NO PROGRESS WITHOUT CHANGE

Augustman - - Editor’s Note -

AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, I will be re­lo­cat­ing from the heart of town where I’ve lived for the last eight years, to the edge of town where I’ve tried to avoid liv­ing for the last eight years. What brought about the sud­den turn­around? It’s not age, or set­tling down, or be­cause I dis­like where I am or due to an un­rea­son­able spike in the rent. If any­thing, the in­cen­tives to stay are be­com­ing more at­trac­tive by the day. I’ll no longer be able to run home to change for a work event or to walk home from Spize in the mid­dle of the night af­ter a late sup­per of Maggi goreng ayam. Or walk home from Or­chard, Clarke Quay or pretty much any­where down­town. You can bet I will be miss­ing that perk for sure. No, I’m mov­ing be­cause I need to in­ject some change in my life. It’s also fi­nan­cially more re­spon­si­ble, and prob­a­bly more con­ve­nient for work but pri­mar­ily it’s be­cause I want some dis­rup­tion in my per­sonal life. As many gu­rus I’ve in­ter­viewed over the years have ex­plained, change that is man­aged is good. It in­duces ideas, cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties. It’s when change comes about un­ex­pect­edly that prob­lems arise. Trans­la­tion: I’m get­ting out of my hood be­fore my land­lord kicks me out for send­ing him too many emails of com­plaint. I’ve per­son­ally been quite lucky with prop­erty finds. My cur­rent house­hold is a strange walk-up that my friends and col­leagues re­fer to fondly as “the haunted house”. It’s old, pri­vate, has im­mensely spa­cious rooms, a large ex­panse for a gar­den that’s oc­ca­sion­ally main­tained by a care­taker (by main­tained, I mean he shakes the co­conuts loose from the trees once in a while so they don’t tip over from the weight) and a num­ber of stray cats that some­times makes the bal­cony of my ground floor apart­ment look like a scene from the Ja­panese cat col­lect­ing game on smart phones. My new place is nearly as large as the cur­rent one, and I’ve got big plans for it. Ideas have been run­ning in my head ever since I first con­sid­ered mov­ing there. It’s thrilling, en­er­gis­ing, like an adren­a­line rush from a work­out without hav­ing to move from your comfy chair. Sure, prop­erty ex­perts will tell you to wait, look for al­ter­na­tives and keep your op­tions open. In short, be log­i­cal. But life isn’t log­i­cal and nei­ther is change. It’s im­pos­si­ble to man­age it in that man­ner. You can think about change all the time, to plan how you’ll ex­e­cute it, to con­sider pretty much ev­ery­thing else that may hap­pen. But when it’s time, change just has to oc­cur or you’ll miss the boat. I’m sure there are plenty of us who wished we’d got on the Google IPO when it first hap­pened, or that we’d bought Ap­ple or Pixar shares when they were just emerg­ing and get­ting ready to dis­rupt the sys­tem. If you got in on the ac­tion for these, lucky you. But if you didn’t, you can only blame it on your own fear of tak­ing a chance on things. Change is in­evitable. Make it hap­pen, and you’ll be all the hap­pier for it.

DAR­REN HO MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR dar­ren.ho@burda.com.sg In­sta­gram: @Dar­renHo Twit­ter: @Dar­renJYHo

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