Finding your Purpose in your Workplace

March 11, 2022 marks the end of a chapter in my life, albeit a short one. I had the privilege to have worked with and learned from extremely hardworking, passionate and dedicated colleagues in all of my 14 years in the Finance industry. 

I started my career in Singapore with one of the leading fund administrators. I am grateful that it is the first company that believed in me and offered me the experiences and exposures which later helped me as I carved my way to where I am now in my career.  

I have been blessed with jobs that opened doors to countless of opportunities for me to reach my dreams and those of my family as well as the avenues to create a meaningful impact in an organization. I am honored for the trust and confidence accorded to me by all the companies I have worked for.

Growing up, I have always felt this strong inclination in me to lead and take care of others, especially my family. My father died when I was 4 years old and since then I witnessed the hardship that my mom had to go through for us to get by. I am the third in the brood of four. I have always taken an active role in looking after my family. Big or small decisions, my mom and siblings would always go to me for advices even up to these days. Sometimes it gets overwhelming but at the end of the day, I feel fulfilled knowing that I am able to help the people I care about.  

This proclivity to care for others is very much imbedded in my person. Even at my workplace, I derive my fulfillment in helping others succeed. I aspire to inspire others in whatever capacity I am in. And I see it as my personal mission that helps me get through the toughest times. This is what gets me out of bed every morning, "how can I make a difference in someone's life today?"

This proclivity to care for others is very much imbedded in my person. Even at my workplace, I derive my fulfillment in helping others succeed. I aspire to inspire others in whatever capacity I am in. And I see it as my personal mission that helps me get through the toughest times. This is what gets me out of bed every morning, "how can I make a difference in someone's life today?" As a leader, you provide the vision and direction as you and your crew navigate your way to your destination. And what I learned is, more often than not, the most effective way to bring out the best in people is to know them: what drives them, what success means for them and what their strengths and areas for development are. You need to be able to find a way to align the common goals with their personal objectives. Allowing them to steer the wheel is like tapping into their potentials. I do believe that people is the powerhouse of any business. Even as you put in a system, you need someone to test whether it is effectively achieving the objective for which it was created in the first place. Invest in your people and your people will take care of your business for you. 

I am someone who needs to connect my core values and my purpose in what I do. And it is very important for me to align my values with those of the organization I work for. It needs to treat people as partners in success and not just means to it. This entails supporting and developing people to be their best selves. I take my role in the workplace as a mission for me to make a difference in at least one person. If I am able to guide and mentor someone grow and succeed in their own personal career goals while also taking part in the company's milestones, that to me is my success as a leader. 

I do not know yet what to write on the next pages of my life but one thing I am certain is that I want to continue living my purpose, that is, to make a meaningful impact in others in whatever way I can. For now, I will take this time to rest and recharge so I will be more ready for my next mission. I aim to bloom wherever I am planted and inspire others to blossom into the best version of themselves. 

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. 

This is to have succeeded.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson





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