I chose financial advisory as a career as I wanted a job that challenges me every day, and offers me limitless growth. Financial freedom has always been a concept close to my heart, and I derive fulfilment from witnessing my clients do so through the plans and work that I’ve done. Now, I find greater fulfilment in my role as I oversee the growth of my associates, which reignites my passion to groom many more successful consultants for the rest of my career. Throughout the course of my career, I have been awarded Top Associate Director (2nd Runner Up) for 2 consecutive years, as well as the International Dragon Bronze Award 2021 (Agent and Manager Categories). I was also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table 2021, AIA FA Pinnacle Club (Unit) and Prestige Club (Platinum) 2021.
It’s a leap of confidence, not a leap of faith.
I strongly believe that one needs to do a lot of preparation for this industry, and this preparatory work is probably one of the most challenging things that rookies in the industry will face. Rather than taking a leap of faith into financial advisory, I believe it needs to be a leap of confidence with the proper legwork done prior to even starting out in the industry.
Being filial isn’t just towards one’s parents.
To me, filial piety is an important trait in financial consultants because it represents more than being engaged in good conduct towards one’s parents. Being filial also means conducting yourself well outside of the home, so as to bring a good name to one’s parents. A filial person will then be dissuaded from moral unrighteousness, which is the last thing a financial consultant should be.
Build a strong support system to get through tough times.
After experiencing a health scare last year, I realised the need to always encourage and go easy on oneself, as growth is a marathon, not a sprint. Many people describe feeling shocked when they are set back by a health problem, and that is perfectly normal. But whether you believe it or not, these initial feelings don’t last forever. Have a strong support system, and choose whom to tell and lean on for support. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; as long as you are actively taking steps to safeguard your wellbeing, you are experiencing your own process of growth.