On a beautiful Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of attending a private conversation with Mr. Raymond Kwok, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP). Kenny, our Melo co-founder, was the moderator and introduced Mr Kwok, and the event began with his sharing of SHKP's background. The flow of the event was engaging, with two-way exchanges among Mr Kwok, Kenny, other SHKP executives and our fellows.
A key theme of the conversation was the potential opportunities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the unique position that Hong Kong holds as a gateway to China. Mr Kwok highlighted how Hong Kong's "One Country, Two Systems" framework provides a valuable link between China and the rest of the world, making it an attractive destination for businesses and investors alike.
He also stressed the importance of travel and exploration, encouraging us to make as many friends as possible and gain more insights into the real world. He reminded us that "life is a long-term journey, and you're just getting started." We need to have humility along the way, make friends beyond our own circle, and appreciate what we have. This message resonated with me as I have always believed that exposure to diverse cultures and experiences is essential for personal growth and development. Mr Kwok's emphasis on the importance of building relationships and gaining a broader perspective is especially relevant in today's interconnected world, where collaboration and cultural understanding are becoming increasingly important.
Another key theme of the conversation was the importance of giving back. Mr Kwok spoke about how life is about giving and that we should think more about what we can offer instead of what we can gain. This message is especially relevant in today's world, where sustainability and social responsibility are becoming increasingly important considerations for individuals and organizations alike. Mr Kwok also stressed the importance of self-awareness and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. He explained that it is crucial to find other people to work together to make up for your weaknesses, emphasizing the value of collaboration and teamwork. This message struck a chord with me as I have always believed in the power of teamwork and the importance of building relationships with people with complementary skill sets.
Reflecting on the conversation, as a young person, I found Mr Kwok's message about staying curious and adaptable particularly relevant. In today's rapidly changing world, it is essential to keep learning and adapting to new circumstances. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zones, explore new opportunities, and make connections beyond our immediate circle.
In conclusion, the private conversation with Mr Kwok was a unique opportunity to gain insights into the values that guide SHKP's approach to business. Mr Kwok's emphasis on self-awareness, collaboration, and giving back were valuable reminders of the importance of building meaningful relationships and making a positive impact. Overall, I am grateful for the opportunity to attend this event and gain insights that will stay with me for a long time.