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Johnny Lau, CEO, Vasunas Animation Technology - Singapore
Johnny is best known as the creator of the cartoon character Mr Kiasu, who is as familiar to a whole generation of Singaporeans as Bart Simpson is in the United States.
Combining mental seeds. Years back I attended a talk on The Diamond Cutter given by Geshe Michael Roach in Singapore. Walking out I had the distinct feeling that he was so certain about getting what we give that if anyone in the audience made him a bet to start a business of any kind & get it up to a certain income in such-and-such a time, he would have agreed and won. And so I’ve put the book into serious practice myself for years.
Perhaps the lesson i can share that would most help others is the idea of combining different mental seeds to achieve a specific goal. For example, in my own field of animation technology, we’re looking for creativity, but creativity that also sells. There are tons of creative animators who can’t make any money; and there are plenty of big entertainment companies like Sony or Disney who have all the money they need, but are dying for the next big idea.
And so after reading The Diamond Cutter I decided to go for a two-pronged approach. To be honest, what compelled me was the idea that I could devote myself to helping others & that my own needs would just be taken care of on their own.
On the money side, I heard about a volunteer program to help old people who were living alone & didn’t have enough food to eat. I went purposely to the organizers & asked what I could do. They said they were having difficulty getting rice supplies donated, since this was the most expensive part of their program. I made a commitment to take responsibility for this and - remembering what the book says about getting involved personally - I made it a point to “get my hands dirty”. And so for the last 3 years I’ve been running around town with sometimes 90 or 100 big sacks of rice.
On the creative side, there were young animators coming to me, asking what I thought of their work, whether I could get them a connection. Normally a person would see these people as competition & hold back. But as the book advises, I purposely did the opposite. Before long I had entire groups of creative young talent up at my place, where I handed out free help & advice.
Not long after I started planting these 2 different types of mental imprints, a “strange” thing happened to me. A major government agency called me in & asked if I would like to write a proposal for stimulating the country’s entertainment industries. One thing led to another, and now I’m under a lucrative, multi-year contract, doing what I love best: bringing up new talent - making people creative & successful.