AARON ONG, 27, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Career-driven Aaron Ong is all about chasing the dream. Besides being family-oriented and running his own business, Aaron owns a gym called ‘Honey Badgers’. Don’t let this tough-as-nails guy fool you though, his guilty pleasure is catching a good musical.
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I run the sales and marketing arm of G.B. Industries, my family-own rubber glove manufacturing company and I’m a partner with Honey Badgers Coaching Facility.
The best and most frustrating thing about your work?
In both businesses, there may be daunting tasks, but there is nothing tougher to handle than people. We are all wired differently and sometimes it can be difficult to change expectations and mindset. It’s also an amazing feeling when you align the entire team with your goal and are able to lead them toward your vision.
Floral shirt, jeans, sneakers and accessories, all Aaron’s own.
Who in your family are you closest to?
My dad right now because of the amount of time we spend working together. He used to bring the whole family for a hike every weekend and called it “Back to Nature”, since we are basically city kids.
Integrity is everything. A good indicator of this would be: Are you a different person when you know someone is watching VS when they aren’t?
– On the life-changing lesson that Aaron’s dad taught him.
Do you consider yourself an introvert?
I’m not sure if I fit the mould. I love going out and meeting new people, but it could get rather draining. After which, I’d prefer to retreat into my cave and play video games for 10 hours.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you spend time?
Ambitious and driven people who know what they want out of life. I also like people who have a ton of positive energy and good vibes.
What makes a successful life?
As clichéd as it sounds, happiness! Having a sense of purpose to pursue your goals, whatever they may be. Waking up in the morning excited for the day ahead would be something a lot of people strive to find in life.
What is the hardest lesson you had to learn?
Don’t judge everyone at face value. Everyone has a different story and it’s important to take the time to learn more about them before you make assumptions about them.