If you think the answer is cash, you’re not too far from the truth. But at the same time, the answer does not reflect the whole truth.
The 5 C’s — Cash, Credit Card, Condominium, Car and Country Club — is a dated ‘holy grail’ of success that carries more significance as a running joke than an actual Singaporean dream, thanks to the changing of times. By that, we’re referring to the advent of social media and the millennial generation becoming more ‘woke’.
So what exactly is it that makes Singaporeans tick? What would it take for Singaporeans to find fulfillment and complain a little less? With National Day on the horizon, we celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday by conducting a Facebook wide poll with 530,000 netizens. OK, we might have exaggerated, but knowing how Singaporeans spend more time on Facebook than on actual work in this day and age, we locked down enough respondents to get a glimpse into #WhatMattersMost in Singaporeans’ lifestyles and careers.
Here’s what we found.
We Strike a Balance
Singaporeans are by far the busiest bunch of humans alive, but that doesn’t mean they’re all work and no play. Remember the infamous Daryl Aiden incident? Don’t be surprised to see another one of him making the headlines because our survey revealed Singaporeans would rather spend their waking moments on Earth ‘breaking the internet’.
56% of respondents think that creating a buzz on the virtual world matters most to them. Creating and uploading the craziest online content becomes a second nature.
Oh well, who would love to spend their days just thinking about long-term goals and all the seriousness of adulting, right? We thought nobody. But in fact, it comes second on rank. 28% of the respondents actually care about their future and would rather plan for their dreams than their next sexy Facebook post.
Conclusion: Singaporeans know how to swim in the current of technology but they don’t lose sight of their priorities!
We Work Hard, Harder, Hardest
If Titanic is about to sink and a Singaporean is on board, you’ll probably see him calling his colleagues to give his final words before anyone else! That’s because 69.3% of 238 respondents agree that their career comes first before children, cars, and condos, respectively.
Conclusion: Singaporeans love climbing the ladder of success and providing for their children more than showing off a Benz on the road.
We Yearn To Earn
Now that we know Singaporeans are workaholics, what actually drives them to choose and stay in their careers? There are many factors to consider like flexible time, friendly colleagues, and a challenging role, but all these fade in comparison when the salary comes in the picture!
44 out of 64 Singaporeans say they are motivated to climb up the ladder whenever their hard work pays off. That means seeing value in their job and more importantly, receiving paychecks that truly compensate.
Conclusion: Singaporeans can work overtime and they really don’t mind eating alone for lunch as long as they get paid on time and on fleek.
Conclusion of conclusions
The results confirmed what we had already guessed, that there are only 2 C’s that matter most to Singaporeans right now: Cash and Career. Surely you have already put in the hard work and time to give yourself and your family a comfortable living; as for now, go bounce, celebrate life in Singapore, and enjoy the National Day festivities.
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