No short­cuts, no free lunches

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

things hap­pen for a good rea­son. If they don’t hap­pen, it’s not time yet to en­joy the fruits of your labour.

How do you main­tain work/life bal­ance? To say that ev­ery­thing is in bal­ance all the time is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble. When there are press­ing dead­lines, my life would be out of bal­ance but it’s only mo­men­tar­ily un­til the work is done.

I try to have a good bal­ance be­tween fam­ily, per­sonal time and work. I have a sched­ule that I fol­low. In work-life bal­ance, you must have some­thing to de­velop your right brain (cre­ativ­ity) and I love danc­ing.

Best piece of ad­vice you ever got on your ca­reer? Do your best and go with the flow, things will hap­pen if it is meant to be.

Most-ad­mired busi­ness leader? Why? Robert Kuok. He be­came suc­cess­ful, helped the coun­try and is now ex­tend­ing to help­ing peo­ple in other coun­tries.

How do you stay abreast of is­sues af­fect­ing your in­dus­try? At­tend­ing con­fer­ences, read­ing, do­ing re­search, be­ing in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the pro­fes­sion.

FPAM is an af­fil­i­ate mem­ber of the Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning Stan­dards Board and our cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is recog­nised in 26 coun­tries. Ev­ery year we have two meet­ings and I do get in­volved as much as I can. What­ever pos­i­tive things that for­eign coun­tries prac­tise, I try to im­ple­ment them here.

If you could have an hour with any thought leader in the world, who would it be and why? Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, for her abil­ity to helm Bank Ne­gara Malaysia and bring it world recog­ni­tion among world banks while stick­ing to ethics and in­tegrity.

What was your big­gest fail­ure and how did you learn from it? When I was an as­so­ciate sales man­ager, I did a deal that turn out to be a con job. Lost money for the com­pany and I thought my boss was go­ing to sack me. My boss told me to stay on to earn back the money, and I did. Since then, I learnt to do due dili­gence when­ever I deal with an­other party.

What was the most out­landish busi­ness pro­posal you have ever heard of? In­vest­ment scam that of­fers great re­turns in help­ing to un­lock money tied in es­tate plan­ning woes.

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