DECA Ontario Alumnus & Entrepreneur Shares His Tips for Success
What are some DECA alumni up to? Check out Jason Wong, an entrepreneur and former DECA Ontario member who is now a huge social media influencer on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.
He’s also started several companies including a trendy apparel and accessories brand, a non-profit for homeless animals, and the highly raved-about meme coloring book, the “Holy Meme Bible.”
I was able to ask Wong a couple questions regarding his DECA journey and experience with entrepreneurship.
1. How has your experience with DECA influenced your current goals?
“Being in DECA and surrounding myself with ambitious DECA members has motivated to pursue in business, where I would otherwise not consider. My current goal is to establish a stable business and reach financial security at a young age. DECA provided me with a platform to learn about business and work towards reaching my goal.”
2. What’s your favorite part about running your own business?
“The freedom to do things my way and on my own schedule. I’ve always loved exploring by myself and running my own business has given me to opportunity to do just that. When you run your business, you don’t have a cap on your own potentials, and that’s something that motivates me.”
3. What do you attribute the success of your companies/products to?
“Understanding the marketing and the audience and having valuable insight into the industry were definitely important. It’s one thing to have a great product, but the other is having the network to give you knowledge about the industry and shaping your brand to cater the need. I’m a firm believer in creating products that’ll fill a demand, rather than trying to create it.”
4. What’s one piece of advice you would give your high school self?
“Spend more time meeting people rather than obsessing over getting awards or winning competitions. I realized the importance of having the right connection and growing a vast network of friends because that could be the difference of getting a good or bad position at a company. Education is definitely important, but it’s worthless without knowing how to leverage it towards things that you’re working on.”
This article was written by Martin Luther King DECA Social Media Correspondent, Angela Xu. You can follow Martin Luther King DECA on Twitter @MLKDECAwolves.