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Doc Dalton, Founder of America’s Simple Man

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Doc Dalton, the America’s Simple Man could best be described as the illegitimate eccentric Love Child of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson if they could have a baby together. Doc, who won the battle over depression and suicide has received salvation, and today he looks at the world and approaches it in a different perspective. He considers himself delightful on the outside with a side dish of humor and pain on the inside with a heart that truly cares for others.

The idea behind ‘the America’s Simple Man’ is where common sense and simplicity equals success in everyday life. To Doc Dalton, the title reminds him always to maintain his sanity and to keep life and everything around it as simple as possible. He believes that the world is already complicated and it is beyond control most of the times. And if one could find a way to bring life and all activities to the simplest form, it’s Doc himself who does that even in his poetry that is so different, yet brings him peace of mind as shown below in the last 4 lines of his most his recent poem. ‘A Shot of Cuervo and some Jesus to go.’ Doc wrote:

“I’ve Prayed like Hell, to the Heavens up above

To ask for his mercy and even more, for his love

I’m tattered and torn, don’t know how much more I can go

Hey, bartender, I’ll take a shot of Cuervo, and some Jesus to go.”

Doc’s idea and views about life stem from his personal challenges. He has been a victim of depression which controlled and drove him to some dark places no one can ever understand even if they claim so, and was hospitalized twice. He met the beautiful side of life when a doctor suggested poetry. Though at first, he thought it was a crazy idea, when he was locked up, inspirations started flowing in, to his greatest surprise, and this ultimately led to the other side of the world he never knew.

Doc believes that 95% of his poems were divinely inspired and he still enjoys an uninterrupted divine flow of inspirations till this day. He has published some of his excellent works in a national poetry magazine and other media, and people still ask for his permission to use his poems for different occasions. Doc Dalton has also written two ‘Spiritual’ books; yet to be released which explain some of the events that transpired in his life. He has full certainty that poetry gave him salvation from depression.

The ‘America’s Simple Man’ is blessed with a beautiful wife, a loving and caring daughter, an awesome granddaughter, and a great son-in-law. He is also blessed with great friends, some of which only exist in his head and stay forever loyal to him. Doc has a personal relationship with Jesus. He was recently ordained, and he’s totally committed to Christ.

The eccentric ‘America’s Simple Man’ has hosted a few shows, two of which were ‘Outlaws 4 Christ Radio’ and ‘Outlaws and the Blues.’ The show had a wide coverage and received numerous commendations from individuals who liked the show. The ‘Outlaws 4 Christ Radio’ will be on air again in 2017 after five years of being off the airwaves. There is a plan for another type of cable show in the pipeline.

Doc Dalton hopes to keep maintaining a simple life while appreciating the simple things the world has to offer. He aspires to write more poetry and other books, and also to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday’s show so that he can impact others with his personal life experience. States Doc, it’s your goals and dreams, there for free so make them as big as you want to and Oprah’s, my goal for many reasons.

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What do you do?

I try my best to bring peace and relaxation to people? It doesn’t matter if it’s business, if it everyday life, it doesn’t matter if it is faith and it could be as simple as having a conversation with someone. Everything needs to start from a point of calm and peace.

When I speak to people about joining me as part of my income team, they need to first know that here cannot and will not be any drama with in our talk or everyday operation.

What led you to your career? 

It started from becoming ill. My world was in total turmoil. I suffered and still do from depression and it crippled me to the point I was nonoperational. I was also diagnosed with a disease called Sarcodosis. At one point with this sickness I couldn’t walk, my eye sight was affected, my balance was affected and my joints were painful and I was just barely getting through my days. I learned shortly afterwards that one of the side effects of Sacodosis is depression which only made it worst.

Through a long period of rehab and therapy I learned that there were countless others who had the same problems I had or maybe even worse. It was then that I decided to change everything within my life around and create a simple path to success, not only for myself, but for others as well. A type of positive journey for all to follow.

 What led you to your business? 

Research. I made my own requirements of what I needed and what I wanted a company to have for me to be associated with them. It was almost as if I were interviewing them to work for me. Some of my requirements were things such as, “leadership, company structure, being debt free and have a positive standing with the BBB. Compensation plan, reputation of paying on time all the time. Potential Cost and potential pay out. Long term goals and last, products.

Note about products: They are important as far as fitting in to my concept but the truth is, I never join a company for products, WHY? Because products don’t pay bills, Income does.

How have you been developing your business?

It came down to branding myself. For years, I was in the field of pro wrestling and everything revolved the branding of your so-called character. The same applied here. I hosted several radio shows, I am an author and have two books being released in 2017. These books are Spiritual in nature and the first one is called: “It’s A God Thing” and the second book is called, “That’s the Beauty of it All” and I have a total of 4 more books coming out through 2018. I am also a poet and have been published nationally. In addition to this I come from a totally different place being very Spiritual. So branding myself within these boundaries of what I just explained, people know from the start that I am a calm and I am about peace and I am about creating a simple journey in life and bring that simplicity straight to my income team and straight to everyone’s success. This is how, America’s Simple Man, Doc Dalton came to be.

I always say, the following: Never be greedy, but always be consistent and I also say, this is Where Common Sense and Simplicity Equal Success.

 Did you encounter any particular difficulties in the beginning? 

Yes. Like all adventures there are bumps in the road. You think in your mind that it is important for people to believe in you and your concept and your way of thinking. The truth is, you really need to believe in yourself because at that point everything else will fall in place.

