a question that Pat asked me once… I think I stumbled through an answer.
I DON’T KNOW, really…
is that queer?
Attended a talk/seminar/publicity thing by DBS today that featured some of Singapore’s entrepreneurs:
- Celeste Chong from The Butter Factory
- Li Lihui, founder of Thirtythree Private Limited (brought in Marble Slab Creamery, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery)
- Elfaine Tan, creator of FR3B / The Sample Store
- Willin Low, founder of Wild Rocket, Relish and Burger Bench and Bar
- Gillian Tan, founder of Munkysuperstar Pictures and Clicknetwork.tv
Great panel. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think in SG we have so much pressure to find and settle with a stable job; working for someone thus not having to worry about the business model / the bottom line / what have yous. It was inspiring to meet a bunch that were willing to step out of the mould and pursue something that they truly wanted to do. Seems like it’s not enough just to identify a market gap and meet it — the key to success was doing what you were passionate in, or convicted about, sometimes triggered by setbacks. I really wanted to find out what THE turning point was – what it was that made them put their feet down and take the bold step forward, to shoulder the burdens of their own businesses. (But. I didn’t get to ask my question. :C)
Dance for Japan was my little foray into entrepreneurship. It wasn’t so much a decision on my part to see it through, though there were many who believed in it as I did, there were so many others who didn’t; who questioned motives and dissuaded the team, and so many things I had on my plate at that point in time. As much as I was doubtful and unsure of the whole thing, I was blessed with friends that came in as partners, I suppose, to compliment my weaknesses.
Looking beyond the project, I wonder what it is that will drive me. I know that the end goal has to be beyond me, I know that I want to make an impact on the lives that need change, I know what I don’t want to do… but I think I’m still grasping at what I really want to do; and in the meantime, going with the ebb and flow of things.
And as much as creative expression is important to me, it’s different when it becomes a career, when people commission you for things or pay for things. I don’t think that’s the career path that’s right for me… what if I get burnt out?
what drives you?