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Excuses to Success

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  – Stephen Hawking

Many people dream of success. And yet, there are just so many people who didn’t achieve it.

When probed, there are “reasons” for not achieving success. Are they really “reasons”? Or are they merely excuses?

Let’s see what are the common excuses for not chasing after our dreams. And more importantly, how can we overcome it?

Excuse #1 : I have no time.
Like, seriously? Of course, there is no denying that there are people who work two shifts to make ends meet. These are the kind of people whose rest time is their 4 hours sleep. I understand their plight.

But for the rest of us, do we really don’t have the time? If we would watch less a couple of streaming movies, that would free up  a couple of hours a day.

It is just a matter of prioritization. What is more important? Your current joy or the fruits of your effort?

Excuse #2 : I have no money.
There are people who are poor. And then, there are people who spends indiscriminately. You have the money , all along. It depends on how you spend it. Do you spend it on  buying the things that you want (but don’t need)? Or do you spend it on the things that will help you achieve your dreams faster?

There is also a misconception here. You don’t really need a lot of money to achieve success. All you need is to learn how to make do with what you have. When money is a concern, you need to think creatively. How can you leverage on your time and effort to make up for the lack of money?

Excuse #3 : I don’t have the luck.
Don’t aim for the lucky break. Lottery winners are far and away. And even if they win, their winnings don’t last.

Make your own luck. Chase after each and every one of the opportunities. Always be on the learning. Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness.

Excuse #4 : I don’t have the connections.
To have success, you need to know the correct people. People who can make the wheel go round. We are not living in an island. We need each other’s help.

How then do we increase our connection? Always be the helpful one. Develop a habit of helping others. People like people who are helpful and kind. This is a characteristics that draw people to you.

Always seek out new friends. Go out to social gathering and make it a point to know at least two people at each event. Seek out where successful people would gather, and attend the events whenever possible.

These excuses are merely excuses. They hold no power on us, unless we let them to. Don’t give in. Make it a stand, your stand, to say – today is my day. I shall not give any excuses. I shall do my part. I shall work hard for my success.

What would you do? What is your excuse today? And more importantly, how do you resolve on your excuse?




Myths of Wealth

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. – Simone de Beauvoir

Reading the foreword by Dan Miller for Jaime Tardy’s The Eventual Millionaire. There is some misconception on wealth.

Myth 1:  We chase after money directly.
Money is a byproduct. Money is the result of values that we put in for other people. People pay us for a work well done.

Myth 2: Envy other rich people.
Successful rich people do not envy other rich people. They learn from them, and still remain humble. They learn from others, and at the same time, teach others as well.

Myth 3: Be greedy and stingy.
Wealthy people are not stingy. They freely share, for they believe that there is enough wealth for everyone. They believe in abundance.

Myth 4: Wealthy people are selfish.
We do not live for ourselves alone. We live by contributing and helping one another. The richer we are, the more we are in a position to help others.

Myth 5: Rich is a game of luck.
We don’t get rich by being lucky. We get rich by putting in the effort, chasing after the opportunities, being relentless in pursuing our dreams.

Differentiate facts from myth and you will be well on your way to wealth.  Don’t be ignorant. Don’t be stubborn. Live your life well – in happiness and full of abundance.



Leap Day

No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. – Mary Kay Ash

It’s Leap Day today. There’s only a 29-February, once every 4 years,

Have you thought to yourself, how have you been living your life?

Leap day serves a reminder to us.

Life is like a leap day, it comes once in a blue moon. You don’t see it every year. Chances in life don’t come knocking on your door repeatedly.

Unlike leap day, chances in life is unpredictable. Chances appearing but once. When it is there, you have to make a decision – to take or not to take.

Time past by is unrecoverable. You can’t rewind the clock, to relive the past.

Do we live in regret of the things we didn’t do?
Do we live in regret of the principles that we failed to stand up for?
Do we live in regret for failing to say the “I love you” to those who matters?

Make every second counts. Live life to the fullest. Experience life as it is meant to be. Think of the thoughts that lifts you up, speak of words that inspire, do the things that you are proud of.

Leave a legacy behind. But first, enjoy this very moment. Be in the present. Be focused.

Life is too short to be wasted. Every single day is a gift to us. As much as we would enjoy it, we would contribute it back to our family, our society, our Earth.

What are the chances you are grasping today? Take action now, never to delay any more.



Yes Man

Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to sy yes. – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Matt Hussey mentioned about the movie Yes Man in his talk, which I had blogged earlier here.

Curious, and I went to Esplanade Library to borrow one. It’s not Jim Carrey’s best movie, but well, I should say yes to it. Yet, it was a fun 2-hour evening =)

Saying yes opens up opportunity.

Saying yes is life, though it sounds a bit cult-ish.

But reality is, we should be open to opportunities in life. For without saying yes, we may not know what would cross our path.

Opportunities and chances come to those who take action, not those who just ponder and think about it.

For today – just say yes to whatever shots that come your way. What would you say yes to?

And here, a clip of the guitar scene. Enjoy!