5 Takeaways I get From Ip Man 3 movie

I love the first 2 series of Ip Man movies, and when IpMan 3 came out, I was exhilarated. I was excited too because the movie features additional characters like Mike Tyson, the legendary, American former professional boxer.

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I think, this movie is great because, in addition to the fighting scenes which display good martial arts techniques which are imminent in its previous movies, they now also give extra emphasis on good, positive values that we can emulate as a fellow human being.

Here are the 5 valuable takeaways that I get and I will try my best to apply in my life. 🙂
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1. Lead by example

Ip Man is a great leader who leads by example.

He is a selfless person and helps a lot of people unconditionally. He protected and defended the school his son was enrolled, when it was forced for takeover by thugs, who collude with the top police.

With gust and energy, he reminded the police officer that, all that we do is not for today, but for tomorrow. Whatever we do in life, we become examples to our children.

Our children will follow our footsteps. Our children see what we do and they follow us.
We need to lead by example.

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I am also reminded by this. I advocate my clients to have proper financial planning.

6 months emergency funds, savings ratio of at least 20% per month, debt service ratio of not more than 30% per month, save your money first before spending.  Identify your Needs and Wants.

Selling an ice lemon tea drink at $2, when the cost price is only $0.20 is Halal. Lending your friend $2000 and expecting him to repay you back $2000.20 is Haram because there is Riba. Avoid Riba.  Grow your money the shariah compliant way.

I do not want to be label as “cakap tak serupa bikin” which literally means, “say only but never do“. I ensure that I walk my talk and do things that I preach. I lead by example.

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2. Although you want to perfect your craft, you must spend quality time with your family.

When Ip Man got to know that his wife got cancer and only has 6 months time to live, he dropped everything and had a heart to heart talk with his wife.

He mentioned candidly that his only regret in life is that, not being better to his wife, because he was always occupied with martial arts, which is his number 1 passion.

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In my enthusiasm, to perfect my craft, my financial planning skills, I used to get carried away.

I packed myself with appointments and more appointments. To me, my work is play. I am not ashamed to say that I enjoy my work as a financial consultant. I love creating new ideas, sharing financial planning concepts with my clients. Sometimes, my appointments end late, past midnight.

Now, I make it a point to spend quality time with my wife, travelling for holidays and enjoy each other’s company. I make it a point to visit my parents and in laws, at least once a week, despite my busy schedule.

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(A picture of myself and my beautiful family)

I have to always remember that family comes first.
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3. Have a spouse that supports you in your craft or business

In the movie, Ip Man was challenged by a martial art artist who lay claim that Ip Man’s Win Chun is not authentic.

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(Snapshot taken from the movie trailer)

Ip Man ignored the challenge and chose to spend time with his wife. He cooked pigeon porridge for his wife. He took a family portrait with his wife. He learnt how to dance, not something that he loves, but did it anyway because of his undying love for his wife.

Subsequently, he had a heart to heart talk with his his wife and his wife encouraged him to train up and continue the fight with his challenger. Despite her health predicament,  she encourages him because she understands what he does and supports him.

Finally when his challenger acknowledged his defeat, Ip Man replied, “There is nothing more important than the love by your side.” In his victory, Ip Man dished out his most precious advice and that is very profound to me.
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I am thankful and I am blessed to have my wife who supports my mission to uplift the financial standards of my community in Singapore. She may not have the same level of inclination and passion for finance as me, but she supports and encourages what I do.

She stands behind me and supports me in what I do. That is all that matters. 🙂
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 4. Humility is everything

Humility is a trait that Ip Man carries well. He walks away from taunts and is even willing to kneel and kowtow to his enemies so as to keep his family and friends safe from harm.

He has that kind of quiet confidence that speaks, “I know I’m good and I don’t need to trumpet it to the world. I don’t need reporters to endorse me. I am for who I am.”
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There is a Malay proverb that says, Resmi Padi, Semakin Berisi, Semakin Merunduk, which literally means, be like the rice stalk, it bends lower as it is laden with ripening grains. As you gain more power, you become more humble.

There are many successful financial consultants in my industry.

One of my mentors is successful senior financial consultant, Mr Shahul Hamed. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years, yet always humble and always willing to help others when in need. He is charismatic and a man with few words. I envision myself to be like him as I grew myself professionally. Just advance and move forward to help as many people as I possibily can and STAY HUMBLE. Insya’Allah…
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5. Mastery of any field is for the greater good

There is a lot of martial artists during Ip Man’s time. However, many hold different opinions on martial art. Some view that winning is everything, and practicing martial arts is for defeating others. Some exploited their skills for money.

Ip Man thinks differently. He thinks that every battle should be fought for the greater good.
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I believe it doesn’t matter whichever industry we are in, we do it for the greater good.

As a Muslim, I am reminded by what Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) advised us more than 1400 years ago, “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” [Daraqutni, Hasan]

Do whatever I can within my power as a financial consultant to share my financial planning knowledge with Singaporeans. Continue to upgrade myself, learn new things, create new financial planning concepts, simplify difficult technical jargons, all in all, for the benefit of my clients. Insya’Allah…

I do hope you enjoy Ip Man 3 movie and learn something from it too. Do share this blog post around. Thank you! 🙂

 

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