Benefits of Learning and Playing Chess

If you don’t know, there are actually many regular chess meet-ups around Singapore. At first, many people think that chess is just for intellectuals because of how much you use your brain in each game. But really, it’s for everyone! There are so many amazing benefits we can get from learning and playing chess! Here are only some of them.

Gives a boost in memory

When it comes to chess, not only are their many rules to remember, but there are also many complex strategies you can memorize to gain more advantages. By using your memory of that information, you can recognize what your opponent is going for and devise strategies on the spot. You’re also exercising your memory in the middle of the game because you’ll have to remember your opponent’s moves all throughout.

It can protect you from Alzheimer’s

By playing chess regularly, you give your brain the exercise it needs to stay healthy and prevent certain neurological diseases. As we get older, it’s almost inevitable that we’ll slowly have cognitive decline. But constantly giving your brain a workout will significantly delay its effects. There have also been many studies showing that those who do brain exercises like chess are less likely to have dementia as they age. 

Helps improve your problem-solving skills

More than anything, chess is all about training your analytical and problem-solving skills. The list of moves you can do is practically endless because the game is constantly changing depending on the choices you and your opponent make. Not only that, you’ll have to make decisions fast and think on your feet as well. This is an important skill to develop since we don’t only face problems in-game but also in life as a whole.

It also sparks creativity

In connection to the point above, you’ll need creativity to overcome problems just as well. If you get cornered by your opponent, you’ll have to start experimenting in your mind and use your creativity to look ahead. So even when you make sacrifices, you can make better plays later on since you’ve already painted the bigger picture in your imagination.

Helps boost focus and concentration

Given all the thinking you’ll have to do, playing chess will definitely teach you to stay focused. Total concentration is just a big demand of the game. Lose your focus once and it’s almost always guaranteed that your mistakes will be magnified. Of course, improved focus will also help you in many different aspects of life!

Might help lose weight

This might come as a surprise but playing a serious game of chess can actually help you burn a lot of calories. This is largely because of the stress and mental focus that players dedicate to each game. Many recent studies have found that one game between chess grandmasters will have them burn about 200-400 calories. So playing in a major tournament up to the finals will have one burn up to about 6000 calories!

Tips on Conducting a Productive Job Interview

Your company in Singapore is starting to grow and there are more and more job openings. Then you start interviewing people, but it seems you’re still having difficulty with the interview itself. Sometimes the candidates are nervous, and sometimes the interviews are just too stiff. So, here are some tips you can use to make your interviews more productive.

Remember what you’re looking for in the candidate

Before any interview, try to review the qualifications and responsibilities needed for the position. Let’s just say that the interviewee is a smooth talker and he’s got you hooked so you think about giving him the job. But you don’t realize that he barely fits the responsibilities for the position. Remembering what you’re looking for the position helps keep you level-headed, especially if there is more than one candidate.

Prepare open-ended questions

Interviews almost always consist of open-ended questions. This is simply because it encourages the other person to elaborate and give more information. It will also make the interview process more consistent and it can also be used to make comparisons between candidates a lot easier.

Review the resume

It would also be good to go over the candidate’s resume before the interview. Most of the time, you’ll have to frame questions connected to the information they give in their resume just to check if they’re not pretending. There are even some employers who try to look into the candidate’s social media accounts to learn about them better.

Make the interviewee comfortable

A lot of people would think that this is favorable to the candidate, but that’s usually the case. If your interviewee is nervous, chances are he’ll forget important points or maybe even have a hard time speaking. If he is comfortable though, it will be easier for him to answer and it makes the interview more conversational and personal. It would do good to smile as the interviewee enters or even offer him a glass of water.

Make sure to be a good listener

You have to remember that you’re not there just to ask questions. Although, understandably, there will be times when you tune out what the interviewee is saying. Even so, it would really serve your best interest if you listen attentively. If you show that you are listening, it makes it easier for the interviewee to speak up. So, you’ll get to learn more about them and see if they really have the qualifications.

Make sure to follow-up

After the interview, you should also follow up on the candidates to let them know of the results. Even if they don’t get the position, you should still send them a message so that they can take the opportunity elsewhere. This will also leave a good impression and will sometimes have the candidate refer others to your company.

