Joji, final question - say I’m a raw, young, promising creative entering the business right now… what advice would you give me?
I can only draw from my own experience, Kim.
Believe in yourself. I was a small town kid trying to break into advertising and there were a lot of people who were pretty pessimistic about my prospects in this business - and God knows, some people still are (laughs). But I stuck it out and 16 years alter I still look forward to coming to work each morning. So I’d say screw the naysayers.
Work with people who’re better than you. Ten years ago I just upped and walked away from an ACD gig and my comfort zone in India to take a copywriter position in Singapore with the hope of working with some of the best art directors in the world. That didn’t work out too shabbily.
Screw talent, just outwork everybody else. You can’t choose how bright you are, but you can choose to stare at a blank piece of paper of word document till that idea sashays in.
When I first came to Singapore I heard stories of how David Droga would insist that his teams fill sixty boxes with ideas for each brief. The thinking being that if you had sixty ideas at least one of them wouldn’t suck so much. I took that to heart and have tried doing that with every brief.
We defended the Stone, we found the Chamber, we freed the Prisoner, we were chosen by the Goblet, we fought alongside the Order, we learnt from the Prince, and we mastered the Hallows. We are the Harry Potter generation.
One of my good friends is spending her summer reading Lovemarks by Kevin Roberts, a well-known almost mandatory book for marketing professionals. I haven’t got a chance to read it yet but boy I’m for sure planning to read it soon. So I guess this is just snippet for me…. and I like what I’ve seen so far!
Always surround yourself with inspirational players.
Zig when others zag.
Get out of the office and into the streets.
Live on the edge.
Nothing is impossible.
“don’t throw it away so easy", because at the end of the day when, where, and to whom you give it away to has a lot to do with self respect”—From someone whom I don’t necessarily have respect for though this quote has a lot of truth in it…
I'm trying to appreciate the differences, what about you?
It’s been really long since I actually posted something of content on this blog. Part of this is because I’ve started my own personal journal. I mostly jot down stuff in there so this blog wasn’t particularly useful except for reblogging other interesting internet stuff or memorizing a quick note.
It’s been three months since I first got to Taiwan. It’s been absolutely a surreal time…. culture, people, traveling, trips, whatever it may be, I always got something out of it. I did a lot of learning, making new friends, meeting interesting people, oh and growing up as well. There are more to life when you’re able to see/experience/breathe/absorb/soak/etc. for yourself.
But it wasn’t all perks. Only in a completely helpless environment will you explore other sides of yourself that you didn’t even know exist. I juggle with emotions, judgments, and any other stuff that could possibly going on in your head. There were moments I felt like I didn’t know who i was (for the first time in my life.) questioning all the values I’ve taken granted for years, piercing thru my very soul with these BIG FAT doubts and looking at others with more critical attitude than ever. I became this stranger that I hadn’t for once had met before.
When sick, the first step to recovery is admitting to yourself that you’re not fine. I am slowly regaining my old self… baby steps and whatnot. People are not stupid. They don’t have to always be like me. The problem is actually my own perspective, not others’. The differences are what make life so worth living. Everyone’s got a personality and who am i to judge them? who am i to make them more like me? who am i to give them disgusted looks? It’s the difference among mankind that we’re trying to embrace and treasure. I appreciate all the differences because that’s why made us who we are… You’re completely allowed to be who you want to be and I’ll be the person i believe myself to be. If we’re friends great, if we don’t get along, no big deal. I still respect you as an individual no matter what. hey, isn’t that this world is about? full of possibilities, covered with directions and filled with individuals.
Differences create life, make magic, and lighten the fireworks.