Away from civilian life

This week, being in reservist has made me thankful for the simpler things in life. The ability to sit in front of my desk, surfing the internet in an air-conditioned room are simple day-to-day comforts that most of us have taken for granted. Also, I am re-discovering the simple things in life, like being able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want while I am out of the camp over the weekend. It was a heck of a week as my unit cleared our stations for ATEC 1, and next week will be even tougher as we head outfield for another week.

On a side note, the amount of creativity that people have always never fails to inspire and amaze me. Alongside catching up on my reading activities, listening to podcasts and clearing my inbox, I keep thinking to myself about the many ways people are generating ideas and making profits out of them. It only takes part curious mind, part research and mostly good-old rolling-up-the-sleeves to achieve something!

We are already heading into the third week of 2017, and there is so much more to be done. Yet I wonder how many people have started to fall behind their 2017 resolutions/goals. While in camp I met a serviceman who is in the business of branding consultancy. He has had a non-typical career path, with many side hustles along the way. I really respect and admire people who are able to juggle many hats at one go, and continue to be surprised at how people are lulled into a false sense of security with their day jobs being the single source of income for their household. No one needs any reminder that times are bad for finance professionals at this moment, so anyone with an inkling of an idea for a side hustle should definitely spend some time looking at how they can create more income opportunities for themselves.

Speaking of side hustles, a new podcast that I have been absolutely loving is Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School. Every podcast episode features normal people like you and I who have managed to start side hustles while holding full-time day jobs. I like it for its bite-sized content, with podcast episodes going under 10 minutes for most, making them ideal for listening while on the go without being overloaded with too much information. A new episode is released every single day – making it a useful source for personal motivation to get started on a side hustle yourself. Give it a go!

2 thoughts on “Away from civilian life

  1. I love podcasts and I listen to many. Will be looking into the one that you recommend and I agreed that day job is not longer the only source of income.

    However, there are times where listening to podcasts, kept me distracted. Feels a bit like entrepreneur porn. What do you think? How do keep yourself focus on it?



    • Yes I agree, beyond a certain point too many podcasts can be a problem too with information overload. I’ve taken to reducing the number of subscribed podcasts, listening selectively to those that are aligned to what I am trying to achieve at the moment!


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