Does Academic Excellence Lead To Success: A Chinese Metaphysics Perspective

Posted On Last updated May 15, 2022 | Published on Feb 23, 2022

It just dawned upon me that the A-Level results were released today. It certainly brings back memories and I can’t help but look back at my life’s journey so far and the impact, or lack thereof, the education system has had on me. You’ll see the politicians do the usual thing by posting their results and saying that academics does not define your future and it’s funny seeing the kind of reactions you get depending on which politician is posting it and the actual grade they got.

Before anyone asks me, your chart does reveal your academic aptitude and how far you can go in paper qualifications. It’s not difficult to decipher from one’s chart but I don’t wish to get into the technicals of this in this post because it’s a very boring topic to write about.

A trend that I’ve noticed in my consultations is that the age of my clients is getting younger, but that’s also because I’m getting older. Some of my recent media features extended my reach into the younger crowd which I am glad because it’s the crowd that I wish to get in touch with the most. I have to say that the younger clients are the ones that I enjoy serving the most because sometimes they feel like the younger sibling I wish I had but never got to. The younger clients are also the ones who are (usually) very respectful and very open to what I have to say and a consultation with them as my clients is almost always a delight unless it’s some self-entitled young punk.

No doubt that most young people who come to me want a glimpse into their future and what’s in store and I always feel very honoured that they trust me to get their charts read by me.

Anyway, now that the A-Level results are out and everyone’s talking about grades, I’ve decided to chip in and give my perspective on things – not as someone that’s sitting high up on the corporate ladder, but as a practitioner.

I hope my words still hold some weight despite my unconventional career path because I probably have one of those jobs where I get to see people’s lives in their most unfiltered form where our assumptions do not matter.

This post is going to be a bit ‘self-indulgent’ in the sense that it’s going to revolve quite a bit around me which I’ve always shied away from. I want to be clear that I don’t live my days going around feeling like “I am such an inspiration”. I never felt I deserved such an honour and I’m really not trying to be coy or pretentious here. I think it’s also very clear to my readers that I’m not a saint especially when I’m chastising people half the time wishing they didn’t exist. I’m simply trying to live in the present and hoping that my existence is meaningful.

That being said, I also don’t want to completely shut myself off from the world because I do know my posts reach the people it’s intended to reach and some people do benefit from it. Whatever you think of me is up to you – I answer only to the Heavens.

Here’s my story which I hope my young readers get something out of.

My Own Academic Journey

The first time I experienced the harshness of academic reality was, of course, during PSLE. Not to say that I didn’t do well but to this day, I can still remember the pressure I felt when I was a 12-year-old. I scored 245 and went to Saint Joseph’s Institution and entered the third-best class based on my PSLE score, only to drop to the last class during Secondary 3 streaming and where I got to experience what it was like being the top few in class, albeit in an environment that was categorized as the worse. Nothing to be particularly proud of, of course.

It was hard to focus on studying when your parents are abusive subhumans.

I hated studying because I never knew what I was actually studying for, and to this day, I still don’t know what’s the big deal behind “sin x + cos x = 1”. It’s a bit sickening that something you don’t know why you’re learning has such a big role in determining your future.

A lot of people who get to know me through my blog assume that I was academically brilliant. That is far from the case although I do a kick from this false impression people have of me sometimes. I was a horrible student but I always got lucky in exams to make it as far as I did.

Some people thought I made it to business school because I had straight As for my A-levels. I didn’t. I made it in based on discretionary criteria because I represented Singapore for Weiqi which was a hobby I had since I was 7. Subtle flex there, I know. But if I were to be honest with myself and if everyone allowed me to be candid, being able to think and strategize has always been something I am very proud of and I never realized how much learning chess/Weiqi has benefitted me till the later years in my life. Being trained to think of the big picture felt more useful than anything I learned in school. Losing a match also got me to learn how to accept failure and that someone was better than me, and the only way I could make up for it was to put in the effort to be better. Chess was brutal because there is no one else to blame for the loss but yourself and you had to learn to deal with failure to get good at it.

