Inspired by Book of Records founder

PETALING JAYA: Not one to be cowed by setbacks in life, Tan Sri Danny Ooi shared his life’s experiences so as to motivate others to “go after your dreams”.

Themed “Dare to Dream”, the founder of the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR), which was set up in 1995, spoke of his trials and tribulations at this month’s StarLIVE talk.

He pointed out the obstacles that he faced while growing up and his unwavering belief that helped him achieve his goals to the audience yesterday.

Held at Menara Star’s Cybertorium, Ooi shared honest and candid accounts of his life, including how he lost money while trying to make MBR a reality.

“Two of my partners walked out from the project,” he said, adding friends and family were important components in one’s life.

He stressed that people need to have, then hold onto a dream, regardless of their age.

Among those who were inspired by Ooi’s experiences was Tan Cheng Huat, who was attending his second StarLIVE talk.

“I came here because I wanted to pick up some tips from someone prominent and esta­­­blished in his field,” said the 54-year-old.

Chia Mei Kuen, 66, said the talk gave her and business partner, Mei Liang Gean, 52, the courage to venture into a new business project that they had been eyeing.

“We need to listen to successful people because they can inspire us,” she said, adding that Ooi’s story was a moral booster.

Ooi’s book, Dare To Dream: The Untold Story, was also on sale, with guests flocking to purchase it after the talk.

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