Founder & CEO Glam-it! Chief Glam Girl, Serial Entrepreneur. Ivy League, MBA, Acted/Modeled NYC, Dir Rackpsace Asia, VP BeeCrazy.com & Groupon HK, Pres Glamabox (Co-Founder)
Honored to be a facilitator and alumni mentor for this year’s batch of MBA Students in their “Time to Lead” graduation program. Here were my 3 pieces of advice to them:
1. Learn to say “No”, Learn to say “Yes”
If you are a person who always says yes to everything and everyone, learn to say “no”, otherwise you will be spreading yourself too thin and making everyone’s problems your own. (I’m a case in point here. You need to focus on your own business, life, and happiness. On the other hand, if you are a person who always says no to everything, learn to say “yes” to new experiences and opportunities, as you will be opening up your world and helping others. You need to find that balance, which is easier said than done.
2. The Waiting & Perfection Trap—There is never a Perfect Time
Don’t wait for perfection. For example, there is never a perfect time to do your MBA, start a business, fall in love, have a family. Waiting for the perfect timing, perfect opportunity, perfect situation is passive and it’s also not how life works. If you wait, you will lose out, so your time is better spent creating, doing, and fulfilling your goals in business and in life. That being said, sometimes timing is everything, so wait, but don’t wait too long! Time is also the new currency as with money you can spend, earn it, waste it, and always get it back. With time you can spend it, waste it, and you will never get it back. Spend your time wisely on people and projects you care about, and don’t waste time on the rest.
3. Know your Friends & Enemies—Do Right by Them
Know who your friends, allies, mentors are — appreciate them and do right by them. Conversely—be aware of who your enemies, detractors, and naysayers are—be wary and careful of them, but also try to avoid getting involved or letting them have ammunition against you. Also know that life goes in cycles like Fortune’s Wheel (what goes up can go down, and the reverse is also true). To that regard, your so called enemies can become your friends or someone you do business with. You never know. Life is funny like that.