Screwing up a big job interview taught me how important it is to show confidence.
I just left a good, respectable, well-paying job.
And I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do next (although I do know I will stay in Vietnam to start my business).
I’ve been brainstorming ideas. Especially attractive are online business models. I’ve discussed a few of those ideas with several people.
For each of my ideas at least one person told me “That will never work.”
It reminded me of something I read somewhere.
“No matter what your idea is there will be people telling you it won’t work. Ignore them. Create your own reality.”
Pretty good advice.
I just left my job as CEO of VietnamWorks.
After six years making VietnamWorks into the largest, most successful and most profitable jobs website in Vietnam I decided it was time for something new.
Why? Because of an epiphany I had in 1998.
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Jeff Bezos taught me when to quit.
It was fall 1999, the height of the Internet bubble. A few months earlier I had graduated from business school. In the months leading up to graduation I had done my best to land a job with a dot-com. I was convinced then that the Internet would change the business world. I wanted to be a part of that.