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The Journey Begins

posted 26 Oct 2015, 22:25 by Kin Onn Ernest Chan   [ updated 3 Nov 2015, 18:05 ]

Within the last couple of months, I believe that I have learn lessons that has been difficult but vital. With this I am happy to say that I am passionate about this new idea and the benefits that it will potentially bring to our environment at large.  

The last two weeks have been a mad rush for trip, when i joined the team, there were many things that were still left unknown. In fact, we were unsure if this was a project that we would use for our MiE journey. Putting to together our presentation, it was important to me that the value of the project was there. The truth is that we were actually pioneering a movement more than anything, we are just merely supported by a platform. As a exciting new project, this is a venture that is about making an impact, not about making money in the foreseeable future. This is what I love about what we are doing here, we are not just about the money. 

“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs

With this, I would like to share three lessons that I have leant within this time period that a believe it vital for future decisions.

1) There is a "right" way to do everything.
We are essentially navigating through the darkness of the entrepreneur journey with a mere candle. Money being a motivator, cannot allow you to take shortcuts. The way I see it, doing it with value, integrity and principle is more important than the outcome. Because in the long run, one might be rich but empty inside.

2) Do what you love.
Passion drives action, and this is what is primary motivation as well. Looking at what trip buddy does I was inspired by their commitment to solving a problem. 

3) It is not what you say, it is how you say it.
At the beginning of the trip buddy, I'll be honest with you and say that their initial model did not work. But I sooner realised that it was an unpolished gem. It was not what they were trying to sell, it was how they were selling it. tackling this problem was the most exciting process that the team felt that we managed to settle. 

Moving forward, we are looking more and for some grants to support our platform. We are going down this Friday for an information session for a possible contest that we can join to acquire a grant. 

Details of the events are attached bellow.

Kin Onn Ernest Chan,
3 Nov 2015, 18:05