Dream big, then take ac­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

thought I didn’t have enough ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause my back­ground was in ac­coun­tancy and my job had al­ways been in ac­count­ing. It’s chal­leng­ing but you just need to be your­self.

What ad­vice can you of­fer to en­trepreneurs/youths who want to start their ca­reer/own busi­ness? We need to dream big. I made a mis­take of not dream­ing big be­fore. I never dreamt I would be­come a CEO one day. I just wanted to be­come the CFO, and I achieved that at the age of 45. If you don’t dream big, it will not take you any­where.

For those who want to be a taka­ful agent, es­pe­cially, they need to dream big. Dream­ing big is the first step for one to take ac­tion.

How do you main­tain work/life bal­ance? I work even on Satur­days and Sun­days, but I par­tic­i­pate in marathons (half marathons), in and out­side Malaysia. If you regis­ter for any marathon, you need to ex­er­cise and train, other­wise you will suf­fer dur­ing race day. So I try to ex­er­cise at least three times a week. Run­ning can re­lieve stress. When you run, you don’t de­pend on any per­son.

How has men­tor­ship made a dif­fer­ence in your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives? A for­mer boss changed me a lot. He made me look at life dif­fer­ently.

What do you want to ac­com­plish in the next five years? I want to bring GETB to the top three po­si­tion (among taka­ful com­pa­nies in Malaysia). Not only tar­get­ing busi­ness, I also want to make sure as many Mus­lims as pos­si­ble have taka­ful cov­er­age, be­cause there is a clear lack of cov­er­age among the Malays.

Blue or Red Ocean Strat­egy? Or nei­ther? I be­lieve in the Blue Ocean Strat­egy. You need to be cre­ative when grow­ing a busi­ness. You can­not do the same things over and over again. If you want to cap­ture mar­ket share and bring the busi­ness to a high level, you need to do things dif­fer­ently.

A must-read for ev­ery busi­ness owner/ man­ager is ...? 60-Minute CEO. I didn’t have a dream to be­come a CEO. I was an “ac­ci­den­tal leader”, but that doesn’t mean one can­not be suc­cess­ful. You can change from an ac­ci­den­tal leader to be­come a mis­sion­pos­si­ble leader.

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