A lot of the successes I feel I have today and good decisions I’ve made are not attributed to the fact that I went to business school, but because I had a hobby that really trained me to think differently, experiment, and take into account the big picture while not neglecting the details. The other thing that I felt contributed to whatever I have now is, of course, my failures. And I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for failing during the earlier parts of my life.

I have my career now because I failed at my studies. I have my marriage now because I was living with people who made me feel like a failure. I learned tenacity because I failed, failed, and kept failing. I know it all sounds cliché, but you won’t understand the value of failure until you go through the whole process yourself and this takes years and even decades to appreciate.

I always felt business school was a very soul-less place because you graduate feeling like a machine. They would sell the faculty as something that is life-changing and that it would be a journey that would turn you into someone who can change the world. Learning about finance, the stock market, marketing, was definitely useful but it never felt inspiring because I can safely say most business school graduates don’t end up changing the world but end up being cogs in a machine. I don’t want to digress too much and go into how many crises and moral hazards Wall Street has caused.

Some people think I graduated with honours because I was in the University Scholar’s Programme (USP) in NUS, and the word “Scholar” makes everyone assume that I was a good student. The truth is, I didn’t graduate with honours and I did not meet the criteria to stay in USP. However, I made a request to stay on and do an additional fourth year because of my friends and also because I enjoyed what I was learning in USP way more than what I did in business school. I went through everything a typical USP student would have, just that I did not get that piece of paper upon graduation. USP was the place I first got in touch with philosophy and I still clearly remember that the first module on philosophy I took was on environmental ethics conducted by an old Vietnamese professor who promised to fail you immediately if you commented on his hair. I went on to take modules on moral philosophy and I remember telling myself “I never knew I could see the world this way”. It was the first time in my life I felt that my mind was stretched and truly growing. I became someone who was easily fascinated by the things around me and I had a deep respect for other fields and disciplines because I could appreciate the importance they played in society.

I didn’t even get a “Pass with Merit”. I simply got a “Pass” for my degree.

That was how pathetic of a student I was. One thing that I was very proud of upon graduation was knowing that I left university with an insatiable intellectual curiosity, and if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t have been able to self-study Chinese metaphysics. Part of the reason why my grades were so bad was that 2007 and 2008 was the second-lowest period of my life and I spoke about this in one of my blog posts that I unwilfully signed up for a leadership course that I thought would help me, but it turns out to be a Large Group Awareness Training (LGAT) programme that uses techniques to indoctrinate others like what you would see happening in MLM-companies. The techniques used are actually what cults use to indoctrinate people too. I won’t want to go into the specifics of it, but the story is that I had a mental breakdown when I forced myself out of the group by reading up on these techniques and my mind couldn’t accept what was happening to me. Friendships were, of course, affected and nobody knew what I was going through and I was eventually ostracized. The first two years of university were incredibly hard because my grades were crap and I had no friends, but it was also the reason why my mind became stronger and I became more independent although I still had many issues to deal with at that point.

The incident happened in 2007 and it severely affected my grades because I didn’t even turn up for some of my papers and anyone who has been through university would know how difficult it is to pull your aggregate score up in such a competitive environment, especially if you mess up your first few semesters. One positive that came out of all this was that because my grades were already that horrid, I focused on taking whatever modules that were interesting to me and not those that were easy to score because I had already given up on honours at that point.

What happened after I graduated is another story that I’ve posted on my Facebook note which you can access via my “About” page, so I will not repeat it here.

I felt like a failure throughout the majority of my life and it came to a point where I was so low that it really didn’t matter what success or failure felt like anymore. I shifted my focus to other things, such as learning how to live in the present, healing from old wounds, finding meaning, and learning how to love myself.

What Exactly Is Success?

My journey as a practitioner has taught me to define success very differently. The epiphany came when I realized some of my clients who have the highest salaries and corporate titles are the ones with the weakest, low-quality BaZi charts.

I did explore this topic before in a blog post that’s probably buried deep in the archives. If you’ve not read it yet, here are some that are related to the topic of what success is:

What Is BaZi and Zi Wei Dou Shu’s Definition of A Good Life?

Why Is The Concept Of Balance So Important In Chinese Metaphysics?

