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In 2014, I started and built a training and consulting firm from scratch – I had no track record and no experience.
First the success
By using design thinking, we grew by more than 350% in the second year. And by the fourth year, we achieved these milestones:
- Reach: served more than 50% of the schools in Singapore
- Reputation: almost all new businesses were through referrals
- Revenue: attained 6-figure revenue
Then the challenges
Although I have built a successful business, I was not happy. I was working 12 to 16 hours daily. Further, both my health and marriage were suffering.
When my second child was born in 2013, I knew I had to put my family first, instead of my business.
That meant working less hours. But how do I maintain or even increase my earnings, because the money stops the moment I stop working!
To resolve these challenges, I had two options:
- Scale: recruit people to do some of the work I do
- Automate: leverage technology to do some of the work I do
Recruiting people wasn’t the solution. Because when clients asked to work with us, they’re really asking to work with me!
Leveraging technology wasn’t the solution either. Because I failed to create systems in my business to enable me to leverage technology effectively.
Now the new perspective
This was when I knew I had to turn to design thinking again.
To begin, I started by reframing the definition of success. Success isn’t only about the money; but the freedom to do what you want, when you want it, with whom you want to, and when you want to.
In short, success is LIFT Freedom:
- Location: you are free to do the work wherever you want
- Intellectual: you are free to pursue work that are aligned to your purpose and talents
- Financial: the work you do pays you well enough to enjoy or sustain the lifestyle you choose
- Time: you are free to choose your own schedule
How you can benefit
This site documents how I started, built, and am growing as a solopreneur to achieve LIFT Freedom.
When you join me, I will send you via email how you too can achieve LIFT Freedom and lead a better life. Now, isn’t that the end goal for all of us?
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