Attaining success can feel so unattainable at times. In this globalized age, it can get overwhelming being in the constant rat race and always feeling like you’re struggling to catch up. For many youth, there is a constant struggle between two extremes: having a lapse of motivation to do anything remotely productive, or taking on many responsibilities at a time. Either way, it’s exhausting to constantly feel centered from your goals. However, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. In creating this new segment “The Whizz Culture,” we hope to provide personal experiences and learnings from people who started out from a simple idea and had the courage to begin.
As an average student constantly bedridden with self-doubt, my idea of a successful person was equivalent to “other-worldly” human beings with endless drive and motivation; these folks were a different caliber from myself. “They’re just wired differently.” This was a constant thought. How could I ever be on the same caliber as these phenomenal individuals?
As I sat to interview these inspiring younger individuals, talking through both their failures and successes, I’ve come to realise that every one of us goes through different life situations and circumstances. This variety was in a sense comforting, as it really showed how despite their uniqueness, they all managed to find their place in life.
So, what’s stopping you from going out there to reach your goals too?
Inspiration takes the shape of many forms. While it was inherent in some of them since young, with Earnest Lee (Founder of Dirty Butter), starting his entrepreneurial journey as a fun hobby in Primary School, it was also inculcated and influenced by social factors, like school and family, especially for student Arjun Pander (Founder of ScoutMe).
One thing’s for sure, they’ve all endured their own challenges and setbacks along the way. For Ngoc Nguyen (Author of Weird Culture Kids), she overcame her struggles of finding her own identity, being a Vietnamese living in Paris, which she now uses to provide a medium to support other mixed-cultural people silently going through the same issues.
Mandy Chan (Founder of The Bold Company) underwent her own set of losses, from both her life savings and the gap year she took in that same time, all at the tender age of 19. However, she managed to pull through, and turn her unfortunate circumstances around, with the huge success of her brand today.
Sometimes, it’s the lack of support from those most important to you that can be the biggest challenge. This proves to be true for Uzen Tan (Founder of Nineteen95), as his family’s disapproval in pursuing his dreams was truly a mental roadblock he had to overcome on his own.
To all the youths out there, Alexander (Founder of Cudy) and Daryl (Founder of Augmentus) have some advice for you. As cliche as it seems, Alexander says, the most important step is to find your passion. Once you do, there’s always a way to reach towards it. Coupled with that, Daryl reassures us that “Mistakes and failures are a daily part of life. If you actually knew everything from day one, you’re probably not challenging yourself enough in the first place”.
In the next few weeks, we will be sharing the stories behind the mentioned individuals and many others. I hope you enjoy reading a little bit more about their journeys, as did I. If there’s anything you take away from this new segment here on Oasis, I hope it’s realising that our experiences make us all special in our own individual ways, and that there is no one defining feature that determines a person’s success in life. This ‘Whizz Culture’ mindset could very well be the change in mindset you need, to go out there and take that step the right direction.