The lens I use to view the world is, of course, based on Chinese metaphysics. Success to me is leading a balanced life. It’s a notion that is hard to appreciate because we live in a society that defines success with wealth and a high title. If you ever get to appreciate what I mean by leading a balanced life, I would be really happy for you.

The reason why I wanted to speak about what success means in some of my previous posts is because whenever a client comes to me, there is always at least one area in their lives that is causing them to be unhappy or unfulfilled. The clients in a happy marriage are unhappy because they are struggling financially; the wealthy clients are unhappy because nobody loves them; the clients with a lot of love are burdened with ill-health.

Having one weak area in one’s life is normal because no one’s life is perfectly balanced and nature also dictates that nothing will ever be perfectly balanced. I mentioned in the blog post on balance that imbalance in life and in nature is intrinsic and it makes what needs to happen, happen. This is Chinese metaphysical law which is why we have the Early Heaven vs Later Heaven Trigrams.

Whenever you come for a reading, what we are trying to do is also to figure out where these imbalances are coming from and try to balance them so that we get a better life. People don’t realize that by fixing these weaker, imbalanced areas of theirs, they would be uplifting all other areas.

To me, success will always be about balance and knowing how to balance different aspects of your life. Your character and how you deal with things, your family, your spouse, your work, your friends, and your health. Any one of these aspects can both uplift your life or drag it down entirely. Some areas, of course, are more critical and have a greater impact, like your health or perhaps your spouse, but that’s not to say that friends and the people you meet are any less important because some of them may very well be able to change your life.

Academics is but one area of one’s life. It is important in some ways and it opens doors and I’m sure everyone already knows that, but I hope the younger ones reading my blog find some comfort knowing that it really doesn’t define your future and you shouldn’t be so myopic to think that it’s the only thing that matters. I have seen enough and done enough with my life to know that it will never be the only thing that matters.

Trust me, there was a point in my life when I felt academics was going to define my future, but looking back, it played but a small role in the grand scheme of things.

The Biggest Failures In Life I’ve Met Were Once Academic Success Stories

I’m sure everyone knows that I’ve come across all sorts of people with all sorts of stories. I have to admit that what I’m about to talk about here is one of the things that make me feel very vindicated, and it is that some of the most detestable people I’ve met who are epic failures in life come from the best colleges in the world.

I feel vindicated not just for myself but also for the people out there who have worked out their whole lives but never got what they deserved. I feel vindicated for the good people out there who are forced to serve these detestable people who are protected by the system instead of being weeded out. I feel vindicated for those who are looked down upon by these people when they have done nothing wrong.

Now, what’s a blog on a Chinese metaphysics website without a case study? Here you go:

Any practitioner worth his or her salt will tell you that this chart above is nothing to shout about. In fact, it is not only mediocre but also comes with a pack of character flaws. Let me break down the technicals briefly:

  • It’s no doubt a strong Yang Metal Daymaster and strong Yang Metal Daymasters benefit most from having Yang Wood (甲) and Yin Fire (丁) appearing. The more important element in his case would be Yin Fire 丁火 and although it does show up in his chart, it is in a very weak state.
  • Despite Yin Fire appearing and it is supposed to be the most important element, one major flaw in this chart is the fact that Yin Fire cannot be used because it is in a weak state and also because there’s also a very strong Yin Water (癸) that prevents Yin Fire from being usuable. To have the element that is supposed to bring out the best in your chart rendered useless is, of course, a major taboo. To know that Yin Fire can never be used in such a chart also means this person will never be respected by others.
  • This chart is unique in a bad way in the sense that we need to toss away what was supposed to be his most ideal element and make do with a sub-par solution, which is Yin Water in this case. The chart still needs to be balanced, but we are doing it in a manner that does not bring out Yang Metal’s best state.
  • The above chart-holders academic success was no doubt due to the Water 10-Year Phases he’s been going through for some time now especially when Water represents intelligence, but this does not make up for the fact that the structure of the natal chart is still sub-par. Again, no practitioner worth his or her salt will say that this is a good chart. Even if you generated this chart using Zi Wei Dou Shu, the structure is 廉贞 + 破军 which is never deemed as a good chart structure.
  • Now, the reason why this person’s life is crumbling or about to crumble soon is because 2022 is the year he enters into his 丁丑 10-Year Phase. He started to feel the effects in 2021 because 2021 was a 丑 year as well. The downfall is caused by this exact Pillar of 丁丑 because, to put it in a very layman way, all the flaws in this chart will be triggered at this point. 丑酉合金 will form which is negative; 丑戌刑 will also form and because his Day Pillar is 庚戌 which is also a 魁罡 (‘kui gang‘) position, this 丑戌刑 is going to bring out the worst character flaws in him. There’s a saying “魁罡冲刑小人身” in BaZi, meaning such chart-holders end up becoming ‘villains’ which are basically the kind of people you love to hate in the office.
  • Him being in his 丁丑 10-Year Phase also means 丁 Fire 正官 is now vulnerable to harm. This has huge implications but I’ll put a halt to the techncial explanations here.

