After the 2 days seminar he invited me to have dinner with him as he had things to discuss with me. I became his mentor and coach thereafter.
Less than one year, this boy has set up a number of new businesses models and everything is going his way. Each time when he discussed with me on his desires and intention to venture into new business and wanted my advices I had to pull him back and insisted that he ponder over those new ventures and analyzes the risks and its downsides. I am more of a critic than a motivator. If you overheard me you would have called me a doomsayer, negative most of the time in my advices.
Most people would have been upset with my comments and opinions (I often poured cold water on hot passions). Though he may be upset but I think he accepts my style and negativity. Most of the time he proof himself beyond my apprehension and illustrated his passion and hard works, and most of all, he delivers the result. I must say, he is destined to rise high and become big in the corporate world.
Today, I was invited to attend a board meeting at his office. The board of directors were to deliberate on a new business venture that may require huge sum of investments. I was quite concern over this venture and had been skeptical over his ability to undertake such big investments and of which is not their core competency. However, after the presentations and deliberations, and after meeting up with all his experts and consultants for this project I somehow felt positive and confident that this project would succeed and would contribute positively towards the corporate business structures and drive the company to a higher plateau. I only have this words for him: "Keep it up and keep going."
The company gave me a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift in a tiny box as a token of appreciation. The box is about 100mm x 75mm in size. I had to leave before the board finish their business as I have to attend another meeting which was rescheduled in order that I could attend this board meeting. As I was in my car I opened up the box to see what's inside. To my surprise it was .... it was ... astonishing ... it's a watch!!!
It's an Armani! Emporio Armani watch!
Thank you once again.