Self-Limiting Beliefs That Might Be Holding You Back

Humans have unlimited potential. The thing is though, too many of us today don’t think highly of ourselves. But usually, it’s really just our minds playing tricks on us. Here are some limiting beliefs you need to watch out for.

I don’t have enough time

Sometimes this can be true but saying it too much can cause us to believe that it’s actually true. The thing is though, you do have time and sometimes you just don’t notice where you’re wasting it. Today, the most common thing that wastes our time is social media. No matter where you are in Singapore, you’ll see people stuck scrolling on their phones for hours. If you think about it, you can do so much more instead of just keeping your eyes glued to your phone.

I’m not like them

Another limiting belief that can be caused by social media is comparison. Although, in this case, social media isn’t the only culprit. Comparing yourself to others can really put you in a bad position when it comes to self-consciousness. If you do find that you’re already comparing yourself to others, remember that we all have different upbringings. Though some are more fortunate, they still have their own ups and downs just like you. So, there’s no need to think that you can’t live a certain way because you’re not as good as others.

Others might judge me

Another very common limiting belief we say to ourselves is to just avoid doing something so that we won’t get judged. For example, you plan to go jogging in a park somewhere in Singapore but decide not to because many other runners already look fit while you’re there just starting your weight loss journey. What you should remember is, people generally only pay attention to themselves. They have their own problems and reasons to go jogging, so they won’t really mind another person they have nothing to do with.

One needs to struggle to succeed

Of course, it’s true that we need to work hard to succeed in life. But that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer during the process. This is limiting belief is not something we have at the start. It’s usually a mindset that we begin to develop, especially when we start having a hard time. But you should remember that struggling does not equate to hard work. If you align your actions accordingly to meet your goals, you’ll rarely develop this self-limiting mindset.

I don’t know what I want yet

Another excuse we usually say to ourselves is that we’re still not sure what we really want to do with our lives yet. Even so, this is really not a good excuse to stop yourself from growing up and exploring new things. You’ll never find out exactly what you want if you stay there doing nothing. But that’s the thing too, you’re not exactly doing “nothing”. You’ll usually learn more about yourself by simply looking at your current lifestyle.

Self-Reflection: Are You Unconsciously Bullying Others?

Bullies need help too like their victims, in fact much more so because they have a lot of problems to deal with, not the least of which is to acknowledge their horrible actions and how they cause harm to people.

If you are reading this, then you might have been called a bully once. If that is so, then you are on the right track to becoming a better person because acknowledgement is the first and most difficult step to take.

A bully doesn’t always need to physically abuse victims

Most bullies who are never reprimanded for their actions are excellent emotional manipulators because they know they don’t need to resort to physical violence to scare their victims. Are you the type who always get what you want even at the inconvenience of other people? Have you been called bossy occasionally?

A bully isn’t just a grade schooler

Bullies exist in workplaces. They are usually the ones who love to order people around even if they have no authority do so; use threats to make people yield for them; and always has a beef with someone and doesn’t seem to have a lot of close friends.

You have a short temper

You don’t have to throw tantrums at work to be considered a bully, because passive aggressive comments that you think are clever can be considered a form of bullying. You love humiliating people and seeing them get embarrassed even more despite acknowledging they made a mistake.

You’re fascinated with insecure people

Bullies feel strong around people who have low self-esteem and avoid confrontation. Just because no one wants to stand up to you doesn’t mean you are strong. In fact you are weak, because you can only exercise your power on people who don’t want any conflict. You can also be a bully if you love evoking discomfort in another person and seeing them fail.

You don’t understand difference

Do you think your co-worker or classmate looks different than most people? Does someone you know speak or dress differently than you? The world is bigger than the bubble you build around yourself and everyone is unique.

It is none of your business what the other person looks like, prefers to dress in, who to date, and what to do on their spare time and with their money. If you can’t wrap your head around the idea of diversity, then the problem isn’t the world, it’s you.

You have plenty of problems yourself

There is no excuse for bullying, even if you were bullied yourself before. Think about why you bully other people now; is it because you’re angry at someone? Do you feel insecure? Does your victim deserve the shame? Remember the problem is with you, not your victim so if you are having a difficult time acknowledging your mistakes and don’t know how to deal with it, seek help and make amends.

7 Principles on Building Wealth Taught in a Book Way Older than You

Considered a classic book on financial advice, The Richest Man in Babylon was published in 1926 by George S. Clason as a collection of parables from ancient Babylon. Almost a century from its first release, it still remains in print because of the valuable lessons it teaches regarding money.

1.  The Start: Keep 10 percent of your income

Simply put, you can start “fattening your purse” by saving 10 percent of your income. In the parable, Arkad uses an egg basket as an example. If you put 10 eggs in the basket in the morning and take 9 out in the evening, you’ll have one more extra egg for the next morning. Arkad likens this idea to saving money. If you are able to keep 10 percent of your income, you’ll slowly build up wealth.

2.  Control your expenses

Arkad teaches that though everyone has different labors and incomes, if they all equally have no money, it’s because they easily confuse desires with necessities. This also very much applies to our time today. The second principle, then, tells us to learn how to spend less than we make.

3.  Make your money multiply

If you want to build your wealth, it won’t do you any good to keep your savings untouched. What this means is that you should open up part of your savings to make investments. This simply means you have more than one way to gain income. Invest in stocks, look for real estate investments in Singapore, and etc.

4.  Invest smartly

Guard your money against loss by making smart purchases and investments. Arkad told a story about how he lost his savings because he gave it to a brickmaker who went to look for jewels as an investment. His mentor then asked him why he would go to a brickmaker who has no knowledge of jewels, and not the jeweler.

5.  Use your dwelling for profit

Let’s say you’ve attained a certain amount of wealth and you’re able to buy a small apartment building. You keep a part of it as your dwelling and you rent out the other rooms. This is another way for you to get money easily. Getting paid for rent is, of course, better than you paying for it.

6.  Guarantee a future income

As we all know, it becomes harder to work as we age. The sixth principle tells us to plan ahead of retirement. By keeping long-term investments, you’ll be confident that you can still get money even you’re no longer able to work.

7.  Learn, Learn, Learn

Simply put, if you have a lot of skills to offer, you’ll have more opportunities to work and earn. Building wealth comes with learning new skills. If you learn a new language, for example, you’ll be much more valuable in a business. That said, broaden your horizons and keep learning!

Tips to Master the Art of Concentration

Concentrating is challenging especially if there are a lot of things happening around us. When the world intrudes, it needs more than an ounce of concentration to get by. With the culture and technology here in Singapore, it is natural to get distracted but if you get distracted at all times, it is imperative that you learn the art of concentration.


It is important that you learn the art of concentration to utilize your hours well. When you are distracted or interrupted, it takes a while to get back on the task. Sometimes, people get frustrated because it takes time to get back on their momentum. It will make you less efficient. You should be aware that everything will lead to re-work and more errors.

You have to make sure that this does not happen to you. Here are some tips to master the art of concentration:

  • Rise above the environment: If there is bad news in the corner, you will worry and be anxious. This is counter-productive. The best thing to do is rise above the environment and do what needs to be done. For example, if you are making your report, turn off the TV or radio and start working. If you want, you can unplug the router.
  • Positive affirmation: When you are about to lose focus, you have to try positive affirmation. You have to program your mind to think of work favourably. If you are positive about your work, there is nothing that can stop you to achieve or accomplish it. You just need to keep the rush of energy pumping and you’ll be fine.


  • Accepting things: When you are bothered because you do not like your work, you cannot focus or concentrate. You can counter this by subconsciously accepting things that you cannot change but doing it courteously and not reluctantly.
  • Imagine your ideal self: If you think you cannot handle the world because it is too much for you, the best thing that you can do is imagine your ideal self. You should imagine yourself accomplishing that specific task and you will. You only need a little vision to work it out.

Distractions and interruptions are imminent here in Singapore. It is up to you how you deal it but if you want to deal with it professionally, you should consider the things mentioned above. It is not rocket-science but if you give these things a chance, you will see things differently. You can also share these tips to your fellow so the world will be a better place.