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Cam Adair, Founder of Game Quitters

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Cam Adair is making small changes over time with his support community, Game Quitters for people with video game addiction.

What’s your story?
By the age of 21 I had been addicted to playing video games for over ten years. This addiction affected many areas of my life, including influencing my decision to drop out of high school not once but twice. I never graduated, never went to college and struggled with depression, until I came to a point where I wrote a suicide note. That night inspired me to make dramatic changes in my life which have led me to where I am today: Founding Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for people with a video game addiction.

What excites you most about your industry?
I love being able to help people. I get to do that all day long and be paid for it, so that’s pretty awesome. But it’s not just helping people I love, it’s being able to completely redefine the way we approach mental health and addiction in general that excites me as well. Being able to show that we can “rebrand” mental health and addiction from being bland, boring and sterile to being fun, cool and accessible.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Last year I travelled to Bali, Singapore and Thailand on a three month trip to work on building Game Quitters and I loved it. The people I met in these countries I will never forget. Game Quitters also currently has members in 46 countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Indonesia and I love being able to interact and help members in Asian countries every day.

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
I love Bali because it’s a great place to focus on building your business. The energy in Bali is something I have never experienced before. I also appreciate all the amazing coffee shops, restaurants and coworking spaces to easily get work done while I travel, which is what I love to do!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Kaizen – continuous improvement; change for the better.

Who inspires you?
There are so many but Elon Musk is one. I watched an interview with him once where the moderator asked him why he’s building companies in solar energy, electric vehicles and space. He simply replied: “It’s too important for our world and nobody else seemed to be doing it, so I guess I’ll do it.” That really stuck with me because in video game addiction I felt similar. It’s too important for our world yet nobody else was doing it, so fine, I’ll do it.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
That your ability to trust others has more to do with your ability to trust yourself to be ok regardless of the outcome of any relationship. So often when we think of trusting someone else we list off the reasons why they are or are not trustworthy. But that makes us dependent on them and causes anxiety. Instead, trust yourself to know that regardless of the outcome, you will be fine and that will make it much easier to trust others.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Everything in my life has brought me to where I am today and I really like where I am today so I’m unable to regret or wish things were different. If there was a lesson I could pass on to those who are younger, I would say, “start focusing on developing positive habits now, because over time they compound into incredible results”.

How do you unwind?
I love to DJ or go surfing. Sometimes I watch Casey Neistat videos on YouTube.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali. The energy of the people is so relaxing and it’s very affordable to pay for a massage every day. Combine that with the ability to go surfing and you’ve got me!

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Small changes compound over time into big results. If you apply this to business you can trust that over time things will work out instead of needing to change them overnight.

Shameless plug for your business:
If you or someone you know is struggling with a video game addiction, Game Quitters is there to help. Although Game Quitters focuses on video games, to me it’s really about living a meaningful and fulfilling life. If I can help you do that in any way, please reach out! I love speaking at universities and conferences to help people use the adversity they face as growth for growth, connection and purpose.

How can people connect with you?
I reply to every email and message I receive so I’d love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, FB, Snapchat, I’m on all of them!

Twitter handle?
@camerondare

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia.  He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries.  He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence.  A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Jasmine Tan, Director of Stone Amperor

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Jasmine saves her clients time and effort when doing kitchen fit outs with her biz Stone Amperor.

What’s your story?
I started working in the industry in 2003. I was in a marble and granite supplier company for 5 years. Even though I left the company, I still had customers calling me for my services. I referred them back to my previous company but they refused to because they loved the fast response service that I offered. I realised that customers do look at prices, however most of them prefer quality over quantity. Thus I have decided to establish a sole proprietor company also known as 78 Degrees which later rebranded as Stone Amperor in 2014.

What excites you most about your industry?
The kitchen countertop industry is a very confusing market. There are many brands, materials and prices to choose from. What excites me the most is my ability to help clients choose the best materials and brands within their budgets, whilst saving them time and effort.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I have been in Asia all my life and I love Asia. No matter where you go there is no place like home.


Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
I love Singapore. This is because Singapore has always been a stable country and it is great for doing business. However as it is a small country, it can be really competitive. I believe that if just do your best and give your best to your customers, you can overcome this.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Take actions. Learn and improve continuously. An idea without action is just a dream.” This was really good advice that I received from my partner.

