The internet just doesn't turn off... everything you write, do, take pictures of, or tag becomes a permanent imprint, even if you don't want it to.
I haven't written here in over two years, but that doesn't stop both my LinkedIn page and my personal blog rising to the top of the google searches for 'Richard Yong.'
It's a double edged sword being the most popular Richard Yong in the world (feel free to email me if you think this should be your title).
The upside is that this is my personal brand. I should make the most of it.
The downside is not making the most of it! I've given up a great opportunity for capturing my learnings form the last two years. What a waste!
I've done a lot of thinking and doing in the last two years, including failures like failing to make never working again a reality, successes like finding a passion and being valued for my work, failures like being unable to keep my discipline for fitness, but also successes like building a great panel of advisers who help me with things I'm not so good at.
Highlights in the last two years include:
- Purchasing my first home with a back yard for my dogs
- Presenting to CEOs and their teams in Tokyo and Beijing
- Working as Acting Group Internal Auditor at Allianz Australia and having the opportunity to lead, shape and change a team of eight, and learning from some of the toughest and most impressive leaders I've ever seen
- Being hired as the Senior Risk and Compliance Manager, Technology for BT Financial Group at the end of 2010
Over time I'm going to share the learnings I've had and how both trying different things and a spot of luck have helped me have the best last couple of years yet. I still have steep hills to climb, and miles to go before I sleep.
I'll finish with one book I've loved the title of, 'What got you here, won't get you there,' I think it's a great thought. Just because you succeed today doesn't mean you'll succeed tomorrow with the same set of skills, so if you continue learning and changing you will always adapt to new challenges.
It's written by Marshall Goldsmith