By: LazerKim Once a upon a time, there was a kid who dreams with his guitar in his hands and music in his heart. His name is Kim Hyun Joong. The kid was a model student during his grade school days, who’s diligent and obedient to elders, his teachers, and to his parents. During this period the kid had learned how to use the bank where he can keep his money saved and to let it grow through the bank interest.
Who among the kids at his grade school age would think that there’s a place called bank where he can invest his saved money from his allowance that his parents gave him? He’s a kind of kid that any parents or teachers can be proud of, a typical model kid. His classmates and schoolmates were drawn to him to seek his friendship. But all of these admirable traits from this kid changed overnight. Before I go any further, take note that this kid already knows what a bank was, and its purpose.
When this kid Kim Hyun Joong turned high school, his life turned upside down in the eyes of everybody. He became withdrawn from the real world merely just after he had watched his idol who was a rock star, a bass guitarist. It was from here Hyun Joong started his dream, a dream which I think until now he wasn’t expecting to come true. His parents totally disagreed to what he wants for his life, and being a protective loving parents, who would want his child to be a rock star?? I would believe back in time, his parents barely know his potential as an artist. Hyun Joong became rebellious in such a way that he lost his interest in his studies having only a dream music in his mind.
He became more and more withdrawn putting a wall around him that no one can ever reach him as he silently planned his desire to pursue his music. He run away from home to work for a living and to pursue his music studies. He fought against all odds until he had reach the peak of facing death from starvation. He learned to steal food from a chicken restaurant just to survive. He has nowhere to go and so he settled himself at a basement of a public spa. He was even caught in a big trouble together with his friend from some kind of gangsters. Until Hyun Joong finally decided that running away from home can not help him survive to fight for his life to find himself and his dream.
Hyun Joong came back home as if nothing happened, he goes to school everyday without attending his class, but joining a group of band to perform in school activities was his sole interest. He joined a religious organization simply because he wants to play his guitar and sing. Eventually, he dropped out from school and decided to work as delivering newspapers, pizza, chicken that kind of stuffs. And eventually he worked as regular service crew in a chicken restaurant full time. As he worked his guts out, he saved every penny he can earn and save it in the bank for his music studies.
Hyun Joong has friends from grade school that he’s been close with, and they promised that whoever become successful they would put up a chicken restaurant. What Hyun Joong learned from being a service crew is patience. Patience in waiting for the right time, while struggling with the kind of life he had, while his dream music grew inside him with burning desire to let go and explode.
The time finally came, as HyunJoong joined his group as band having him played the bass guitar with thoughts, this is it!! Unfortunately his fate was bitter closing the doors of opportunity for him, since Hyun Joong’s group was disbanded before its debut. Hyun Joong did not give up, he had a realistic and strong determination to pursue his dreams. And so by himself, bringing his treasured guitar, went for another audition, this time it’s with DSP. During the audition, before Hyun Joong could start to sing and play his guitar, he was informed that he had already passed the audition. And that no matter what happen he has to come back the following day, to join his group SS501, the birth of a group of five talented singers to work as one. And so the rest was history.
Hyun Joong became successful with the group, after his debut he came back to school to finish his high school education. After a few years of being successful with his group SS501, he went back to his past. He came back to fulfill his promise to his kid friends that whoever will be successful, they will put up a chicken restaurant. And so Hyun Joong put up a capital investment and started building Jaksal Chicken with his grade school friends managing it.
There were two of his friends plus Hyun Joong as CEO. There are currently nine outlets successfully operating and because Jaksal Chicken is attached to Hyun Joong’s name, as his popularity boost higher, the higher the revenue of Jaksal Chicken gets. Its continues growth had placed Hyun Joong on top rank among young idols being a CEO. As the latest news Hyun Joong was included among the list of Forbes richest celebrity in Korea. In one talk show Hyun Joong was asked who manages his finances, and he said he does ever since his childhood. Remember the kid who had learned what a bank was, and its purpose that I mentioned earlier? Here he is now, as one of the riches young celeb in S Korea.
What other factors that Hyun Joong has to come up to that richness in life other than music?? Since childhood he grew up saving every penny for a future. I don’t think Hyun Joong is big useless spender, he knows the value of money because he worked hard for it, but was never been selfish. He helped his mom by giving one of his chain restaurant, and I can only be very thankful to his mom for bringing a up a child and sharing him with us. From the very start of dreaming his music all he desired for was to have a place where he can sing, to bring out the best in him, without realizing his dream could turn to gold.
