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Want to Be Successful? Here Are Words of Wisdom from Southeast Asian Leaders

Some quotes entrepreneurs can live by

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BY Pauline Mendoza - 27 Apr 2018

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From the likes of Jack Ma’s rags to riches story to Mark Zuckerberg’s rise as one of the tech world’s most prominent personalities, people are obsessed with success stories.

But in the course of running one’s own business, things can’t always be smooth sailing — one is bound to hit a rough patch every now and then.

Here are some words of wisdom from Southeast Asian leaders that will help you get back on track.

When facing failure

“Remember that it takes a major setback to determine your greatest comeback, that I think, would carry you through,” says Dr. Gia Sison, co-founder of HealthXPh.

Remember that setbacks are only temporary and all you need is to move forward.

When conquering a creative block

“I don’t shoot what it looks like, I shoot what it feels like,” says Bali-based photographer Tino Renato.

Channel your creative juices and take your cue from Tino Renato’s creative process. He doesn’t have to look far to produce a great photo. One of his proudest moments is when he focused on shooting mundane things — donuts, tea, raindrops. After all, it’s about what one makes people feel that creates lasting impact.

If you’re facing a creative block today, you may only need to look around you and see beyond what is being presented.

When overwhelmed by uncertainty

“You have to search high and low, far and near to discover, what is your reason for living? Why were you put on this planet?" says Chatri Sityodtong, founder of ONE Championship.

Chatri’s life story has inspired many. He had a point in his life when he lived on just one meal a day in his small dorm room and everything he owned fit in a small suitcase. Now he owns a billion-dollar sports media company.

In times of hardship and success, he remains guided by his reason for living or in the Japanese context, his ikigai. It can be described as: what you love, what you're good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.

In times of uncertainty, when you don’t know where your business or life is going, take a moment to pause and define your ikigai.

When business gets tough

“[W]hen it gets tough, and it will, caring deeply about the problem you want to solve will allow you to persevere as you struggle to get your initial partners, customers, and investors,” says Paul Rivera, founder and CEO of Kalibrr.

Any individual who wants success in business should know by now that hardships are inevitable. The key is not forgetting why you are doing this in the first place.

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