Harper's Bazaar Malaysia
Jamie Ong Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar Malaysia
Jamie Ong Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar Malaysia

Why Don't You . . .With Jamie Ong

Even today, I still get butterflies in my stomach before I go on stage.

... SPEAK FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN?

So many think confidence is innate but in reality, it can be trained. I was taught this a long time ago by a mentor when launching a French luxury fragrance brand. Not being allowed to refer to any notes when presenting made me realise I need to be confident and speak from the heart because passion cannot be memorised.

... BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF LUCK?

To a certain degree, I do believe in luck. Without my mentors who groomed, taught, and nurtured me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The 80/20 business rule does apply to one’s career as well: 80 percent hard work and 20 percent luck, where you meet good people along the way to help you grow. Of course, a spritz of Maison Christian Dior Lucky never hurts.

... BUILD YOUR OWN PATH?

Over the course of my career, I’ve been blessed to work with plenty of great superiors. Along the way, I observed and picked up the qualities I liked and put them to good use. The one golden rule I practise is to treat my colleagues the way I want to be treated.

... REMAIN FLEXIBLE IN YOUR AMBITIONS?

I am very fortunate and to some degree, made some smart decisions in my life. I have a vague vision of how I want to live it but I never let myself feel successful because life is full of lessons. The last thing I want is to be complacent and stop learning.

... TRAVEL TO DISTAN


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