Charmine Yee: What I Would Tell 20-year-old Me

Noth­ing like the end of a year and the be­gin­ning of an­other to put us in a ret­ro­spec­tive mood. En­tre­pre­neur, TV pre­sen­ter, and KISS92 DJ Char­maine Yee shares with us some im­por­tant re­al­i­sa­tions she’s had in the past decade.

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Don’t use age as a mea­sure of suc­cess

“30 was my magic num­ber. I wanted to ac­com­plish three things by the time I turned 30—to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter, to be a TV pre­sen­ter, and to be on the Forbes 30 Un­der 30 list. That drive to have ev­ery­thing fig­ured out by 30 meant that work al­ways came be­fore fam­ily and friends. A cou­ple of health scares later (a 10cm cyst in my ovary in 2012 and ap­pen­dix ear­lier this year), I’ve re­alised that money and suc­cess can come with time. It’s your health and re­la­tion­ships that are truly in­valu­able.”

Don’t be afraid to fail

“At 25, I started an on­line busi­ness be­cause I had grand plans to be a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur by 30. That even­tu­ally failed be­cause I had no busi­ness plans and didn’t have the time to put in the work needed. Now at 31, I’m happy with my ra­dio ca­reer at KISS92 and do­ing the most on-screen work I’ve ever done. I’m also giv­ing en­trepreneur­ship an­other shot with MEvo­lu­tion—a plat­form ded­i­cated to em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to be the best ver­sions of them­selves via mo­ti­va­tional cour­ses and train­ing ser­vices. I’m try­ing again—keep­ing in mind all the les­sons I’ve learnt from my first at­tempt!”

Noth­ing is a “waste of time”

“It’s easy to dis­miss failed re­la­tion­ships, or dis­count jobs that you took up just be­cause you needed the money. For in­stance, breakups made me aware of what I wouldn’t com­pro­mise on when it comes to my other half. And while I didn’t like work­ing at a me­dia agency or or­gan­is­ing events for a ho­tel, these work ex­pe­ri­ences taught me to man­age my own ac­counts bet­ter and how to avert crises—which are valu­able skills for my host­ing ca­reer.”

Not ev­ery­thing has to be on so­cial me­dia

“I’ve since learnt that life’s best mo­ments don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to be up on In­sta­gram. Es­pe­cially when it comes to your love life; it’s good to keep some mo­ments spe­cial to you and your part­ner.”

You’re never too busy to visit a gy­nae

“And you should never be ‘too shy’ to go to one. It’s im­por­tant to go for reg­u­lar check­ups be­cause it’s best to de­tect prob­lems early and treat them be­fore things gets worse. Ditto for your bi-an­nual den­tal checkup (and be­cause den­tal work is ex­pen­sive).”

In­ter­view­ing Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Gold­ing.

Ev­ery body is a bikini body. Don’t let any­one tell you oth­er­wise.

Post-in­ter­view selfie with The Rock!

Spend­ing time with the fam­ily.

Shoot­ing with my mum.

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