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A podcast featuring inspiring people about their journey to discovering and living their "WHY" or purpose in life. With your host & producer, Ling Yah, we deep dive into everything from finances to dealing with doubts and setbacks, and how to forge an unconventional career from ground zero! Expect to hear from entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, musicians, Hollywood actresses, VC founders and more. Visit www.sothisismywhy.com for more details!

So This Is My Why Ling Yah

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

A podcast featuring inspiring people about their journey to discovering and living their "WHY" or purpose in life. With your host & producer, Ling Yah, we deep dive into everything from finances to dealing with doubts and setbacks, and how to forge an unconventional career from ground zero! Expect to hear from entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, musicians, Hollywood actresses, VC founders and more. Visit www.sothisismywhy.com for more details!

    Ep 101.2: The King of Singapore [Part 2] | Adrian Tan (President of Singapore's Law Society, LinkedIn Influener & Partner at TSMP Law Corporation)

    Ep 101.2: The King of Singapore [Part 2] | Adrian Tan (President of Singapore's Law Society, LinkedIn Influener & Partner at TSMP Law Corporation)

    Adrian Tan, the King of Singapore & ultimate Linkedin Influencer, is back with Part 2 (check out Part 1 in the previous episode)!

    Here, Adrian shares how his career developed as a lawyer, why he hated his time as a General Counsel, thinks that lawyers should be legal influencers, how his LinkedIn posts go so viral and more.

    Highlights:

    1:58 Embarrassed by his bestselling books
    5:59 The non-confrontational litigator?
    10:01 Working with Lavinder Singh, one of Singapore’s top litigators
    12:50 How to be a good legal associate
    14:16 The art of persuasion
    15:28 Secret to good writing
    17:25 Becoming the General Counsel of Crimson Logic
    20:18 It was awful
    21:26 Being involved in the Singapore Law Society
    24:05 Lawyers need to be legal influencers
    26:55 Writing bland posts to…?
    32:10 Advice for young lawyers writing online
    33:20 The secret to viral posts
    34:48 Fighting cancer, cases & for lawyers
    37:41 The 3 friends we have


    P/S: A special ‘Questions from the Audience’ with Adrian Tan will be released this Wednesday!


    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/101

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    Bio

    Adrian Tan is a litigator specialising in technology, intellectual property, collective sales and shareholder disputes. He is the President of the Law Society of Singapore.

    Adrian was the former general counsel of CrimsonLogic and holds a degree in computer science and psychology which gives him the foundation to address technology-related disputes. His degree in computer science and psychology gives him the foundation to address technology-related disputes. He has represented clients in a wide range of technology and intellectual property disputes, ranging from data centre construction, social media defamation, copyright infringement and passing-off in relation to consumer electronics, and patent infringement of vaccines.

    • 41 min
    Ep 101.1: The King of Singapore [Part 1] | Adrian Tan (President of Singapore's Law Society & Partner, TSMP Law Corporation)

    Ep 101.1: The King of Singapore [Part 1] | Adrian Tan (President of Singapore's Law Society & Partner, TSMP Law Corporation)

    The King of Singapore has spoken… to me! 😮

    His accolades are every Asian parent’s wet dream:

    👉🏻 President of Singapore’s Law Society;
    👉🏻 Partner at TSMP;
    👉🏻 Bestselling author of The Teenage Textbook & The Teenage Workbook, which were turned into a play, movie and TV series etc.; and
    👉🏻 LinkedIn writing extraordinaire (all his posts go viral & even hit the mainstream media headlines!)

    But who is Adrian Tan, really?

    How did Adrian Tan end up where he is?

    What was it like growing up in a HDB community that didn’t understand the concept of “privacy”?

    E.g. Everyone treated Adrian’s family TV as their own, and crowded outside to watch together. 🤣

    How did he end up writing bestselling fiction novels (whose royalties put him through university)?

    Why is he the King of Singapore?

    And how has cancer ☹️ impacted him?

    🔥 So much to cover in STIMY’s spanking new Episode 101 Part 1.

    You’ll just have to listen to find out more! 😏

    Highlights:

    2:23 Singapore’s immigrant story
    10:33 Getting into Anglo Chinese Primary School through ballot
    15:54 Maternal gaslighting
    19:20 The TV belongs to everyone! 😫
    21:59 Top grades doesn’t guarantee success in life
    24:59 Chinese people can be very racist
    30:02 Failing to get a scholarship to study law because Adrian’s English was too good
    33:10 Why law?
    34:31 Writing for magazines & getting a book offer
    36:31 Getting a book deal to write The Teenage Textbook & The Teenage Workbook
    38:38 How much royalties do authors get?
    40:56 Why did a subversive book become a bestseller?

