"Adversity is your greatest
competitive advantage."

 

My family are refugees from Vietnam. They arrived in Australia in 1981, March 31st. My dad has always shared with me a simple concept - life is a miracle. He used to tell me:

"Son, do you know how ridiculous it is that you are alive? If your mother or I died in the war, you wouldn't be here. If your grandparents didn't meet, you wouldn't be here. Heck, lets take it back 50,000 generations. If a cave man ate a poisonous fruit and died, that's our entire bloodline vanished from this earth.. It took millions of years of serendipitous events for you to be here, and now that you are here, you are alive for 80 years on average. When you compare how long it took for you to get here versus how long you are here for.. it's like you are alive for 1 minute. It's a privilege to be alive. In this life of yours,remember to do what you love and jump as high as you can in life. As long as I am alive, I will forever be your net."

That right there is why I have achieved the things I have in life and why I have become the man I am today - Family. My drive to jump as high as I can in life comes from my family. 

All through my childhood, I watched my family build and grow businesses. They built; farms, grocery stores, take away diners, pharmacies and even commercial property. By the time I hit 13, I had all the entrepreneurial characteristics embedded deep in me. It was the year 2000 when eBay first started to become popular, and I remember buying so many different things from there and selling them to my friends for double the price! Needless to say, I didn't have too many friends. Not only this, I moved schools a total of 4 times. This happened because some of the kids wouldn't pay me after they bought music players from me, and I would then give the bully some money to rough them up a little. 

Long story short, I made it to university and studied accounting. With only 6 months left to go in my degree, I came home and told my parents I was going to quit and build a business on the internet to teach magic.... This is when things get really interesting! But I guess you'll have to wait for the keynote :)