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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

We might have all heard of the saying that "no publicity is bad publicity". Well, it is generally for people in the entertainment industry since anyone who wants more people to recognise them and be aware of them would "benefit" from all forms of publicity.

After photos of his sexual escapades were made public, Edison Chen was able to land a deal with Carl's Jr. to be their spokesperson for the launch of their "Thick Burger" in Asia! What a benefit!

Well, in the last two days, off the top of my head, traffic to my blog increased by some 25 to 30% because of an edited version of an old blog post of mine appearing in Yahoo! Finance Singapore.

I am still trying to fathom if this is good news or bad.

Follow the link to Yahoo! Finance Singapore and you will see tens of comments and almost all are negative. Many are downright rude while most are dismissive. So, this is bad, isn't it?

I cannot draw the conclusion that it is bad because none of these negative comments appeared in my blog. So, the writers of the negative comments probably did not visit my blog at all. They made assumptions and passed judgement based on one edited version of an old blog post of mine.

Then, what about all the traffic that Yahoo! Finance Singapore sent me? These are probably people who are more open minded and who bothered to find out more about me and my ideas. So, this should be good, right? 

The willingness to find out more could be the first step to a new journey.

After blogging for almost three years, I have encountered many types of people. There are many who are appreciative of what I have done although I am not sure that I am all deserving. 

There are also rude ones who called me names and even questioned my motives. I am very sure I don't deserve such treatment. However, these are not the worst. Not the worst?

I believe the worst are those who pretty much dismiss what I have shared to be fairy tales.

The worst are those who think that I am a prolific fiction writer and that my claims that people can escape wage slavery are spurious.

Actually, for those sceptical readers of the edited version of that particular blog post of mine in Yahoo! Finance Singapore, if they would only make the effort to visit my blog and read the unedited version including the comments left by some readers, they would be able to appreciate how it is all possible.

A life with greater financial security for any regular wage earner who is not disadvantaged in any way is possible.

Often, the traps we find ourselves in are built by ourselves.

ASSI is an affiliate of BetterWorldBooks which is helping to fund literacy amongst the disadvantaged. Kids are always hungry for knowledge. My little niece is always curious and asking questions. There is much adults can learn from kids.

Related posts:
1. Article published in Yahoo! Finance Singapore.
2. Do you want to be richer?
3. Wage slaves should be fearful.
4. ASSI is an affiliate of BetterWorldBooks.


EC said...

Hi AK71,

I have been a silent reader of your blog for a while now - this should be my first comment (unless I commented a long time back - can't recall haha). Thanks for all your generous sharing and suggestions.

Well I would say just ignore those rude comments - sometimes it's just sour grapes. The bright side is that it might reach out to more people who would appreciate your sharing and become regular readers of your blog.

Indeed there are some people who remain trapped in their situations (usu. negative) because they could not see otherwise.

I hope to comment more in the future, although I must say I'm still learning about personal finances stuff so may not be able to add much knowledge to the discussion - just some thoughts maybe.

Thanks again and please continue to write.

Best wishes,

EY said...

Hi AK,

Personally, I feel that Yahoo! Finance is not the most desirable platform to share one's ideas. People serious about financial planning would have their regular sites to get their knowledge fix. Those who loiter around the Yahoo! sites and post negative comments on every single article are seriously not the ones who seek to be educated. Not surprising that those folks didn't visit your blog cause they are not seeking content, just a target board on a public platform.

You mentioned that there are 4 more articles in the pipeline to be 'aired', so brace up for another 4 torrents of crap then? Haha.

Have peace. :)


AK71 said...

Hi Eugene,

Pleased to "meet" you. :)

I am doing a better job of ignoring this time round, I believe. Hahaha... There is no point in getting all worked up, I guess. However, I do have feelings and it is mostly sadness this time. :(

We can try to help people so that they can help themselves but if they do not want to be helped, well, it can't be helped, I guess.

I look forward to more comments from you in future. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

I found out the hard way. Hahaha... A target board. An apt description.

Yup, 4 more articles to be published and I guess it is futile to hope that reactions would be any better. So be it.

Thanks for enlightening me. :)

Dividend Warrior said...

Hi AK,

I understand how you feel. I have my fair share of skeptical readers. Fortunately, I am usually in a tolerant mood. LOL!

Nowadays, I am pretty "Zen" about unpleasant remarks. As along as I keep getting dividends, I dun really care what others say. After all, they dunno me on a personal level.

Btw, I am reaching $1k per month in dividends soon. ^^

Thanks for all the guidance, my fren! :)

AK71 said...

Hi DW,

Thanks for sharing your experience with me. :)

As I learn to be ZEN about external negativity, I appreciate the good quality comments from my readers too. I guess it is just taking the good with the bad.

I am impressed with the progress you are making. Congratulations!

We will walk this walk together. :)

Dyhalt said...


