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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Passion is everything but maintaining it is tough!

I am on a plane writing this blog message after a tiring business trip. Sometimes, I really wonder what the heck am I doing working so hard when I can take life a little easier. This trip was a 3 city tour of duty again. I really wish ERC’s next generation of leaders can take a certain level of load off me.

It has been 6, 7 years since I decided to impart the knowledge bestowed on me by people far smarter than me. I have absorbed what they taught me and I am grateful as the knowledge has been life changing. Using that knowledge has enabled me to enrich and change my life. From starting businesses successfully to investing for maximum capital appreciation, I have benefitted tremendously.

Through the last few years, I have tried my darnest best to share and guide batches of people who want to make their lives a little better. My greatest pride is to see quite a few of you succeed. I have mentored quite a few millionaires and still counting. However, I feel tired and am starting to lose my voice. I have lost that edge and long term sharing has really taken its toll on me.

My priorities have changed now that our group of companies is no longer small. Revenue of companies of which I am Chairman of is close to S$50 million in revenue and we now employ over 1100 employees. I feel I owe a duty of care to spend more time with them. Back to the days when I was a spring chicken, I can take the load but now, I am no longer happy as I am compromising with my quality of life .

I know that most of the blog entries that I write are quite upbeat but I do have my downtimes too. This is one of the few occasions, I just want to share with all my friends.

Your Friend,
Andy Ong
29/05/10

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Don’t sweat the small things to make it in life.

I am in high spirits today! This is despite a cab driver scratching my Maserati, which was of course painful. I am think in life, we often lose focus of what is important. Sure I was very upset that my car was scratched, but what came after that made my day even more.

The first incident. I was thinking of Robin, one of my students from 3 maybe 4 years back. He emailed me to get together a couple of weeks ago but I was flying so much that I could not commit. I have a little time next week so I wanted to catch up with him. Immediately after I sent off the email, my PA gave me a package. It contained the latest issue of Prestige magazine where Robin was featured. It chronicles him as a young successful gentleman who has made his mark in the bath accessories industry at the tender age of 29.He was very kind to mention me as a source of inspiration.

The second incident. Immediately, after I received the package. Fu Chin emailed me back after a couple of email exchanges this morning. He finally sealed the deal for his first property. This was after a long search with a lot of guidance. I can understand that he must be feeling extremely delighted! His first property! He thanked me but really it is his hard work. The harder you work, the luckier you will get.

I am extremely pleased that I had played a small part in their lives. In fact, after this afternoon, I am a little more motivated to continue on my journey to enrich people’s lives. I cannot make everyone happy and shit occasionally happens, but guess what. You will appreciate the happy times if you have not been down and out before. So take heart and enjoy whatever life may throw at you. Don’t sweat the small things as they are the stuff that makes your success even sweeter.
Till next time, God bless!

Your Friend,

Andy Ong
12/05/10

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

To do or not to do!

It has been a series of firsts for me in the last few months. I recently became the Chairman of a listed firm In Bangkok and bought my first building. All these events are unfolding hard and fast.

I have always wanted to share with everyone how a turnaround of a company is executed. I have turned around quite a few firms but I have never attempted a public company. It will be interesting to see how everything develops. Shun Thai is a rubber products maker with manufacturing capabilities in Rayong. With the further development of our commodities real estate arm, getting them back on track is a logical solution. However, if I were to totally turn it around, it will mean taking time off from the existing ERC Group which has been growing by leaps and bounds.

I have always loved challenges but now, this will be real interesting. I really want your opinion, should I or should I not? I need your advice now my friends. All of you have my email address. What I do will be very public because as a listed entity, my success or failure will not escape public eye. Quite scary, come to think of it.
So email me now and advise me my friends, till the next time, take care.

Your Friend

Andy Ong
03/05/10