In one of Hyun Joong’s interview, he was saying he wants to buy a scooter that he can use going to his studio since gasoline consumption of a scooter is cheaper. And you’re talking to one of the richest celeb in Korea to be concerning himself with gasoline expenses!!! Check on his favorite food that he eats, ramen!! Even in Japan he was asked the usual food that he eats are mostly easy to cook food and the cheapest. If asked what does he prefers eating chicken or beef? He would choose chicken because it’s cheaper. So would you still wonder why on earth was he as rich as he never expected?
I wouldn’t say he’s stingy, he’s simply practical in almost everything. But looking at his physical outlook having been a fashion icon but in reality, he would prefer to wearing old jeans and shirt or his favorite hood shirt and training pants plus his slippers!! Although he’s quite particular when it comes to fashion, because of the title given to him as a fashion icon.
Hyun Joong is so down to earth type of guy, that anything goes for him, he doesn’t mind eating and drinking at the side road tent stalls in Korea. He would prefer hanging around with his dancer Artmatic, or his treasured friend from childhood, than people from high society or other stiff celebs. Hyun Joong is living in a much carefree life style, simple and familiar to him, he’s quite awkward with strangers. He may have a collection of cars but this is just because of his status as a star celeb. But ask him what he prefers to be driving, it could be something with two wheel drive, which is quite impossible for him to do so at his status and being a crowd creator!!
Kim hyun Joong has a remarkable history background, I would say Hyun Joong’s story is an extra ordinary one. Many celeb would dream using their talents to rise up from where they are in the society. But Hyun Joong is different, what had been occupying his mind back then was survival to pursue his dream music and not to get rich, because he believes through hard work money would eventually come following him. I firmly believe this until this day. It’s music that taught him the hard kind of life, it’s music that had taught him how to struggle to overcome the challenges in life.
And being up there never had blinded him to go back to his past to fulfill his promise to his friends. He was never blinded to reality that there are less fortunate that needed to survive life and he did not turn his back against them. He faced them and helped them. Hyun Joong has been actively supporting many charity organizations, doing this on his own without fanfare whatever. It’s the people whom he has been helping who brags about the support he has been sharing. I have written an article Shared Blessings that specifically stated the charity organizations he’s been actively participating. Such an amazing guy.
I’m actually writing this article for fan starters as their “getting to know you” kinda thing, which I should have done so from the start, so as it would be easy to understand the guy. Many would think Hyun Joong is a one night kind of artist, you know who just bloom suddenly out of the blues. No maam, music had been in his heart since he was a kid, he struggled because of music, Hyun Joong’s whole being is dominated by his love of music, it’s his life.
Hyun Joong is a very humble guy, he might have mentioned Jaskal Chicken simply because he was asked about it. That reminds me in one reality show he was relating that, he tried putting stake at the stock market, and he said when he did, the stocks just went down!!! Well, he may sounded to be joking but he was actually stating a fact that he’s doing stock market investments. Hyun Joong is a very smart guy, in terms of finances he knows how and when to invest. If other artists run after money using their talents, with Hyun Joong it’s the other way around, it’s money running after him.
Many of us had learned to cope up with the different challenges of life in different ways. Hyun Joong’s ultimate dream was just to play with his guitar and sing. To go abroad to share his music, but I don’t think he ever dream of driving a BMW or a Ferrari, to have a big house or having more than what he has, like other teenage kid would dream. Now he has everything money can buy and what he has been attaining is more than his dream. He wasn’t expecting he’ll be a famous commercial model, the guy can hardly smile when he was still starting as a trainee!! He dreams to put up a chicken restaurant together with his friends was fulfilled but he wasn’t expecting to have nine outlets and still currently expanding.
Kim Hyun Joong was blessed with perfect looks, and multiple talents. He merely wants to be developed as an artist having these gifted talents that grew up inside him. But Hyun Joong was blessed more than what he ever dream of being one of the richest celebrity in Korea. He did a lot of sacrifices for his dream music with his strong determination to succeed. Hyun Joong was even blessed with a big heart to share what he has to the needy and gladly share it with them. In one of his interviews, he mentioned that he also wish to have his own charity organization.
This is Kim Hyun Joong’s destiny, his struggles from being poor to abundant richness of life that he can only share with others……
LazerKim here writing
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