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Happy Thanksgiving from The Successful Immigrant

HAPPY MOST AMERICAN & IMMIGRANT HOLIDAY!

Sooo I don’t know about you but I’m eating a giant tub of ice cream as I type this…

because I just got my wisdom tooth pulled out (all 4!)

I started thinking about my first black Friday experience with an American family friend..

I had to wake up at around 4 AM to wait for the mall to open at 5 AM

And let me say that it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

Subsequent Black Fridays have been similar until I stopped going entirely.

Why?

While you can get a lot of products for cheap, they also manufacture sub-par products just for Black Friday.

And I’m not about that life.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

x

Li

What Can Happen in 5 Years?

2012 I was a fresh grad out of Berkeley. I didn’t know anything except that I freaking hated school and just wanted to backpack Thailand for a month before I signed my life away to a company.

I was rejected 90 times from different CEOs in different fashions, but at last got a big girl job as a business analyst in SF.

I had checked off all the boxes in my life but I couldn’t shake what the Japanese chef I met in Thailand said to me “6 months in heaven (traveling) , 6 months in hell (working)”.

I was reading myself for a life time of work hell if I didn’t make the right choices.

2013 The Best/Worst Time of my life.

I look back to 2013 as a really gut wrenching and amazing year. This was the year that everything washed away, I was fired after 6 months (almost exactly) so I freed myself from “hell”.

Aaaaand I also ended up moving back home to Palm Springs, a place I vowed I would never go back to, because I ran out of money and also my family was having some health issues.

I was pretty convinced my life was over.

I had come this far to become a loser.

Losing my identity as a career woman that year was something ALMOST close to coming to America, feeling like a complete idiot and loser, added on that I never even had a boyfriend and still failed miserably in my career. (At least one area of my life was going to be kickass dammit!)

But I’m so glad that I was fired from that job because I knew I could not shake my entrepreneur dreams any longer.

After I got fired as a sushi waitress on my 1st day, with $40 in my pocket I vowed to the universe in the parking lot that I would give myself 1 year.

I would survive for 1 year on my own making my own business happen, if it didn’t work out, at least I could look myself in the mirror each day and know that I did my best, and hey, I was still 23 so my life wouldn’t be completely over if I gave it my best shot.

And if it worked?

Enter 2014.

2014 was the year that I remember with a lot of joy, I was high on being in the 1st year of busienss!

Even though it was tough to juggle what seemed like 12 different businesses, I was happy because I was ON PATH.

I was happy because I was finally MAKING MY OWN MONEY.

Yes, I was selling all my stuff on eBay to make my $400 rent, I was teaching Chinese people English, American people Chinese, trying to help seniors how to use their cellphones to talk to their grandchildren over skype, fixing printers, SO MUCH STUFF but I remember finally being able to say

“Wow. I am a business woman I wanted to be.”

I pushed myself in other areas that I was scared of achieving and I was happy that I was able to really and truly make my 24th year pretty awesome.

Chinese people have a saying of how the year where your sign falls under it’s gonna be bad, but I said SCREW THAT and had a really great year.

2015 was an interesting year.

After the high of the 1st year of business, I had to face my reality.

I was working a lot, but people didn’t respect me, I was freaking stretched to the limits.

I remember driving to a country club in Palm Desert in about 116 degree heat (not a typo), and having the dillema of whether or not I should turn off my phone because my iPhone was overheating, and having to turn it on because I needed the GPS.

I spent as much time commuting to my client as much as I did to teach.

I wanted to just stay in an air conditioned room, dammit!

And it was then that I decided to go online.

I did about 30 different calls from all over the world offering more specialized help, with passing TOEFL and within a month I got an Egyptian lady from New Jersey paying me $200 over paypal, which was probably the most important money I had made to this point.

I knew I was free.

I could work from ANYWHERE at ANYTIME in a FREAKING AIR CONDITIONED ROOM YAY!!!!

And after that I realized that specialization was the way, and I was able to hone down on helping international students get jobs in the USA, EXACTLY the thing I had struggled with before but succeeded, and I knew I had to help more people.

With some Linkedin hacking I was able to get my 1st client to pay me $500 and she was able to get a job as a financial analyst at First Republic Bank, and the rest was history, and I was able to help people from all over the USA with their job search.