I'm also a silent reader of your blog for a while and I really appreciate all your work.

Surely its much easier for people to just point finger with disbelief about things they don't understand.

Just to let you know they are many many more who really like your ideas and had benefited from them (me included), so don't let these negative comments dishearten you.

Thanks again and reading your blog is one of the most enjoyable things for me every day.

Best Wishes,

AK71 said...

Hi Dyhalt,

Comments like yours tell me that my blog has done some good and I hope that it will continue to do good. The fantastic thing about blogging is that once written, articles can be read and read again by many people over time. It is an efficient way to share ideas with a large audience.

I have not done much to contribute to society apart from my stint as a teacher and regular donations to a few chosen charities. This blog could be my biggest contribution to society.

Thank you for making the effort to write. I appreciate it. :)

Singapore Man Of Leisure said...

Congratulations AK!

Xiaxue and Mr Brown did not reach where they are without their fair share of sticks and stones along the way ;)

That means you are reaching out to new readers! Woo hoo!

1,2,3 sing together now! Always look on the bright side of life!

Eh... All these cheerleading makes me thirsty...

AK71 said...


Thanks for cheering me on. :)

I know Xiaxue can be quite controversial. However, I cannot imagine Mr. Brown suffering from sticks and stones. He makes people laugh. People love him!

Anyway, I like that song although I cannot do the whistling bit. Haha..

FoodieFC said...

its ok. There are bound to be differing thoughts. Ignore them

AK71 said...

Hi FoodieFC,

I embrace diversity. Differing thoughts are good. This world would be terribly boring if everyone were to think the same way. We would all be Tweedledum and Tweedledee. ;)

Sometimes, however, we mix up toughts and feelings. Sometimes, people feel and act instead of feel, think and act. Thought is sometimes missing. I am guilty of that sometimes too.

Of course, everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion. I might not agree with those opinions but I will defend to my death their right to those opionions. However, I have a very dim view of people who are rude.

EY said...

Hi AK,

O.oh, didn't know you were a teacher. Me too! That explains why you have been so patient in replying every comment and still so civil in dealing with the venomous spittings.

Not bad, you are still holding up the good name of a teacher! :D


Singapore Man Of Leisure said...

You forget Mr Brown lost his job for doing the thing he does best ;)

Now he got invited to Istana for tea as part of "I ready to listen" exercise. (You seriously not offering me a drink are you? LOL!)

No sticks and stones, how to enjoy sweet vindication?

If your message is immediately accepted, is it a good thing?

It's so easy to be popular! Just stick with conventional group think and don't rock the boat :)

Cross your "T"s and dot your "I"s.

SnOOpy168 said...


All the above encouraging comments, I support. Still not thanking you enough for starting this blog at the time when I just started seriously investing. The dividends income idea is perfect for the kiasu & kaisi me.

Secretly I wished I could wind back the clock, read your blog then and invest. Perhaps today, it will be a very different me.

Whats the 3 years report card ? From almost unnoticeable dividends income to about 1/5 of my gross monthly pay. I hoped to narrow this gap to 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4 and then equal. That will be another few more years to come... ^-^

So, please keep updating ASSI regularly, we eagerly awaits.


AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

I had a reputation for writing paragraphs and paragraphs of comments when I marked essays. Haha.. The written word is more powerful than the spoken word in certain instances. :)

I think I should implement school holidays here in ASSI too. Hahaha.. I should be on vacation now. ;p

AK71 said...


I must say I never did find out about Xiaxue and Mr. Browns' beginnings. I kinda know why they are popular and that's about it.

I want to maintain a low profile and stay anonymous. So, I am not sure I want to be popular. Privacy is priceless.

Oops... You were waiting for me to buy you a drink when you said you were thirsty? OK, I go to your blog and click on a few ads later. ;p

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

There are so many ways to wealth creation and we just have to find our own way. I am glad you have found yours. :)

When your passive income finally equals your earned income, you know you have reached your goal. Judging by the progress you have made, you are speeding along. Good on you!

K-Enterprises said...

Hi AK71,

The readers that made those comments must have not taken the trouble to read your blog. I am really grateful for your selfless sharing in terms of investing in S-REITs which have greatly benefited me. I have since repositioned my portfolio and have been more confident in my investing decisions. A big THANK YOU to you again!!


AK71 said...

Hi Kelvin,

I arrived at the same conclusion too. I still feel a bit sad about it. Sigh.

S-REITs are easy to understand and I am happy they work for you. Confidence. I like the sound of that. :)

I will continue to share since I don't have so much money to buy up all the good REITs or stocks I spot. If I had the money like WB, maybe I would keep quiet. ;p

K-Enterprises said...

Hi AK71,

That's very kind of you. Please do continue to contribute for as long as you can. I bet alot of your readers have benefited from your kind sharings.


AK71 said...

