Life in the army can get pretty monotonous by day, deadly boring by night.
While I get pushed to my physical limits during the day, my mental mettle gets tested by night when we have nothing to do (short of those little LAN sessions during our Wednesday nights off camp). Television isn't my cup of tea, and I seriously wished I could haul my computer rig to play in camp, but I had to settle for the humble book to cosy up to in the bunk: it was either that, or sleep. I figured that I didn't need 11 hours of sleep a day, so self-improvement paperbacks accompany my evenings in camp.
I came across Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (sorry, no affiliate link to Amazon, I have not taken action on that book yet, if you understand what I mean), and was curious ever since: How would I be able to achieve a life free from financial worries?
That first book led to the next, and then onto the plethora of online resources on improving my financial life. It is shockingly easy when I come to think of it: you use the cash you get to invest in assets, which then you use to generate passive income.
Anyway, right now my mind is a whirlwind of thoughts, especially after a few guys in my camp approached me recently to get me to join their network marketing scheme. I have yet to given them a solid reply even though I am seriously tempted by their proposal - it sounds feasible, and would only cost me three hundred upfront. With the Chinese New Year just around the corner, I guess it is a good time to probe my relatives a little, not to mention get all those hongbao packets to help start up my little down-line.
Maybe I can start a business with all those time spent doing nothing in camp, and turn a handsome profit when I finish my active national service? Financial education versus professional training?
[What is it?]
- HongBao: Little red packets containing money, usually given by married couples to un-married teenagers and children. The red packets are supposed to ward off evil and help a child coast through the new lunar year.