This was the year where I also made my 1st investments in coaches and I am SO Glad I realized I could no longer “wing it” on my own, and once I made the investment I was able to THINK like a millionaire and produce like one too.

2016 was a very abundant year for me.

I’m glad that this year I ditched the “survival” mantra that enabled me to start my business, and replaced it with “wealth”

As far as material wealth goes, this year was the fucking bomb dot com, I was able to make about $80K revenue and I was ON FIRE with getting more and more clients.

But I felt that it was so..uphill.

I’m no stranger to hard work, I’m a do or die kinda chick, literally, either I die first or the business succeeds.

And so it did.

And while I am very thankful that I really invested in my business this year and reaped a lot of rewards, I felt more and more out of alignment and I was stressed out a lot of the freaking time.

By the time the year ended, I had a lot to celebrate, but I didn’t know more and better was coming for me…

Enter this year.

2017 has been the best year of my life. hands down, by far, no question.

I am so thankful that I was able to finally move to a beach house 2 minutes walking distance from the water.

I am so thankful I got to spend my 27th birthday in Berlin.

I am so grateful that I was able to go to Spain and Italy and have a mini business vacation and meet my heroes and millionaire mentors in person this year.

So wow’ed by myself that I was able to go from a shy girl who used to hide in the bathroom to avoid talking to people during summer school to doing TEDx talks and winninng Toastmaster’s humor speeches.

But this year didn’t start out that way.

During the beginning of the year I was out on my own again, but intuitively I knew that something big was coming, I didn’t want to admit it to myself but it was time.

Funny enough I look at the calendar I had at the time and literally on the day that my life changed the words were “epiphany.”

And this year I finally gave myself permission to not only make money but make money having FUN, doing the things that I LOVE, the WAY That I want to.

I hit multiple $10k months this year with more joy and ease than I had ever before.

And I’ve been able to really overcome the complex i had about being born a woman and growing up in a culture where that is even looked down upon, when being a woman is absolutely the most powerful force of nature.

I had to clear a lot of lies and bullshit, on letting go of things that weren’ necessarily BAD, but just didn’t LIGHT ME UP.

And even though I still have a ways to go in my journey, I KNOW I’m going to be a millionaire before 30, with every fiber and cell of my being I know that I am here to be the voice of a generation and to change the world.

This year, launching Immigrant CEO School has been pretty incredible and I can already see some world changing students making some amazing strides.

And this year the biggest lesson for me was that it’s ok to ask for what you want.

Because when you betray what you want, you suffer.

Know that if you’re in a field you are good at but not amazing at, it is absolutely ok, nay, IMPERATIVE, for you go BIG, because that’s the universe telling you to GO AFTER WHAT YOU WANT!!!

And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to take 5 years to reach your dreams.

It can change in an instant.

All the little tiny decisions I made at the time, deciding to go solo into my own business, decided to change from TOEFL to career coaching, now from career coaching to business, were TINY MICRO decisions that ultimately changed my life.

And hey, if somebody who didn’t know English 17 years ago can do this, who knows who else can do it too?

x

Li

#entrepreneurship #ceo #business

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The Immigrant CEO Show is Here!

Check out my newest podcast, Immigrant CEO here!

Even before I started The Successful Immigrant LLC, I had a vision of sharing the stories of successful immigrants all across the world.

I had enough of waiting and I knew it was time for me to begin, so I started the Immigrant CEO show along with the Immigrant CEO podcast.

For those of you wondering, yes I will always be doing some form of career coaching because that is the pain of so many immigrants who first arrive.

However, I believe in order to keep going, almost every immigrant I have talked to has expressed some desire for starting a business.

So if you want to be inspired by amazing immigrant CEOs or want to be one yourself, listen to my Immigrant CEO podcast!

I would also love to hear your feedback, so be sure to leave a review!

x

Li

 

 

 

Even When It Was Batshit Crazy, At Least it Was Fun

Today I woke up reminded of my favorite movie, Joy.

And how funny that the one movie which probably most describes my life as a woman in business, that the title is named after the one emotion that I continously felt during the beginning of business.

Even back in January of 2015 when I put up a post on a TOEFL facebook group offering free 30 minute speaking coaching, talking to about 5 people back to back each day for the entire month, with my voice exhausted–it was exciting for me.

Even back around April of that year, when I had about 69 different people say no to my career coaching services before I landed my second client, each call was exhilarating–will this be the one?

