New Year’s resolutions: same old for 2018 or time for a change?
Written by Trevor Keidan on December 26, 2017.
Here we are on the cusp of 2018 and it’s that time of year when we all make our resolutions. And like every other year, come February, most of them will be at best broken, at worst forgotten. Few of us manage to keep our resolutions for a month, let alone an entire year. And yet, I am walking, talking proof that sometimes, just sometimes, a resolution can not only be kept, but be absolutely transformative.
It all started in 2004 when I was having a moan to a friend about making resolutions every year but failing to keep them. He replied that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and asked me what changes I was going to make to ensure that this year was actually going to be different.
They were words which prompted me to make a life-changing decision. For aeons, I had dreamed about setting up a financial services firm in Asia that actually focused on the needs of the expat community. I decided that this time I was actually going to give it a go. But where to start? So many questions went through my mind: where do I start, how will it work, most importantly, would I actually like it? You can guess the answer to that last question given that I am sat here 15 years later writing this article!
Perhaps you are currently reflecting on 2017 and thinking about what you would like to do in 2018 - apart from winning the lottery! For many of us the focus will be on work, something that we have to do in order to pay the rent and put food on the table, but also in order to find our identities and have a purpose in life (which is why often independently wealthy individuals choose to keep on working). Our need to do something that matters on a daily basis is very powerful. Yet many people are not aware of the opportunities available to them.
If you are looking for a challenge within the financial services sector for example, perhaps you are not aware of the opportunities available to you in Asia here at Infinity. Or perhaps you haven’t considered the advantages. If you’re already working in financial services, the day job is pretty much the same: helping clients plan to ensure that they have choices and financial freedom in the future. So why move to Asia?
Well, here are just some of the benefits which our consultants in Asia appreciate:
1. A wide range of clients - Infinity’s client base consists of 80 different nationalities, a truly international clientèle which poses new challenges all the time.
2. Exposure to multi-currency investment opportunities - Back at home you probably deal primarily in your home currency. In Asia, our diverse client base offers financial planning opportunities in numerous currencies depending on each client’s home country and where they plan to live in the future.
3. Increase your standard of living – The cost of living is increasing in many western countries meaning that the average person is finding it harder to save, go out socially and travel. Many expats here in Asia find that the combination of higher earning potential and cheaper living costs lead to a higher standard of living enabling them to do all these things, and more.
4. A change in lifestyle – With good weather all year round, Asia offers a huge range of opportunities for a more active lifestyle whether you prefer to spend your weekends biking through the jungle or diving with tropical fish. Or perhaps you prefer simply sitting by the pool enjoying the latest James Patterson. In Asia you can do it all.
So have a think about where would you like to be in January 2019. Still sat at the same desk with the same problems, or, like me and the entire Infinity team, packing up for Infinity’s conference? This year we are heading to Penang in Malaysia for some fun, learning and planning for the year ahead.
If you’re looking to make a meaningful change in 2018 and would like to find out more about opportunities available at Infinity, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a chat.