Day 29/30 – I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing without a strong support network

I’m on a week long tour at Vietnam, again.

There are tonnes of things waiting to be done back in Malaysia, and despite being one day away, I miss my family and the time we were supposed to be able to spend due to the numerous public holidays that will fall on this week. But as the wife says, sacrifices need to be made to achieve great things, and this got me thinking…

..I’m lucky to be able to do what I am doing, and I wouldn’t have been able to do so without a strong support network

Take this trip for instance, I wouldn’t have been able to be here if it was only the wife and myself taking care of Alyssa. Yesterday, my sisters-in-law and father-in-law popped by to help out with Alyssa. Today, my parents will be taking care of Alyssa. Tomorrow, it’s the wife and her family again. I’m lucky. Not many people have the same kind of support network and not have to worry about child abuses and all the horrible things that we read online when we leave our child in the care of other people

Back in the office, I’m fortunate enough to have support from staff that I don’t have to worry much about and have the initiative to do what needs to be done to keep the office running.

I wouldn’t have been able to come on this trip if not for the support of my boss / mentor, who ‘recommended’ (or rather, indirectly insisted) that I tag along so that I can be well on my way to know all the places of interests in the whole of Vietnam

I wouldn’t have been able to come on this trip if not for the support of a group of customers who didn’t suggest this trip one day and have 20 confirmed participants on the day after; and a colleague (yes Carins I’m talking about you if you’re reading this) who took care of all the backend stuffs that needed to be taken care of to make this trip happen

This trip wouldn’t have been able to happen if we didn’t have the strong support of one of the top tour operators in Vietnam to propose and arrange a customised itinerary on the same day they were requested to do so

Most importantly, I wouldn’t even have dabbled in the travel line without the support of my wife; who one time after another provided all the understanding, encouragement and also the motivational lectures for me to power through one challenge after another

I used to think that the only reason we’re all at where we are because of the choices that we made in the past, but now I also believe that the journey that we embark on to try to achieve what we want in life is greatly influenced by the kind of support network that we have (or attempt to build)

Sometimes we just forget how lucky we are and what are the things that happened behind the curtains just so we are afforded the opportunity to stand on centre stage and show the world what we’ve got

..and I appreciate all the support that I have gotten from the wife, the family, the colleagues, the staff, the friends, and all the associates. I am extremely fortunate

One day, I hope I will be able to give back the same kind of support that I have received and make a bunch of people have the same thoughts that I am having right now

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you if you have achieved success because of a strong support network!



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