Even when I had to deal with batshit crazy people, the thrill of it was still worth it.

Because as an awesome coach, Katie Henry puts it, we didn’t get into business to struggle and feel shitty about it.

And it really sank into me–why the hell did I get into business the first place?

It was absolutely NOT because I wanted to feel more miserable.

It was partly out of survival since I failed at so many other jobs as an employee.

But it was definitely because I KNEW I had a greater calling and I needed to fill in that role and be on the journey.

Because even when it was BATSHIT CRAZY, it was fun.

It was exciting

It was exhilarating

The first $200 I made online from an Egyptian pharmacist from New Jersey was the most important money I ever made.

It represented freedom.

It meant that I didn’t have to drive in 100 degrees Coachella Valley desert heat while turning off my iPhone because it over heated.

It meant that I could spend more time teaching and less time doing things I hated like driving

It meant that I was one step closer to living the life that I wanted, working from anywhere I wanted and being a workaholic if I wanted to, but most importantly, mattering.

Remember that there’s a reason why you have emotions.

They are meters to determine if you should go or not.

Yes, some times you have to go regardless of how you feel.

But when you for a long time ignore how you feel and go into misery in the hopes of thinking something external can make you happy..you will be in for a shock when you wake up.

One of the things that I need to continously reprogram myself each day is for joy.

Yes, I have bad days, I have times when I don’t want to do anything except go lay at a Korean spa, but if you truly are absolutely LIT UP by your work, you will keep going and going no matter what.

Listen.

to.

Your.

Self.

You are here not to suffer in misery.

You are here to live an amazing life full of joy.

If you’ve been looking for permission to be happy

Because it’s somehow “wrong” to be happier than others

or “weird” when you’re not complaining about your job..

know that our default state was to live out an amazing experience

And you can completely choose it.

The question is

will you take the leap

Because when you do…

you realize that you’ve been crawling and you could have been flying the whole time, on emotional highs and the joy of doing what you were meant to be doing on this earth.

x

LI

PS: Interested in learning how to take your existing skills like knowing a foreign language or your career skills to the next level and build an online business that generates at least $5,000 a month? Let’s chat at www.workwithli.com!

What I Did at 7 is What I Do at 27

7 years old and 27 years old: SAME OL’ THANG

From 1996-1999 I religiously read a bi-weekly Chinese magazine roughly called “Stories Collections”.

Every other week when it dropped I would literally bug my grandparents to no end until I got it.

I was so happy reading the lame jokes and stories and it’s one of the reasons why I was able to read so fast-passion, and interest.

It occured to me today that I literally do the same thing still, 20 years later.

I teach my clients how to tell stories to people who can hire them, to their potential clients, but most importantly, themselves.

Isn’t it hilarious that we go through all the training and then we end up doing the same thing we do as children?

It’s amazing to me how a few hours can transform someone who literally told me “I don’t feel confident, I’m lost, I’m confused..”

To someone who is so proud of their stories that you immediately notice the change in their energy, their voices are booming, they’re quicker to laugh, and of course, when a few weeks later you realize they were hired you are happy but not surprised.

We all tell stories to ourselves.

Whether it’s easy for us to make money
or easy for us to get sick

Whether it’s easy for us to attract the opposite sex
or that we have no discipline

You’ll be amazed at how malleable you are and you will be pretty amazed at how you will begin to adapt.

My story from a couple of years ago was that I didn’t understand how to make money.

I decided I was sick of that, I was tired of this and I wanted something new.

About a few months into intensively doing money work, my income leap frogged.

I notice that every time I decide to go to the next level, I inevitably catch up to my new standards.

Because there is no other way.

Because I am not available for any other way.

Because I am only available for massive success.

Because I decided I was DONE with the old story.

Yes, some parts of my story are cheesy and dumb but the biggest change that has happened to my life was deciding to sacrifice the old stories that no longer worked for me for something much better.

I traded the shy girl for a girl who would be able to deliver TEDx speeches.

I traded in the one who couldn’t make friends for one who would connect all successful immigrant CEOs into an amazing show.

I traded in resigning to relationship failure to actively seeking out mentors who both had the success I wanted in business and in relationships.

I will trade in many more stories for even better ones as long as I am on the planet, and I want you to know as well

You can change your story.

You can change your life.

You can do anything that you want to

But you have to realize that you are the author of your story.

Editing is not cheating, editing is being responsible to your reader.

