I just really feel the urgency to write these all down, while it’s still burning in my heart- and while it’s all fresh in my memory..
Our team had this extraordinary encounter with a feisty Singaporean businesswoman friend, who literally turned the market around when she came to establish her business here in Cambodia more than 20 years ago. She made such an impact that even her biggest competitor ended up following her every move in the market!
She’s been one of our few friends when we first started Delight here in Cambodia back in 2008, thanks to two of our beautiful Filipina friends who connected us with her. And this Singaporean lady has been one of our biggest givers since!
We’ve always been so amazed and blessed by her life lived in excellence and passion for business that it’s certainly a pleasure to visit her whenever we have the chance.
So we knew that this encounter would be another inspiring experience.
Being the care-free, all-for-one and one-for-all team that we are, we crammed ourselves inside our car to deliver some home-made ‘products’ that she wanted to see.
So there we were, inside her mansion-house, chatting casually, unaware of what was to come.
But then came the topic of the evening- serious, proft-making Business… And I can tell you, it was like waking a majestic lioness from her sleep! She began roaring at us with all of her passion and love for business. It was the most educational and eye-opening encounter about business for us! She started teaching us about business from her 20+ years of experience and it was so enriching, like listening to a Sunday Service sermon.
We were then discussing about planning a new business or a new project. And these are some of the precious gems I got from her, that I want to share with you too:
- Set a VERY HIGH goal for yourself and get it! You have to push yourself to dream, to set higher goals, bigger than yourself.
- Be careful when starting a project! You must make sure that you can make it successful. Don’t touch a project if you think you cannot make it successful.
- DREAM BIGGER DREAMS. Enough of trying the little things. When you’ve been in a place for a long time, its time to set bigger standards and chase it. (ouch >.<)
- When your already engaged in a project, be careful and precise. Do not do things haphazardly. Do everything in excellence.
- Be confident [in your product]. Be confident about your brand. Don’t be afraid to make demands and set standards. because this will help you rise you above your competition. It’s your confidence that will set you apart from the rest.
- Don’t be afraid of competition. Face them head-on!
- Don’t worry about the finances, be more concerned about ensuring high quality, and excellence in your service. You never know, people will just come and support you because you have a big dream.
Aside from some painful, punchy words here and there, I think all of us left the conversation more inspired than anything. Everyone became increasingly aware about business and more so, our personal lives.
Towards the end of the conversation, she finally spoke about an interest in starting another business…and that she could be our potential partner. BUT, not just any business. She challenged us to have a BIGGER dream… bigger than us. By then, we knew that we were in the middle of a ‘divine set-up’. I had goosebumps all over and my heart was thumping hard. It was one of those moments when you feel God is saying something so loud and so clear, through a very charming but scary businesswoman. God was telling us to dream BIGGER… because the provision is about to come our way.
Most of the time, we become contented with reaching a small goal, or a small achievement. Or maybe the ‘big achievements’ have become small… and we stopped dreaming bigger. We celebrate and lay back down in our comfort zones, ‘resting on our laurels’.
But after hearing from this ‘lioness’ who spoke with power and authority, we received the wake-up call that we needed. I was convicted of my own small dreams- and how I think I have achieved many- when in fact, they are only small compared to the BIG dreams that I have yet to achieve! My confidence does not only come from my own capacity or my own ability, but I am confident because I serve an all-powerful, gracious God who equips and builds me for His purposes.
This lioness, who started from basically nothing, has achieved so much in her life (at a young age, take note). Today, she has a well-established company run by faithful and well-compensated employees (some stay for more than 15 years). She owns vast properties and has other business ventures in and outside of the country, and she has made her mark- conquering the marketplace and toppling other companies before her. And all she had was her faith, her sheer determination, and courage!
All of her experiences speak so much into my life. But I am not intimidated. In fact, I am more than encouraged that I can do so much more than I am doing today. Because of my God, because He is the Lion in me. It also became clear as to why I am where I am right now, and how everything around me are platforms for the big things that I will do in the future.
I believe it is NEVER too late nor too early to set high goals for ourselves. And as I’ve seen in this lioness’ life, we should never be paralyzed by lack of resources. Because as for her, she just had a big dream that people became sold out and invested in it. All she had to do, was focus on working [hard] to make that dream a reality.
So, what are your BIGGER dreams?