Published By: Butleric Marketing

November 22, 2019

Ron Lee, CEO

What are some lessons fatherhood has taught you which you think can be applied to Butleric?

Butleric is a young company - less than a year old. This is like the period when a baby starts to crawl before learning to stand and walk. I remember forcing my son to walk before he could stand on both feet. It didn't work out and this lesson taught me to stay grounded all the time and create a solid foundation for Butleric before we scale our business.

How do you usually spend time with your kid?

I spend most weekends sending my son for enrichment classes and church on Sundays. We play games and read books which have meaningful values. We partake in holy communion daily. Like every other family, we go on holiday at least once a year. We try to do outdoor activities at least twice a month  to keep ourselves active.

What was the best advice you've ever received from your own father?

My father was a well-respected man among his friends and family. He was a businessman and a very skillful Chinese sinsei. He passed away  of colon cancer when I was 16 years old.

Over the course of 16 years, I received plenty of advice from him. Interestingly, the best advice came from a moment when we were both alone in his car. He said: "In life, you will meet lots of friends. Not all friends are good for you. Stand  your ground and be firm. Never go into wicked activities and live a life that goes astray."

My values in life are rooted in his advice. Till today, I remain grounded and humbled by the blessings in all areas of my life. I am truly grateful to have very close friends and partners whom I can trust and depend on.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your son/what values do you try to instil in your son?

Well, frankly, we are a Christian family. The values I impart to my son focus solely on drawing nearer to Christ. I hope he can have David's faithfulness, Soloman's riches and honour, Daniel's wisdom and apostle Paul's evangelical spirit.

One piece of advice for my son: money is only a tool to get by in your daily life. Your life should not be anchored in thoughts of making money all the time. Learn to create value for everyone that you encounter. Build a strong foundation in spirit, Soul and mind with Jesus. Go reign in life.

Tell us about your experience so far being a father - some of the challenges you've faced, or some of the most impactful moments you remember.

I didn’t really understand what the word 'Father' truly meant until about 5-and-a-half years ago, when my son appeared in my life.

As the father of the house, I'm called to be the anointed and High priest. The amount of pressure on me as a father is unimaginable, but I have learnt to let go and live one day at a time. This helps me become a better father as I don't give myself unnecessary pressure for a future that is far from my reach.

My son's learning ability is not the fastest - he can't and won't do a lot of things that are usual for a child his age. For example, children at his age  should be able to read well by now. As a parent, it is only natural to worry and panic over your child's "slow" progress.

However, through enrichment classes and prayers, I have witnessed a 360-degree change in him. He has scored well in his tests and  is now able to do a lot of things that his friends are able to as well.

What does being a good father mean to you?

I feel that there is no benchmark for being a good father. Every parent would give their all to their own flesh and blood. The sacrifices made over the years as a father and as a parent are not as important as the provision of monetary and emotional support.

Those midnight shifts to feed him every 3 hours when he was a baby, cleaning and clearing the pee and poo, changing of diapers, sending him to A&E at KK hospital in the middle of the night for a high fever...my son will never understand the sacrifices we made as parents until he becomes a father one day.  

Being a good father means that every time your child is in need, Daddy is always there to support him, guiding him with the spirit of excellence in all areas of his life.

Phuc Truong, CTO

What are some lessons fatherhood has taught you which you think can be applied to Butleric?

The one simple thing which I have learnt: before leaving your home or doing something, are you prepared enough? How about your clothes? Your shoes? And your money? So, convert this to your life and your work. Before I start doing something, I need to double-check that I am prepared enough to do the best  I can.


How do you usually spend time with your kid?


Normally, I spend a little bit of time with my son before he sleeps every day. I can spend more time with him on weekends when I am home and not working overseas. (Phuc is mainly based in Vietnam)

What was the best advice you've ever received from your own father?


The best advice he ever gave me was just to look at his life and try to do better in mine.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your son/what values do you try to instil in your son?

What I would like to share with him is that if he wants something, he needs to spend something to get it. Nothing is free (even parental love has its limits... some will not agree with me but this is the reality).

Tell us about your experience so far being a father - some of the challenges you've faced, or some of the most impactful moments you remember.

Both of us are very different. So it is hard to cultivate the right mindset in him because how he thinks is very different from how I think.

What does being a good father mean to you?


A good father sets a good example. You can't take care of your son his whole life, you can only take care of him at this moment. What you need to do is guide him on how to live better than you.

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