Twenty years ago, I never could have imagined that I would have opportunities to work at a steel mill, a nuclear power plant, a stock exchange, or be given the privilege of building an airline from scratch and growing it until its IPO, or starting a global internet video-on-demand service.
I didn't seek these opportunities out. I focused my time on learning, hanging around people who were uplifting and willing to share their knowledge and experience, and giving 110% effort to every opportunity that came my way.
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Brief summary highlights of this May 2012 episode of CNBC's Managing Asia series where host Christine Tan interviewed me when I was the CEO of AirAsia X, on the low-cost long-haul business model, and the issues and challenges faced, as well as the opportunities and strategies ahead.
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Although I try to be disciplined about getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, there are times when I slip up and stay awake much later, or I wake up in the middle of the night, usually because there’s an unusually high amount of thoughts or stress that preoccupies me. And the big culprit, of course, is reaching out for my mobile phone, and mindlessly surf social media sites, but that’s not my point in this article.
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