VainGloriousYou founder: On being a successful Singapore entrepreneur

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The brains behind the womenswear line VainGloriousYou, Tricia Ong shares the best and worst moments of her journey to success, as well as tips on how you too can succeed at your dream.

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May 30, 2016

Many of us have found ourselves “stuck” on certain career or life paths. In the inspiring spirit of SK-II’s campaign encouraging women to #changedestiny and take charge of what they want out of life, we interviewed creative director and owner of VainGloriousYou, Tricia Ong. For Tricia, the decision she made six years ago to set up her own business instead of joining the corporate world  – despite her mother’s initial disapproval at that – was a life-changing one.

Do you think destiny is something that’s set in stone or something we take control of?

Destiny is not something that is set in stone. It is a matter of making a decision; it is a choice.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is having a good balance in all four key areas of my life – work, spirituality, mind and relationships. Developing these key areas in my life and achieving balance and fulfillment are what defines my success.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to get to where you are?

I had to overcome fear of change and fear of failing. At that point of time, my biggest obstacles were the barriers that my mind created. I think fears can make or break you. I have learnt that the fear of change, fear of failing and lack of motivation can prevent you from overcoming obstacles and challenges in order to move forward and achieve your goals.

When did you get your first big break?

My first big break came in October 2014 when my womenswear fashion label opened its first flagship boutique in Haji Lane – and this while juggling my first year in the real estate business.

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I feel that in everything that I put my heart into, I have a lot of faith in being able to attain my goals. I make sure my dreams are translated into goals with a timeline. Then, I develop strategies to identify my strengths. Lastly, the first step always requires a great leap of faith. To me, having faith is very important because it is the confidence that I am able to achieve the goals which I have set but do not see just yet.

How do you balance work and your personal life?

I have to admit that the lines between my work and personal life are often blurred. It does happen when you are running your own business. However, I do try to balance work and my personal life by ensuring that I stick closely to an organised schedule to get work done in a timely manner.

If you could sum up your journey that got you to this point in three words, what would they be?

Leap of faith.

Do you have any regrets or things you wish you’d done differently?

My only regret is not being focused enough. I have so many things going on at the same time – wearing the hat of an owner of a fashion label; being a content creator and a real estate agent – that I struggled with being focused at the start. I have now learnt to better manage my mindset and time by being very focused and adhering closely to my organised schedule.

What inspirational piece of advice would you give other girls or women who want to succeed and change their own destiny in life?

You have a dream? Set a timeline to your dream so it becomes an achievable goal. Then, have faith in yourself and make the decision to try. Accomplishments will come when you make the decision to take the first and most difficult step out.