Good, better, best. Never let it rest. May your good is better, and your better is best. – St. Jerome
Name: Lisa Zhao (Chenyu)
Company (and Industry): Web Masters Technologies, IT industry
Years of Working Experience (since graduation): 1.5 years
What did you want to be when you were young?
I wanted to be a manga artist! But I realized that my drawings are bad and I’ll probably never make it as a manga artist and hence I switched to writing at a pretty young age.
So from then on I always wanted to be an author, publishing books like JK Rowling.
Why do you do what you do?
I would say that marketing is also one of my interests, which is what I’m doing in my current job.
Although a few years ago, I thought that I might work in a publisher or in Mediacorp as a scriptwriter. But eventually, I want to keep my hobby as a hobby and not make a living out of it, so marketing is the next best alternative.
Why did you choose to take up a full-time job instead of entrepreneurship?
I feel that I don’t have that “entrepreneur blood” if there’s such a thing. The thought of being an entrepreneur just didn’t cross my mind.
Even if I did think about it in 2016-17, I fully understand that entrepreneurship is not an easy thing to embark on – majority of the start-ups fail and it’s a tough journey.
So unless I am ready and I feel that there’s a “calling” to start my own business, I’m happy with my current state.
How did you end up in this industry?
By accident (lol).
Initially I wanted to enter the Big 4 consultancy company like BCG, but competition is tough. Therefore I was looking at alternatives such as a management consulting position in a smaller company.
I applied to my current company as a management consultant and the HR called, saying that the position I applied for requires a technical degree which I don’t have; but as I hold a Communications and New Media degree, they would like to interview me for a marketing position instead.
So I went for the interview which took about one hour. The job scope fits my interest plus, I’m promised to be given quite a lot of freedom to execute my ideas (which did turned out to be the case), so I’m looking forward to my future journey in this company.
Would you say this job is something you pursue as a part of your passion?
I didn’t pursue it on purpose – I just feel that I go with the flow and just nice things turned out great for me. I acknowledge that not everyone is as lucky as I am.
But regarding passion, I realized that my passion changes overtime – currently I am more passionate in marketing, social media and branding, than my previous passion which is to write fictional stories (although I still love writing them).
I believe we can all find new passion along the way.
What do you love most about your job?
I think that’s the most important thing that perhaps other jobs can’t offer me. I have the freedom to bring out my ideas and carry them out. Execute and experiment my strategies at the same time.
I will never be told by my boss that I can’t do this or that just because he THINKS that it won’t work. He will just say let’s do it and see how and we can change our strategies along the way.
How did you discover your passion? Describe the series of events
My first passion is drawing, which I gave up after a few tries. It started because I was reading A LOT OF manga when I was young. I’m inspired to be a manga artist then.
Afterwards I go to writing, as I find writing is easier than drawing since you just need to know the words instead of learning the techniques to draw. Initially I only love writing in English, and I wrote a few short stories.
But after reading one Chinese novel that made me cry like mad, I switched to writing in Chinese.
Since young, I’m someone who’s interested in a lot of things – I write lyrics and compose my own music (using a Recorder, if anyone still remembers those music classes in primary school); I draw fashion sketches thinking that I’m a fashion designer…
My parents always say that I have “3-min passion” (direct translation from Chinese which means only a brief period of enthusiasm) but my passion for writing lasted YEARS (to be precise – since 9 year’s old until now).
Yet I do find myself discovering new passion and new interests as time goes by and as I was exposed to new knowledge. Hence I am curious what else I’m able to find in the future.
Do you have a side hustle that’s a part of your income? (not investment based)
Currently no, but in the near future, maybe 🙂
What motivates you?
In the past I’m more motivated about the things that I can gain for myself. But now, I am more motivated about the things I can do for others.
In my job wise, I’m motivated by my ability to execute strategies and see positive results and sales that I can bring for the company.
LinkedIn wise, I love to make new friends, help them out in one way or another and build a community. I believe that it’s through giving, that we will gain the most for ourselves as a person.
If you want me to describe all these in one sentence – upgrade to a better human everyday is what motivates me.
Have you identified your ‘life purpose’? If yes, how did you do so?
Not yet for now, still exploring 🙂
What is the most important thing you look out for from your job/career?
I think it goes back to the previous question about what I like the most in my job – freedom.
I feel that in my career, the ability to share my thoughts and persuade the management to execute my strategies is what I value the most.
What is an ideal lifestyle that you want to live? Describe it
My ideal lifestyle is to wake up feeling refreshed and energetic everyday, and sleep well without worrying too much.
Not that I worry a lot these days, just that I have insomnia since young – my brain cells are always too active and I can’t sleep well.
What is the next big milestone for you in your life?
I feel it will be having a name for myself.
As I’m getting active on various social media platforms these days, I’m no longer a passive content consumer as I was in the past – I’m also an active content creator.
In this process I’m also constantly “searching for myself” in a sense that I will be asking, “Who am I really? What do I want people to remember me for? What is the value of my life?”
I believe people like me between the age of 20-30 will have such an “identity crisis” because we are entering society and no longer just a student anymore. We start to have new identities and new responsibilities that in the process of taking them, we gradually discover who we are and who we want to be.
How can our readers reach you?
Come say hi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisazhaocy/
(As LI has a limit to the number of connections we can have, do send me a note, either InMail or personalized invite, before connecting~)
Though I’m not yet active on Medium yet, but I will be in the future: https://medium.com/@lisazhaocy
Hope to see you guys there! 🙂