If your branding is intact, then people tend to see exactly what you want them to see. So the biggest hurdle you need to get over is the one of people not only believing you, but realizing that you have no desire to cheat them or hurt them in anyway. If they realize that is you did that, you would only hurt yourself in the long run, at that point people start to let their guard down. I truly believe, people are geared to fail and not believe. So the end result is to make the believers in you.

What is your long term plan?

This Team that is being formed needs to be different. It needs to reach out to people all on its own. It’s a great thought about developing an income, but the thought of developing hope is even bigger. If you can give people hope, you can give them the world.

We have what I call a Think Tank. This is where members of the team together develop ideas for marketing, Press/Pr, newspapers, magazines, radio, television and so much more to get our word out there and our journey as well.

 I talked about branding myself, it is now time to brand a team and after that, brand more teams and keep this going to a much greater level. Teams all over, helping people all over and possibly taking a small percentage and helping charitable organizations along the way.

 The journey never stops and neither does the giving of hope and the assistance to others.

 Could you share some industry insights with us? 

There really isn’t any for me. But if I had to give an answer I would say,

  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Have faith in yourself.
  3. Always be 100% honest all the time, not only to yourself, but to others as well.
  4. Give the gift of hope to people by being the one who inspires them.
  5. Pray like Hell to the Heavens up above for guidance and love.

A little Prayer always goes a long way.

Any lessons learnt about business?

Be accountable to yourself and to others is a big lesson. Don’t listen to others who say it can’t be done because there is a very good chance they never tried anything themselves. If they did, the more than likely failed at it because they didn’t keep it simple, they didn’t believe in themselves and they didn’t have hope.

 Trust you gut, not someone’s words. Remember, a bad experience is also a learning experience.

Any tips for success you could share with our readers?? 

YES, ALL THE ABOVE.

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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’.

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Arthur Lam, Co-Founder of Synergy

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Arthur Lam’s business, Synergy offers B2B energy saving solutions.

What’s your story?
I am Arthur Lam, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman at Synergy (1539.HK). I was born and raised in Hong Kong until I was 13. Then, I lived in boarding schools in Melbourne and California during my high school years. After that, I attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2008.

Upon graduation, I came back to Hong Kong and worked for a hedge fund. The financial crisis in 2008 wiped out a big part of the industry and gave me a chance to rethink and reposition myself. After the financial crisis, companies stopped spending and everyone was on cost-cutting mode. As an entrepreneur with an engineering background, I co-founded an energy management company called Synergy, offering B2B energy saving solutions. The idea is simple – clients don’t have to pay anything upfront, we do all the engineering and upfront capital investment. In return, we share part of the savings we create for the client over a period of time. We first started with energy saving lighting technologies based in Hong Kong. We are now also in the field of cooling & refrigeration, solar PV and battery storage with operation in over 10 countries. Synergy is one of the first and few energy management companies listed on the Main Board of The Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
On the side, I started a student co-living space with about 80 rooms.

What excites you most about your industry?
Sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency are some of the few industries that can ensure the continuity of our existence! We do not need to quantify the potential market size to justify our effort to provide a more sustainable future for the next generations. Practically every nation and business leader have pledged to work collaboratively, trying to undo the harm we have done to the planet for the past century. As a result, more energy efficient technologies and solutions are always in demand.

What’s your connection to Asia?
My great grandparents were from Chiu Chow and Shunde. I was born and raised in Hong Kong until I was 13. I spent 3 years in Melbourne during middle school before heading to US for high school and college. With Synergy, I was able to travel and work in China and most of the major cities in Asia such as Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok. Besides Cantonese and English, I speak Mandarin and took 4 years of Japanese during high school. I’m also trying to pick up Bahasa slowly.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Every city has its own merits and it is extremely interesting to learn about the intricacy of cultural diversification and different ecosystems. As a business owner, I believe in top quality service. No other city would exemplify world class service better than Hong Kong with respect to speed, quality, effectiveness and robustness of the financial and legal system.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Life is a journey – you come to this world to enjoy life, to be happier and healthier – Jack Ma

Who inspires you?
Elon Musk

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I am always amazed by the rapid advancement of technologies and innovations around the world. Everyday there may be a breakthrough coming up in different areas. One thing I learnt recently is the possibility of extracting clean water from air anywhere! Previous technologies require very high energy input, high cost and certain environmental conditions such has high humidity levels to extract water from air. However, MIT and The University of California provide a new method which has the potential for use in any locations. They developed a foam-like material that draws moisture into its pores and is powered entirely by solar heat. Today there is another commercially available product which is also a self-sustaining system, using sunlight to generate electricity to drive a cycle of condensation and evaporation that can produce 2 to 5 litres of clean water per day. People now may obtain drinking water anywhere with no external energy usage and this may solve severe water shortages in some areas in the future!

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would love to learn more languages and learn how to code better. These are two important skill sets which I find very useful wherever I go.

How do you unwind?
On weekdays, I try to visit the gym at least 2-3 times a week after work. A good workout definitely helps to de-stress. Occasionally, I have the luxury to play a round of golf with my father or friends after completing a major project.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Sipadan, Malaysia is an amazing place for scuba diving.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Book of Changes “I Ching”. I make most of my business decisions based on the philosophy from the book.

Shameless plug for your business:
Victoria Park is one of the most famous parks in Hong Kong and it has about 3,500 trees. The amount of energy we have saved in the past 8 years is equivalent to planting 1,000 Victoria Parks worth of trees from the carbon emissions we saved.
Synergy is ranked 2017 top 100 most potential public listed companies in China by Forbes.

How can people connect with you?
Linkedin: Arthur Lam
Email: [email protected]

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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