The monthly SPECIAL Hall Night Talk was held for the third time in Moon Chum Multi-function Hall on November 8th. Mr. Kevin CHAN, Founder of StoreFriendly, and Miss Nicolette TONG, Executive Vice-President of The Wave, were invited to have a discussion with residents about how could we use space to create opportunities.
Although it was nearly the end of semester, many students still showed a great passion to participate in this talk. As an undergraduate student, WAN Yetong (HSBC Prosperity Hall, Year 2, Finance) has many plans for her future career but finds it confusing sometimes about how to grasp an opportunity. Therefore, she looked forward to this talk and expected to be inspired from successful speakers’ experience.
Nine o’clock sharp, Mr. Chan arrived at the venue and had a relaxed and casual conversation with students. Miss Tong, joined afterwards with her teammates and enlivened the audience with her humorous and lively presiding style, which encouraged a lot of interactive discussions.
As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chan shared his life story during his early struggling days. He talked about how he came up with the idea of storage business and those times when he only had 3 hours of sleep daily. He also discussed the future development plan of his company.
When a student asked him about what kind of ideas are required in running such a company, he said he saw StoreFriendly as part of his life so he could always find creativity and fun everywhere.
Noting many young people share an entrepreneurship spirit nowadays, Mr. Chan suggested,”We cannot start with only professional knowledge. We need to learn to collaborate and look for the desired market.” His opinion of not starting a business with your best friend surprised the audience, as he explained irrational treatments might occur. A clear contract to ensure a smooth progress was necessary. The speakers then encouraged our students to actively express their ideas to others, not to worry too much about being imitated. Absorption of different ideas and put them into practice might be one step closer to success.
Some undergraduate students were curious about how to allocate their times balancing both university life and startup preparation. Mr. Chan shared his story of looking for good classmates at the CS Lab and recruiting them as co-workers. The university provides various resources including a wealth of talents of all disciplines. He suggested us to try using time at school smartly and identify helpful resources.
At the same time, he emphasized a person’s ability to make every effort concentrating on one thing. “Stay somewhere for at least 5 years and make yourself an expert.” Young people do not need to worry about losing as they do not have burdens. He suggested a good practice by staying in an interested field for five years or longer if you had a nice idea. Youngsters should be willing to take time and learn to endure and persist when encountering a problem. Be more energetic and enthusiastic too. One might not be able to handle everything and may even lose something in other aspects, but one thing for sure is that you will get rapid growth and brighten up your lives in what we focus on all the time.
Success is never easy, but if you find the proper way and stick to your goals, it is within reach. Opportunities may just be hiding around the corner. Let us draw on others’ experiences and define our own path to a successful future.
Writer: Iris LU (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
文: 高雅 (滙豐業昕堂)
圖: 文苳晴 (李兆基堂)