Phuong Uyen Tran's father - her great source of support during hard times

Phuong Uyen Tran's father, Mr. Thanh Quy Tran has always been her idol, her confidant and a great source of support to turn to during difficult times, especially as her family has been going through strain and loss in recent years.
November 19, 2020 | 10:00
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Phuong Uyen Tran and her father

Phuong Uyen Tran shared about her father, who always a great source of support when she experiences difficult times in her career and life on her book "Competing with Giants":

In recent years, our family has come under immense emotional strain because of my mother’s health problems. It almost broke my father, but she showed us that she was the strong one. My mother has a very strong Catholic faith, and her view was that "whatever but She s 6ither' has a God has given me, I can bear." Her strength helped my father cross to discover his own.

It made the family realize that all the work my parents have done over the years was for each other. The Vietnamese are not verbally demonstrative people. We do not tend to say we love each other. Love is demonstrated by our actions. For almost forty years my mother and father had lived and worked together, keeping their personal lives to a minimum and gradually forgetting themselves.

But this terrible time helped them to reconnect and understand what we were all working so hard for. That knowledge has made our family stronger. We believe we can overcome any crisis.

We all have to endure loss. The Vietnamese understand this only too well thanks to the events of the mid-twentieth century. I am acutely aware that we only live once, so we need to make it count. One day my father will pass the baton to the next generation. I want to demonstrate I am living a life that proud.

My father has always been my idol. One of the reasons I only sleep for four hours a night maybe because I used to lay awake as a child wondering if he would come to my room with me. I cherished those moments, and I can still hear the sound of his footsteps approaching in the depths of night. It has become an ingrained habit.

My father has always been my confidant. No one gives me better advice. And as I moved from my teenage years, he also really started to encourage me to voice my own opinions and develop cogent arguments. He was pleased when I did but challenge me when I did not.

He has never sought to impose his dreams on me. He has only ever followed his own and encouraged me to do the same.

I have never even felt pressured to get married or provide him with any grandchildren, which is very unusual in Asian culture. In fact, he has given me the freedom to choose who I want to be.

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Phuong Uyen Tran's family

My father has also taught me that everyone is entitled to their own opinions—but not to their own facts. To this day, I feel fortunate to have this tangoing guidance, knowing that children do not. My father himself says he would like his own mentor, too, so he would not have to learn everything based on liks own experience.

Every CEO needs someone to turn to for insight, but there are generally only a limited number of people and s they can trust, but there are generally only a limited number of people they can trust. Thanks to YPO, I can have confidential peer-to-peer conversations with other people like me.

YPO has really opened my eyes because I have encountered YPO has really many leaders who remind me of my father. It has given me some distance to understand his amazing talent and to see his limitations for the first time.

Even today, he is still constantly challenging me to test my abilities to the limit. He was at it again in 2017 when I decided to hold a one-day seminar for our suppliers, so we could share our knowledge of how family-owned businesses are run.

He wanted me to succeed, but he kept telling me I would fail—every single day. He also told me he would not be coming to the event. I asked him what I needed to do to change his mind.

He told me I needed to get five hundred people signed up. It was quite a tall order since I was charging attendees a substantial registration fee to make sure we got the kind we wanted. But I did it —though not without some degree of anxiety as the deadline grew ever close. A number of suppliers even registered their entire family Then, right before the event, my father told me he still would to attend.

Then, right before the event, my father told me he still would not be able to come because he had a sales meeting that clashed with it. I knew he was posturing to demonstrate that his time was valuable.

But he eventually rescheduled his meeting and came along as I believe he had always intended to beneath the hardened front. He just wanted me to prove that I could sign up five hundred people. The day itself was a great success, and we got a lot of positive feedbacks.

In the past few years, especially in 2018, Tan Hiep Phat and Tran Uyen Phuong are among Vietnamese names in the field of business that appear the most on international media because of their stories inspiring co-startups as well as millions of consumers around the world.

That Forbes first published the book “Competing with Giants” by a Vietnamese businesswoman has help promote the name of “rich man” Tan Hiep Phat.

Afterward, in the minds of many consumers, each water bottle is not only a drink but a crystallization of the desire to overcome difficulties and the spirit of entrepreneurship, an organic trend and Vietnam of miraculous stories.

And also from this book uncovered the aspirations of Tan Hiep Phat, as Mr. Hiroshi Otsuka, President and CEO of Musashi Seimitsu said: “An unmissable insight into how and why Vietnamese businesses are quietly growing into global players.”

About author Phuong Uyen Tran

Working as a powerful businesswoman, Forbes published author, Phuong Uyen Tran is a model of success in Vietnam. Phuong Uyen Tran is also a special contributor for Vietnam Times. Her writing, including “Competing with Giants" book, and her latest articles are to advise and inspire young people to start-up, overcome challenges and reach out to the world. It is the story of a little girl taking the great responsibilities for a corporation and devoting herself to society.

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