Why Community Matters: A journey from mental illness to self-help junkie to community building with Vincent Ng of A Good Space.  artwork

Why Community Matters: A journey from mental illness to self-help junkie to community building with Vincent Ng of A Good Space.

  • S1E4
  • 44:35
  • February 16th 2020

Hello! Welcome to the fourth episode #TRYEVERYTHING! In this episode we talk to Vincent Ng, a Junior Curator and Community Coordinator for A Good Space, who shares his background with mental health, entrepreneurship, and the value of community. It was a truly wonderful conversation packed with so much insight and advice and so I hope you guys enjoy!

Highlights of the episode include:

·        Vincent explains his role as a community creator at A Good Space and how it affects the social impact space in Singapore [1:49]

·        Vincent shares how his journey started with a mental illness diagnosis in 2009, and his discovery of the self-help industry [3:29]

·        How local education and the intense results-driven culture impacted his mental health and led him to find his purpose [5:03]

·        What Vincent thinks of his past as being a “seminar junkie”, and why he dislikes the culture of dependence it creates [7:21]

·        Lauren relates with her own struggles of mental wellness and being scared of silence [10:49]

·        How Vincent manages with his mental health these days through journaling and processing his emotions [14:48]

·        Why Vincent thinks you need to be aware of your “internal scripts” [16:24]

·        How Vincent learned to appreciate strengths instead of weaknesses [19:23]

·        Vincent explains the importance of community and interdependence [23:39]

·        Vincent talks about his entrepreneurial ventures from selling sweets to network marketing to a stint at an education technology startup [27:55]

·        What Vincent learned from his various entrepreneurial experiences [31:45]

·        Why Vincent decided to self-publish a book called “Why You Should Fail” [33:17]

·        Why Vincent doesn’t regret his life-decisions, and why he thinks it’s important to make your own life choices [37:48]

·        Vincent shares advice about the importance of understanding your priorities and identity, and the value of rest [41:06]

This episode’s guest:

Vincent Ng is a Junior Curator and Community Coordinator for A Good Space at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

Before he joined A Good Space, he has also been involved in various other ventures, such as starting a snacks and sweets business while still in school, to being involved with a education technology startup. Later during the final year at university, Vincent would compile these experiences, along with the experiences of many Singapore entrepreneurs before him, into a self-published book titled “Why You Should Fail” 

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Guest: Vincent Ng

Website: https://www.agoodspace.org/author/vincentngcb/

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentngcb/?originalSubdomain=sg

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Are you feeling stuck in your life? Lost and unsure of what to do? What do you do when you career stalls, your graduation plans crumble, or when you are in a quarter-life crisis? Well, you #TRYEVERYTHING!

Hosted by Lauren Ong, #TRYEVERYTHING is a show that shares the stories of those who've tried, and what they've found on their journeys to success. Through their winding tales of hardships, struggles, and failures, expect to come away with invaluable life lessons, career tips, and advice from Singapore's hidden mentors.

Let us help you find your path, if only you are willing to try!