The Most Exceptional Gift I’ve Ever Received…

Children, on the whole, take after a similar eye color and/or hair color from their parents, but I’ve inherited something exceptional: an insatiable curiosity.

My early memories revolved around my dad’s garage. He would spend countless hours walking me through on how a machine works and how to change a tire before I could even drive. My mom, on the other hand, would buy me science and technology books; ergo, I was intrigued and wanted to know how and why things worked since then; my curiosity was never fully quenched with the simplified answers my dad told me; therefore, I began to challenge conventional wisdom by exploring and experimenting.

I was given a considerable amount of freedom at a young age. My mom bought me my first laptop when I was 10 with the intention of letting me quench my curiosity. Given the opportunity, I dived into that to feed my hunger for knowledge. My curiosity started off with baby steps, and it eventually led me from the stage of “how does a machine work” to “how makes a business work”. My interest in self-help books began with “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, and ever since then, not only was I engrossed with books of science and technology, but also self-help books.

Growing up, I’ve also been told that knowledge is futile without its application. Curiosity is a double-edged sword; curious people, myself included, doubt more and have the tendency to question everything. But when I’m in doubt, I take action, I execute, and I experiment.

I can still vividly remember the day whereby I encountered my ”first pot of gold”. I came across esports when I was in high school. Needless to say, it hooked me and I was addicted to it. Having played games since young, I realised that analytical skills and business sense ran in my blood. I stumbled upon an untapped market and wanted to give it a shot and thus, got my first ever job as an Independent Esport Analyst. Soon afterward, I co-founded Dota2room and worked as an Investment Advisory Representative on the side.

I was euphoric to know I got to acquire firsthand knowledge in the real business world since I was young. It’s given me the backbone to be confident in myself and the oil in my lamp that keeps me burning, thereby driving me to be a lifelong learner. I remain grateful that my prepubescent brain developed with ease, somewhat like a sponge soaking up a myriad of words and perceving the world through a different perspective. I hope to keep on applying this curiosity to all aspects of my life and inspire more people to relentlessly pursue knowledge in this journey I call “life”.

What Is Idealism?

It’s the belief that your ideals can be achieved, often when this does not seem likely to others. 

Idealists tend to come by their best ideas through a combination of intuition and feeling. They tend to be extremely naive when the object of idealization has not assessed whether the world as it is has a system that can support it. Thus, they may have difficulty articulating their ideas and tend to get misunderstood.

I believe the pros prevail over the cons as idealists seek the best in others. Idealists don’t lose hope — they’re optimistic. Idealists are effective problem solvers as they can imagine an outcome that is better than others. Idealists are capable of bouncing back from bad situations quickly. Idealists are hustlers — who constantly work on themselves because they see themselves as the people they wish to become. 

Dear idealists, you’re not alone; stay strong. I understand where you’re coming from; I really do. Don’t give up 💪.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs.

3 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier

Things I wish my parents had taught me. Things I wish I had learned much younger. Things I want to share it with you.

I’m Not That Special

I was overly self-conscious, thereby overestimating the degree to which others observed and noticed me. As I grew older, I realized that I wasn’t that special. Regardless of how talented I am, I am just one of the billion people alive.

According to Psychology, people, on the whole, overestimate how much other people notice about us; for instance, people who embarrass themselves focus only on how much they’ve embarrassed themselves instead of factors around them. Chances are people may not remember how clumsy you were in school and even your name; even if they do, their opinions still don’t matter.

On no account should you let people’s opinions dictate your feelings. What makes you likable may also be the reason that makes you unlikeable. Never will you capable of pleasing everybody, unless you sell ice-cream.

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The Art of Saying No

My mom was a true embodiment of selflessness, and she wanted me to practice that. She taught me to put others before myself. I turned out to be acquiescent and malleable.

Having helped my friends complete their assignments, I failed a subject on account of plagiarizing my friends’ work. Little did I consider all the ramifications thereof before I did the favor. My professor didn’t buy it and remained skeptical even as I explained myself. It was an excruciating lesson, and I deserved it — I took the blame.

A wise man once said, “live your life for you, not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected, or disliked stop you from being yourself.” Saying no doesn’t make you a bad or rude person. I don’t feel guilty anymore. I feel empowered and free, instead.

Execution Matters

The question I get asked the most: If you could go back time and change one thing from your past, what would you change?

My default answer would always be: I’ll give my younger self a slap in the face and tell him if he doesn’t want to live with regrets, he has to seize every opportunity from here on out and do it even if he’s against the odds — take the risk or leave the chance.

I missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a few years back. I chanced upon an untapped market; I didn’t seize the massive opportunity and missed the window of opportunity — I let it pass me by.

3 Excruciating Lessons I’ve Learned as a 3X Startup Founder

I always knew that entrepreneurship ran in my blood. It wasn’t because I wanted to be my own boss, but I wanted my story and accolades to go down in history. I didn’t just yearn to change my life — I yearned to change the world; having been a 3X founder, I experienced countless rejections and made irreversible mistakes and blunders.

Here are the 3 lessons I want to share:

It’s Going to Be Lonely

People follow a paradigm — adhere to conventions. According to Psychology, people, on the whole, are more comfortable working in groups. Almost all the evidence suggests that opposites rarely attract. Being a founder deviates from the conventional path — break the mold. Thus goes the adage: birds of a feather flock together. You’re prone to have different views than most of your friends; you may end up losing friends or not being able to resonate with.

I juggled work and study when I was in university, thereby being treated like an outsider — who never fitted in with the crowd. I sacrificed everything pursuing my dream. I only hung out with my friends once in a while and lived frugally tapping my savings to fund my startups.

As an INFP, I don’t see any problem of being a recluse. We find ourselves losing people. I’m fond of living a solitary life, spending most of my time in my crib — a sanctuary and an oasis of mine, focusing on myself. Solitude has become my new norm, and I’ve thrived in it; if you’re an extrovert, chances are this may be a challenge for you.

Having a Co-founder Is Like a Marriage

Pick your co-founders wisely — they can kill your startup. Pick the most well-suited ones, not the most capable ones. Finding the right founders is the holy grail of every founder; it will take time, but it’s better to find “the one” than to go through a messy break-up later on. Besides, compatibility among founders is crucially vital. A good founder is the missing piece of the puzzle. Founders should seek co-founders whose fortes differ from your own — his/her strengths complement yours, and vice versa.

I wasn’t aware of wherein important a co-founder was; I made a blunder. I always knew Billy (not his real name), my former co-founder, was never the right fit, but I still invited him to join, anyway. After several months, he quit. I will never forget the last conversation I had with Billy. He said to me, “Hey, I need a “real job” and I’m out.” 

Embrace Rejection

As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Feedback, both positive and negative, is very helpful. It’s the backbone of success. Never should founders jump in with both feet without knowing the depth of water. We have to set our ego aside when it comes to learning. The only way to reach your full potential is by mastering your ego and taming your temper. Life is too short to fear rejection. Learn from mistakes and come back up. Entrepreneurship is all about fixing a problem that people can’t; getting rejected essentially means you may have targeted the wrong customers or you need to pivot.

When I ventured into the land of entrepreneurship, little did I know that wherein important market validation was. I wasted years and countless fortune on a product that failed to meet market demand before I came across The Lean Startup, one of my favorite books, that has shaped my mindset thereafter.