It has been a while since I have gone MIA’ed on my blog, and most of you probably have wondered what exactly have happened in my life. Well, long story short, I have been travelling in Iceland, celebrated my birthday in London and I have been preparing for some very big changes in my life. For what it worth, I would like to dedicate a full-post on it when it is ready to be announced, so please do keep posted for it for now =)
If you think this is going to be a post that I’m going to write about travel trips for Iceland and my birthday celebrations in London, then you are definitely on the wrong side of the guess. I’ve always been a firm believer that travel opens up one’s perspective and make you see things and life from a different angle. Actually some of the major decisions I have made in the past actually made during or right after my trips. When I’m removed from my usual environment and friends’ circle, I often find myself more available for being present and to allocate blocks of time to think while admiring the scenic views or just simply sitting in a car traveling between the destination. Thinking is the key for planning, and planning is one of the foundation blocks for success. Simple questions like ‘what can I do today to improve my performance/life?’, ‘What can I do to make more money?’ or “Am I truly happy with where I am right now?’ can really promote changes of our current life and help us to proceed to the stage phase. A chain of questions that kept echoing in my head during my Iceland days: ‘Am I happy with my life at the moment?’, ‘what is the purpose of me waking up every morning?’, ‘what are the drivers of my motivations’…the more I asked myself that more I found myself being lost in the odyssey of questions and lostness. Those questions promoted my next batch of questions in addressing what can I do to improve my currently situation…There is no direct answers of cause. However, one day I just woke up with all the answers. It might sound very crazy, but somehow through my subconscious mind, everything has just worked out on its own.
There is a recently post that has greatly inspired me and I would like to share it with you in a short summary – the 15 habits of self-made millionaires by Thomas C. Corley.
- They read consistently – 80% of the rich devote 30 minutes or more each day to self-education or self-improvement readings
- They exercise – 76% of rich aerobically exercise 30 minutes or more every day.
- They hang out with other successful people – The rich are always on the lookout for individuals who are goal-oriented, optimistic, enthusiastic, and who have an overall positive mental outlook.
- They pursue their own goal – pursuing your own dreams and goals creates the greatest long-term happiness and results in the greatest accumulation of wealth. (this is actually what inspired me the most from the post. Have you ever asked yourself, what is your ultimately goal for life? What makes you truly happy?)
- They get up early – nearly 50% of the self-made millionaires woke up at least 3 hours before their workday actually began.
- They have multiple sources of income – they do not reply on one singular source of income
- They find and check in with mentors – finding a mentor puts you on the fast track to wealth accumulation
- They are positive – long-term success in only possible when you have a positive mental outlook.
- They don’t follow the herd – We are so desire to blend in, to acclimate to society, to be a part of the herd, that we will do almost anything to avoid standing out in a crowd. Failure to spate yourself from the herd is why most people never achieve success.
- They have good etiquette – Self-made millionaires have mastered certain rules to etiquette principles you have to master if you want to be a success.
- They help others succeed – helping other success-minded people move forward in achieving their goals and dreams helps you succeed.
- They dedicate 15 – 30 minutes a day to just thinking – they spend time every day brainstorming with themselves about numerous things.
- They seek feedback – fear of criticism is the reason we do not seek feedback from other, but feedback is essential to learning what is working and what isn’t working.
- They ask for what they want – It’s the fear of rejection and the fear of obligation that prevent us from asking for what we want. You have to get over those fears and keep asking until someone say yes if you want to be successful in life.
- They take calculated risks – Self-made millionaires aren’t naturally fearless, instead they overcome their fear with failure and take calculated risks.
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