The above chart-holder graduated from a local university and eventually received a Masters in Finance not from another local tertiary institution but from Imperial College London, which is currently ranked 7th in the world. Impressive for sure.

If one was not a BaZi practitioner and you look at things on the surface, you would have expected this person to be very successful by now and probably working in investment banking or private equity. But alas, where he is no is a far cry from what’s expected of someone with such qualifications. I know for a fact that people without a Masters degree do not just hold the same title as him, but some are even above him.

He’s stuck where he is not because he does not have the smarts for it but because of the character flaws he has that gets him outcasted. Anyone can tell he’s not fit for leadership. At the same time, his marriage is also on the brink of falling apart due to the unbelievable ego he has which is common for unresolved strong Daymaster chart-holders. Mentally, he’s having a bit of a screw-loose because of the negative 魁罡 trait his chart has.

The above chart-holder is a very bitter, unhappy person with very few friends. Not only has he reached a plateau in his career but will probably spend the rest of his life alone as well. Things will only get worse because he still thinks he’s meant for greatness and that his wife is lucky to have him. Again, he has a Masters in Finance from the 7th best university in the world.

He is but one of the many examples I’ve met throughout the course of my life and I could give everyone countless case studies similar in nature. I’ve always found it very puzzling that these people with prestigious degrees feel like they are better, have enviable lives, or that those without prestigious degrees are meant to serve them.

The corporate world, unfortunately, is filled with these sorts of people and they take out their unhappiness on those under them.

It begs the question. Is this person considered successful? Would you trade happiness for a degree from a prestigious university? You decide. What’s the point of all these paper qualifications if you can’t even be a decent human being?

If You Are Meant To Be Successful – You Will Be

This is me speaking purely from the point of view as a practitioner by virtue that this is what we do.

As uncomfortable as it might sound, a practitioner will immediately know if one will be successful, and in some cases, how long one stays successful.

You will just have to trust the process and when you get there, you will realize it has very little to do with academic achievements. I’ve said this before, but some of the most successful and happiest people I know are academic ‘failures’ and jokers like myself. They got to where they are not because of what schools teach you or what society imposes on you. There are so many things I could say and examples I could give but I don’t know where to start. I explored this topic a little in an older blog post here:

Success, Failure, And The Point Of Doing Good Deeds

I don’t want anyone to get me wrong and think that you need to have your own business and not be in the corporate world to be deemed successful. That’s not what I am trying to say. What I am trying to say is that life is so much more than just your degree and title.

I don’t want any of my young readers to feel that your boss is more successful than you just because they have a higher title than you. They have to make the world a bit more miserable just because their lives are. If you have a toxic boss, you should pity this person because I can assure you their personal lives are such a pathetic joke that they have to take it out on others at work.

