1) Please tell us something about yourself/your business.
Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 have significantly impacted human society in the last 30 years since the invention of the internet. We are now witnessing Web 3.0 before us. Web 1.0 is about the proliferation of one-way broadcasting of information, and Web 2.0 is the enabling of meaningful interactions between publishers and users and among users.
Web 3.0 is the proliferation of the exchange of value between everyone. We are in an exciting era and want to be part of this. No one can predict what Web 3.0 exactly will entail. We decided to go ahead to build Wondrousdrifter.com with the hope of making the biggest travel community in the travel niche empowered by blockchain technologies. In all honesty, while we can clearly define the initial phases of our project and the end goal, how we adopt the technologies remains murky, and we can take things one step at a time.
2) How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey?
I have always been fascinated by technology as a boy. At 18 years old, I built a forum, and within a year, we had over 200,000 registered users with over 2000,000 page views per month – that was quite an achievement for a teenager back then. That was back in 1999. I entered the internet industry from there.
Almost two decades later, Wondrousdrifter.com was born out of one of my many brainstorming sessions last year. I love travel, blockchain technologies, and the internet, and the idea came naturally to me.
3) Who are your role models?
Elon Musk is one of my favorite role models. In one of his quotes, “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”
Everyone can agree that Elon Musk is always attempting to do the “impossible.” Seeing him progress steadily toward his big audacious goals is incredibly inspiring.
Inspired by him, I have a big crazy goal in mind, and the key to achieving it is to take the first baby step.
As we continuously work on our crazy plan, the probability of anyone succeeding by hustling relentlessly will increase will time. With some luck, we hope our hard work will pay off sooner than later.
4) What’s your most memorable experience?
Like anyone else hustling in business, I had this moment of epiphany when I realized failures are nothing to be afraid of. This came one day from this story I heard. An old guy told a young guy he had a special gift nearby at the top of a mountain. The young guy agreed to hike with the older man to get his gift.
The journey up the mountain was challenging but enjoyable. The views along the hike were breathtaking. After a full day of climbing, they reached the mountain top.
However, the older man took a piece of rock on the mountain and gave it to the young man. Although initially shocked and angry, the young man knew what the older man was trying to teach him.
It does not matter what your end goal is. Learn to enjoy the journey and find happiness while traveling.
5) How has a failure set you up for later success?
Being in debt and losing money in my 20s made me much stronger. I was able to endure difficulties in life and went to make my first million.
Winning and losing are part and parcel of life. I think the earlier we accept that failures are part and parcel of life and not be too fixated about them, the better we will perform in life.
6) When you feel unfocused, what do you do?
I will take 5 to 15 mins off to meditate. Meditation clears the mind and allows us to listen to our hearts. I believe we should all develop the spiritual aspect of our lives and learn to listen more to our hearts. The answers are already there for us from within.
7) How do you feel you make a difference in the world?
One of the key considerations when we plan and design the business model for Wondrous Drifter, is to benefit society at large. The travel industry is vast, and we intend to help local communities and the underprivileged by promoting tourism and bringing economic benefits to them. In this way, we hope to develop a sustainable business model that brings unique travel experiences to the tourists while benefiting the local communities.
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