And the thing is this is the one time where you will be not only writing, editing, but also reading.

Will your story be the one that you are proud of reading?

x

Li

PS: THE IMMIGRANT CEO IS COMING!!! If you want to learn how to confidently present your story and learn how to attract clients left and right who want you to shut up and take their money, sign up for a 30 minute consult with me at www.immigrantCEO.com!

3 Lessons I Learned from Immigrant CEOs

 

Last week I interviewed 9 successful immigrant entrepreneurs (aka talking to my friends and recording it)

And I remember just about a month ago I was a bit complaining about how I felt that I didn’t have enough entrepreneur friends..

then BAM! With one Facebook status request I was able to get a lineup of about 1/4 of a year’s worth of interviews.

Know that we don’t all need to be Buddhist monks who renounce our desires, we can use our desires to fulfill some amazing things.

And the interesting thing about the interviews is that even though my friends range from people from the Bahamas to Brazil, Cameroon to China, Estonia to Mexico, to even the USA, it was almost like they were from the same mold.

Even though they would of course talk about their individual stories which were absolutely fascinating and made them who they were, when they were going to a different country, it was almost as if they were of the same mindset.

Because, of course, successful people think in a certain way (see the Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, excellent book that I listen to almost monthly)

1. SEEING CHALLENGES AS A WAY TO ADVANCE

In almost every single interview, there were so many instances where it would have just been easier to just avoid doing the incredible things my friends were able to do.

And yet, instead of retreating, they decided they were ONLY availble for success.

My friends talked about how they just decided no matter how hard or difficult their present situation was or how “ok” it seemed from the outside, they were going to make a better future.

Whether it was learning a new language, navigating a new country, making new friends, getting on Forbes, trying to get a business license in a new country, in every single instance, they refused to accept the status quo and they just went for it.

And it was interesting to see them in some form of another just say “this is just how it is now” or “this is my home”, or ” I’m going to figure out a way to make this happen” no matter how bleak it looked like on the surface.

It was absolutely refreshing to just hear, especially amidst so much social media crap about how things were getting worse or whatever, literally seeing people uproot themselves and establish a successful company regardless of how impossible it seemed at the beginning.

2. SELECTIVE IGNORANCE

I’ve said in previous articles I wrote on how Stupid, Shameless, and Shallow make more money than you…

and I believe it more so than ever, and this is NOT a knock on my interviewees at all, I believe they are all absolutely brilliant, there were just instances where they just chose NOT to listen to people who were their parents, family, and what the way was at the time.

I believe that more so than ever, it’s not just important to do what you need to do but also know who to listen to and who not to listen to.

Only listen to people who you aspire to be for the 2.0 version of you.

Only listen to be people who you want to be like

Only listen to people because you connect with them, you want the life that they have

And as JP Sears says in his TEDx talk and funny enough what I say to my own clients:

“Don’t reject yourself.”

Sure, it may be self protective, it may be the “safe” thing to do, to listen to “conventional wisdom”, but if you don’t want a 9-5 job, you don’t want to live in a crime ridden society, you don’t want to be at the status quo because there is this nagging feeling telling you that YES there is more, YES there is better, well then what the hell is the point of listening to people whose lives you don’t admire, whose philosophy doesn’t align with yours, who really is not someone you want to be the 2.0 version of anyways?

You have to let go and you have to only listen to people who have done what you want to do.

Period point blank end of story, forget what you’re “supposed to do”, we are here to do our own things, and if it’s not aligned…first off you’re taking the job of someone who would absolutely LOVE it..then why live that life?

3. SEEING A NEED AND FILLING IT

The Immigrant CEO show would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that the absolutely fascinating thing about immigrants is that we do whatever it takes.

We already moved from our family and friends, there’s really no pride or ego left for us to hang onto, at least not the constant pressure of being around something we no longer desire.

So we are able to fill in things that may need help

Such as an internet hosting service

Such as a personal organizing service

Such as quitting a cushy Forex job to launching a dog training company

The list goes on and on and I’m going to make sure to cover all types of businesses (not just on the coaching end), but it just fascinates me that immigrant CEOs are able to fill in a niche where others may have totally ignored in the beginning and absolutely dominate it.

This is a passion project of mine and I really felt that I HAD TO DO THIS.

I was sick of the whiney bitchy social media posts about how immigrants should just be given assistance or in other ways show that we were powerless..HELL NO.

