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Yes To No ✅ ❌

Yes To No ✅ ❌
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #54 • View online
Hi friends!
When I started my career, as a young, naive 23 year old - I was a Yes (Wo)man.
I said yes to pretty much every opportunity that was presented to me. I volunteered for projects, jumped at extra curricular activities and had the chance to experience and learn new things almost every week. I was that overly enthusiastic and excitable colleague who always lent a helping hand.
A few things naturally happened from there.
1) People started to know who I was in the company. It was a great way for me to naturally network and brand myself. I became a networking magnet.
2) As I experienced doing more things, I learnt more about my strengths and weaknesses, what I enjoyed working on (planning & organising), and what I disliked doing (pulling data, working with numbers), what i excelled at, and what I sucked at.
When I had learnt everything I could from the job that I was doing, I was then able to make an informed decision on which job to choose as my next career move to fully utilize my skillsets and maximize my strengths - this eventually lead me to what I absolutely love doing today.
So my advice? Say yes to everything, early on in your career. Having more opportunities will expand your horizons, and you’ll probably still have loads of time and energy to do as much as you want.
When should you start saying No? As you grow a little older, there will inevitably be more commitments and obligations you will have to prioritise. However, by this time, you’ll hopefully have a rough idea of what direction you’d like to take both your personal and professional life to.
So start saying no to things that aren’t important. Start saying no to friends that don’t matter. Prioritise ruthlessly. Once you’ve found your niche and established your forte - saying no doesn’t stop there.
In fact, my guess is that you’re going to be saying no even more - because your time is limited, and you want to make sure you only make time for the most important things in your life AND still have the headspace to make difficult decisions.
“The more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life - the life that YOU want” - Ryan Holiday
Till next month!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Month 💛
Coconut Chicken Pizza was THE BOMB!
Coconut Chicken Pizza was THE BOMB!
Margarita pizza was okay, I'm going to try the korean themed pizza the next time round!
Margarita pizza was okay, I'm going to try the korean themed pizza the next time round!
Created by the same folks who started Old Hen Coffee - this quaint pizza place serves simple Italian style pizza. I personally prefer this style of pizza to the greasy styled Americanised pizzas, and this place did not disappoint! The crust’s base is also made with fresh sourdough, ingredients are all imported from overseas to keep things authentic and fresh.
We also paired a recommended beer to go with the pizza, it complemented the flavours really well! We got the whitebait as a side (it was SUPER yummy) - and I’d definitely go again!
Rated 8/10 stars!
Brambe is the love-child of an architect and an environmentalist. Both had a keen interest in either topics and this led them to explore the potentials of integrating sustainability and design. Brambe was thus born with the vision of redefining future homewares to be eco-friendly and uniquely designed.
I chanced upon Brambe’s instagram, and even made the effort to go down to their pop up store because I fell in love with these Mountain Whisky Cups. Each base is one-of-a-kind and upcycles a sachet of used coffee grounds! I got the blue version, so it really looks like mountains with snow!
The fact that their entire business is built on using recycled materials and advocating for sustainability is a huge plus in my eyes!
The owners are really down to earth as well, so.- do check out their instagram for some really cool stuff for your house :) #Supportlocal
Video Of The Month 🎥
1000 Subscribers Q&A | Tech Workplace Culture, Advice & Next Adventures
1000 Subscribers Q&A | Tech Workplace Culture, Advice & Next Adventures
PS. I’ve tried to add my other YouTube Shorts, but this platform doesn’t seem to support the addition of shorts :( Definitely check out my latest short videos - as I touch a lot more on compensation. Fear not though, I have a really extensive video on compensation coming out soon - so I should be able to post that here eventually!
Please watch it, and give it a like 👍🏽 as it really helps support the channel and subscribe to my YouTube channel OR my TikTok Channel here if you found value in this video! 🙏🏼
Of course, sharing the videos with anyone who may potentially benefit from this information would help me a ton as well! 🤗
Kindle Highlights Of The Month 📖
Be picky and selective about the things that are important to you, and that you want to achieve!
Be picky and selective about the things that are important to you, and that you want to achieve!
Mental & Physical health matters folks!
Mental & Physical health matters folks!
Photos Of The Month 📷
One of the little alleyways in Chinatown, Singapore. I have to say, I'm really pleased with how this photo turned out - one of my best snaps in my humble opinion!
One of the little alleyways in Chinatown, Singapore. I have to say, I'm really pleased with how this photo turned out - one of my best snaps in my humble opinion!
Visited Marina One for the first time to try the Omakase. Really nice vibes, so just decided to snap a photo :)
Visited Marina One for the first time to try the Omakase. Really nice vibes, so just decided to snap a photo :)
My first ever mentee Gina's (not so surprise) bridal shower! This girl is getting married tomorrow - can't believe the baby of the team is getting hitched!
My first ever mentee Gina's (not so surprise) bridal shower! This girl is getting married tomorrow - can't believe the baby of the team is getting hitched!
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every month, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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