|I ASKED JIMMY HIS TOP FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR CAREER - HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY...|
1.) Know what you're doing - "I think if you want your business to be successful, you have to know what you're doing; make sure you know your goal, keep doing and keep following. I think when you first start out, it's very difficult, nobody starts and is immediately successful. You always have to be one step ahead, coming up with new ideas that no-one else is doing yet."
2.) Be kind - "It's really important to be kind, to treat people with respect and how you want to be treated. It doesn't hurt to be kind, and in turn, people will act kind back. It's something that I stick by when it comes to business and life."
3.) Network - "I think that networking is very important, with people now everything is online, everyone is shopping online, everyone is searching online, it's a very powerful platform. Like a lot of people say; it's not what you know, it's who you know, it's important to network with as many people along the way as you can as you never know what that relationship might lead to or what door it might open."
4.) Always say yes - 'Always say yes to any opportunity, especially when you are starting out as you never know where it may lead or who you may meet along the way that could in turn, help you out in the future."
5.) Promote - "Promote when and where you can. I personally help to promote my country; Malaysia and the emerging talent as we have some very successful designers. And like you, you would promote your business, across Facebook, across the internet and word of mouth. I think it's very important that we talk and share what we are passionate about.
I also was lucky enough to chat with Jimmy about Malaysian fashion as he was very passionate about supporting up and coming designers; he was excited that Malaysia have their own fashion week and see's it as the future hub for emerging talent! Oh, and if you're ever in Malaysia, be sure to check out some of Jimmy's favourite food dishes; chicken rice, satay and Laksa (a spicy noodle Peranakan dish - I tried it in Singapore and it's delicious!).
A huge, huge, thank you to the guys at Malaysia Festival, and the lovely Sarah and David for helping to set up and organise this interview - it really was a highlight of my career and I'll be forever grateful that I got to meet; let alone interview a walking legend!
What are your top tips when it comes to business? Do you have any advice to add to what Jimmy had to say? Anything we need to make note of?