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Profile Picture: Celestine Chua“The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.”

Hi! I’m Celes (Celestine Chua). Welcome to Personal Excellence, my personal development blog where I share my best tips on personal growth. If you are passionate about achieving your highest potential and living your best lifethis is THE place for you.

Where do I begin? Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Growing up as a child, I was always told to get good grades, get a good job, and earn lots of money. This was the message repeatedly ingrained in me by the media, in school, and by society. As my parents were poor, I wanted to do my best and to do them proud.

So I did just that. When I was 21, I had achieved a small smidgen of success, if you can even call it that. In university, I was on the Dean’s List, a prestigious honor roll for top students, and would later graduate as the top student in Marketing in NUS Business School, one of the top business schools in Asia. Before my graduation, I secured a prestigious job at a Fortune 100 company, pit against an estimated thousand candidates in the region. It was a fantastic job with very talented, smart people, with a salary that was in the top 10-15 percentile among graduates (in those times).

Yet I was not happy. To me, I felt that there is more in life than just earning money, getting married and following some societal life script. After deep inner reflection, I realized that the highest path I can pursue is to raise the world’s consciousness and to help others grow. There is too much negativity, too much pain in this world, and the best thing I can do is to help raise people’s awareness, alleviate their pain, and help them discover the strength in themselves.

So in 2008, I quit my well-paying job to start Personal Excellence. Today,

  1. PE is one of the top self-help sites with half a million pageviews a month. My readers come from all over the world, from the US, UK, Australia, Europe, Canada, India, to Singapore.
  2. We are a trusted authority with over 700 articles, podcasts, and videos on personal growth. My articles are regularly used by teachers as add-on resources for their teaching.
  3. I’ve been featured frequently in the media, sharing my personal development insights on channels such as CNN, Business Insider, CBS Business Network, Lifehacker, Bloomberg, Sun-Herald, The Sunday Age, and Channel News Asia.
  4. I’ve worked with organizations such as Wharton Business School, Dove, Kimberly Clark, The Asia Business Forum, JobsCentral, Ministry of Defence, Singapore Institute of Management, National Library Board, Nanyang Institute of Management, and NUS Global Alumni Network.

My #1 goal is to help you achieve your highest potential and live your best life. Through my site, I hope to help you achieve your personal definition of success, from improving your productivity to letting go of toxic relationships to finding your inner happiness.

Thank you for being here. I look forward to connecting with you! 🙂

Lots of love,
Celes

Some Quick Facts About Me

My Media Features

Here are some of my media features:

Channel News Asia, AM LIVE!: Celestine Chua with Yvonne Yong and Steven Chia

On Channel News Asia’s AM Live!, talking about new year’s resolutions and how to make them stick

Good Morning Singapore! Interview - Vision Board

On Good Morning Singapore!, a morning segment on Channel 8, sharing my vision board

Wharton Marketing Conference

Panelist at the Wharton Business School’s Annual Marketing Conference in Philadelphia

Entrepreneurial sharing session at National Library (Workshop)

Sharing my entrepreneurial story at National Library in Singapore

Dove Camera Confidence Workshop: Interacting with participants

Conducting a workshop with Dove for their “Real Beauty” campaign

I’ve been profiled in Soul Sisters, a documentary about inspiring women in Singapore. Click below for a look into my daily life:

Get My Best Tips on Personal Growth

Through my material, many readers’ lives have changed for the better:

“Hi Celes, during 2012, I was going through hard times. During that time, I found your site. I went through almost all of your articles every day and it motivated me greatly. Today I have accomplished so much and I can’t believe myself. Even my critics are motivated by me! Very few people are reasons behind my success and you are one of them. Thank you. ” – Praveen

“Every day I can’t believe how far I have come, and it’s all thanks to you. I’ve landed an amazing career, doubled my income, and I get to spend all my time doing what I love. You’ve helped me become someone with purpose, and I am truly enjoying my journey of ‘personal excellence’!” – Kimberly

“I usually have a lot of contempt for self-help sites because they tend to have only a single good message that they keep repeating in different forms. But Personal Excellence is different. Every single concept that you covered has been covered so thoroughly that it gives complete satisfaction. Different readers can take away different messages, and you cater to them all! You seem to have the inhuman, almost computer-like ability of looking for a better solution to a problem even if you already have a good, working solution.” – Adwaith

“Celes, I came to know of you when I accidentally stumbled on your esteemed site ‘Personal Excellence’ on Google. I felt as if I’ve dug out a diamond in a jungle.” – Kevin

“Just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done so far with Personal Excellence. It has been a great inspiration and resource for me in my journey from (miserable) corporate employee to (blissfully happy) entrepreneur. Please keep up the good work!” – Rob

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