Hi Kelvin,

Of course, you guys will have to do your own due diligence and arrive at your own conclusions.

If I fall asleep at the wheel, you guys must wake me up. I know SMOL offered to do that already but just in case. ;)

rustydoodle said...

Hi AK,

Maybe you should have a testimonial page on the blog to include the positive comments that us readers have to say about your blog! Hehe.

Anyway, having followed your blog since the beginning, I know you have been providing lots of free but very useful information! And I know your concepts work cause I have used them. :)

Also, I have a friend who knows you personally so the credibility is there. Haha.


coconut said...

hey AK, there are many more quiet reader like me who read every post of yours.

its unfortunate for those people who don't understand what you are talking about. people who understand will benefit without a doubt.

keep it up!

Derek said...

Hi AK,

I'm not good with encouraging words. All I want to say is that I've learned a lot from you and will continue to do so.


AK71 said...

Hi Rusty,

Wow! Really? Since day 1? So, we have been travelling companions for 3 years and I didn't know? ;)

You have a friend who knows me personally? Yikes! Don't blow my cover. Scary. ;p

I didn't think of a testimonial page. Hmmm... I think maybe not. Some might think of it as an ego boosting exercise. Haha.. My blog can do with less mud slinging and pot shots. Haha.. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

AK71 said...

Hi coconut,

You know, it is really a treat to see encouraging words from you. Thank you.

From your exchanges with SMOL, I have the impression that you are an expert trader. I hardly trade the market these days partly because I am not very good at it.

So, to learn that you read every single blog post of mine is really something. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Derek,

You are one of the first people I made contact with in the local blogosphere. What you are doing is a great service to the local investment community and if my blog is my biggest contribution to society, it is because you have helped it to be so. Thank you. :)

Ray said...

there are times when some people who say something about you or what you stand for that really irks you. But if those people aren't someone who care about, then you don't have to waste your precious energy being upset. That's how i try to live my life. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Ray,

I am only human and I do get irritated but being human also means that I am a creature of reason. So, I put my best foot forward and try to engage in productive discussions.

However, there will always be people who do not wish to be engaged. Then, there is nothing I can do.

Don't worry. I am more sad than upset.

Thanks for the kind advice. :)

rustydoodle said...

Hi AK,

Haha that is because I rarely leave comments. And it doesn't help that when I do, I switch sign off names cause I started a new blog.

You may remember me as Mr Robotic or Isshin.

And our common friend is Bummy. :)

AK71 said...

Hi Rusty,

Oh, I remember Mr. Robotic and Isshin. You have many names. :)

Of course, I remember Bummy. ;)

Gary said...

Just stick true to yourself and everything will be fine! =>

AK71 said...

Hi Gary,

I intend to keep doing that. :)

Thanks for the encouragement.

havefund said...

You have done well and pls continue to do so - sharing your knowledge and experience. The hardcore negative will always be there just like politics trapped by their own mindset and perhaps generations before them (negative model instead of positive). Your ways has me as an example. You are good and I am behind you. From a $2000 income earner I set my mind to be rich and break the "protocol" of my parent's generation. I upgraded myself regularly and put equal time in investment. Tumbled a few times but each time stronger and better. Today, at early 40 I make 5x more and my passive income 6-7x more. I save probably 40% of my active and 100% of my passive and let the maths do the work. Along the way, I got married and had a beautiful princess. So it is possible your way (minus the marriage part)!

So this is what i say of you. Big claps for you cos this earth need more people like you.

AK71 said...

Hi havefund,

We are in the same age group then. :)

Wow! 5x more than what you started with means you earn $10k a month now! That is impressive!

With passive income to boot, you have definitely done well for yourself. Congratulations. :D

Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate it. :)

TT said...

Absolutely. Today I was sharing with some young ones about the importance of leveraging time and compound interest to start investing young, only to be shot down by middle-aged skeptics, claiming it's a just bubble.

AK71 said...

Hi TT,

It is very strange how many people forget simple mathematics they were taught in school, namely, simple interest VS compound interest. OK, maybe more unfortunate than strange.

I stepped out of my comfort zone to share personal numbers and this has helped to convince some sceptics but I am sure there are many more whom I have not and will not be able to reach.

AK71 said...

From my FB page:

Tony Yeo:
"๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ you are of the opinion that the negative comments were probably from folks that hasn't visited your blog, so I think they will not read this piece on your blog either! For those that had benefitted from your blog, we need no convincing that what you achieved is doable so you might as well just focus on this group of targeted audience. For the rest that are negative, let them be. You don't owe them a reason nor is that a need to convince them otherwise!"

Cheong Chee Meng:
"Your blog is a goldmine of financial wisdom! I only by chance visit your blog couple of months ago. How I wish that I know that there is such a blog from a successful investor, with free advice ....For those critics, if only they visit your blog, they will then know how generous is AK in sharing his knowledge! Rare person you are!"

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