    Part 2 of Adrian Tan’s interview is coming out this coming Sunday (27 Nov)!


    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/101

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    • 43 min
    Ep 100: So Is This MY Why?! | ft Red Hong Yi (guest host) x Ling Yah

    Ep 100: So Is This MY Why?! | ft Red Hong Yi (guest host) x Ling Yah

    Welcome to STIMY’s 100th episode!

    In this landmark episode, Red Hong Yi (former STIMY Ep 2 guest) is back as the guest HOST!

    She brings the 🔥 & asks about my entire journey because since June 2020, STIMY has grown to:

    12k+ followers
    31k+ downloads
    35+ countries;
    A book offer; and
    1 STIMY physical hangout.


    All in the span of 2+ years!!

    WOW.

    If you’ve ever been curious as to who I am, why I started STIMY, lessons learned, my 200k word novel and what’ll happen moving forward… then this is the episode for you.

    Please leave a review/tag us if you listen to this! We'd love to hear from you.



    Highlights:

    4:04 Kathmandu & a pet podcast project
    5:02 My MBTI
    7:38 ISTP
    10:01 How Red Hong Yi & I met
    12:02 How serious was I about STIMY?
    12:27 The milestone age of 30 & Daniel Pink
    16:23 Juggling work & everything else
    20:21 Podcast setup
    21:28 Everything is figureoutable
    23:22 Creating my 1st website at the age of 10
    24:31 Being strategic about my travel blog (www.vidadeliya.com)
    25:81 My secret aim with every STIMY interview
    28:57 Why do I enjoy stories so much?
    30:17 The most emotional story - Notle
    35:07 The dream of being a novelist
    37:44 Going viral on LinkedIn
    45:03 Keep going with no engagement
    45:38 Gaining access to extraordinary people
    46:16: Being intimidated?
    53:07 The secret to success
    55:51 Joe, Bumble & Dating
    57:37 Web3, NFTs and Memebank
    1:00:38 How I pick STIMY guests
    1:01:22 Drag Queens
    1:02:02 Faith & Davy Liu
    1:04:41 STIMY Hangouts in person
    1:10:18 LinkedIn writing is like reading a personal diary
    1:11:14 Writer’s block
    1:14:47 What’s after STIMY’s 100th episode?
    1:17:24 Street art & Lawyah
    1:18:43 Has my why changed?
    1:19:28 Getting a book offer
    1:20:20 Serendipity & Cesar Kuriyama
    1:24:12 Have you questioned your own why?


    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/100

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    Leave a review on STIMY: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/so-this-is-my-why/id1521191442

    P/S: Descript is the life-changing video/audio editing app I mentioned, that you can find here: https://www.descript.com/?lmref=sjT9JA

    • 1 hr 27 min
    SPECIAL: Audience Questions - Davy Liu (former Disney Animator)

    SPECIAL: Audience Questions - Davy Liu (former Disney Animator)

    Welcome to STIMY's special Questions from the Audience episode!

    Remember Davy Liu, the former Disney animator from STIMY Ep 99?

    We collected some questions from you, dear listeners of STIMY, and had Davy answer them!

    To Nathan, Wei Choon & Josh Wong - thank you for being part of STIMY. :)



    0:24 At what point did Davy's parents change their mind about his profession as an artist?

    4:02 Thoughts on merging or converting Asian stories in a Western or global audience

    9:39 Challenges in creating wholesome content when the media is full of NSFW content



    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/99

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    • 13 min
    Ep 99: Life of a Former Disney #LionKing #Mulan #BeautyAndtheBeast Animator | Davy Liu (Former Disney Animator & Founder, Kendu Films)

    Ep 99: Life of a Former Disney #LionKing #Mulan #BeautyAndtheBeast Animator | Davy Liu (Former Disney Animator & Founder, Kendu Films)

    Davy Liu is a Chinese Forrest Gump.

    He’s also a former Disney animator who’s worked on Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan, Atlantis and Star Wars, and is the founder of Kendu Films.

    Fun Fact: General Shang in Mulan was drawn based off Davy! There's an uncanny likeness between both fo them.

    Given Davy’s illustrious career, you would’ve thought that he’s had a smooth career trajectory but that’s hardly the case.

    He struggled while growing up in Taiwan, where everyone was expected to score straight As but he just couldn’t.

