Life-changing Advice Every 20-Something Must Know
CLEO’s 2017 Change Makers are all exceptional in their own right. From scaling Mount Everest to starting their own businesses, they’ve all done exceptionally well – and at such a young age.
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But success doesn’t come easily and these girls have had to work hard to get to where they are today. Here are a few words of wisdom they shared with us when it comes to following your dreams and reaching your goals. Life lessons we can all learn from.
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The CLEO Change Makers 2017 is presented by SK-II.
Samantha Dorcas Soh
“Use your young age to run as fast as you can so that you’ll benefit in the future. Because of my family background and how I was brought up, ‘being great’ was always something we needed to strive for. I guess it was because of the hardships we faced then that we adopted a ‘hardworking mentality.'”
“Your 20s is the time to pursue your dreams. You probably don’t have a lot of liabilities at this time so you can afford to take risks.”
“As 20-somethings, we’re constantly having ideas or ‘noise’ in our heads. But within all that, some of those ideas are bound to be good! Give yourself the chance to slow down and search deep inside yourself to find out what matters the most to you. I think 20-somethings now don’t trust themselves enough. They’ve lost that connection to their gut feeling. I think regaining that connection and learning how to trust yourself is very important.”
Lee Jia Pei
“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. That’s basically how I signed up for the navy – I just felt like doing it one day so I went online to read how to do it… and the rest is history. What people say is true, you will end up regretting the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.”
“Love yourself. I say this because sometimes it seems like we can be faced with constant criticism. But you know what? People who are insecure tend to also put other people down, so surround yourself with people who support you. If we learn to love ourselves, we would know when to stand up for ourselves and remove ourselves from toxic people.”
Nur Yusrina Ya'akob
“If you really, really want to achieve something all you really need is committing to that goal. Because if you want it bad enough, you will somehow find a way around whatever challenges come your way.”
“I would say to trust yourself and trust the process. I am actually not a risk-taker at all and I like structure – none of which my job actually gives me! But I’ve realised through this entire journey that the process has opened up my mind to a lot of things and different perspectives. I’ve learnt to sit with that discomfort a lot more easily now.”
Yip Pin Xiu
“I think if you want something, you should really go out and get it. Go work for it. Even if the world tells you no, you have to maintain a positive mindset and try your hardest that way you never have any regrets.”