“It was more of like issues with reading and looking at numbers. So information or rather letters or numbers would be jumbled up occasionally”. In some sense, these words would foreshadow Mint Lim’s interview in this episode, albeit very subtly. Sometimes she dragged on sentences, with haphazard pauses in between, searching for ways to make sense of the jumbled in her mind. Sometimes she left words hanging, desperate for resolution.

And yet, I can’t help but find it deeply fascinating. Despite her minor impediments, Mint has a way of engaging and interacting with her words. It’s not that she gets ideas or concepts wrong, but that she coats language in a refreshing new light. Consider the number of times she brings up empathy throughout the episode to speak on a broad matter of issues. Or how she uses the term mental disability to describe the psychological blocks that some people have.

Perhaps it’s just her experience, having seen and lived through the best and worst in life. Or perhaps it’s just my inexperience, and that I just need to talk to more people. But if you pay attention to the context her ideas will become crystal clear, and her words will stand on their own merit. She noted how during her time at RGS her language often made her feel inferior, crouched against the towering eloquence of her silver-tongued peers. Much must have changed since then, because to be honest I don’t think I’ve interviewed anyone more assured and self-confident.

I learned a lot in this interview. About responsibility, values, empathy, and business. And hopefully you could too. It may not be the flashiest or ground-breaking topic, but if you want to pick up on some practical advice, some wisdom perhaps, then this is the episode for you.

School of concepts is a pre-school targeted at helping young children develop their linguistics ability. The school is a social entrepreneurship as well in that they provide subsidized course fees for lower-income families, thereby providing children with equal opportunities at a better future. The school is located at Singpost Centre at the following address:

10 Eunos Road 8 #02-132,
Singapore Post Centre,
Singapore 408600

and you can reach them at:

E: hello@schoolofconcepts.sg
T: +65 9237 5595


Songs used:

Arcade Fire – Photograph (Her OST)

Chopin – Douze Etudes Op. 25: No. 1 “Aeolian Harp”

Yann Tiersen – Comptine d`un autre ete – l`apres-midi (cover by Iain Hemstock)

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