Since American Idol hit the small screen 10 years ago, I have been an off and on fan. After the very first Idol, the amazing Kelly Clarkson hit it big, I have tended to use her as a benchmark to gauge the success of her successors among whom I like Carrie Underwood the best. She displayed a clear cut individuality and struck gold with it. But in truth most of my Idol favorites have not been the winners — Chris Daughtry, Elliot Yamin, David Archuleta, Soibhan Magnus and Hayley Reinhart from the latest season, to name a few.By the way, take a lit tle rest if you feel tired.
What makes these guys stand out for me is that they all have a very distinct personality, that they are talented isn’t in doubt, but what I admire the most about them is that they never compromised on their individuality, their self image or their musical ideal. That’s what makes them special and memorable for me.
In the 28 years I have been in the decorative glass business there were many times I did not make it to the winner’s podium either but like Daughtry and the others who have achieved big success despite never winning this particular crown, I am glad I never quit on my dream either.
Before I started my decorative glass factory in 1985, I had absolutely no clue what the industry was all about. I learned what I needed to and I applied it and I got better and better at my craft, through practicing it. Like any artist, although I cannot draw to save my life, I stuck to the vision in my head and I have seen it come to fruition.
And this is what I have shared with my kids too, a simple four steps to succeed in whatever you set out to do.
- Learn, and keep on learning
- Apply what you learn. If you don’t, what’s the point?
- Practice makes perfect
But what do you do when faced with the me too’s, the copy cat competition? That brings me to the fourth step:
- Innovate to stay ahead
Being creative comes from playing around with what you know the best. I know glass the best, just as my Idols know music the best, and so six years ago I managed to do what
At first I had no idea how amazing this was until organizations such as Hewlett Packard started asking for the formula. Then I patented UVi Glass and a whole new universe of opportunities for business growth and expansion has opened up to me. Competition is, for now at least, a minor concern.
I have been bringing glass to life for my Malaysian clients and customers since 1985 and now the plan is for the world to share in my dream through a global licensing program for the UVi Glass printing solution.
We are proud that UVi Glass is already in two more countries, India and Thailand.
Care to join us!
Oops, I just revealed my plan for world domination!
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