What were some of the challenges and/or negativity you had to face to reach your goals of setting up a successful business?
I started when I was 19 and was still in university then. My classmates didn’t understand why I wasn’t in school most of the time and people whom I work with outside of school usually thought that I was too young and didn’t take me seriously. I ended up with 2 camps of people who I had to make an extra effort to prove my capabilities. Needless to say, I also didn’t attend my graduation because I had to do a photoshoot that day.
Everyday, every customer, every hire, and every production process is a challenge when you start a business as people are unpredictable and every situation is different. But in the end, this is what makes my every day less mundane and repetitive. It keeps me on my toes.
How would you describe your life? Take us through a week in your life, one that involves a little business, travel, and blogging. How does it feel being accomplished in all 3 aspects (and more!) of your life?
I usually schedule meetings and coffee sessions in the beginning of the day to get that out of the way and get into the office by 12pm. Some days I work from home and I usually spend those times working on personal errands or engagements I have on my personal social media channels.
When it’s sourcing season, I’d be off to Hong Kong or Seoul for a two to three days buying trip in the middle of the week. I like to set aside a day or two just for sight seeing or catching up with my friends abroad.
When I travel during the week, I make sure to allot time to catch up on work, either from the office or from home. Normal weekends include showering my dog, going out with my partner for a long brunch and coffee session, and then dipping in our pool till dinner. Simple yet it’s the time I spend with the people and animals I have that make me content.
I’m not perfect and I’m so glad that I have two very amazing ladies working for me to keep my orders and customer queries answered. Because of my schedule, I get forgetful sometimes and they remind me when things are almost due or designs that are almost out of stock. I think I don’t say this enough to them, but I’m very appreciative of their help everyday.
For those who’ve always wanted to make a change in their lives and live the life of their dreams, what would you tell them?
A lot of people are deterred by just the sheer amount of work and effort you need to put into building your dream life. I always think that if you start with finding something you enjoy doing, or good at, then work will be fun and you will not think of it as a chore.
Always make small achievable goals. Feed off the joy of hitting those goals then set new ones immediately so you don’t rest on your laurels. Reach for the stars but aways keep your feet on the ground with realistic expectations.