We have always known Michael Teh as the meditation practitioner and a registered yoga teacher who discovered self-realization. Today, we will be exploring the other side of Michael which is his corporate side that he has well integrated with the practice of meditation to help enhance his business and as an entrepreneur.
Q: In short, please share what you do professionally.
Michael Teh (MT): I am an entrepreneur and investor. As an investor, I manage a private fund where I actively invest and trade in the Global Stock Market that specializes in the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
While as an entrepreneur, I have co-founded an art gallery called Aureo Gallery in 2017 but have sold my shares in 2020. At the same time, I became a qualified Registered Yoga Teacher 500 (RYT500) in 2020 and have started my journey in teaching and preaching self-realization through meditation, qigong yoga and philosophical understandings. In addition, I started my own personal brand IAMMICHAELTEH of which I conduct my signature program “The Essence of Life Workshops” to help my clients gain better understanding of self-realization and meditation.
Q: Was it a natural step for you to be where you are today given the educational background you had?
MT: It was not a natural step for me to be where I am today given the educational background that I obtained. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (First Class Honor) in 2009 where it had helped me in the early days of my career as an Engineer.
The degree and education background provided me the opportunity to work in Melbourne as well as multinational corporations in Singapore between 2010-2015. However, I did not feel fulfilled as an engineer. At the same time, while I was pursuing my tertiary education, I developed an interest in investments and stocks trading to generate money and wealth.
In 2010, I started investing and realized that I have more interest in the world of finance than the technical knowledge of an engineer. I found joy in reading, researching and scouting for businesses (stocks) to be invested in to generate income and wealth. With the passion and effort, I was blessed to be able to grow my funds throughout and was able to quit full-time employment in late 2015 to focus on the business of trading and investing.
Q: What are the common challenges you face in your professional work and how do you overcome them?
MT: As an investor and trader, it is a very stressful work. And if I am not mindful of my stress, it can lead to many negative emotions that will create negative impacts onto my career and life.
For example, due to the nature of market volatility, I have to endure the cycles of boom and bust and be able to withstand the emotions of seeing funds grow many folds over the years and also to lose in a short period of time when the market crashes.
I have to also learn to find the balance between greed and fearful, more often than not, greed lead to massive losses and fear lead to not able to maximize your profit and returns. These negative emotions disrupt one’s internal peace, confidence, and conviction, leading to poor performance in investing and trading. Worst, you unconsciously bring home the stress from work and causing the disruption of peace and harmony at home with the family.
To overcome these challenges, I cultivated the habit of daily meditation to alter my state of mind. It has benefited my life tremendously. I was able to attain the wisdom of drawing the power of faith and believe to overcome my internal fear that is derailing me from the confidence and conviction that I had.
Other than meditation and daily mindfulness, I also cultivated gratitude and thankfulness to stay humble with all my achievements, so that greed and Ego would not take over. As a result of daily meditation, I was able to find balance easily and not let the market volatility carry me away easily.
And as a result, my performance in investing and trading have improved markedly and I am able to achieve wealth creation, grow my funds and at the same time living peace and harmony at home.