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SIM Alumni Phil Tan shares his thoughts on "Change, the only constant"

SIM Alumni Phil Tan shares his thoughts on “Change, the only constant”


As a project manager currently working at MQ Spectrum, an IT company specialising in simulating learning platforms, I tend to use target-setting during daily operations. Furthermore, goals and deadlines are set with buffer time and contingencies kept in mind. This aside, we also believe that realism is something worth taking the time to account for so that we don’t end up committing to things that are either unfeasible or will no longer bear any fruits of labour.

Back while I was still in SIM, this habit of doing constant stock-takes of where I am, or why I do certain things, was already in-built and automatic. I value the idea of reasoning what occurs right in front of me. While it is therapeutic, it also places greater meaning on my actions.

What is the purpose of studying? For me, it was to learn and explore in a safe environment. Not just in classrooms, but also in the SIM Young Entrepreneur Network CCA that I had decided to join.

As long as we continue putting ourselves out there while keeping track of where we’re headed, there is bound to be something we can pick up and improve ourselves with. These are examples of aspects we cannot change but must accept. I came across a quote which says, “The smart asks why, while the wise, just accepts.”

One key factor in life I have learnt to accept is the forces of ‘change’. Change is indeed the only constant. To me, the faster I learn to master change, the faster I will no longer be limited by it. In fact, I find it more feasible to build around the idea of change and adaptation, than to stubbornly stick to the idea of persevering against things we cannot control.

I’ve transformed my work place to adopt this mind set as well and our reviews and meetings have always remained flexible, productive and rewarding most of the time. Ultimately, we have developed a culture of accepting that work never truly ends, yet there is always the hunger to embrace whatever is to come and to question, “What’s next?”