pinpoint what I’m doing that’s holding myself back.

Equally important is to be completely honest with myself about what I want or do not want with my life.

Life’s too short to be living out somebody else’s desire or dreams.

And only with this honesty can I make those difficult decisions I need to make above.


5. Network

Johannesburg Airport, South Africa 2013

Johannesburg Airport, South Africa 2013

We’ve heard it all before, no man is an island.

In fact one of the first few steps in Napoleon Hill’s success instructions was to form a mastermind group (another term for a great crew).

So enter The Company.

A group I am part of that aims to fulfil our own potentials and engage in start ups and small businesses to make the world a slightly better place.

One of our start ups, an e-commerce platform in Singapore will aim to make e-commerce easier and better with a fulfilment service for retailers (third party logistics) to make selling online easier as well.

As I grow older, I learn the importance of making connections and in my travels I realise that the world is just one big tribe.

Be part of it.

Aim to make it better.


6. Simplify


Buy less, buy better.

Time to de-clutter my life.

Not just with the things I own but the activities that I do.

And it’s mainly just about overcoming procrastination.

To make the time to empty out the junk in my life and make space for more awesomeness to come in.

And that’s it.

6 things on my to-do list.

Another year ahead.

Time to do it and fly.


Fake It Till You Make It

Fake it until you make it.

Another reason why I failed in the past.

Well I tried to fake it and for a while I did, but instead of then working to flesh out the inside and work to become it, I shrivelled halfway and expected some magical thing to happen and naturally fill up the empty shell.

No it doesn’t happen that way, you work your balls off to fill in the gaps.

Failed once, no matter.

Time to rise again.

The Small Tasks

The exact reason why I didn’t get good.

The small task, don’t fuck it up anymore now.

I still believe.

Fight for your passion.

Build your dreams.

Build your dreams.

One brick at a time.

Saw this awesome video by this youtube film maker Devin Graham and it just reminded myself, I gotta keep working on my dreams.

Doesn’t matter that the past 8 years went by with little success.

I still got to be willing to take the shots that no one else is willing to fight for, every single day.

Still so many things I want to achieve.

Gotta keep working.

The difference between a rich man and a poor man, is that a poor man plans for the weekend, a rich man plans four years in advance.

On Refusing to Lose.

Truth is, I almost gave up.

I almost accepted that I lost and that I’ll keep losing.

Then I decided I hated losing and I don’t want to lose anymore.

Time to start winning, the small battles first.

Wake up when the alarm rings at 5.45am.

Prepare the meals I need to be eating.

Get the work done promptly.

Start winning the small battles, prepare yourself for winning the war.

Let’s do it, you and me.

I believe in you, you believe in me.

On Hitting Rock Bottom.

The People's Champion

The People’s Champion

We look a successful people and think: Why am I not luckier or more talented?

Well, behind a successful man there usually is a story of failure and defeat. Because if you haven’t hit rock bottom, you wouldn’t know how to come up and fight your way to the top.

The transition happens just like that ‘click’.

On Being Happy.

Random shirt I got from a long time ago.

Random shirt I got from a long time ago.

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon-Joseph Cardinal Suenens 

Choose to be happy.

I know, it’s a lot harder than it seems sometimes.

After being back here in Singapore for almost 6 months, I must say a large part of it was spend in the dark, moody and depressed states.

Coming to terms with reality is always a harsh experience.

But through that experience, there’s always a silver lining.

The moment where you become fully honest with yourself and your surroundings, and the subsequent decision to then act to turn things around to where you want your life to be.

It’s not easy by any means, but it’s possible and that’s all we need.

Doing decathlon back here in Singapore has been a huge struggle with work commitments and limitations to training facilities (and the weather). But I realised that I’ve always tried to get the work aspects of my life right, and indeed I have actually made big progress towards that in the last 6 months.

Yes it came at an expense of other areas in my life, but such is the price you must be prepared to pay to get to where you want to be.

So stay the course, have faith and most of all, enjoy the ride.


On Making it Happen.



You become what you do everyday.

What are you waiting for?

On Being Honest.

Bruce Lee. Picture from

To be honest with yourself, that is something really difficult to do. – Bruce Lee.

I just got reminded of his words watching the very inspirational interview by Nicholas Tse on leadership.

Somehow the interview really struck me, maybe it’s because I am also in a unique position of trying to lead my father’s company.

Then I realise, I’m not being completely honest with myself.

I keep using that as an excuse to skip a training session, to miss another workout.

It’s not what I truly love the most.

And as a result at work I’m not exactly being the best that I can be as well.

I already know what I want.

I still want to run.

I still want to be a great decathlete.

I know I’m still very far away, but at the same time my potential is yet to be fulfilled.

Time to be honest with myself.

7am at the track tomorrow, training with James Wong who’s making a come back for this year’s SEA games.

The lie stops here.

The life starts now.

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