For me, the thought was terrifying. Already an introverted person, I also didn’t have a very good grasp of English at the time. Associates of my father were very kind to me through the entire trip, but I still stayed very close to my father’s side everywhere we went and struggled with every question they asked of me. This one experience, as terrifying as it sounds, electrified my senses. My father was right – it was enlightening.
What impressed me so much about this trip to keep it so vivid in my mind was that I had never before had a reason to watch my father work. He spoke English so well and he always presented himself with honesty and integrity in everything he did. Some of my father’s competitors are still on such friendly terms with him that they continue to ask how I’m doing and would be welcoming if I came by for conversation. Even though Hong Kong is not the world’s biggest producer and exporter, it is still the commercial heart of Asia and the concept that so many business people gather there from so many different parts of the world was fascinating to me. My father set a good example for me during this convention and my heart was burning with a desire to be a part of this world. I wanted to be a businessman.
Fortunately, I was in a position in life where I could follow my dream relatively easily. After I graduated from high school, I was able to work in my father’s company for a year and a half before my compulsory two years of military service was due. Within my father’s company, my position could perhaps best be described as an intern, but I was given many more responsibilities and my father had high expectations. Perhaps the greatest benefit I received from this experience was being able to work alongside my highly experienced father. From him, I learned the incalculable value of diligence and sincerity. Advice I will keep with me always is that thinking builds behavior, accumulated behavior builds habits, habits