Kean Tan and I were introduced through MLZ founder Angela Krewenchuk at Vancouver Fashion Week in the fall of 2014. Tan and his company – MODISclub – was running a special social media and mobile platform that season. When he found out I was working on promotion for my first book to be released in early 2015, he made a generous offer to promote on this platform. It was a tremendous gift of support.

I have seen Tan at every season of VFW since and you can count on two things – he will always come up and say hi and he will always have a smile on his face. Great energy and a positive attitude are his trademarks. And as we are Facebook friends, I know something else about he. He cooks amazing food which he plates beautifully. There are many days I sit at my computer looking the pictures he posts of these meals, wishing I was there to share the feast.

Since we have never had a private coffee to get to know each other on a deeper level, I was really intrigued to read his answers to this 8Q. One popped – his university degree is in a field totally outside his current business. Want to know what? Read on!

8Q Spotlight Kean Tan

What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?

My main paid career has been being an entrepreneur, and I have been building my creative branding and technology business with my brother for the last 15 years. Our company name is nexusV inc. and our latest pride is called MODISclub, a text and mobile services platform that helps businesses improve their marketing and communications. We have been approached by various businesses with interesting business proposals allowing us to diversify and evolve with time.

My other passions include charity work, art and mural painting, photography (paid), DJ services (paid), events and food.

Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?

My family and I moved from Malaysia to Calgary when I was little without much, and my parents had to restart their lives and worked very hard to get the family to where we are today. I owe everything to their unconditional love and support, wise advise, disciplining, as well as the work ethics they have instilled in me. The humble beginning and opportunities given to me taught me not to take things for granted and to share my happiness with others. Along this journey, I have also kept my mind open to learning and being inspired by others – a well where I draw my energy from.

What three things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?

  1. I actually have a Degree in Fine Arts, not in computer science, business or marketing. So, I had to teach myself lots of what I do today with plenty of learning.
  2. I’m a little bit of a loner. It gives me time to think, reflect and get things done efficiently.
  3. I’ve been bullied as a kid but that builds character, I guess.

Highest moment so far?

To be in a self sufficient position to help others – in business, career, psychologically, and spiritually.

What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?

Besides working on my physical, mental and spiritual self, I am working on expanding and improving our company to best serve local communities, national and international businesses, as well as non-for-profits.

Who and/or what inspires you?

The mystery of nature which includes human nature.

How do you personally define success?

Maintaining a balanced and free life while making a difference in other people’s lives. Having happy and supportive relationships with family and friends are also a form of success to me,which includes maintaining a successful business partnership with my brother.

Advice for someone wanting to embrace this career?

Learn Kung Fu – and that’s not the martial arts I’m talking about. I’m referring to the constant practice of the key ingredients that make you a successful CEO of your life. We all already know what they are from all the great quotes and teachers, just pick one and start today — with the constant reminder that our ego is our biggest competitor.

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