Ep118: Family vs Money: Which would you choose?

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses the topic of choosing between family and money in one’s career. Personal stories and emphasizes the importance of finding a middle ground between the two. 



3:45 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing shares a personal story about prioritizing family over career due to a loved one’s illness.

7:12 πŸŽ™οΈ They discuss the misconception that choosing family means completely neglecting one’s career and highlight the importance of finding a balance.

11:28 πŸŽ™οΈ The speaker recounts taking a career break to focus on family but still maintaining a strong online presence and attracting job opportunities through LinkedIn.

16:50 πŸŽ™οΈ They emphasize the importance of strategic planning, continuous upskilling, and building a positive professional reputation to navigate between family and career goals.

23:05 πŸŽ™οΈ The speaker advises younger individuals to focus on building a strong career foundation while considering both family and money priorities.

26:40 πŸŽ™οΈ They conclude by reiterating the importance of finding a middle ground and maintaining a balance between family and career goals.


Key Insights

πŸ’‘ Balancing family and career is a personal decision and may require prioritizing one over the other at different stages of life. However, it doesn’t mean completely neglecting either aspect.

πŸ’‘ Planning ahead and being strategic can help ensure a smoother transition between focusing on family and focusing on career. Building a strong online presence, such as a LinkedIn profile, can attract job opportunities even during a career break.

πŸ’‘ Continuous upskilling and improving professional skills can benefit both family and career goals. Being efficient and effective in the workplace can create more time for family while still advancing in one’s career.

πŸ’‘ Developing a strong professional reputation through networking and building a positive brand can open doors to more career opportunities, even when balancing family responsibilities.

πŸ’‘ Younger individuals should focus on building a solid career foundation while considering their family and money priorities. This includes understanding corporate culture, upskilling, and developing a positive professional reputation.

πŸ’‘ Finding a middle ground between family and career is essential for long-term satisfaction and fulfillment. It’s important to evaluate personal values and goals to make informed decisions.

πŸ’‘ Maintaining a balance between family and career requires ongoing effort and adaptability. It’s crucial to be flexible and adjust priorities as circumstances change.



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