Here's what Pat Lu says...
"We should be like kids. We should treat
work like play. When work is not work but a
toy, you can achieve a lot more. I treat Rayma
as a playground where my employees treat their
job as a game, “Win, lose or draw - a challenge
to you everyday.” Full
~ Career Profile,
World April 1994
Having fun the name of
the game, says Rayma’s Pat
“Have fun. Enjoy your work.
Be daring enough to experiment. I treat the office as a playground.
All this is a game and I encourage my staff to do the same. It’s
all a game - you either win, lose or draw.”
There are seemingly no mountains
too high for this energetic, strong, impulsive and fun-loving woman to
~ Women in
Business Business Times Friday, May 12, 1995
An entrepreneur's attitude
Running a business is nothing but
common sense. Many people asked Pat Lu: "Where did you get your MBA from?"
Her reply, "From the University of Common Sense!", pointing to her head.
"To be an entrepreneur, you need
to match your ideas with your energy. You must treat your work as a hobby.
Something that you enjoy doing. Why torture yourself. I've yet to
come across someone who complains about having too much fun. As a kid,
I automatically fall asleep within 5 minutes when it came to homework.
But playing in the park, I wished the sun won't set! To me, the priority
is having fun. What work? I'm having fun everyday. Work is no more a chore."
"Go play with kids. You'll be surprised
how much you will learn from them. Like my son (16 month old) who tried
all ways to play with a turtle in a bowl when forbiddened to. He tried
to dip his right hand into the bowl. Just as I stopped him, he reached
out his left hand. Within split seconds, came his right foot followed by
his left foot and his head. Last attempt, burst into tears. It didn't work
either. But that's creativity and persistence! Be the kid again who never
relents to get what he wants, no matter how strong the obstacles are. Be
fearless. Just go for it. Do what you want to do today, and be satisfied
with it. If you lose your fight today, leave it for another day."
"If it's going to be, it's up to
me. Most people give up too soon. How far do you want to go? You just have
to push it. If you do not try, how are you going to get what you set out
"I like to try the impossibles, just
to see how far I can go. I learnt this from my late father: Nothing is
impossibe. Try, and try again, until you succeed."
Management Digest September 1995
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