Dato’ Brian Wee
“ To strive for extraordinaire, it is a matter of choice ”
Dato’ Brian Wee was not born with a silver spoon. Having born to a family of humble background, Wee grew up in a mere 400 square feet wooden house with more than 10 close relatives under the same roof. Despite being born in a poverty stricken family where entertainment and material pursuit were beyond reach, Dato’ strived to study hard.
Despite the circumstances, he has always held the belief that everyone has the right to dream. As his dream slowly took shape, the day dreamer has dreamt to be a businessman and to join the upper income group one day. Understanding that “Action speaks louder than words”, he was determined to make his dreams come true by coming up with a plan.
At the young age of 16, Dato’ Brian Wee started his very first business in cassette production with his classmates, one of them was Dato’ Stanley Wong. Alongside with two other friends, the four utilized whatever resources they had and their contacts. Importantly, the partnership with Stanley laid the foundation to their continuous cooperation to this very day.
Although Dato’ Brian had a dream, cassette production was still a long way to achieving what he had dreamt. He then ventured in to the property business by becoming a real estate agent. Within a short period of time, the young Brian excelled in the business with sheer persistence and perseverance. The experience and achievement had opened his eyes to the potential of the business which laid foundation to the MIG Group of Companies today.
Dato’ Brian believes that one’s achievement is limited if it revolves around “Me, Myself and I”. Only through “Inclusiveness” or making his dream “our dream” can one achieve greatness. Based on that very notion, MIG Group was founded.
“I cannot change my heredity and the environment I was born into and grew up in, but I have the rights to decide my own future.” – Dato’ Brian Wee. Hence, he decided to pursue his dream and build his empire through hard work and his capabilities. The ability to devise a blueprint and goal for one’s life is the most vital element in changing one’s fate. The very existence of MIG Group of Companies is the best proof of Dato’ Brian’s foresight as well as his determination and perseverance in accepting challenges by going against the odds to pursue his dreams.
“A business opportunity that can be spotted by everyone is not a business opportunity; Only those who are courageous and wise can stand against the odds and be the last man standing”. – Dato’ Brian Wee
Dato’ Stanley Wong
“Networking requires time to form and settle. The people in your network will be instrumental in the successes of both your career and life. This is a fact that one must come to realize in life.”
In Asian Philosophy, “guan xi” or “network” is equivalent to productivity while in the western world “network” is the scarcest business resource. As a matter of fact, the better is one’s “guan xi”, the wider is one’s network, naturally, it is easier for one’s goal to be achieved.
Endowed with an innate ability to communicate effectively and forge interpersonal relationships easily, Dato’ Stanley Wong has put these qualities to great use in his successful entrepreneurship career. Despite growing up in a big extended family, he lived harmoniously with his uncles, aunties and cousins. Such early practice has been crucial in molding his future characteristics.
Education was highly prioritized by his father, who not only put him through tuition but also monitored his progress from time to time. During school holidays, his father would bring them on educational trips; from learning excursion to computer technology galleries. It was through these trips that he nurtured his interest and love for computers and digital technology. As early as in high school, he has already started developing computing systems for his school. He then further studied and obtained a master’s degree in the field of Computing and Electrical Engineering at the university. His father has served as an important role model for him, teaching him the importance of values like accountability, persistence, perseverance and being down to earth, in order to achieve one’s goal.
In addition, his uncle was also a key figure who inspired him to start a business. Being impressed by his uncle’s innovative approach in his business, he learnt from his uncle that anything can be a possible business idea when you put on your thinking cap and add a dash of innovation.
At the age of 16, while most people go through formal classroom education to learn Mathematics, Dato’ Stanley Wong learnt his Mathematics while helping out at his grandmother’s pastry stall in the market. Through selling pastries, he also learnt about the importance of networking. He discovered that with good rapport with his customers, the sales will naturally surge. Despite his young age, he has already picked up many skills required as an entrepreneur.
“Networking requires time to form and settle. The people in your network will be instrumental in the successes of both your career and life. This is a fact that one must come to realize in life.” Everyone has something that others can pick up, regardless if it is of good quality (to learn from) or of bad quality (to stay away from). It is also crucial that one learns to always reflect upon oneself and deliberate an issue from multiple angles.
Dato’ Stanley Wong paid the price on his very first business attempt in operating a tuition centre, where he suffered gravely in his physical health due to heavy working schedules, insufficient rest and immense work pressure. He only came to his senses when he met a student of his who he thought was hopeless, but have achieved a successful career of his own. As the saying goes; “Past success does not promise lifelong success.” Dato’ Stanley Wong then decided to reform his life and pursue a career as a real property agent. In his very first month, he attained a five-figure income.
Founding MIG Group of Companies is just an extension of his dream. To him, an individual’s success is not a success. The biggest success is the communal success. Hence, it has always been his hope to create an ultimate resource integration and sharing platform, to benefit young aspiring entrepreneurs, in pursuing excellence on the global arena.