Starting a business is hard. Making your business a success is even harder. If you think that a brilliant idea coupled with a sound business plan is enough, think again. There will always be moments of uncertainties. Different challenges will arise on a daily basis like hiring the right people, branding, market positioning, customer care, money management and even personal fatigue.
Have you ever experienced being the best in a group? It is nice to have people look up to you. You feel good about yourself. It seems like you are on top of the world. That is until you are faced with a difficult challenge that is too much for you to handle. It is then that you realized that you have no one else to turn to. You have to come up with a solution to the the crisis on your own. You have to bear the responsibility for the whole group.
It all started with lechon manok (roasted chicken). Then, it was followed by shawarma, milk tea, donuts, cupcakes then frozen yogurts. These are just some of the food crazes that hit Manila by storm. A handful of people who invested in such crazes definitely cashed in some profits. Unfortunately, although there were a few gainers, there were more losers. Take shawarma for example, out of all those stores that proliferated in the country in the 80s, almost all already closed their businesses a long time ago.
Society has defined success as the attainment of wealth, status and fame. Do you agree with this definition? Using this definition, persons like a CEO of a company, a multi-millionaire, a head of state and a popular actor are all considered successful. But how about a housewife? A skilled carpenter? A public school teacher? Do you still consider these people successful? How about yourself? How do you see yourself? Do you qualify under society’s definition of a “successful” person?
What do Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, the Venus sisters and the Beatles have in common aside from achieving greatness in their professions? Is it innate talent, passion for their chosen fields, luck or simply hard work?
You just bought a new red car over the weekend. On your way to work on Monday morning, you have noticed that suddenly there are so many red cars exactly the same as yours on the road. They were not there before! What happened? Just like you, did they decide to buy the exact same car as yours over the weekend? That’s unlikely. What happened is that your Reticular Activating System (RAS) has been activated. The cars have always been around you. It is just that you did not notice it before. Continue reading What Do You Focus On?
Do you consider yourself wise?
According to Socrates, the father of Western Philosophy, if you claimed to be a wise person, that itself made you unwise. For him, a true wise person is conscious of his/her own ignorance.
As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, have you been able to keep up with the resolutions that you have made for 2019? Are you still procrastinating about them? Are you losing momentum to work on your goals?
Did you know that how you dress influences how you perform in life? Numerous studies show that how you dress affect your physical and mental well-being. If you look good, you feel good. If you dress well, you will exude confidence and this will simply affect how others perceive you. Whether you like it or not, appearances do matter. Thus, if you want to become successful, you need to dress the part. You need to learn how to dress for success
There are a million and one reasons why you should stay away from negative people. For one, it is hard to be grateful and happy when you are around them because they always see the bad side of things. Being with them is always stressful. They drain your energy. They are also highly contagious. They influence your thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Before you know it, you too, have become a negative person.
The New Year is all about changes. It is about taking baby steps that can lead to big improvements in your health, wealth and happiness.
Your mindset determines your future. Your mental attitude and disposition will lead the way to either your success or failure in life. Continue reading How Your Mindset Affects the Direction of Your Life