I believe that immigrant entrepreneurs really are the most American thing that is out there, we are the proof that you can come from nothing and create a fortune.

I am very excited to be sharing with you more behind the scenes stuff as I continue to interview more immigrant CEOs (and people that YOU would recommend me to interview) and sharing with you their recipes for success!

x

Li

PS: Have you heard? I developed a new $5k in 5 minutes business plan for immigrant entrepreneurs, make sure you grab your copy here: http://immigrantceo.com/5k

The World is Your Oyster, It Will Irritate the Hell Out of You

The question is, will you let the irritant that enters you become your pearl?

It’s fascinating to me how something very similar can happen to 2 different people and they can produce entirely different results.

For one person, something that annoys them becomes something that annoys them forever

For another, the thing that annoys the hell out of them will of course, at first be an annoyance.

But then they start to obsess about this–is it really the way that I want to live my life?

And not only do they eventually end up solving the problem itself, they begin to solve it for other people also.

For me, my CONSTANT irritant growing up was that I was different, that I looked and sounded not quite right, wasn’t born in the right country and was just never cool no matter how hard I tried.

While I could not control what clothes I wore or what I looked like, I promised myself that the things that I could have control over? I was going to give 100%.

I promised myself I would never have an accent.

I promised myself I would become amazing at English.

I promised myself I would get into the best college I could.

I worked harder than anyone else and I got to where I wanted to be.

And eventually I started wondering why the hell people who were born in the US were not in honors English classes but I only learned English a few years ago and was studying in higher levels.

That’s when it clicked for me.

It doesn’t matter where you come from.

It matters your direction and your convinction in how far you wanted to go.

My irritatant became my pearl when I started teaching TOEFL as one of my first business ideas.

And my irritant of being bad at finding jobs 5 years ago became my business pearl, The Successful Immigrant LLC, which has helped over 200 of my clients with H-1B and OPT jobs over the past 3 years.

So my question for you is, will you let your irritant annoy you forever, or become your pearl?

x

Li

PS: Join 90 other registrants for the H-1B OPT 60 minute free webinar here, spots are limited to 100 live attendees only so grab your spot here before it’s gone: http://thesuccessfulimmigrant.com/webinar

6 Things I Learned in Spain

Hello Successful immigrant!

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been on the quiet end lately on the newsletter, it’s because I’ve been in Spain for a 2 day workshop teaching me how to become a master persuader..
My 1:1 clients have already been getting some amazing wisdom nuggets that I’ve learned from this workshop and I can truly say this event has changed my life.
I’m going to be working on more amazing and cool things for you on my end, but just to update on on what’s been going on, here are some 6 things that I learned during this trip:
1.Shock your system: 
Things have gotten a bit more stable in my business,  and there is nothing like an overseas workshop that will wake up your senses as to new possibilities that will be possible for your life and your career.
There are so many things I learned from #PersuadeLive as well as just the people that I met, I can say I have 10x as much motivation as I had coming back and we all need that candy from time to time to work better.
2. Have the red wine and the water:
I sat next to a Spaniard on my flight to Spain and as amazing as her stories were, I saw her order both the red wine and the water and I realized she gave me permission to have both too. I am on my flight back to SNA, with big red wine and water in hand And I feel abundant af!!!
3. Your tale is just as important as your face: 
Humans evolved not only for hotness but for smartness, and the amazing thing I got to witness was how we can all change our perceptions and craft our own stories to hook people who could be our clients and extend that into our personal lives.
4. Learn Spanish
Enough said. The Mediterranean sun made me a toasted Chinese and what is the fun of being ethnically ambiguous if you just say “no entiendo” all the time?
5. Stop being a robot: 
I am so in the entrepreneurial bubble that I had to snap out of it with 21 year old hostel stayers. Thank you for pointing this out and I will incorporate some European joie de vivre into my SoCal life from now on.
6. TRAVEL: 
we only have a set amount of time on this beautiful planet and if we can we should travel as much as we can to see the world, and I think it’s one of the best motivations you can have in our life and the people you meet and the sights you will see will absolutely change your life.
I’ve already adjusted time wise and I feel so lucky to be able to resume my work today and to be able to share with you how another immigrant can live her life.
So since I’ve been inspired by this trip, I’ll be doing a bit of a facelift for my business, you’ll be seeing some new changes in the coming months and if you’re looking to work with me before I increase my prices in the next few months, head on over to www.FreeCallwithLi.com if you’re looking to make your next 6 figure income within the next few weeks
I hope you’re also taking a bit more of a break this summer, if not for a month but just for a few weeks or even just a few hours to rejuvenate and head into the next level.
Adjusting back to US time,
x
Li

7 Lessons I Learned in the First Half of 2017

2017 has been an incredibly fascinating time for me, comparable to back in 2012 when I first started solo backpacking in Thailand and almost as exciting as when I first started my business in 2014.

