MALAYSIA - Media OutReach -
1 October 2021 - Global broker OctaFX released the final episode of their
YouTube interview project 'Honest Stories of
Success'. The interviews showcased the success stories of Malaysia's
prominent people as they actually happen, unfiltered. However, the project had
more to it than famous people revealing the ups and downs of their career
journeys. It provoked a unique dialogue between Malaysian traders who shared
their own stories in the comments.
the global broker's interview series 'OctaFX: Honest Stories of Success',
Malaysian celebrities reflected on the difficult paths that brought them to
prosperity. The viewers heard from businessman Datuk Aliff Syukri, actor Dato'
Aaron Aziz, actress Janna Nick, comedian Harith Iskander, musician Altimet, and
fashion entrepreneur Wak Doyok. Popular actor Fizo Omar interviewed the guests.
sparked genuine interest—its six episodes have been viewed over one million
times. What makes it even more valuable, the interviews received a strong
response from the audience. The viewers flooded the comments section under each
video with their own stories of struggles and triumphs.
Overcoming work-related obstacles
told each other about the obstacles on their career paths—lack of support from
family and colleagues and changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as
losing a job and finding new ways to make a living.
difficulties, these people applied different strategies to stay afloat. Some
changed jobs in search of better conditions, and others kept 'pushing themselves to the limit' while
also dealing with the uncertainty of their personal lives. Besides that, many
shared that they became Forex traders in pursuit of additional income or to
improve their pandemic-stricken financial situation. One of them who became the
OctaFX client observed that 'trading
helps generate income with any initial investment'.
Many felt inspired
and motivated by the interview project and said that such initiatives help stay
focused and persistent when guided by the example of financially successful
Financial management: what should've been done
'If I could step back in time, I would focus on
financial management,' a viewer said. Other
commenters shared their personal rules of financial planning they developed by
trial and error. They included getting a stable job and not being afraid of
starting from the bottom, segmenting the income and 'putting needs ahead of wants', learning about investments from the
experts and allocating a portion of income to it, avoiding debts, and finding
extra sources of income such as side businesses, unit trusts, and Forex
trading. The viewers also emphasised the importance of investing with trusted
brokers and named OctaFX as one of them: 'Save
and deposit money to a trusted platform like OctaFX', 'OctaFX is the best to
Saving money and using the income from investments
Those who shared their financial
strategies found discipline and precision essential for financial planning.
Many recommended putting a fixed amount, 10 to 20 percent of income, to
savings, distinguishing 'needs' from 'wants' to avoid 'financial waste', and fighting the urge to spend money on
non-essential things. As for the next step, they recommended reinvesting the
income from Forex or other investments in real estate or small businesses: 'I always think: let the money work for me,
and not I work for money to achieve freedom'.
Monetising a hobby
As the guest
celebrities of 'OctaFX: Honest Stories of Success' talked about all the work
experiences they've had before becoming prosperous and famous, the viewers got
inspired to reflect on their own hobbies and things they tried to do. Many
commenters confessed that they were seriously thinking about turning these
activities into prospective jobs. They mentioned spheres like graphic
designing, coding, drone flying, photography, video editing, and gaming among others.
Last but not
least, the viewers shared some good reads that either helped them understand
financial planning or inspired them to work towards their financial goals. They
recommended 'The New Market Wizards' by Jack D. Schwager to 'peek into conversations with America's top
traders and get to know their thinking'. Someone named 'The Alchemist' by
Paulo Coelho: 'It is a fable about
following your dream. Everyone needs to have big dreams as they cost us nothing
but give us hope.' 'Currency Trading for Dummies', 'Reminiscences of a
Stock Operator', 'The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the
New Rich', and 'Psychology of Selling' were also among the recommendations.
'OctaFX: Honest Stories of Success'
turned out to be a meeting point for Malaysian celebrities and common people
striving for financial freedom. The former talked sincerely about how they
reached their current status and the real stories of what this path was for
them, while the latter realised that even successful people do not always get
what they want and have to work hard and overcome many obstacles to achieve
shared the success stories of its traders.
However, this project is the first to bring sincere personal stories of famous
people to light and make them relatable for common people. The interviews
received passionate feedback from the viewers and provoked them to share and
discuss their own concerns and achievements with others through the comments.
Through this mutual dialogue, celebrities and viewers reflected on the
complexity of financial success, learnt valuable financial lessons, and, most
importantly, felt less alone on their journeys.