If you are a young person who has started out in the real world, I want you to take comfort in the fact that some of these toxic bosses will never have what you have – dreams, family, hope, and the desire to want to do good. Again, these people are miserable and they make our education system look like a joke sometimes. I will bring in an example I posted on my Facebook of a highly-educated General Manager of a listed firm and this is what he asked me (his case was flat out rejected):

“Am I compatible with the other bazhi provided? To what extend (sic)? And do we have a future if we continue to be together? We are in love but long-distance and things are not smooth at all. I know her for 27 years. But I felt that she is taking me for granted. She recently slept with another man (colleague). She said she didn’t want to and was kind of force (sic) into it. I chose to forgive her. I chose to continue our relationship. I chose to trust her. She is currently married to another man that she does not love. We plan to get married in 5 years’ time after her kids grow up. Will we have a happy ending?”

I want you to read what the person asked me and then ask yourself whether you would want to be this person.

If you are someone who just came out into the real world and you’re having a hard time, the only solace I can offer you now is to tell you that it is nature’s law that one has to go through tough times before becoming better. You have to believe in this law and that this is part of Chinese metaphysics theory because nothing of value in this world comes into existence arbitrarily – it comes through a process of forging.

The decisions you make, even at a micro-level, will matter. The things you tell yourself will matter. The questions you ask yourself will matter.

If You Are Meant To Be A Failure – You Will Be

I want to bring a bit of balance to this post by talking about some negatives and harsh truths as well.

There will be people who are, for the lack of a better way to put it, destined to be failures. Just like how the chart of successful people stands out, the charts of failures will also stand out. But I don’t want anyone to misinterpret me by thinking that by “failure”, I’m referring to you not earning 5-digits, or one not sitting high up on the corporate ladder. If you assume that “success” means those things, then you still don’t get the point and what Chinese metaphysics is trying to teach you.

Failure, to me at least, means your presence brings absolutely no value other than the consolation of serving as ‘cosmic fertilizer’ to remind everyone not to be like you.

I will be absolutely honest with everyone here that I am not a saint. I do look down on people – but it is never about their occupation, grades or which school they come from but by their character and actions. If progress to you means undermining others – I will absolutely look down on you, and if you fail and eventually lead a miserable life, serves you right and you have absolutely no one to blame but yourself.

The bigger failures I’ve met in my life are not because they didn’t do well academically. They are basically a destructive force in nature and their presence only harms those around them either by their sheer incompetence or the vileness of their character.

I wish to make one thing clear: Being bad at academics does not make one incompetent and I’m sure everyone agrees. Lack of wisdom and self-awareness in how your actions or inactions affect others is incompetence.

The charts, at the end of the day, is not about arbitrary events suddenly manifesting for no reason. It paints a picture of cause-and-effect and why you do the things you do and think the way you think.

I know I always have this disclaimer and I always make it a point to put this down, which is that me saying all these things is not about invalidating the pain and unfair start that some of us have to go through. Not everyone is born with good parents and resources. But if one were to really understand what I’ve been trying to explain in my blog in recent years, good and bad, in the eyes of Chinese metaphysics, are the same thing. If Yang is good and Yin is bad because reality exists as a duality, please remember Yin and Yang cannot exist without each other and one gives birth to another.

Some of the biggest jokes I’ve seen in life come from the best, wealthiest families. If I had the time, I would share the story someday that goes back to the lowest period of my life in 2012 and 2013 that I’m always bringing up.

Some of the biggest inspirations and successes I’ve met come from the worst families. It makes everyone wonder if they would ever get to the place they were if not for the incredibly tough start to life.

The laws of the Yin and Yang and the universe works in beguiling ways.

All I can say is that if you’ve had a good start, don’t get complacent. If you’ve had a bad start, don’t give up.

Because ultimately, one law always stands true.

Please Remember “Balance In All Things” In The Pursuit Of Success

I know some people are probably thinking “What tips or advice do you have for me to be successful then?” This is something that I am not able to answer, or rather, my answer won’t be conventional.

If I tell someone to take risks, there will be a few doughnuts who will overestimate their ability and do something they are not meant to.

If I tell someone to find their passion, there will be a few doughnuts who will be so lazy to even bother trying.

If I say learn to put yourself first, there will be a few doughnuts who are narcissists who take this the wrong way.

The above steps or attributes that one must have are just a few examples of what society feels are required for success. They aren’t wrong in themselves but my point is that no one actually teaches us execution and what to look out for, whereas emotional intensity is glorified.

