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Rebel Talent - Foster Happy Accidents

This is the last principle listed in the book. The gist is to create an environment that supports interaction between people, and diversity can allow for cross-pollination and creation of new ideas.

Another point raised in this segment is that a mistake may actually unlock a breakthrough. I think adopting such a mindset is a positive thing for the team and the leader, and makes the work less stressful too.

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To me, reaching the FRS means that my retirement living expenses would now be taken care of. The MA monies would also cover my medical expenses during retirement. Knowing this gives me peace of mind.
One of the reasons why I decided to top-up my SA to the FRS is because I might quit my current job and try another career path. Topping up my SA to the FRS at least assured myself that should my career switch turned out bad, my retirement needs is still secured.
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