The new standards of beauty

Grooming for self-growth

Beyond beauty and hygiene: Polishing your net worth

09 Mar 2023
Grooming for self-growth

Based on a report from The Economist, it appears that overweight or obese women are often paid less than their thinner colleagues, while men face little or no such discrimination.

Society has placed such an excessive emphasis on thinness, making women feel like they must constantly strive for an unattainable ideal. While there are claims to value intelligence and education above all else, the truth is that appearance still matters in the world.

This pressure can be overwhelming and difficult to ignore. but it is important to remember that our bodies are not the only aspect of our lives that are constantly evolving.

Each of us has the power to take control of our personal growth and self-improvement through cultivating positive habits and behaviours that improve our overall well-being. Grooming is a beautiful process that helps us become the best versions of ourselves and put our best foot forward everyday. Beyond just looking good, it is also important to cultivate the habit of keeping all aspects of your life neat and tidy.

Clothes maketh the man

Starting the day with a good grooming routine can truly make a difference in how we feel about ourselves. It's amazing how looking good on the outside can translate to feeling good on the inside. This boost in self-esteem and confidence can set the tone for a positive and productive day ahead.

Did you know that appearances can play a crucial role in the professional world? How we present ourselves can speak volumes about our credibility and professionalism. The clothes we wear can even act as a silent recommendation, leaving a lasting impression on those we meet.

By dressing appropriately for the occasion, we can open doors to new opportunities and even achieve greater success in our careers. This doesn’t mean you need fancy outfits, you can dress simply but still look sophisticated. Taking a little extra time in the morning to groom yourself may just make all the difference in the world. After all, when you look good, you feel good!

Going beyond skin deep

Grooming is crucial, but it’s not just about looking good on the outside.

Equally important is internal grooming – the key to personal growth and development.

It involves refining our character, developing our skills, planning our career trajectory, and securing our financial future.

Internal grooming is not just a one-time task, but a continuous process of self-reflection, self-improvement, and self-care. It requires us to be mindful of our thoughts, emotions, and actions, and to consistently work towards our goals and aspirations.

Beyond achieving our goals, it's also about securing our future. By being proactive and strategic about our future, we can ensure that we are well-prepared for whatever life may bring.

Nourishing your soul

At its core, personal development is looking inward and focusing on ways to better yourself. Personal development increases your self-awareness, self-esteem, increases your skills, and fulfills your aspirations.

When it comes to this, it’s hard to not reference Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. According to Maslow, to reach self-actualisation is to reach our highest levels of self-awareness, self-confidence, personal growth, and self-realisation.

While the outcome sounds wonderful, getting there is not as easy as it sounds. Every person is unique. So, it only makes sense that personal development will look different for everyone. Whatever aspect of self-improvement you choose to expand on, be it interpersonal or technical skills, personal development remains the key to success in every single area of the human experience, including one’s career.

Like most individuals, you may be searching for any available competitive edge to enhance your career prospects and increase your learning potential. There may be gaps in your knowledge and/or experience that may deter you from reaching your career goals. While a master’s degree may help to fill some of the gaps, another alternative is a graduate certificate.

Giving your career a boost

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Singaporeans place continuous learning and professional development at high importance. With 91% expressing a desire to enhance their skills, it's clear that individuals in Singapore are committed to staying relevant in the ever-evolving job market. In the wake of the pandemic, anxiety and uncertainty have become the new norm, and many businesses have been forced to adapt or perish. As a result, individuals are increasingly being called upon to develop new skill sets to remain competitive in this volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

The need for upskilling and reskilling has become more pressing than ever. It's up to each of us to take ownership of our learning and development journeys, to ensure that we remain relevant and valuable in this ever-changing landscape. The VUCA world may be daunting, but with the right mindset and a commitment to growth, we can navigate the challenges and emerge stronger and more resilient than before.

Financial and retirement planning

Singapore is renowned for its fast-paced, high-pressure work environment, and The Instant Group's recent study has confirmed that it is the most overworked country in the Asia Pacific Region.

With so much time spent on career-building and wealth accumulation, it is easy to overlook the importance of financial planning. However, with the rising cost of living and the uncertainties of the future, financial planning becomes particularly crucial. Especially when considering major life events, such as preparing for retirement or saving up for a child's university tuition fees.

Without proper planning, these milestones can quickly become overwhelming and lead to financial stress. By seeking professional advice and taking proactive steps toward financial management, you can better protect your assets and enjoy a more secured future.

Safeguarding the future of you and your loved ones

According to last year’s Population In Brief report, the proportion of citizens aged 65 and above grew from 11.1 per cent in 2012 to 18.4 per cent in 2022. As Singapore’s population ages rapidly, workers are more likely to retire later for fiscal reasons. In fact, the retirement age in Singapore is set to increase to 65 by 2030, with some starting to wonder if they'll ever get a chance to enjoy their golden years.

But don't let that thought give you grey hairs just yet! By planning ahead and investing in personal insurance plans, you can preserve your hard-earned wealth and make that retirement dream a reality. With the right plan in place, you can pave the way to the financial freedom everyone’s speaking so highly about.

So channel your resources wisely, folks, and remember: survival aids over Chanel any day of the week. Here are tools to help you kick start your financial planning journey. More deals to support your journey here!

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