A lawyer without any business background in his credentials — whether from family experience or through formal education — David went after his passion to build his own company and successfully did it.
David Kelly, Founder and Managing Director of KHQ Lawyers, had one ambition that he truly desired: to be his own boss. Working for himself was something that he wanted from the very beginning and he felt that becoming an entrepreneur was natural to him. And so, without any previous experience in running a business and with no training to back him up, he went out to chase after his dreams.
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“As an entrepreneur, you have to be quite visionary. But not just visionary, you have to be willing to drive it. You have to drive it.” – Dean Cherny, Founder and Director at Marketing Melodies
Throughout Dean Cherny’s 28-year entrepreneurial journey as Managing Director and Founder of Marketing Melodies, he has navigated his company solo for the majority of its existence. When Dean attended his first EO event, he was faced with the following questions: If you have a bus and you need to fill it with people, who will be the people you want to take in? How will you arrange them inside the bus? Will you drive it yourself or will you stay in the passenger seat? These were key questions Dean pondered on, and two pertinent takeaways stood out: one, he needed the right people on the right seats in his bus; and two, he must drive his bus and not just be a passenger.
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“God hasn’t given me some special power
God hasn’t made me any different to the average person
Where I attribute my successes in life to
Is my unrelenting pursuit of excellence in every single thing that I do.”
– Kym Huynh, Founder at WeTeachMe
Is being an entrepreneur something that is innate or does it develop over time? That may be subject to debate, but Kym Huynh, one of the founders of WeTeachMe, believes that one is born to it, and that is evidenced by patterns of behaviour over time. “I believe that you’re born an entrepreneur. I believe there are inherent traits and characteristics that consistently manifest over and over and over in one’s life. It’s only when you reflect that you connect the dots; that the behaviour is consistent with that of being an entrepreneur,” the young businessman professes.
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Accounting firm top man Ken Matthews is the person growing businesses and he is in the business of growing people.
If there is anything that Ken Matthews is passionate about, it is of growing people. “I always wanted to grow something. What gets me up in the morning is growing our people, growing our clients and growing our business. I’ve had that sort of passion for a long time. But it’s the people. Interaction with my staff and with my clients are the things that drive me,” enthused the CEO, Director and founding partner of Matthews Steer Chartered Accountants.
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With a goal in mind, the time frame to do it, and the accountability to make it happen, Jason Ellenport swims into rough waters and towards success.
Coming from a cold-water swim in the ocean, Jason Ellenport, one of the principals in the mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, Edison Partners, enthusiastically shared the story of his entrepreneurial journey. He looked relaxed, yet full of fervour, and right off the bat, he makes other people feel at ease conversing with him for the first time.
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