Who inspires you?
A very down to earth billionaire from Malaysia, Robert Kuok

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Property is the foundation of every business.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Own instead of renting property for my business.

How do you unwind?
I enjoy going shopping, watching movies and hanging out with friends. I am quite a simple being.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I love going to Taiwan as I love the culture there. Everyone is so polite and the weather is great.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Sun Tzu, Art of war

Shameless plug for your business:
Perfect top, Perfect price, Perfect life from Stone Amperor

How can people connect with you?
Email me at [email protected]

Twitter handle?
@StoneAmperor

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Dextre Teh, Founder of Rebirth Academy

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Dextre Teh is a consultant and marketing guru, helping F&B businesses to tighten their operations and grow their businesses.

What’s your story?
I help frustrated F&B business owners stuck in day to day operation transform from a glorified operator into a real business owner. I’m a 27 year old Singaporean second generation restaurant owner and a F&B business consultant. Entering the industry at 13 years old, I have always been obsessed with operations and systemisation. At the age of 25, I joined the insurance industry and earned a six figure yearly income. However, I left the high pay behind because it was not my passion and returned to the F&B industry. Now I help other F&B companies to tighten operations and grow their businesses with my consulting and marketing services.

What excites you most about your industry?
The food. I’m a big lover of food and even have a YouTube show on food in development. But that aside, it is really about impacting people through food. Creating moments and memories for people, be it a dating couple or families or friends. Providing that refuge from the daily grind of life. So in educating my consulting clients and training their staff to provide a better experience for their customers, I aim to shift the industry in the direction of creating memories instead of just selling food.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and bred in Singapore. I love the culture, the food and travelling in Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore hands down. The environment here is built for businesses to thrive. The government is pro business and the infrastructure is built around supporting business growth. Not to mention the numerous amount of grants available in helping people start and even grow business. If I’m not mistaken, the Singaporean government is the only government in the world that offers grants to home grown businesses for overseas expansion.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Learning to do things you do not intend to master is a BIG mistake in business. Focus on what you are good at and pay others to do the rest.

Many business owners including myself are so overwhelmed by the 10,000 things that they feel they need to do everyday. We try to do everything ourselves because we think it saves us money. The only thing that, that does for us is overload our schedules and give us mediocre results. Instead we should focus on what we do best and bring in support for the rest.

Who inspires you?
Christopher M Duncan.

At 29, Chris has built multiple 7 figure businesses. He opened me to the possibility of building a business on the thing that I loved and gave me a blueprint of how to do it. He also showed me that being young doesn’t mean you cannot do great things.

Imran Mohammad and Fazil Musa
They are my mentors and inspire me every single day to pursue my dreams, to focus on celebrating life and enjoying the process of getting to where I want to be.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Time is always more expensive than money. Money, you can earn over and over again but time, once you spend it, will never come back.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I am a firm believer that your experiences shape who you are. I am grateful for every single moment of my life be it the highs or the lows, the successes and the failures because all these experiences have led me to become the person I am and brought me to the place that I’m at so I will probably do things the same way as everything was perfect in its time.

How do you unwind?
Chilling out in a live music bar with a drink in hand, listening to my favourite live band, 53A. Other than that I’m big on retail therapy, buying cool and geeky stuff.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bangkok. It feels like a home away from home where the cost of living is relatively low, the food is good and the people are friendly.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Everything you know about business is wrong by Alastair Dryburgh. It is a book that challenges commonly accepted business “truths” and inspires you to go against the grain, think different, take risks and stand your ground in the face of the challenges that will come your way as a business owner.

Shameless plug for your business:
I’m the creator of the world’s first Chilli Crab Challenge. It gained viral celebrity earlier this year with 3 major newspaper features and more than a dozen blog and online publications featuring it in the span of two weeks. In the span of the two weeks, the campaign reached well over a million people in exposure without a single cent spent in ads.

Now I help F&B companies to tighten operations, increase profits and grow their businesses with my consulting and marketing services. Chilli Crab Challenge (https://www.chillicrab.com/nationalday)

How can people connect with you?
You can connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/djtehkh) or visit www.rebirthacademy.sg for more information or book a 10 minute call with me @ www.tinyurl.com/dexclar

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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