Vanessa Keng, Co-Founder of The Golden Concepts, on How Books Trigger Passion & Conviction
The idea behind the company came after the two co-founders, Vanessa and Lee Chang Xi, went to Denmark on a university student exchange program. They observed Danish seniors ageing and living life to the fullest, without being limited by mobility challenges. By contrast, ageing in Singapore is largely focused on rehabilitative and nursing care. When they returned from Denmark, they were inspired to bring home the positive and independent culture of ageing. They started The Golden Concepts in 2011, with a focus on maximizing mobility and a firm believe in the importance of ageing well and independent living.
In her free time, Vanessa sings and plays the guitar in local bars and pubs. She also practices yoga – as you can see from her photo. 🙂
Find out more about the books that reinforced her conviction in her business and considers must-read for those in the ageing care industry.
Was ist dein Lieblingsbuch und warum? Geschäftlich und nicht geschäftlich, wenn möglich.
One of my most favourite books is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
I also like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
I’ve always loved fiction – mainly crime and legal thrillers, but there’s something wonderful about reading a completely different style of writing from what I’m used to.
Gab es einen bestimmten Moment, in dem Ihnen etwas, das Sie in einem Buch gelesen haben, geholfen hat? Kannst du mir davon erzählen?
Reading The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.
I’ve always loved the uniqueness of Danish culture, and it reminds me that it is the simple things in life that are the most important.
Welche Bücher haben Sie am meisten beeindruckt? (vielleicht hat sich Ihre Sicht der Dinge verändert, Ihr Karriereweg dramatisch verändert)
When I read Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, it reinforced my conviction in my business and heightened my passion to help others age well.
Welche Bücher würden Sie jungen Leuten empfehlen, die sich für Ihren beruflichen Weg interessieren? Wieso den? (keine Anzahl Begrenzung hier)
Being Mortal is a must-read if you are in the ageing care industry.
Links where you can follow Vanessa Keng or find out more about her projects:
- The Golden Concepts
- Vanessa @ LinkedIn
- Coffee with Cofounders – Vanessa and Changxi of The Golden Concepts
All books mentioned by Vanessa Keng in this interview:
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
- Alibaba’s World: How a remarkable Chinese company is changing the face of global business by Porter Erisman
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant