There is this bias about doctors going private. And it’s a concern even for the government. The unspoken truth is, beyond the standard “for better quality of life”, “to provide better care”, is about money. Please, correct me if I’m wrong here. It is the “ladder” to climb for doctors. To gain experience and reputation in government hospitals, and then make it on their own. I’m stereotyping. I know. I know of truly sincere, noble doctors who leave the public sector to provide better care for their patients because they now practice on their own terms. And, they have a better quality of life. Sure, the charges are higher because of overheads and costs which come out from their own pockets, but there is no denying the dark side as well: The lure of money.
I’ve seen facebook posts of doctors opening their own clinic, and their friends commenting “huat ah!”
I guess, that’s the reality.
And so it is with what I’m doing with Smart Casual Trading. I’m starting small, trading on my own, and providing services on the side at nominal rates, and more. I’m focusing on my brand, and in time, hopefully, my brand resonates with the average Singaporean who have paid and got burnt by conmen who make more money coaching than doing what they actually coach, and in time, I hope I am able to build a community of followers and believers in what I do.
There is the dark side. The dark side is to go “private”. Because I’m been noticing my posts showing my profits and trading performance get the most hits, instead of those “smushy” stuff about empowering yourself to learn a new skill and to step out of the comfort zone. People still just want the “Secret Formula”. The “Holy Grail”.
The dark side beckons to me, to leverage on my performance, and on my brand, and go the path of mass marketing, mass coaching, mass lecturing, and of course, mass income that exceeds my trading income.
It is the common sense to do, isn’t it?
I respect the doctors who choose to remain in the public sector, choosing to teach, achieving AP positions, going into research, while their colleagues enter fields that are money cows. I have nothing against either. I just notice this. And I respect both doctors for their own reasons.
What about the Smart Casual Trader?
Only time will tell.
Contact me if you’re interested to learn more.