Alvin Singh is a digital media specialist, author, and an investor in early-stage startups. He focuses on protecting online identity management for individuals and organizations by merging trends from technology detachment, e-commerce, and social media branding. He has traveled to the Caribbean, Africa, and Central America documenting human behavior trends and raised $10,000 for a water pump project in Malawi providing clean water for the first time to over 1,000 children. He has published a book titled Manage Your Web, developed numerous mobile applications and consults small businesses on how to build a following using new media tools. Singh shared with rolling out his thoughts on the importance of reading for children.
What legacy are you leaving for your children and the children of your community?
My legacy is one of ownership, pride, and understanding that you don’t have to live in a box based on societal expectations.
How would you describe your fatherhood culture?
My fatherhood culture with my daughters is to raise them to be warrior princesses; meaning learning how to take care of themselves financially, physically, mentally and [to] persevere.
From a father’s perspective, what two books would you recommend every child read?
The Five Agreements by Don Ruiz and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Why is it important to expose children to education and valuable skills?
When they are exposed to education or traveling they can have a much broader understanding of the world they live in and also make decisions based on their education and experience.
Which fatherhood experiences have taught you the most about yourself?
When I find myself angry or anxious I have learned that I need to curb it down and not be the same when parenting with children. Patience is a virtue.
Name one life lesson that no one taught you, but should have.
I was not taught much about how to leverage finances and keeping a balanced credit report.
When it comes to protecting yourself at all times, physically and mentally, what would you tell your children?
Physically, I train my children in jiu-jitsu self-defense techniques to avoid situations and to also have awareness. Mentally, I teach them prayer and meditation to calm the mind and be grateful.
Why is writing down your fatherhood goals for life so important?
When you write your fatherhood goals down you can look back at them and see if they were realistic or if you need to speed up and accomplish them. They are a reminder of where you want to be. I want to be a father who’s adult children enjoy hanging around [him].