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DailyWisdom

Popular wisdom is overrated

Follow your passion rarely lasts.
Never give up doesn’t apply to everything.
You can be anything you want as long as you believe/work hard enough is simply false.

The truth is
Passion is a great starter, but success is what keeps us going.
There are some things we should give up, fast. Dysfunctional relationships, Negative people, Insecurities.
Our genetics, geography, family affluence are greater predictors of where we end up - not everyone can become a Roger Federer or Lebron James just because we want to.

Too confronting?
Truth is a much stronger foundation to build meaningful lives on.

DailyWisdom

Choosing

Our best choices
In dire circumstances
Don’t come from absolute strength
But rather a willingness to walk
In spite of the absolute certainty
Of the pain of failure
Because of the joy and hope of success

Startups

Updated Top 20 tools to hack and grow a SaaS business - 500 Growth Series

Yesterday's 500 Growth Series was really fun. I shared on the Top 20 Tools to Hack and Grow a SaaS business. You can find the full video recording here:

https://www.facebook.com/500durians/videos/1200933713355377/

Some of you guys have requested for me to share the slides so I’ve put them up on slideshare here.

If you have other questions, feel free to connect with me on twitter or reach me on linkedin

Top 20 tools I use to hack and grow a B2B saas business from Wai Hong Fong

In case you want the actual links here they are:

Pipedrive – pipedrive.com
Hubspot - https://www.hubspot.com/pricing/crm
Hubspot Sales Pro - https://www.hubspot.com/pricing/sales
Zapier – zapier.com
Slack – slack.com
Talkhub - talkhub.io
Bessemer Whitepaper – 30 Q&A for saas revenue leaders
Bessemer Whitepaper – 10 laws of cloud computing
Inbound Sales ebook - Inbound Sales Book – Growth Tool
Intercom – Intercom.io
Klipfolio - klipfolio
Chargebee – chargebee.com
Braintree – braintreepayments.com
Intuit QuickBooks Online – http://www.intuit.com.my
Workable – workable.com
Typeform – typeform.com
KinHR – kinhr.com
1Passwd – https://agilebits.com/onepassword

Philosophy

The Entrepreneurs are plenty but the Teachers are few

After living over 16 years of my life away from Malaysia, I finally returned home in 2013.

While it seemed like this was a natural progression considering the market focus(SEA) of my second startup(Storehub), I knew that there was a deeper purpose behind this move. Although it was not clear what this was at the time, there were a bunch of ideas I’ve been toying with for a few years now. Community development, encouraging entrepreneurship, solving real problems and adding real value.

What I didn’t realise however, was that I had stepped into an environment where entrepreneurship was everywhere. Because it was difficult to grow rich, or even make a decent living from chasing a career as a professional, many Malaysians turned towards building their own businesses. Whether it was as simple as a single cafe, or as ambitious as a large chain of coconut ice cream stores, there was a desire in many Malaysians for the chance to break out and build something big.

Of course, we at Storehub believe the same. We believe that the work we do daily form the foundations that allow us to serve a bigger vision: 100,000 SMEs around the region whose businesses are made awesome because of us.

Yet, this journey has been full of the difficulties and complexities of such an endeavour. How I wish there was someone to guide me as we navigated through all the challenges of scaling and hiring and raising money and other startup mountains as we journey towards our goal. The number of days where I feel inadequate far outnumber the days where we know exactly what to expect and what to do. Everyday is a learning experience, but most days I feel like the frustrated learner more than the enthusiastic beginner.

And so I seek.

For those willing to speak wisdom into my constant searching. For clarity and meaning and understanding. But there are few who could. And even fewer who would spare the time.

This was when it occurred to me.

That if I, a second time entrepreneur, is struggling this much to make my startup work, wouldn’t it be equally if not more difficult for my fellow entrepreneurs? Most of whom are doing it for the first time?

The reality is, the entrepreneurs are plenty, but the teachers are few. Not because there aren’t many qualified to do so, but rather that there aren’t enough willing to do so. And in the wave of new startups popping up everywhere, the kind of mentors we need that have the kind of experience worth sharing, those are even scarcer.

Perhaps this is why I’m always lending myself towards helping out whenever I can. Speaking into the journeys of those entrepreneurs who I can see myself adding value to. Taking up offers to share my learnings and stories in talks and conferences. But truth be told, we can do so much more.

Perhaps it’s as simple as dedicating my Saturday afternoons to entrepreneur coffees. To listen and understand and share and encourage those that believe that they may benefit from a conversation with me.

Perhaps it’s a small thing. But perhaps it’s a good enough start. And perhaps if enough of us do it with enough of us, it’ll create a big enough ripple to stir up our hearts and lift each other up towards the great heights we all have set for ourselves.

Perhaps what it’ll really take for some of us to build great businesses that have real, tangible and meaningful impact on our communities is for all of us to believe in one another.

My deep hope is that we all learn to believe in one another. And that as these seeds are planted, some will get the chance to grow into trees of shade and rest and refuge for the community at large. Let us not wait for the teachers to come. Let us first start with being teachers ourselves.

P.s. If you are reading this and feel that you relate and might benefit from a Saturday afternoon coffee, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn. I’d love to connect.

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