Wow, that sure is a way to 'throw cold water' on an entrepreneur or even to break the spirits of some entrepreneurs, especially the younger ones.
I know the life of being an entrepreneur is a though one, but to ask to 'compromise' on our works & dreams, that is like doing something half-heartedly... I would rather not be one, if I'm asked to just do something in a small way (& without 100% passion).
Entrepreneurs have our dreams & ideas, which to an extent seem like fantasies. And to turn all ideas into realities, we face a lot of obstacles & challenges along the way. But shouldn't we give our heart out in what we do?
We don't have to do it alone
One way to help us along the way is getting support from family members & friends. I always believe the former is usually of utmost important & I am ever grateful for a supportive family who chip in ideas & at times work with me as well, helping from small tasks to bigger errands. And the encouragement from sincere friends are always welcoming as well.
But sometimes even with the help of these may not be sufficient, and more help is needed along the way.
And that is the case with this 50+1 Malaysia book project.
Thank You, Sponsors & Advertisers
So, now that the 50+1 Malaysia book is near to 'it's birth', I would like to thank the people & companies behind this project. Allow me to briefly share my experiences with them as well.
1. Ministry of Tourism Malaysia & the Visit Malaysia Secretariat
In Visit Malaysia Year 1990, I imagined how cool it was Malaysia having a promotional year for tourists. Never had I imagined then that I could work with you guys on promoting the country 18 years later in 2008.
And despite you guys keep on making quite a fair bit of changes & demands, but at the end of the day, I can really see that it is for the better. Let's promote Malaysia together :)
Thanking you for this opportunity to allow us to give it back to the many contributors a free copy of the 50+1 Malaysia book. You guys really make their day... now, the contributors can be happy to get back in kind their contribution in promoting Malaysia.
3. Jim Thompson's Mythai Restaurant & Retail Shops
You were actually amongst the firsts to be part of this project and although we changed a fair bit of direction, you have never failed to continue trusting & believing in this project.
I've always admired your company for the beautiful designs & quality standards in your Thai silks. Never had I imagined doing business with you guys despite visiting your outlets so many times. Kap kun kap!
4. Menara KL & Menara Taming Sari Melaka
Thank you for the ease of work & communication throughout. It's great to know that amongst the tallest tower in the world is supporting us.
5. Galeri Petronas & Petrosains
To have such high end local tourist attractions supporting this project is one great trust & leap forward for the company.
6. Sarawak Energy
For a listed company & from Sarawak some more, it goes to show no boundaries amongst Malaysians.
And it is wonderful to know your company's vision & support in wanting to together develop Malaysia.
7. Bill Keith
It is my aim to work with designers again. And to have one of Malaysia's most distinguished designers of all time, this is something we would treasure.
Your combination of local & international flavour, promoting Malaysia is most admired!
8. Karl Ng
As a first time being introduced to you, you have the talent & business acumen to go big. Many thanks for the quick decisions & allowing us to be creative on our side.
There are a few other Advertisers who made this whole book possible. To all Advertisers & Sponsors, many thanks for being part of this get together in uniting Malaysians & promoting Malaysia :)
*Btw, we are still looking to work with a few more Sponsors & those will be announced in due time.
*In my next book update, I would be thanking the many contributors who has 'drew the pages' of this book from white to full colour.