Passion for success
Speakers from different industries share their inspiring stories and achievements at the recent TedxKLwomen 2013 conference.
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“In 2010, I co-founded my tech start-up CityPockets Inc that helps people save money through daily deals. However, the business started stagnating not long after that and I felt the passion for my company waning simply because I wasn’t successful.
“Hard as it was, I had to close down the entity to shift my strategy into grocery coupons business instead. It was extremely popular with people making redemptions and the success that followed made me passionate again.
“From my experience, success is the ultimate reward to maintain one’s sustained passion,” says Yeoh, a recipient of the L’Oreal Top 10 Women in Digital Award 2012. She was also named the Top 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know by Mashable in 2012 and one of 10 Global Ambassadors selected to climb Mt Kilimanjaro for charity in March this year.
Yeoh, who is now based in San Francisco, US, says success and sustained passion work handin-hand. People need to observe what works and build their success on that rather than just blindly following their passion.
“You need to explore your skills and treat your entrepreneurship decisions as your experiments. It’s fine if you don’t like the results, as someone once told me that you don’t necessarily need to know what you want to do as long as you know what you don’t want to do.
“My ‘experimentation’ has led me to become a technopreneur. Identify community needs within your own neighbourhood or interest groups, and then focus your effort by putting in the right amount of hard work,” adds Yeoh. Her business venture Reclip.It was acquired by Walmart Labs in Silicon Valley this year.
Hostel co-owner Rachel Koay says it is possible for anyone to fulfil their dreams if they only take the first step to making it happen.
“You actually need lesser than you think to live your dream. We all have dreams, whether it is to travel the world or own a luxury car, but we need to wake up from the dream to start going for it, one step at a time,” says the 27year-old Koay, who together with her partner, has opened the first female-friendly hostel in Penang known as Queen’s Hostel.
The budget-friendly lodging that is strictly meant for ladies is fitted with beauty essentials one would never find in accommodations elsewhere – they include hair straighteners and OPI nail lacquers.
The female target market is a niche positioning in George Town, which is already teeming with backpacker stays. Just four months into Queen’s opening, the hostel has been ranked second on travel-review website TripAdvisor with glowing reviews.
“It was important that we find a niche or why else would guests choose our place over other available accommodations?” says Koay, who also runs a public relations and advertising firm.
The hostel, she says, was financed through crowdfunding, and they managed to source and raise the funds they needed in just two-and-half days.
“We should not spend our life waiting for resources to come (to us); just go and create your own,” says Koay. Achieving financial freedom has allowed the avid traveller to what she loves most, like communicating with her clients over a laptop and holidaying. The “freedom” has also enabled her to take up bartending in Langkawi for a month.
“When we know how much we need, that’s when we’ll have financial freedom,” she declares.
Other speakers of the night include headband designers Sereni Linggi and Shen-Tel Lee who spoke about their whimsical and headturning handmade creations, Tintoy and TakeHuat who are creators of “Peperangan Bintang: Star Wars in Wayang Kulit” fusion project, food artist extraordinaire Samantha Lee who shared her skills of making food that look like art, as well as RED FM radio announcer and stand-up comedienne cum entertainer Joanne Kam.
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Queen’s Hostel coowner rachel Koay says people should take the first step to making their dreams happen and not just dream without doing anything.