I know a lot of people won’t be able to appreciate what I have to say here, but in the process of pursuing success, seeking balance is still paramount. Take risks, but not to the point where one single mistake will cripple you or at least have a backup plan. Find your passion, but please be good at it. Put yourself first, but please don’t end up being a muppet of a narcissist thinking the world revolves around you.

All natal BaZi charts are imbalanced because that is the default state of the world. There is a reason why success comes to someone with a balanced chart and a chart gets balanced in the process of going through different Elemental Phases, but this balance also doesn’t last forever which is why no one’s success lasts forever.

What I’ve always been trying to do is for people to understand exactly why balance equates to success and how balance translates into real life.

One reality that I’ve always pointed out is that not all of us are going to become millionaires because our natal charts determine these things, but it doesn’t mean we have to become millionaires in order to be deemed successful. Achieving balance means you are in harmony with all things and your current environment because if you would allow me to be blunt – if a stupid person dreams of becoming a millionaire or a narcissist thinks he/she can become an inspiring leader, that’s when trouble starts. There is an imbalance between the person and the environment.

The Chinese metaphysics definition of living well is not that all of us become millionaires, but that we live peaceful, harmonious lives. We know our place, we accept our limitations, but at the same time, not restrict ourselves so much that we are not able to dream and life loses its meaning. It is not about resigning to fate but learning how to deal with it.

People often get into trouble because they jump into something they are not ready for and they jump into something they are not ready for precisely because they are feeling imbalanced inside them, so having a balance with your environment also means feeling balanced within yourself.

“I need to earn more money because if not, I won’t feel good and people will look down on me.”

“I need to be in a relationship because I want to feel loved. However, I do not know how to love myself yet.”

“I want to start a business because I want to look cool and because I think I’m special.”

“I need to sabotage this person because if not, I can never be noticed or outshine them.”

These are the people who don’t make it very far in life. The examples are endless.

Truth be told, the clients I come across who get into the trouble they do, is often the result of their own doing because they did something while feeling imbalanced thinking it would make them feel balanced. It won’t. Their judgement is clouded and the efforts put in are but a farce.

A Message To (Toxic) Parents

I will keep this short, succinct, and brutal.

If you are one of those parents who think that your child’s lack of academic abilities means they’ll grow up to be a failure, let me be clear on one thing and this is me speaking with my vault of knowledge, case studies, and arguably, life experience – not of being a parent but someone who understands the intricacies of life a little better than you do.

The only failure here is you. To survive so long in life while possessing the cognitive ability of a neanderthal and eventually be able to breed is nothing short of a miracle.

Your lack of faith in your child and senseless imposing of your own values and expectations on them, executed in a toxic manner, only goes to show why you ended up mediocre. Just because you have a Masters or PhD doesn’t mean your child needs to have one. Just because you don’t have a bachelor’s degree also doesn’t mean your child needs to have one. The last thing your child is going to care about when it comes to you being a parent is how academically brilliant you were.

Do not use your children to make up for what you lack and your own imbalances. It’s pathetic.

Let me be clear: Just because you are a failure, doesn’t mean your child will be, so learn to get out of their way.

There is a reason why there are chapters in Chinese classics on BaZi on how some charts are not just spouse-harming, but children-harming as well, so please don’t be so naive to think that you are doing your child a favour as long as your “intentions are good” because some of you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

The next thing you know, you’re halfway to the grave and blaming your child for not doing more with their lives, not knowing that you were the problem and you got in the way because you instilled so much fear in them since young.

Some Final Words For My Younger Readers

To my young readers, I hope whatever I said above speaks to you in one way or another. If you did not benefit from the system and you struggle academically, please don’t ever feel inadequate or that you are at a disadvantage. You’re actually given a great opportunity to learn what most others don’t.

Don’t ever, ever feel like a failure just because you didn’t get straight As. The system we are in is not perfect and never will be. There are so many other things that determine your success other than academics and you will understand this as you grow older.

