Sean Chin MQ is a hedge fund manager and the founder of Olritz Financial Group. Sean Chin MQ is a very experienced trader and investor. He is managing $150M for his clients and primarily invests in public markets. He is also investing in private equity to diversify his portfolio.
In this interview we learn more about Sean and his business. Sean Chin MQ is also opening an investment arm in the United Arab Emirates.
Sean has seen a lot and been through a lot. Through blood sweat and tears, Sean Chin has been through lots of challenges. He learnt how to grow to recovery from times when you fall to the ground. Sean advanced from using other investment brokers to building his own brokerage firm and now owns his own asset management company with tier one capital market license in Australia. Sean is expanding to advance his business into a digital bank that he aims to launch next year which is aimed to be one of the big 4 in Australia.
In this interview we talk to Sean about challenges in business and his experience to overcome obstacles.
Stankevicius: Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as THE real challenge right now?
Sean Chin MQ: The challenge has always been about keeping consistency. The markets and mindset of the market has changed, there is a stigma on investment companies and customers are always looking for fast and easy results. They will compare and have unrealistic expectations. Of course, to navigate the financial markets in order to keep consistent results is always easier said than done as now it is not enough to just maintain a steady course, but also to cultivate a business that attracts consumers in this fast paced capitalist society.
Stankevicius: In your experience, what tends to be the most underestimated part of running a company? Can you share an example?
Sean Chin MQ: Keeping a level head and the ability to communicate well I think is something people more often than not take for granted. When there are individuals, they often feel entitled to their individual opponents. Even in communication, there are different types of listening you have to apply in order to get a clear picture of where each person is coming from. More often than not, you can get very caught up in these things as we are all susceptible to human nature. So when running a company, the ability to reflect, stay focused and keep your head above all the underlying goings on and put out clear directions is quite key to encourage the morale and synergy within the company.
Stankevicius: How has a failure or apparent failure set you up for later success?
Sean Chin MQ: Failure is a teacher, if there is a pattern to it, perhaps there is something that we need to fix. For me, failures have allowed me to take a good look at where and how things went wrong. They have set me up not to repeat the same mistakes in my present. Even apparent failure teaches me something valuable, that perhaps the perceived failure was only a personal and perhaps unfeasible goal in my mind. Otherwise, I can see now that when one door closes, it is often not the right one for you, and that there are always other greater opportunities that open up along the way.
Stankevicius: How do you build a resilient team? What qualities do you look for in your team members?
Sean Chin MQ: People who can adapt and quit from comfort zone. Everyone deserve a chance to shine. The most important is the mind set and attitude, we focus majorly on the enthusiastic and willing to learn and willing to change. Educations are not necessity.
Stankevicius: How do you maintain your personal resilience during tough times?
Sean Chin MQ: I do not allow myself to give up. I wake up to each day and take it as a new day and receive the day as it comes. We may fall down but we are given the strength to get back up. I tell myself to look at the things that are still good, and that there are those that are still counting on me. And in these tough times, a good support system of trustworthy people is something that I was lucky to have.
Stankevicius: What strategies do you use to manage stress and maintain focus during a crisis?
Sean Chin MQ: I regulate myself just like anyone else does. I sit down, have a coffee, read, think, plan my trades. If no solution appears I don’t force it. I talk it out and seek advice if needed. If there is an opportunity I reach out for it. I eat my meals and get enough rest. And if all else fails, I light a cigar, meditate, and have some chocolate.