We consider ourselves very blessed to be where we are as a family, person and business. Though we can lament that we are not 100x better, we should not forget that we could’ve been 100x worse off.
Thus I subscribe to the notion
Be CONTENTED where we are but it does not mean stagnation. Always PUSH and progress. Life is after all a series of progressions
We receive invites to talk regularly but unfortunately due to commitments, we are unable to say yes to many. However it is our belief that sharing is good and this we do regularly thru a variety of ways, namely online. We receive questions from all walks of entrepreneurs, established and new, including variety of industries. We talk, we discuss, we challenge each other.
This coming thursday however is an exciting time for us. We have accepted the invite from one of Malaysia’s leading learning institutions to talk to their students on matters of our industry (forklift), entrepreneurship and life. As the estimated number of attendees run into the hundreds, we are excited by the privilege of being able to impart our values and impacting the young.
Sharing is not about boosting our ego or gaining fame. We believe in the collective building of our young people. So watch out for this blog….we will be sharing more on behind the scenes as it unfolds.
Mikshake it is not. Today I had the privilege to be interviewed by 2 amazing young people, who incidentally are the founders of a startup too.
This interview was interesting for 3 reasons:
The interview was done via SKYPE as interviewers are in Philippines while I am in Malaysia
Interview was a story for a media called Techshake, based in Philippines. Techshake specializes in searching out good startups in the South East Asia region and featuring them
Am experienced being interviewed for an established business but this is the first (fingers crossed more to come) as the owner of a startup
The interview was overall very light hearted but serious sharings, covering topics ranging from
Stories about our new startup SparePartsAsia aka SPA
Experience as an entreprenur
Challenges and Failures
Advice to new entrepreneurs
Special rituals as an enrepreneur
etc etc etc
As the saying goes, when you are enjoying yourself, time flies. The entire interview took a little more than 50minutes but was indeed a productive time spent.
I wish Fatima and Paolo the very best in their entrepreneurship journey. If you cannot remember anything about our conversation, just remember this #CHARACTER. Build a character that would enhance your success and more importantly contain your success.
Yeah, you heard me. I have an attitude. Bad boy am I? Far from the contrary, I have the good learner’s attitude….so I remind myself all the time.
Having an attitude is not bad. Having a bad attitude is. In my case, it is my belief that you learn from the time you take your first breath till your last.
Learning and application….that’s the actions that create magic.
Yesterday, at the invite of a friend, I attended School of Charisma. The full day session on Personal Branding was hosted by the awesome Datin Winnie Loo and Steve Wee.
Here, amongst my fellow professionals from all industries inc professional photographers, doctors, head hunters, etc, we were given a greater insight into the how’s, what’s, why’s, when’s and where’s of branding. The highly participative nature of the session made us all think. Session was especially relevant and beneficial due to the input of Datin Winnie, drawing from her wealth of experience and success in her baby A Cut Above group.
At the end of the day, all of us left with clearer ideas on branding. Importantly too was the networking and bonding amongst our peers of other industries.
For our new friends, in case you are wondering who Nicholas is, here’s who I am in point form…
Most people look forward to public holidays as it’s opportunity to take a break. Few days before this I received a call from a good friend. He’s Zung, the renowned Celebrity Photographer. He’s conducting a seminar for fellow professional photographers called “Zero to Hero”.
Am ever ready to support a fellow friend and impart knowledge to make a difference in people’s life. My role is primarily to share my experiences as a successful serial entrepreneur from the financial perspective.
Topics shared encompass entrepreneurship, insurance, investments, real estate and estate planning.
The time allocated flew by in a few blinks. Was the objective met? Judging from the twinkle in the eyes of the audience, I would say that is a definite YES. Questions started flooding in towards the end and after the session.
Towards the end of the session, we were flooded with questions and requests for personal consultations.
For those of you wanting to achieve more financially, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our details as follow:
SPM results will be announced tomorrow. Am sure there will be a number of nervy souls from now till actual announcement of the results. Question is who is more nervous/excited – parents or kid?
In the asian context, the norm is for parents to push their children to aim for the skies. Anything lesser than a “perfect” result may be deemed a failure. Is it surprising that we are such examination oriented society today? It is as if our entire future hinges on this examination result alone.
An argument is that the children in the current millennium has to strive harder because of peer pressure. I like to say besides peer pressure, there is also the pressure from society’s expectations. Though it is absolutely not true, failure to get a good result may be frowned upon. Even parents have “peer” pressures. Ever seen parents comparing and commenting on the results of each other’s children? Why did they have to do that? Why the busybody eh? Are you comparing to satisfy your ego or to encourage?
Look at the very successful people today. They will attest that “perfect” examination results to not guarantee a bright future. It helps but does not guarantee. So many of the successful people today do not have any qualifications nor high level studies and yet they are successful.
A wise man once told me that achieving the perfect result or studying in the highest level proves that we are able to learn. That’s it!
So what about me? I admit I was not the brightest in the country, school nor in class but I did pass all my exams with Grade 1. I was always in the top class thorough my studying years. Now I am an Entrepreneur with 4 businesses. Was it my exam results that got me here? Yes and No. It helped me to learn but above all it us character, passion, belief and God!
Parents and youth, if you are reading this, do not be mis-led. Enjoy your studying years. It’s some of the best years of your life. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the learning. Exam the learning (yeah, no typo error here). Do your best but do not be discouraged or depressed if results do not go your way.
My Heartiest Congratulations to the scorers of SPM. If you did not score as well, do not fret. The future is still extremely bright! Look forward and step forward! Your future is waiting for you!