Everday Exceptionalist 21: Roger Hung - STPL

Everday Exceptionalist 21: Roger Hung

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

A Baller, not just a baller but in the NBA. Ball was my first passion back in 93 when I discovered Jordan, Shaq, Penny and wanted to do what they did (like any other kid) but I quickly realised I would never be athletic enough to fulfil that dream.

When did you fall in love with what you do now and how did you get started?

 It was during the Pandemic years so 2020-21. Discovered a random YouTube video showcasing sneaker painting customization and was amazed it was an actual art form so I started dabbling but quickly realised I didn't enjoy the prep work involved and the fact that the paint might still eventually wear off didn't sit well with me. Shoe Surgeon happened to offer his Sneaker Re-Construction classes online for the first time due to the Pandemic and so I took the opportunity to join that very first batch of remote students. It still is the best fit for me to fully express my creative design ideas to this day. 

What do you value most in life? 

1. Health, because health is wealth.

2. Time, you can't get it back so spend it wisely

3. Freedom

 Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

 This is a hard cut and dry question to answer as both are required but I'd give the edge to ambition. I don't believe it can be easily taught, it's a trait that's developed through life experience and allows one to keep pushing forward even after facing several failures. There are many talented people who don't put it to use or are not even aware of what they posses rendering the talent wasted.

 What advice would you give to your 16 yr old self?

 I would tell him to take more chances and risks, don't hold back due to fear of failure or rejection and learn the hard way.

 What is the greatest challenge of our time?

  think it's how people are going to deal with and adapt to the fast paced changing society due to technology and AI replacing many things we have been doing as human labour for such a long time. Its either going to be really bright or really dark. Change is inevitable and it's going to be difficult for most to adapt in order to survive. 

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