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My Unforgettable Navy Experience – Lessons Learned

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Written and as experienced by: Maili Wong

I recently joined the Royal Canadian Navy as part of the Canadian Leaders at Sea (CLaS) program. I spent 4 days aboard a naval ship and it changed my perspective forever!

Picture this: 12 leading Canadian business women are invited to leave their stilettos at home and join the Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Ottawa warship, stepping outside their comfort zones and into the foreign lifestyle of a military warrior. Some of my highlights included:

  • Sleeping in tri-level military bunk beds complete with seatbelts for rough seas
  • Surviving the rockiest night at sea, highlighted by 4 meter swells while sailing at 24 knots 100 miles offshore California to Esquimalt, BC
  • Participating in military surface firing exercises, Man Overboard exercises and “battle problem” demonstrations
  • Be-friending a Naval Tactical Operations Group Leader (i.e. “Navy Seal”) and taking a selfie with him while fully-loaded in military weaponry
  • Within 45 minutes of landing after the 4 day open sea adventure, cleaning up and dining at a formal reception at the official Government House in Victoria, with the British Columbia
  • Lieutenant-Governor Janet Austin, the senior Canadian Naval leadership and Commander of the Pacific Fleet

Would you believe it? Well, it happened, and I’m grateful to share with you the lessons I learned from this incredible life adventure. Upon reflection, this experience has helped me be a better mom, friend, leader and trusted strategic advisor to my clients, by enriching my perspective after “walking the walk” and after gaining a deeper understanding about how to help others find stability amidst turbulent situations. It has also helped me gain a new perspective on how to build a stronger and more deeply rooted foundation, upon which to build sustainable growth.

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Wealth Matters Podcast: Re-Defining Retirement – Lifestyle and Housing Choices for a Work-Optional Life

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As a Vancouver-based Portfolio Manager, I often meet with people who have questions about retirement. In some cases, they want to know if there’s a better way to maintain or even improve their lifestyle in retirement in the face of risk and uncertainty. I’ve dedicated my career and published a best-selling book to help clients take smart risks in investing, learn to feel at ease during market volatility, and achieve a sense of strength and resilience as they reach a place of financial security and freedom. I created a new podcast series called Wealth Matters to start revolutionary, meaningful conversations about retirement living and, of course, risk and investments.

On our second episode on Wealth Matters podcast,  “Re-Defining Retirement – Lifestyle and Housing Choices for a Work-Optional Life”, we have our special guest, Candy Ho, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Relations of Element Retirement Lifestyles Inc, a leading retirement community developer with a focus on intergenerational living. Together, we discuss revolutionizing the perception and experience of retirement living.

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Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries

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In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, I’m honoured to be one of the curators behind the new book launch of “Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries”, written by the brilliant Paulina Cameron.  This timepiece is now available on Amazon.ca and features 150 of the country’s most influential, courageous, powerful and inspiring women – many of whom took smart risks to achieve great progress for Canadians.

Wealth Matters Podcast: Innovations in Global Investing to Help You Achieve and Maintain a Work-Optional Life

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As a Vancouver-based Portfolio Manager, I often meet with people who have questions about retirement. In some cases, they want to know if there’s a better way to maintain or even improve their lifestyle in retirement in the face of risk and uncertainty. I’ve dedicated my career and published a best-selling book to help clients take smart risks in investing, learn to feel at ease during market volatility, and achieve a sense of strength and resilience as they reach a place of financial security and freedom. I created a new podcast series called Wealth Matters to start revolutionary, meaningful conversations about retirement living and, of course, risk and investments.

I recently recorded our first episode, “Innovations in Global Investing to Help You Achieve and Maintain a Work-Optional Life” with guest Satya Pradhuman. Satya is the Founder and Director of Research at Cirrus Research, a leading research firm in New York City that delivers innovative, objective insight and analysis to professional investors. Together, we illustrate how people can take a disciplined approach to developing an investment strategy that’s based on quality research and sound decisions.

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YWCA Women of Distinction

YWCA Women of Distinction and Supporting Efforts to Prevent Violence Against Women

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Since it was founded in 1897, the YWCA Metro Vancouver has been a tireless advocate of women’s equality. The non-profit is dedicated to helping build better futures for women and their families with programs and services aimed at allowing them to gain economic independence and wellness through education, employment and leadership opportunities. I couldn’t imagine an organization lining up more perfectly with my values, not just as a woman in a historically male-dominated field but also as a mother, mentor and advocate for young women in finance. That’s why I was so touched when I was nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award.

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Maili Wong on Moolala​:​ ​Money Made Simple ​with Bruce Sellery

Maili Wong on Moolala​:​ ​Money Made Simple ​with Bruce Sellery

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Are you ready to take the steps towards financial freedom?

Click here to listen to Maili Wong on Moolala​: Money Made Simple with Bruce Sellery to discuss what Smart Risk truly is. Learn how to identify false financial diversification, and how to make smarter choices with investing and saving in order to reach your financial goals.

Learn how to create a beneficial and safe financial plan by listening to the Moolala Podcast here.

Featured Writer in Business in Vancouver: Maili Wong shares about building a work-optional life

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Maili Wong is the #1 Amazon Bestselling author of Smart Risk, and strives to help others obtain a work-optional life. Maili Wong recently had the honour of sharing her insights on how to achieve the ‘work-optional’ life on Business in Vancouver.

To achieve this “work-optional” life, start with understanding which stage of life you’re in, then focus on appropriate priorities when building wealth over the medium and long term. – Maili Wong

Read the full article on Business in Vancouver.

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