Welcome to my personal website!
Hi, I am Benjamin, a born and bred Singaporean. I am like many Singaporeans in numerous ways. What makes me different is my journey and the choices made in life, which gave me my perspective and insights into many things.
In brief: I had a volatile phase as a teenager, then surprisingly topped my cohort in O Levels. I then went to polytechnic and did well there, shortlisted as a potential valedictorian. During NS, I enlisted “Obese”, excelled and became the Platoon Best. But a series of events led me to unconventionally choose not to pursue officership. I struggled later as I sought a direction, purpose and vision. But I bounced back and completed NS with “Outstanding” conduct and performance. Post NS, I went to NTU, a University ranked #12 in the world. But it was only after applying for three years. I also did not expect to finish almost a decade later. While studying, I started a social enterprise, joined a law firm, then a bank before unexpectedly becoming a public servant. There were many hurdles along the way but I managed to anchor myself in OBS where I served several good years as an Instructor. Being in public sector is something I will never expect to do as I abhor bureaucracy and rigidity, and I expected public sector to be as such not having been in one. Yet, I find the work closely aligned with my values and the structure keeps me in check. Before graduating, I got married and accompanied my first child through chemotherapy and removal of both her kidneys. She now receives dialysis at home daily and continues to bring joy to us.
Each of these chapters, be it triumph or tribulation, taught me invaluable lessons about life which I share in the hope to empower others. Today, I serve the public and the Republic of Singapore, and will continue until I find myself bringing more value if I move elsewhere.
“R.S.V.P.” – A tagline I use to describe myself
Relentless – I am highly persistent if I believe that something is worth pursuing. If I have to, I go to great lengths to pursue something I think is worth pursuing.
Sophisticated – Because of my life experiences, I am not someone that you can quickly put in a stereotype, and it may take some time to understand me as a person. I can be very different in different settings.
Versatile – I pursue many contrasting dualities as this allows me to traverse in between the extremes. I am both technical and business attuned, I wield both the pen and the sword, and I can be crude and polished.
Purpose-driven – I am highly driven by purpose. I will not walk through the door of success even if I am right in front of it if it is unfounded on the correct principles. I believe that results and remuneration are mainly a byproduct of doing things right, and there is more in life than chasing numbers, even though numbers are essential.
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Different facets, across time.
In my first three decades, I exposed myself to all kinds of work and involvement to connect with different people and expand my horizon.
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