    Instead, he had the gift of drawing straight lines. And being an artist was not on the cards.

    When he later moved to the US, he was placed in an all-black school (everyone thought he was Bruce Lee!).

    While there, Poppy Kincaid, his 8th grade art teacher, transformed his life. Telling him that “he could do it”.

    He ended up going to art school (then dropping out when he realised fine arts wasn’t for him), and had to apply 4 times to get into Disney!!

    Davy intended only to be in Disney for 3 months but that turned into 5 years, and in this STIMY episode, Davy shares what it was like working on some of the most iconic Disney animation films to date, as well as what it takes to craft a great story.

    We also talked about his faith, why he quit his cushy 6-figure Disney job, the terrible period straight after quitting where he lost everything (his marriage, finances etc.) and how he built himself back up.

    Davy’s story is one of passion and having the gumption and determination to go after what you want.

    And also the stark difference between Asia and the West.

    Highlights:

    2:34 Being “dead” in his mother’s womb for 10 days
    5:03 Being dumber than Forrest Gump
    6:37 Moving to an all-black school in Florida
    8:22 How Poppy Kincaid, his 8th grade art teacher, changed his life
    13:17 Dropping out of fine arts
    16:02 Seeing himself as an artist
    17:21 Nearly drowning
    21:58 Applying to Disney
    23:22 Working at Disney
    26:07 Disney animation films take 4 years to complete - here’s why
    29:53 Pushing boundaries v generating revenue
    32:59 What makes a good story?
    34:11 No one wanted to work on The Lion King!
    35:27 Disney doesn’t teach you to draw cartoon characters; it teaches you to make the best commercials
    39:31 Working on Mulan
    41:05 The backstory to Mushu the Dragon
    42:20 How to make Asians more creative?
    46:15 Entering a dark period after quitting Disney
    49:16 Feeling that God had abandoned him
    50:49 Vision behind Kendu Films
    51:25 Power of telling stories from an animal’s perspective
    55:28 What’s next?

    P/S: There’s a special episode focused on Questions from STIMY Audience Segment where Davy answers questions submitted by you! The episode will be released this Wednesday.

    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/99

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    • 1 hr
    Ep 98: From Devil Wears Prada to Web3 High Fashion?! | Francine Ballard (Founder, Metagolden)

    Ep 98: From Devil Wears Prada to Web3 High Fashion?! | Francine Ballard (Founder, Metagolden)

    Devil Wears Prada is the closest thing I have to the world of high fashion.

    When I asked Francine Ballard how closely it mimicked reality, she said, “There is some truth to that.”

    And she should know.

    Francine Ballard has worked in the fashion industry for a while.

    She was the American Fashion Director at Time Inc (InStyle), Conde Nast (Lucky magazine), and PaperCity Magazine as Style Editor at Large, working with fashion and jewelry brands Hermès, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier among others before transitioning to the technology space.

    Francine is also a founding member of BFF, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Paris Hilton and founders Brit Morin and Jaime Schmidt, and co-founder of several startups including Metagolden - a web3 emporium selling luxury phygitals.

    In this episode, we tackle how Francine went from a small island in Hawaii to the world of high fashion publication, what it takes to rise to the top, how she got into the web3 space, how the fashion industry is shifting, why phygitals and more.

    Highlights:

    2:52 Growing up in Hawaii
    4:24 Speed until you get a ticket
    6:26 Devil Wears Prada in real life?
    8:10 Climbing to the top of US high fashion publication
    9:40 Founding a registered resale startup
    13:09 Testing an idea
    15:04 Fashion Industry x Web3
    17:11 Origins of Metagolden
    20:35 Phygitals
    21:54 Traditional fashion house v fashion house of the future
    24:51 Building community
    38:06 Are brands afraid of web3?
    30:09 Interesting use cases
    32:07 Launching Francine’s 1st collection
    37:07 How to decide on pricing
    40:38 Where community comes from
    43:31 Building partnerships
    45:00 Dream partner
    46:51 How to create a sense of belonging
    47:55 Being a founding member of BFF


    📍Show notes: www.sothisismywhy.com/98

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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7 Ratings

Laars Head's Supernormal ,

Very inspiring

Great podcast. Obviously a passion project for Ling.

Very varied guest spots — from musicians, to artists, to the occasional stunt woman — means it’s always fresh and always surprising.

Highly recommended!

Griloirene ,

Very interesting!

Such an interesting podcast.
About real people doing stuff. Thank you.

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