Thursday 4 July 2013

Super man can't fly

As I ended the conversation with a client, Jay Chou's hit Superman can't fly comes to my mind. To many people, I'm a super woman. I run a business, a household. I plan trips, meals and celebrations. I take care of everything to the best I can. I feel like Super woman but now I feel like crying.

In business, I like to think that I have good foresight but sometimes I'm just a little bit ahead of my time. It's good to have that edge over others but it can also be such a struggle. Recently I met an  expat living in Singapore. His industry knowledge and professionalism is astounding but unfortunately he's fighting a losing battle with the cut-throat competitors. I can totally understand how he feels.

That's the way it works in SIngapore. Jobs are awarded to the lowest bidder. Many companies don't value people like us enough, people who give the right advice and offer the best solution, people who want the best for our clients.

Sometimes I wonder if what I'm doing is worth it.


Amel said...


Over the course of the years I've been thinking about a similar topic - of how tough it must've been to be the "trail blazer" or one of the people who're "a little bit ahead of time".

But you know what...I've come to respect them and I even thank them sincerely for their foresight. So I respect you too, Ting. *bow*

Amel said...

One more thing: Sometimes it feels like we're only a tiny drop of water in the big ocean of life, but you know what? A tiny drop of water can also make ripples and even though we may not be influencing those faraway, those near us will be influenced by us. And who knows what will happen in the future when the ripples also influence others and make bigger ripples? The seeds you plant today may look like they're having a hard time growing, but in the future they may grow abundantly - maybe in the forms that you least think of.

Blur Ting said...

Thanks for the encouragement Amel. I needed that! I will remember your words when I hit an obstacle next time. :)

The World According To Me said...

Wise words from Amel.
Hope you're okay.

Petunia Lee said...

Ting - Hugs. Hugs. Hugs.

Wen-ai said...

Jiayou! Hopefully everything will turns out well for you. There will be clients who can see the value that you and your company provides. Hopefully more clients will come to realise that sooner!