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“Make time for things that you enjoy doing outside of work and don’t forget to give yourself a…

“Make time for things that you enjoy doing outside of work and don’t forget to give yourself a…

“Make time for things that you enjoy doing outside of work, and don’t forget to give yourself a break.” with Art Lee and Marco Derhy.

Make time for things that you enjoy doing outside of work and don’t forget to give yourself a break. It’s common for entrepreneurs to overwork themselves, but in the long run, you need to know there’s only so much your body and your mind can take. — Art Lee

I had the pleasure of interviewing Art Lee, the Founder and CEO of Rove Concepts. Art has a familial history rich in furniture making dating back to the 1950s and ’60s, and in 2011, he set out to fill a gap he recognized in the online furniture space at the time. Thus, he came up with Rove Concepts — a DTC furniture company that would change the industry while maintaining his grandparents’ business integrity using a contemporary, global business model.

Marco: Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Growing up, most of the furniture that filled our home was made by my grandfather, who at one point owned his own successful furniture company in Taiwan. He passed before I was born but being constantly surrounded by his beautifully crafted pieces and hearing my family’s accolades for his professional and personal accomplishments undoubtedly played an influential role in my chosen career path. I am proud to pay homage to my grandfather’s mid-century modern furniture business dating back to the 1960s and bringing it into the modern era with a direct consumer business model.

Marco: Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?

Working in the e-commerce industry, you meet a lot of different people along the way. In one recent case, during our photoshoot for our new outdoor collection, the model we worked with turned out to be my elementary school classmate. We didn’t realize until we talked about where we grew up that we went to the same elementary school and high school. It was great to catch up with someone from my childhood — when you are always working and looking ahead, it’s good to take time to reminisce times too.

Marco: Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started, I tried to attend as many meetups and conferences to learn from other entrepreneurs and grow my connections. I imagined these gatherings to be formal, so I wore a suit and tie to the first one I attended, only to realize when I got there that everyone was actually wearing casual clothing! I felt pretty out of the loop, but I gained back my confidence as my attire was a great conversation starter.

Marco: What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

We recently launched some new outdoor furniture items to expand our outdoor collection offerings. We also have a new collection coming out this spring that we are very excited about — stay tuned!

Marco: Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Sometimes I attend conferences and events and meet CEOs/founders of companies that I look up to. When I introduce myself, and they recognize my company, it is truly a gratifying moment.

Marco: Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

Make time for things that you enjoy doing outside of work, and don’t forget to give yourself a break. It’s common for entrepreneurs to overwork themselves, but you need to know there’s only so much your body and mind can take in the long run. Giving yourself a break, whether it is not using your phone past a certain hour, going on a vacation, or even treating yourself to a massage or a small hike, can give yourself enough break to recharge.

Marco: You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement or create change in people’s lives in some way, it would be to push for personalized education. Personalized learning helps students take their strengths and interests and build them towards a skillset for further growth. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to create something that I could call my own, but the paths I was guided to seemed like “one size fits all” approaches. Through personalized learning, children can learn at their own pace and create their own pathway for each individual’s personal and professional growth.

Marco: What are your “3 things I wish someone told me when I first started”?

  1. Learn to see things from the other person’s perspective and be open to change.
  2. Always be on the move.
  3. Health is wealth.

Marco: Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Visualize Your Future Vividly”

We all have a notion about what we can and cannot do in our lifetime, and we are often right. I believe all creators of great value in our world have a sense of their destiny, and they visualize what that future looks like in great detail. It is not enough to visualize it — you also have to believe in it. Believing in our destinies allows our subconscious minds to begin thinking of ways to take us towards our goals — while we sleep and while we go about our daily lives. Even though it feels like the conscious mind is the driver of our actions, it is actually the subconscious mind.

Marco: None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful to, who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

While there are many people I have met along the way who have helped me achieve success, I would particularly like to thank my grandfather for paving the way in the furniture industry for me. Growing up, I always admired his passion for creating beautifully crafted furniture, and his works of art inspired me. No matter what you do, you need to love it to keep yourself grounded, and my grandfather did just that. Even after his furniture company grew with many people working under him, he never stopped creating and designing furniture because he loved to do it. Whenever I feel that I am drifting off course, I always remind myself of the core reason I am in this business — creating beautiful modern furniture accessible and affordable to the masses.

Marco: How can our readers follow you on social media?

Readers can follow us on Instagram — @roveconcepts

Thank you so much for joining us. This was indeed inspirational!

Marco Derhy

❖ Marco is the CEO of Derhy Enterprises, a boutique international consulting firm. Derhy Enterprises aids with the management and growth of businesses, particularly for public figures. ❖ Marco is known as an Entrepreneur at heart, building a Los Angeles-based private-label fashion company (in his early 20’s shortly after his Military Service) into a dominant industry force with numerous employees and $50M+ annual sales. This success fueled his launch into ample Sectors; Film production, Charity gala events, Humanitarian aid, Cryptocurrency, Tech, Content creator, Producing Interviews/Articles, Book Series, and worldwide profiling inspiring people. ❖ A “Positive” Influencer. Marco has more than 19 years in the publishing industry. Created many unique series that highlight the empowering lessons learned from the experiences of high-profile entrepreneurs. ❖ Marco has worked with legends like Nelson Mandela, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg, Carlos Slim Jr., The Jackson Family, Mr.Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom, and Robert Evans," The Godfather, "to name a few. ❖ Marco is Known as a Philanthropist who produced quite a few lucrative fundraising charity events. Working with Dr. Juan Montero II MD for medical supplies for children, including the champ Manny Pacquiao, UNICEF—established a partnership with the Jackson’s Family/Foundation. He produced a 2day Mega event - 1st Day in Beverly Hills Mansion, and the 2nd Day at the famous “Neverland,” at Michael Jackson home, with over 2,500 global VIP guests. He also produced charity events each year during the Cannes film festival. ❖ At CityGala, Marco produced their first significant black-tie Gala event at the Beverly Hills Vineyard. He also helped raise funds to support A-listers Celeb foundations, The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), LA Youth, Health & Medicine, Domestic Violence support programs, U.S. veterans, to name a few. ❖ Marco is an Author and helped create and inspire a mini-movement among writers, with scores of writers worldwide profiling inspiring people to share their positive, empowering, and actionable true stories on prominent Platforms. ❖ A regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s, Medium, Buzzfeed, Thrive Global, to name a few. ❖ Marco is also producing TV Series programs / Documentaries/Films. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0220357/ ❖ Marco published his Book series#1, "Heroes of The Opioid Crisis,” and working on several new book series. He’s enjoying ; Family, Friends, Philanthropy work (Giving back to the less fortunate), Martial arts, Swimming, Tennis, Meditation, "Torah study," Nature, Hiking, Tennis...... 🕊Praying for global peace, Prosperity, love, and Happiness for our global society🕊 ~ Life is Good~Be Good & Do Good~®️

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