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Amelie or so I thought

In Entrepreneurship on April 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

A Nil Beginning

In Entrepreneurship, Resolutions on April 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

This entrepreneur has not really shared with me all that he has gone through, but I can only guess at the depth of his experience. Having been through jail, this friend is now a changed person and wants to do his best to live a fulfilling life. Having been through life of fast cash and meaninglessness, put through some personal trials, it is people like him that show us that there really is a difference between making money for the sake of and making money by doing good.

Whenever I ask myself whether this life I have chosen could also be a parallel life on the other side (the dark side), it could. But there is something in human nature that refuses to succumb to darkness. So many businesses thrive on promoting vices, yet always, I have heard and seen, if given a chance, these businessmen who have made their millions in vice would always turn to doing good in their later years. Perhaps to erase their past evil or to buy themselves some good karma, but whatever the reason, they will always want to turn back the clock (or try) to walk on the right side of the law.

It begs the question whether we can live a life of evil, or of whether it is worth the conscience for a person to knowingly start a life in vice to get rich. And they try to buy back virtues to erase his past deeds.

Evil and good, I had always thought were two tenets of human construction. What is evil and what is good? Two arbitrary markers of right and wrong? Then why do people then always swing in favour of the light when they have a choice? So there must be a human conscience so universal that transcends our personal choices, that makes us ultimately strive for the common good? Is this what it means to be human?

Ms Cool

In Entrepreneurship on April 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Met this pretty lady at an event and we hi it off. With her soft spoken assertiveness, she epitomises the feminine strength of Chinese ladies. She is supportive of her husband in his business yet bold and assured enough to venture out on her own. I wish this lady all the best of luck in her choice of product to sell and hope that she enjoys every minute of her entrepreneurial journey. I am sure her husband will be a good guide for her.

Update on Ms Cool: unfortunately Ms Cool has had to stop her business. I tried to help her to clear some of the stocks she had, but circumstances prevailed and Ms Cool moved too slowly for the Christmas rush, I thought.  in any case, having that long conversation with her prior to moving her stocks was worth more to me than the actions that followed.  I think it was in comforting her that she has my support, with whatever she chose for her business, probably had a higher value for her.  This just reminds me to be always there for the friends we love.

Jailbird

In Entrepreneurship on March 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

Bali Hideout

In Entrepreneurship on March 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

A friend of an old friend, this new friend of mine did not start on in a favorable footing with me. Partly because he was being referred by this same friend who had done me a disservice by recommending an incompetent sales director in the past. When I received the call firm this friend about yet another ‘friend who had just started his own business and whom I think you can meet to see how you can work together’, I had to agree to meet this person with much trepidation and much salt.

Fortunately Bali Hideout took the initiative to call me and his pleasant demeanor over the phone, and the way he communicated, piqued my interest enough for us to meet.

He has since referred me several potential clients and I had always assumed he was doing relatively well until he shared with me that he was not. His honesty struck me and I do want to help a fellow entrepreneur and so we agreed to meet and see what we could possibly do for the new year, and possibly help each other more.

Onward to 2013, here’s to a new friend to share business woes with, to back each other and to more business partnerships!

Noel Q-ing

In Entrepreneurship on February 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

Carolling

In Entrepreneurship on February 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

Squirrel

In Entrepreneurship on February 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

Oh Squirrel!  Chubby like a chipmunk with a pleasant disposition to boot, this friend was named after another animal and misnamed in passing by my cousin as Squirrel.  So this shall be my nickname for him.  He DOES fit the name though, and not so much of the other 🙂

Squirrel I met last year at a friend’s gathering for her “single friends”.  In the hope that we would pair up, my friend keeps organising these events. Squirrel is a regular at her events and I met him at the first (and last) one I was attending.  Squirrel runs a small agency and aims to keep it that way because he enjoys the work he is doing, and he enjoys the freedom it gives him.  As to whether he has plans to grow the agency, he doesn’t think that far and is honest about it.  i got to know him a little better after a group dinner and a breakout group supper. In a smaller group, Squirrel’s wit and good natured personality radiated.  He turned from Mr IT to Mr Interesting.  He is also one of those who, at first glance, would not turn heads, but upon deeper excavation, one can appreciate his kindly values and his principles, as well as his intellect.

I had plans to get to know Squirrel better, but the months passed by too quickly and well, perhaps after this posting, I will somehow have an opportunity to get reacquainted with him without the incident seeming to contrived.

In the meanwhile, here’s to all the small business owners who are content and happy with their work and where they find themselves in live. May this passion always rule what we do and may we always never have to work a day in our lives!

A Wee Bit Sticky

In Entrepreneurship on January 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

Ms Sticky and I bumped into each other at an event where I was serving drinks and where she was attending as her husband’s spouse.

The event brought us back to our old days in the hall and the time of wanton youthful days. Oh well, not that wanton. Considering that we hardly knew each other, it was quite an eye-opener to realise that the common heritage we shared meant a common lingo we could connect with.

Shortly after, I met Ms Sticky and her close friend just for old times’ sake.  the evening was fun and uproariously funny – with anecdotes and stories from each other’s lives – women going about their daily lives and doing their best to be the best they could – as mother, friend, neighbour, sister, colleague, employer, employee.  Down-to-earth women conversations, with a touch of wistfulness as we wonder what life could have been.

Ms Sticky started an online business and her talent shows clearly in her choice of topics.  She has a knack with her fingers – that is all I can say and I am duly impressed with her works of art.  She has found fulfilment in being a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend to her closest and dearest and life is brimming over with joy. But I sense an uncertainty and disquiet about Ms Sticky as she postulates and asks questions about the other parts of life that she has had to give up for her family. Missing her youthful days is one.

Well Ms Sticky,  perhaps its just disquiet now, but I hope you will feel the satisfaction of this life path of yours. I wish you all the best always, and look forward to another fun-filled evening with you when perhaps your children are more independent.  In the meanwhile, my thoughts are with you as I fondly remember our reconnection.

Chang Chern

In Entrepreneurship on November 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Chang Chern is a friend I got to know a few years ago. We hit it off, with his bunch of J friends (not J pop, but nonetheless good looking and outgoing, and full of talent…). We hit it off, for whatever reasons, and have remained more than acquaintances, I must say. There are some people in life who you just get along with and form a kindred feeling with?