This year I really put myself first.

I decided to say yes to a dream that I’ve had for a few years, traveling to Europe, and I decided to splurge a bit on myself (maybe a bit too much), because 2015 and 2016 had been grind years for me (even though they were still exciting in their own right)

As I look back at the last 6 months, all I can say is that wow.

I’m proud of myself.

Even throughout all the mistakes and wrong turns I’ve made, each and every day I’ve decided to pursue my dreams and each and every day I’ve been able to learn new aspects of myself.

Being single for the past 6 months has also been very interesting and fun as well, I gave myself another opportunity to learn more about relationships and to improve myself into a better woman overall, and also realizing that in the real world, yes, I am incredibly weird.

So I never want to pass time in vain and I do want to share some of the 7 lessons I learned in the first half of 2017:

1. PUT YOURSELF FIRST
I had been told by a few people that I was selfish earlier this year, and instead of feeling attacked or triggered this time, I owned it.

I said yes, I am selfish.

Thanks for noticing. I realized that the self sacrificing Asian woman role was just not cutting it at all, because in the end, you should do things not because you want OTHER people to react a certain way to you, but because you wanted to do it.

By trying to force something onto someone else creates resentment in both you and yourself.

Of course, sometimes I toe the line of being rude but overall I feel much more at ease OWNING the fact that YES, I absolutely put myself first before anyone else, and so should you..your own oxygen mask needs to be put on first.

Not just in emergencies, but in life.

2. THERE IS ALWAYS AN ALTERNATE REALITY

The funny thing with Facebook timelines is that it reminds you of what you did in the past–well, I had initally been a bit upset when an older photo popped that reminded me that this time last year I went to a certain restaurant with my ex to celebrate a big sale day.

But lo and behold, that day, another date took me out to the SAME restaurant AND another one that we had been at previously, unplanned.

I knew then it was the universe letting me know that memories will stay good memories only when you are actively going out there and enjoying your life.

So whatever you are going through right now that might be upsetting you, realize that the same thing that caused you sadness might bring you complete happiness.

Same with money–if you have a bad situation with that experience, you can flip and learn from it and absolutely turn that into a great experience.

And guess what? More awesome memories will be created at ANY restaurant I choose to because that’s just the way that I believe life is possible for me.

3. YOUR HEALTH IS A DAILY RITUAL

Because of certain family situations that happened this year, I was reminded again how important it is to take care of your health, not when there’s a health scare, but EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I walk for 40 minutes and listen to mindset and mentor trainings, non negotiable, but recently I decided to join another gym because I just missed the feeling of going to classes.

I had gone to LA fitness throughout most of 2016, but 2017 got me busier again, and as I settle down more throughout the later part of this year, I decided to go for the Equinox membership where it will A. help me meet fellow human beings and B. keep me in shape.

I still cook healthy and focus on proteins and greens but there’s nothing that beats the feeling of coming back from a great class and looking and feeling great, which will in turn help you make more money.

4. TRAVELING IS NOT FOR THE RICH, IT IS FOR THE IMAGINATIVE

This was a quote from the Power of Unlimited Imagination, and I only got to see how true it was when I finally decided to go to Europe for my 27th.

I had been putting it off all the time and I had been saying, only when this condition is met blah blah blah…

which would have been true had I made it so, but the trip really re-energized me in a way that other forms of rest could not have, and I got my international travel mojo back after not traveling internationally since 2012.

Now with cheap airline tickets, just some creativity and flexibility in your schedule can make it happen.

My ticket from LAX to Arlanda in Stockholm ROUNDTRIP was only $500, and totally attainable by somebody who does do some initial planning and can be flexible with their schedule (thank god I’m a business owner)

So I want you to know that travel is absolutely possible.

5. REJUVENATION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS HUSTLE

This year I started a ritual of going to the Korean spa and it has absolutely changed myself and my business.

