Journey to Success

Notice I have changed the tag line for this blog from “As the Journey Continues…” to “Journey to Success”. This is a way to signify a new stage for myself, a new mindset in seeking, and also a focus for this blog. Let’s take a look at the most important word in the phrase, the definition of success from dictionary.com:

  1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
  2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  3. a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
  4. a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

Those are good definitions that all apply to the word success. However, let me break down I have in mind about success.

I believe an individual would have to define success himself because success entails so many areas of life, despite the fact that we often associate success only with career, fame, and wealth. Here at this blog, the core of the success breathes constant self-improvement, personal development. I will talk about personal experience and learnings within the realm of personal development. I want to share them here because hopefully all of you can get something of out this, to get to a better life, to get to a happier life, while allowing me to keep track of my own thoughts and ideas.

Financial success is an element that enables easier access to success in other areas of life, which is why this blog owes it a category, the “Personal Finance” category. Hopefully I can provide some interesting and helpful ideas for everyone in that area also.

Back to the topic of success, one thing that comes to mind immediately is the philosophy of wushu mentioned in Jet Li’s Fearless, where wushu implies the strengthening of one’s body, mind, and soul all together. That basically covers the ground but to be more specific, success for us should also envelops improving ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. To achieve this, we have to understand that life takes us on a path of constant self-discovery and we shall learn from the choices we make, good and bad. Here I will quote Jet Li, “The biggest enemy of Jet Li is Jet Li. I need to beat up myself. Today, we need to become better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today.” As such, the path to success is a relentless pursuit of personal development.

With that, I will leave you to think about the kind of success and the kind of personal development that you seek. I would love for everyone to share and provide comments on this blog. Thanks!

Originally posted 2007-02-20 01:36:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Getting to the Basics and the Heart of Things

Success is my topic on this blog. Success is not simply one thing and definitely not about money.

That is why I have a tendency to write more about concepts in personal development and less about personal finance. I write much less about in specifics and details in what to do with your money. Besides the fact that there are plenty of info and references on the internet already, the truth is that if you can master the basics, success in life (and therefore personal financial life) will soon follow. Kinda like martial arts practice – the ability to a more advanced move comes from the mastery and understanding of doing a more basic move.

How do I mean? What are the basics? These qualities quicly come to my mind:

You may be thinking, “Compassion? Wha…?” Don’t laugh because compassion IS a basic and requirement in success in life.

Use the “Search” on the right to locate my posts on these topics.

Originally posted 2008-01-30 23:45:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Punctuality and Respect

For those who know me, I am a fan of punctuality and would like the same of others. I know there are situations that can keep us from being exactly on time, and that is understandable and acceptable. It just annoys the heck of of me when some people seem to “inherently” lack punctuality.

I think it speaks a lot about that person, that it is a demonstration of good manners. It shows the person’s attention and energy to form their habits. How? Here’s how. From how you plan your time to arrive at an appointment, it shows the way you manage your time, and that you will apply the same methodology to your daily schedule and organization of events. In the end, being to an appointment is equivalent to running late on other things also because of the same planning methodology applied, which is the estimating to be “right on” (“late”) out of habit.

It’s even worse when I hear people say, “oh, I’m always late, it’s just me…” It speaks clearly about the personality. If that’s the case and you even realize it, then why don’t you fix it? Why not make it a habit to be on time? It just goes to show how you are unable to correct your own mistake and improve yourself.

More over, tardiness is like stealing time from other people and time is priceless. So another way to think about this is – Having punctuality or being on time is another form of respect for others.

It is in my nature to avoid those people, once I observe who has the “nature” to be late. I’m talking about some serious tardiness here, like 15 min+ on multiple occasions. For friends, I will provide some suggestions/warnings before any act of distancing myself from them. The way I see this is, why waste my precious time for folks like that? You should consider the same.

Originally posted 2007-03-04 23:46:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Doing Hobbies and Simple Things to Save Money and Be Happy

I’ve talked about the concept “keeping it simple” in a few posts before. I want to re-iterate the power of the concept of simplicity, in terms of things we can do everyday.

First of all, I truly believe simplicity is where happiness lies in life.
Now, let’s think about basic things that ourselves love to do.

For me –
I like to listen to music. I like singing. I like playing the piano. I like playing basketball. I like having a good conversation or “quality-chililng-time” with friends. I like reading a good book. I like surfing the web and learning about what others think and more stuffs in general. I like taking a walk on a good day. On and on…

I have spoken about my own interests and hobbies, but I’m sure you have a list of your own. Usually, these are all very basic simple things. And when you look at these things, they may have some fundamental cost but on the long term, it costs a lot less compared to the incessant chasing of trends and purchasing of materials.

Instead of going to the mall, wasting time and money on impulse purchase (maybe to keep up with neighbors, people you know, or other “Jones”), you can develop your skills on these simple things, these interests, these hobbies. This will not only save you money on the long run (in most cases), but you will be happier and feel better about yourself because you are doing what you actually want to do. It’s double the benefits! Isn’t this so much more wonderful?

For myself I know I won’t be happier by spending money and time at the mall or going on crazy outtings with whoever, and instead, I can spend time listening to music, or reading a book with soothing background music, or practicing piano, or any of the other things I mentioned. What do you think I will do?

Make no mistake, I still enjoy outtings with good friends and great companies, but never do I do it to fit in or because I have nothing to do.

So make a list of things you are interested in doing or would like to make hobbies of. Every time you want to fill the void of your time by doing things that’ll make you splurge money for the sake of gaining an instantaneous pleasure only for splurging, refer to the list and do one of the things on the list instead.

Even if you don’t save money, you’ll be doing something that will benefit yourself mentally and maker you happier in the long run. Much better than buying random things for no good reason or that you’ll deem useless and dismiss quickly.

Originally posted 2007-09-01 01:19:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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