From good to great

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - WOMEN’S WORLD -

AC­CORD­ING to the Women’s Phi­lan­thropy In­sti­tute USA, in al­most ev­ery in­come bracket, women give more than men. This could be be­cause women are gen­er­ally more com­mu­nity- ori­ented and find much of their value in be­ing of ser­vice to oth­ers.

An­other key rea­son is that women to­day are ed­u­cated, earn­ing their own in­come and out­liv­ing their spouses, which means they may not only in­herit once from their par­ents, but twice – leav­ing them with big­ger for­tunes and big­ger abil­ity to give.

Giv­ing boosts your health and wealth

Sci­ence has proven that giv­ing is good for the giver as well. Gen­er­ous peo­ple tend to be more fi­nan­cially savvy, be­cause giv­ing re­quires dis­ci­pline and bud­get­ing skills.

Gen­er­ous peo­ple are not only phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally health­ier but also hap­pier and more sat­is­fied with life.

Ac­cord­ing to a land­mark study by Har­vard Univer­sity that spanned over 75 years ( and con­tin­ues to this day, last­ing far be­yond most stud­ies of this scale), the big­gest and only fac­tor that con­sis­tently pre­dicted hap­pi­ness are strong and lov­ing re­la­tion­ships.

I’m not rich. Can I still reap the ben­e­fits of giv­ing?

Giv­ing is not about the sum of money you give away, but about the value you bring to the world. There are many ways to give, not only fi­nan­cially but through your time and skills as well. As a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor and life and ex­ec­u­tive coach, Brenda Yong shares the steps you can take to go from lead­ing a suc­cess­ful in­ner life to a suc­cess­ful, glob­ally im­pact­ful life:

1. Get­ting the in­ner life in or­der. To take care of those around us, we must start by tak­ing care of our­selves.

2. Get the outer life in or­der. When things have been man­aged well in our in­ner life, we’re able to move be­yond our per­sonal lives and in­flu­ence those we see on a daily ba­sis.

3. Get­ting the com­mu­nal life in or­der. A woman who is gen­er­ous in her com­mu­nal life is no longer just giv­ing as an in­di­vid­ual – through her life, she in­flu­ences oth­ers to give and par­tic­i­pate in the com­mu­nity as well.

4. Liv­ing a life of global im­pact. This could take on the form of writ­ing ar­ti­cles, speak­ing at events, men­tor­ing younger women, or even form­ing small net­works and com­mu­ni­ties of peo­ple who will sup­port each other’s growth.

Learn to man­age your wealth and make an im­pact with your money

Brenda Yong, one of Malaysia’s first 100 fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sors li­censed by Bank Ne­gara, the first fe­male win­ner of the Mil­lion Dol­lar Round Ta­ble recog­ni­tion ( un­der the Fi­nan­cial Ad­vi­sor Cat­e­gory) and a cer­ti­fied Ex­ec­u­tive Coach in Suc­cess and Wealth Man­age­ment, has set up KP Fi­nan­cial Group, a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sory prac­tice within Stan­dard Fi­nan­cial Ad­vis­ers Sdn Bhd, cater­ing spe­cially to the needs of women.

In con­junc­tion with In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and as part of serv­ing the fe­male com­mu­nity in Malaysia, Yong is giv­ing away a com­pli­men­tary copy of her book What Suc­cess­ful Women Do with Their Money to­gether with a free one- hour fi­nan­cial con­sul­ta­tion by her or her team of fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers.

To get a copy of the book and a com­pli­men­tary fi­nan­cial check- up, e- mail brenda. yong@ stan­dardfa. com or What­sApp 012- 307 0715 to re­quest a copy and book a con­sul­ta­tion.

yong shares the steps you can take to go from lead­ing a suc­cess­ful in­ner life to a suc­cess­ful, glob­ally im­pact­ful life.

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