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The U25 Survival Manual Series was created in order to help readers 25 and under make it through these difficult times. 

Name: Shin Taejun.

Age: 31.

Bullying. Poverty. A broken system.

Frustrated with rampant injustice in the world, I decided to work part-time operating an NPO while keeping my primary profession at an investment fund company.

Even if just one in 100 people begins to take action, the face of the world slowly, but surely, begins to change. After all, everyone has the power to change the world; but in order to do so, it’s up to you to grab the bull by the horns and take action.


(From the introduction.)

I lead a double life: on the one hand I act as the head of an NPO working to rid the world of poverty, and on the other I work as an investment fund professional.

On October 28, 2007, while working for Morgan Stanley, I held a group study session for friends, acquaintances and people from the Internet about ways to eradicate global poverty. One year later this study group had become a full-blown NPO with a set of concrete goals and plans on how to reduce poverty, with me heading it. However, I never quit my regular job. I decided to pursue a lifestyle where I worked full time at Morgan Sanley during the week and fought against poverty weeknights and over the weekend. 

Just imagine: you find yourself wanting to work a more rewarding job or do something that allows you to give back to society, and one day the perfect position comes your way. While it’s perfectly OK to immediately quit your current job and throw yourself into something new, I feel like it’s better to continue doing the same work while also getting started with the new. In other words, keep working full-time and take your new opportunity on as a part-time job.

There are a lot of people out there who feel like they want to help others or make the world a better place. But if you really want to do a good job at helping others, you need to learn how to take care of yourself first. That’s why it’s best to continue doing your full-time job, working diligently to ensure your performance is at its best. This is the first step you can take in making the world a better place. However, it’s important to keep in mind that by the time you’ve started earning a good salary and have honed in your skills, that there are some cases when it’s too late to start something new. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across something you genuinely want to do, the time to start working at it is now! That’s how I came to my current working style.


Part 1. Preparing Yourself: How to Work Part-Time on Top of a Full-Time Job

1.1  Visualize What You Want to Do

1.2  Decide What You’re Going to Do

Part 2. Making it a Reality: Actually Working Full-Time and Part-Time

1.1  Time Management

1.2  The Importance of Good Friends

1.3  Making an Organization

1.4  Just Do It!

About the Author

Shin Taejun

In 2007 Taejun founded Japan’s first microfinance poverty relief fund, Living in Peace, that helps the impoverished people from Vietnam, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries gain access to financial resources. The NPO also runs a national donation program, “Chance Maker,” that provides youth living in orphanages and similar institutions with career counseling. Taejun was chosen to appear at the international economic forum Global Shapers, the Asia Young Leaders Forum and the Leaders of Tomorrow symposium. He earned his post-baccalaureate from the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law, Waseda University.

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