Ponderings I

You are the music while the music lasts. – T.S Eliot

Finding where you fit in the world – that’s the most difficult thing to do isn’t it. How do you know where you’ll fit in, and who cherishes you the most? Even though I haven’t made many friends here yet, I think that California is the place I would to stay for the long term. It is a very exciting, and dynamic place.

But why do I like change so much? Why dynamism? The answer to that is what motivates me to do new things: the notion that you only live once. If you only live once, it is always worth it; to meet new people, discover new things; be unique and different; leave a lasting legacy; do something you haven’t done before. I have always used this to boost my confidence even when I’m feeling shy. Because in the end – you have nothing to lose by trying.

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – E.E Cummings

Therefore we should always live life to the fullest – and achieve great things, such that the next generation can remember us by the gifts we have given them. Thereby those things that enrich and inspire humanity, can also preserve and advance it. I will leave off this short post with a passage by a human, like every one of us, who decided to give humanity something of lasting value, before shuffling off this mortal coil before the age of 30.

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
To love and bear, to hope till Hope creates;
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
This like thy glory, Titan, is to be;
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory.

Business General

With a positive attitude, anything can be achieved

In my previous posts I had mentioned that location and where you work can have a profound influence in who you network with,
your career opportunities, etc. But I realize that more broadly, you just need to have confidence and a passion or desire to achieve
your goals. These goals have to be concrete, definite goals. It is preferable to have a deadline for your goals.
I want to achieve xxx by age 25 for example. And they have to be reasonable yet ambitious. For example, if you have a 2.0 GPA
and want to get into Harvard, forget about it.

But aside from those, I think anyone can achieve their goals, if they really wanted to. If people really want to achieve their
potential, if people work hard and be productive everyday instead of being lazy and discussing the latest TV shows, then
they could do it. Alot of people wonder if great leaders are born or raised. I think it can be both. But for the latter, you
have to have determination and be decisive. You can even be from a poor family and end up being rich. Just ask Andrew Carnegie.
Jimi Hendrix was living on the streets before he became a world famous guitar player. Warren Buffet’s family weren’t that well off either.

How many people will you meet in your lifetime? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000? Even if you meet 1 million people before you die,
that’s only 0.00015% of the world’s population. I want to meet as many people as I can and experience everything.
People who live in a small town of 30,000 and stay there their whole life have no idea what they’re missing out on.
I still have yet to travel outside of North America, or even to the west coast for that matter. There’s much to experience and
much to learn in my life. I don’t think I’ll be ready to die until I’ve achieved all my goals, which might never happen.

However I believe that many people who have potential simply don’t use it to its fullest. They have dreams and ambitions but they
have an attitude that they’ll ‘never be rich or famous or never this or that’. With that attitude, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy because
you have caused your own failure. How do you know if you don’t try? There’s a lot of opportunities around us, and those who
are not risk-taking and have this self-defeating thinking will never get higher in life because they are their own biggest obstacle.
The CEO of PayPal once said that he failed over 100 times before he succeeded. All you need is one success that is all that matters.
To have taken a chance and failed is still a lot better than to have failed because you never tried. That’s my attitude towards
achieving my ambitions and for every rejection I receive, it inspires and motivates me to improve myself, learn from my mistakes and
try, try again. Drive, confidence and this optimism that I have will be the path I take to success. The past cannot be changed, but
the future is one that you do have some control over and I honestly believe that there is no problem that can’t be solved if you have the right attitude and right approach. And remember – luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.