Things They Don’t Tell You is a weekly online column that dives deep into the lives of Prestige 40 Under 40 class of 2020 laureates, where they share little-known stories and offer insights on things that go under-the-radar. This week, we get candid with Justin Chen, Group Deputy CEO of Arcc Holdings, CEO of Arcc Spaces and Co-Founder of Else.
It took me a long decade of patiently learning from experiences and observing those who were better than myself to get to where I am.
I spent the last two years driving systems, structure, culture to move a traditionally-run family-owned business to something more organised and corporate.
This also meant breaking out of my comfort zone and rut, to also reset multiple aspects of my life — relational, spiritual, physical and mental.
There are many occasions where I’ve not appreciated my loved ones around me, especially my wife.
I’d tell young Justin to spend more time on relationships.
The simple act of hospitality to others can do so much.
I’m inspired by the stories and lives of the various people from different walks of life that I inadvertently come in contact with. It gives me new perspectives and keeps me grounded.
We can be more compassionate by recognising that everybody is a person with their own struggles and dreams, and is deserving of respect.
It is so important to be able to refresh our perspectives every so often.
I have a desire and willingness to constantly learn and improve myself, and the humility to accept different viewpoints.
But I’m also good at overthinking situations and being my own barrier to action.
One of the best things someone had said to me was to “think big but act small”.
I’d rather be shot for doing what is right than what is wrong.
Fear is only a construct of our minds.
Failing is as natural as breathing. It’s the way that we grow and learn. Don’t harbour resentment or regrets but use failure as a positive energy to improve.
No one path is clear or certain. We live through and experience different seasons. We should not be afraid of change.
Life is good when I’m taking a quiet moment in the day to take in the sun and fresh air over a cup of coffee.
God forgive me, but I can’t sacrifice my sleep.
Singapore is no longer my home, but it’s a place that holds cherished memories.
(Main and featured image: Prestige Singapore; all other images courtesy of Arcc Holdings)