I learned to relax into the water and also become more ok with being rather than doing.

Because it’s never what you DO, it’s always who you ARE.

And when you become that next level version of yourself, everything else follows.

6. MORE MONEY SAME PROBLEMS

I used to make about $2,000 ish per month near the beginning of 2016, and I thought OH once I hit $10,000 a month, my money problems will be solved!

Actually, the same problems came up. I swing through extremes of not spending anything and then going a bit loco with it, and I realized it wasn’t the money that was an issue after a base level, it’s how I react to having more than enough and why I thought I needed to send it to other people rather than paying myself first.

This money mindset is something that I will be working on for life, getting better and better each time, and this time it really hit me how it’s really not just about the money but how you manage EVERYTHING, time, your energy, and again the way you do one thing is the way you do everything.

7. LEARNING SPANISH VIA SKYPE

This is amazing for me. After I bought Benny Lewis’ Speak in a Week program I realized that italki account I created back in 2015 to teach ESL can be used to teach myself Spanish.

Now I’ve been in contact with Spanish since I touched ground in California, I’ve learned very basic Spanish but never really TRULY put effort into it.

Now I’ve had 2 conversations over skype with native Spanish speakers and THIS IS EXACTLY LIKE COACHING!!

While I was being scared about talking to people in Spanish, I could have just done it in the comforts of my own home.

I’ve also changed my phone settings to Spanish and after a week I finally understand Google directions in it too.

So short bursts of something very intensive can work to your advantage, and I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

And I know that the excitement I have for learning Spanish will also pay off in new Spanish speaking clients in the future and sine Latinos will take over the world any way I consider myself prepared beforehand.

PHEW! I really enjoyed writing this post because I seriously had a lot of fun experience in the past 6 months that I NEVER thought was possible, including flying a helicopter, doing k pop, driving a Ferrari, traveling to Europe, launching group programs, and generally having a ton more fun.

I KNOW that the next 6 months will be even better, with also me improving the financial management side of things and being more responsible in business but also having more fun with myself and my clients and more GROWTH everywhere. Also I’ve “committed to something” via Equinox’ slogan so hopefully you’ll see some killer abs and glutes from me soon! XD

x

Li

PS: what is something you’ve learned in the past 6 months? Hit the reply button, would love to hear from you!

Impatience is a Virtue

During a late lunch, I discussed with someone on how impatient Asians are in general compared to what I saw while I was traveling to other countries and even in the US.

And I was also talking about how type A people should just take vacations to Europe and Southeast Asia to slow our horses.

But I realize that everything I’ve ever done that I am very proud of, I literally did it either before I was ready or during the spur of the moment.

I was one of those kids growing up who always finished their assignments early and during tests I would just recheck it again just so I didn’t feel too weird turning in the tests early.

And while I can do much, much better at being more compassionate when it comes to other people, I always felt that impatience was a virtue that has helped me achieve everything that I wanted to make happen.

While watching a Taiwanese variety show that featured a “United nations” panels of guys from different countries, I realized that I just don’t even understand people who take things slow.

I don’t understand why people want to wait to make things happen.

I don’t even really understand procrastination anymore, probably because I mostly do things that I want and I just want instant results, and I’m happy about that because this means that I shorten the time frame.

Why wait?

Until you’re more sure of yourself?

Because one of the biggest fallacies that have been taught to us is that somehow “older = wiser”, which, hopefully happens, but some of the greatest growth periods I have experienced were in VERY short bursts of time.

Because actually the opposite is true.

The more you wait, the more difficult it is to start.

Hell I wished I started a business when I was 10 years old.

The more you wait, the more you end up delaying what it is that you truly want.

The more you wait, the less faith you have in yourself.

The more you wait, the more you doubt your own abilities.

So in a place where we somehow villify instant gratification, I think impatience is an awesome virtue to have with yourself.

Why not make your dreams happen now?
Why not go introduce yourself?
Why not go start that business?
Why not go up on that stage?

WHY NOT LIVE LIFE WHILE YOU HAVE A CHANCE???

If you need a reminder, here it is, you have permission to do everything it is that you want.

Do it before it’s too late

Do it before you forget your dreams

Do it before, even worse, you don’t prioritize your dreams.

Do it before you forget the most important person you need to make happy in the world–yourself.

x

Li

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