Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Certainly, I was born and raised in New York City. I started my first company when I was 17 helping my college professor market a high frequency trading program that I knew nothing about. It was my first venture as well as my first failure. But it was a great learning experience, and the next year I moved to Hong Kong, instead of staying in New York, because I thought it was a lot more opportunities. And I’ve never been out of country before. So I enrolled into CityU, and since then I started two companies, one of which is still running today. A little bit about myself growing up.
Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds Growing up I was terrible in school, and I love taking things apart, but I didn’t know how to put them back together. That’s why I ended up as an engineering student, and I guess it was this curiosity that allowed me to get started on my journey in entrepreneurship.
Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds My company is called the Hong Kong Prime Golf Society. When I first came to Hong Kong, I picked up golf from a mentor, and I couldn’t find anyone to play with. So I decided to start my own society in order to bring together like-minded individuals to play golf with me. But I didn’t know it would turn out to the society that it is today. It has been four years and we have over 1,000 members. We hosted almost 200 different events. And our mission is to help more and more young people enjoy the game of golf, and we try to turn it into global movement with chapters around different cities around the world.
Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds That’s a great question. I would say mindset is the number one thing that comes into my head. In order to realize your potential, you must get started. And when you get started there’s bound to be setbacks and failures that you’ll overcome. We sometimes look at Steve Jobs and very successful entrepreneurs of our time. We feel that maybe they are invincible, they are full of self-confidence, and they’ve never failed before. But the truth is all of them have failed in some way, shape or form. We don’t see the struggle, but usually it’s the strongest that started out as the weakest. And how they got there is the willingness to keep going, to persevere, even in the face of adversity.
Skip to 2 minutes and 23 seconds So to the aspiring entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter where you start. The most important thing is to keep going. And most of the time, the first idea you start or the second or the third idea might not work out as planned. But if you keep going, you will be able to overcome and generate the success that you might not even realize that it’s coming. And the person you become as the result of the success is more important than the success itself. Somebody can take away success from you, but they can never take away the person you become. The last thing would be patience. Because a lot of us in our generation, we are very impatient. We want to succeed instantly.
Skip to 3 minutes and 4 seconds Our attention spans have shrunk but the most important thing is Rome is not built in one day. And before we can master the year in front of us, the month or the week, we must first master 24 hours. We must create the disciplines, the habits that we do every single day. And then in doing that, we’ll eventually achieve our goals.
Interview with an entrepreneur (Mr. Gilbert Joa)
Gilbert was born in New York City in the United States. When he was 18, he moved to Hong Kong where he finished his degree at City University of Hong Kong and then started his own business. What does he think about failure and about patience? Watch this video to find out.
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