When people ask me the seemingly straightforward question of 'Where are you from?' I simply get tongue-tied. Do they mean right now, where do I live? Where was I born? or Where am I from ethnically? I am sure that question shouldn't be quite as loaded as I make it out to be...Suffice to say that my upbringing is complex and many a time it is a wonder why I don't have a greater identity crisis! I was born and brought up in Hong Kong of British and South Korean parentage. That said, I did not speak English until I was 7 years old. In fact, I was tri-lingual before the age of 7 and then quad-lingual from the age of 12. Now I am simply bi-lingual. If you are curious to find out more, please get in touch for a one-to-one :) I am the Willwriting yogi.
What's the most enjoyable thing about your work?
The most enjoyable thing about my work is helping people find peace of mind. My work is not the sort that attracts repeat business, so I really count on referrals to grow my work. I pride myself on really understanding the needs of individual cases and helping clients find the best solution for them at a particular time. In some cases, clients take a little (or a lot) longer to come to a conclusion around certain end-of-life decisions and that is fine. My job is to be there to offer support and guidance.
What is your vision for your business?
To be the go-to person when it comes to helping people dealing with legacy planning. People don't know what they don't know, and some make HUGE assumptions about what they THINK will happen. I want to help people decipher any complexities they might have, whether it is to do with fragmented families or challenging situations. Let's work together to find peace of mind. The future can be written.
If you could give one single piece of advice to a new start up business, what would it be?
Collaborate. Find people that you work well with and work with them - humans are social animals - even when we like working alone, we may still find value in interaction.
Which one phrase or quote sums up your attitude to business life?
Fall down seven times, get up eight.
What made you join WMB and how do you plan to make the most of the network?
I joined We Mean Biz partly to support friends in business, but also to meet like-minded business owners and use the opportunity to make new acquaintances and create new friendships. I believe that working with people you like and trust makes work much more interesting and enjoyable.
What do you do at week-ends?
My weekends vary from teaching Yoga every other weekend to relaxing with family having a leisurely brunch to doing archery!
What book are you currently reading?
Before I Go - The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan. It's a book I am reading slowly - but it's useful to get more insight from others in the business of End of Life support worldwide to help myself and my clients.
What book(s) would you recommend?
The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins
What is your worst experience in business or work?
Being bullied in a workplace and not really realising it until years later. I just thought I didn't get on with the boss and I loved my work.
What was your first ever job?
My first job was tutoring Math, English and German to a young student in junior school.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
Anywhere near the sea. I lived by the sea growing up - and love the smell of salt air.