My purpose in writing all these is not to belittle the education system or say that you shouldn’t take it seriously. You should take every opportunity to learn as much as you can, and in the best-case scenario, something you are truly interested in and enjoy, while also appreciating why other disciplines exist. School and grades are just necessary systems to help society function and it’s been like this since the dawn of civilization. When you’re out there in the real world, that’s when you’ll suddenly realize is where the real learning begins. You’ll also realize the synthesis of knowledge is paramount not just for your professional life, but personal life as well. If I could use myself as an example again, I only felt I got to as far as I did because I managed to synthesise everything I’ve learned throughout my life and channel it into an area I felt I could make a meaningful contribution to. Business school, chess strategies and tactics, Chinese metaphysics, philosophy, writing, Search Engine Optimization, and building relationships with people – all of these helped in my journey one way or another and a missing piece would have made things turn out really different. Nothing I learned felt useless other than “sin x + cos x = 1”.

There’s so much about life’s mysteries that I wish I could share with you but I am unable to do so with just a mere blog post, but I hope one day you’ll understand where I’m coming from. I also hope you get to appreciate the wisdom our ancestors passed down someday instead of believing in all the nonsense being perpetuated in this field thinking that a bracelet or stone is going to bring you success.

I know some of you out there will not get the love and support they need from your parents and the adults in your life. Please trust what the universe has in store for you. You are not alone. Take matters into your own hands because that is way better than being spoonfed.

I have so many stories I wish to share with everyone on how hard I hustled ever since I graduated in 2011. How I printed letters and went to 6th Avenue to drop them in mailboxes in order in hopes that I secured a high-value client; how I almost went bankrupt; how I was almost homeless; how I texted the soya beancurd store near my old place for a job; how there was a period I was trading diamonds; and how I eventually went back to the corporate world and got fired twice, but also got two of my bosses fired and all these while I was in four different companies. I will leave the details of these stories for another time if there’s ever a chance to bring them up.

It has been an epic ride for me and I can assure you my A-Levels and degree did very little for me in the real world.

As everyone can tell by now, the conventional path was never meant for me. The funny thing is, I never once thought I’d end up doing what I’m doing now as a career, but yet, here I am. I guess this is what they mean by fate.

Stay curious about the world. Be a good person. Heavens will light the way.

I hope you find your success one day.

– Sean

P.S. An ex-client of mine notified me that it’s supposed to be “sin^2 x + cos^2 = 1” but I’m going to leave the error there just to prove a point.

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Sean Chan is Asia's leading Chinese metaphysics consultant specializing in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Qi Men Dun Jia, and Feng Shui. A thought-leader in the field, Sean's been featured on Channel NewsAsia, The New York Times Style Magazine and other local media. He blogs regularly about various topics surrounding Chinese metaphysics and aims to educate the public about the field.

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Hi everyone, Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those thesis-length posts you usually get. I'm finally able to catch my breath after my Chinese New Year spike so here I am. It's been a while since I jotted something down so I figured I'd write something short...

5 Comments

  1. Aisha

    Just out of curiosity…. is Putin’s bazi severely imbalanced in this ren yin year that caused him to do what he did?
    Just curious…. not asking you to get into a political discussion here… but just wondering whether his chart might have triggered it.

  2. Dawn Chan

    I am one of the young person you mentioned in your article, and I hope more youths get to read this! It is advice that many of us need to hear, especially when you are young and all you can think about is grades, money, job. It is very superficial. There is indeed more to life than this. I wish 23 – 25 year old me knew this. Thank you for the insightful post!

  3. Cornelia Koo

    Hi Sean
    Another interesting and enlightening article here. Would love to be able to read the Chinese characters in pin yin for the case study though, especially for people like me that’s unfortunately illiterate in Chinese.

  4. Jan

    Incredibly refreshing and inspiring blog.
    Brought me to reality in my hurry burry life juggling family matters.

    I truly agree with you and am very blessed to have stumbled onto your blog which I know will enlighten heaps of people who will after reading it take a step back and reanalyse their stance their life their goals their perception and how to move forward!

    Looking forward to your next blog, Sean

  5. Mon

    Dear Sean:
    Life is a continuous learning, deep down we are all children.

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