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It is that time of the year again. Well, not quite, just almost.

The year is ending; some of us are scrambling to see what we have accomplished in 2019. Most of us also look into 2020 with vision and hope. A few of us might wonder why we haven’t achieved what we set out to do at the beginning of the year (me included).

So, I figured out a little life hack to significantly improve our chances of 2020 resolution success. As I write this blog, I realise how much I also need this hack.

Let’s do it together, friends! …

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No one wants to fail. In particular, no one wants to fail multiple times.

But everyone does.

I, for once, have failed so many times, I could not believe how unlucky I must be. There must be a higher being up there who enjoy looking down at me stumbling around.

So what can we do about it?

It is not something we can wish away. It has been with us since we were born and will continue to live with us until we die; unwilling to let go.

Well, if we cannot get rid of it, maybe we can live with it. After all, it’s not like we have any choice, right? …

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Once upon a time, I had a vision of business victory. I drew a straight timeline of my (forecasted) success on a blank A4 paper.

That’s it, a straight line.

Never did I know that my visionary picture was not complete without various corners of setbacks. The simple straight line transformed itself into many chaotic abstract paths.

While success is what we desire, often a desperate situation precedes a great leap ahead. Just like pulling a catapult’s sling for a powerful shot, a painful stretch prepares for a strong comeback.

In this article, we will look at five strategic keys. I call these the ‘CoRNNR’ (read: corner) strategy for it is useful when we are backed into a corner. …

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How often do we see those overnight successes only to find out that their ‘overnights’ spanned over decades? We don’t really see the years of hard work behind it. The media couldn’t be bothered either. After all, overnight success does sound better than ten years of blood, sweat and tears.

These instant success stories (often stem from ‘one brilliant idea’) create the illusion of .. well .. instant successes.

“If only we can find that one idea; only one idea and we’ll be rich.”

Merit (the quality of being particularly good or worthy)

When I started my business I thought I was ready (not really, maybe 70% ready). I did spend a few years in university learning about business (sort of). …

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Living in a fast lane. Global connectivity. Instant gratification.

Billion dollars ideas.

We have our goals, ambitions, dreams. We want to … no … we need to get there faster before it is too late. While we still have the strength and drive.

There is nothing wrong with big hairy audacious goals. We only live once, so we might as well make the most of it. Often, what we regret the most is the thing we didn’t have the time (or courage) to do.

But how fast can we run? Or more importantly, how far can we go?

Slow down. You will run faster, and you can go far. …

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“That’s it, Fred,” Kevin said to me on one fine afternoon. “Last exam.”

“I know, I know,” I replied. “I cannot believe it either.”

“It’s over!”

“Yes, it’s done!!”

Kevin and I took five years combined degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce in The University of Western Australia. We had our last exam that afternoon. After five long years of hard work, we finally finished everything.

“So, what’s your plan after graduation?” Kevin asked me.

“I don’t know, get a good high-paying job I guess,” I said. …

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After several years of not volunteering in church, I decided to give it a go again. My heart was filled with a desire to serve in the small group. And it was not long before I was given a small group to lead.

What a privilege!

There were 5 other men in my group, most of them were already married with kids. I was leading a men’s bible study group. What a joy to be able to serve the Lord in church. I missed that. I was out of ministry for a few years because I moved church and I needed time to adjust to the new environment. …

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Tom was an ambitious young entrepreneur. He started a successful tech company in the healthcare industry — an object of envy among his business peers.

Despite all the admiration, Tom was under a lot of pressures. Working from 6 am to 10 pm on a daily basis started to take its toll. He came home physically and mentally tired, but his brain could not stop working. Constant worry and stress gave him terrible insomnia. Tom realised his health was getting worse. He lost his appetite and survived mostly on black coffee and toast.

There were times when Tom had suicidal thoughts. His mind was clouded in darkness, and the air felt dirty; it was difficult to breathe in. …

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My parents sent me to Australia when I was 17 years old. I was the first to study overseas in our family (and extended family). My little brothers and all of our cousins were still in Indonesia. I guess I was the guinea pig. They wanted to see if I could make it or not before sending the rest of the tribe.

Surprisingly, I survived. About several years later, I was still in one piece, working in a large corporate in Perth, Australia. And I was married too!

One thing I found quite challenging was finding work after university. I found out that the English required to survive university was very different from the one needed to ace a job interview. I had a thick Indonesian accent (still do) and it made my English sounded ‘funny’. …

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“In two years, my business is going to expand nationwide,” I said to Rob, my good friend.

“Yeah, and how are you planning to do that?” Rob replied.

“Get good customers base, expand the product lines, hire salespersons.”

“You think it’s so easy? Your plan does not even sound convincing!”

“Well, it’s important to have a dream.”

“Yeah, keep dreaming.”

That conversation took place about seven years ago when Rob was still working for me in my wholesaling business in Australia. I did not end up growing nationwide. It was just a dream.

In all honesty, that dream was mainly comprised of unachievable ambitions and insurmountable obstacles. I did not realise it then, but there were hidden motives behind my dream, behind my impossible goal. …


Fredy Namdin

A husband, father of two, business coach, writer, coffee drinker, and gardener. Reach me at and

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