fbpx
menu Home

Strange things happen when you take a year off

Chris Chong | January 20, 2019
  • play_circle_filled

    Strange things happen when you take a year off
    Chris Chong

For An Easier Experience, Listen On Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Podbean.

I think one of the biggest questions people ask themselves any number of years into their career, so this could be anyone who’s been out of school, working for a while now, they will have days where they ask themselves, should I take a year off to explore something else besides my career?

At the beginning of last year, I took that jump and decided to take a year off from focusing on my career to look at other parts of my life, I wanted to change, I wanted to lose some negative parts of my lifestyle and become a more grounded, compassionate human.

Before I made the decision to break from my career, my whole life centred around my career goals. It was probably reinforced by going to a really competitive high school, having migrant parents who wanted their kids to have an education and a career they had dreamed of, but maybe you’re like me, it felt like a long and never-ending race that I didn’t even have second thoughts about, I just catapulted myself into a long list of career goals that just kept on growing as I spent more and more money.

Most Asian kids are taught from an early age, this is the type of house you want to live in, you should be better than others around you, your place on the table is earned through your spending power. It was whack.

So imagine being a guy, 28 years old, who everyday thought about his career. One day, he made a mistake with his job, I fucked up, just google my name and the name Forbes,  and because of that, he was hit so hard personally by the negativity of the consequences, that he finally started to question his whole career and the choices leading up to it. And that’s all it can take sometimes.

 

""
1
Previous
Next

 

Music Attribution (CC/Royalty Free)

Lee Rosevere-Lets Start at the Beginning

Lee Rosevere – Going Home

Lee Rosevere – Featherlight

Lee Rosevere – Places Unseen

Lee Rosevere – Gone

Lee_Rosevere_-_01_-_Lets_Start_at_the_Beginning

Lee_Rosevere_-_10_-_Musical_Mathematics

ENDING Broke_For_Free_-_01_-_Golden_Hour

 

 




  • cover play_circle_filled

    01. The F Word: Failure, Can We Talk About It? Part 1 Feat. Elisha Tan from TechLadies and Facebook
    Elisha Tan

  • cover play_circle_filled

    02. Has the startup sense of community eroded?
    Christopher Chong

  • cover play_circle_filled

    03. GLOBAL HEAD QUITS CORPORATE JOB FOR STARTUP DREAM
    Damien from Peoplewave

  • cover play_circle_filled

    04. HOW I RAISED $55M FOR SUSTAINABILITY STARTUP BY STANFORD MBA, EX-MCKINSEY
    Poyan from BBP

  • cover play_circle_filled

    05. INSEAD MBA’S STARTUP CHANGES HOW WE ORDER FOOD
    Tim from Waittr

  • cover play_circle_filled

    How We Built A $24M Startup: Beeconomic To Groupon. Part 1/2
    Elisha Tan

play_arrow skip_previous skip_next volume_down
playlist_play
Share
Hide Buttons