Succeeding in Singapore is a series I started in YouTube. This came about after I interviewed Kineret Karin, the founder of ImpacTech. She built, grew then sold her food delivery business to Food Panda, before Rocket Internet sold the latter in 2016. It was an informal chat as I wanted a short video for a workshop I co-organised. As I was editing the video, I realized that I wanted to learn other successful people’s stories. As an expat and still navigating the expat life in this country, I wanted to know how they managed to carve a niche in the city-state. Thus, from an informal chat, the series, Succeeding in Singapore, came about.
Success is relative. For some, Succeeding in Singapore means being a C-level executive, staying at one of the swanky condos around Orchard or Newton, driving a car or being driven around, and having a maid or two. For me, Succeeding in Singapore is being able to find a passion, enjoying what you’re doing whether you’re a mid-level manager or a sole proprietor, being true to your values, having a network of people who respect you, and earning income from the endeavor.
For the many spouses who arrived in Singapore on a Dependent Pass who find it frustrating not being able to do what they were used to doing, I would like Succeeding in Singapore to be an encouragement. I would like people to watch the videos and tell themselves,
“Right, these people were able to do something about their situations, that means I can do something about mine, too.”
“I want to be like (her / him) and I’ll use her as my template.”
I attended a lecture on the Art of War in Business and the lecture pointed out how this century- old teachings can be applied in business. Mulling over that, I also realised that certain principles taught in the Art of War can be applied in life. I’m no expert on interpreting the teachings but one thing that did resonate with me is to not attack head-on without studying the enemy. An enemy doesn’t have to be a person; it could be a situation. The situation I’m trying to study is Singapore, its culture, its mindset, its opportunities, and its barriers.
Succeeding in Singapore means understanding all these and finding ways to work them into my advantage or my viewers’ advantage. We can all carve a career in Singapore. We just need inspiration and determination to achieve it.
I hope you find my series helpful.