As a CEO, I hire only PHDs. My definition of a PHD is a superstar who is poor, hungry, and…
Heroes And The Meaning Of Greatness
Yesterday, I was blessed with the opportunity to share the stage as a keynote speaker (alongside Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, tennis legend Billie Jean King, Banyan Tree Chairman Ho Kwok Ping, Asia’s pop queen Tata Young, and several other distinguished leaders) to an audience of over 5,000 CEOs at the YPO Edge Conference, the world’s largest gathering of CEOs.
The topic of my speech was about heroes and how greatness can never be measured by big houses, luxury cars, or fancy clothes. For me, greatness can only be measured by what we do for others – our loved ones, our friends, our communities, our countries, our world. I shared the incredible life stories of two of our real-life superheroes, Aung La Nsang and Eduard Landslide Folayang, and how they have inspired millions of people to dream more, do more, and be more in life. You see, I don’t believe that we were put on this Earth just to live an easy, comfortable life. No, I believe that we were put on this Earth to unleash our potential so that we may give back to the world more than we receive.
As the CEO of Asia’s largest global sports media property with a broadcast to 136 countries, I think deeply about my responsibility to the world and my impact on society. Through the power of media and the magic of storytelling, ONE Championship is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
I ended my speech by asking my fellow CEOs, “If we don’t lead our companies, our communities, our countries, and our world towards a better future for all people, then who will?”
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.