Project 365+1: Time Constraints

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Today I have had the easiest exam I have ever taken in my entire life – relative, of course, to my level (uhm, elementary? haha). It’s safe to say, I took the exam without even reviewing (hello, party people last Friday night!). I am not saying this to brag. I bet even you too will be able to answer questions like: “What is the equivalent of 25% in decimal?” I know, even without any options given, you know that the answer is 0.25 (really?). What I noticed the entire time I was writing the exam is how, as an adult, I take things a lot seriously now and I pressure myself more than before. Of course, there’s ego involved as well: if I failed this, it would be the end of the world me! I’d be too ashamed to look at myself or be myself (my Leo side speaking).

But time constraints meant real life-changing events and opportunities in the near future rather than just passing the exam and get a handy-dandy-diploma. I guess I’ve really grown up.

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Project 365+1: Deadline

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Are you driven enough? Meeting a deadline is tough. But if you’re driven enough to succeed in everything that you do, a deadline becomes another wonderful challenge to overcome that can even be considered a milestone. You have to always keep your eye on the prize. Otherwise, you focus is lost and so is the prize.

Project 365+1: Which Way?

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Today is all about planning – for tomorrow, for the next few months and even the next few years. It’s not like the plans are set in stone. It’s more of a precaution to be prepared on what’s coming ahead; in other words, “seeing” the future. It’s an exhausting but exhilarating task. It gives you the energy that will last a lifetime.

The best way to see where you want to go is to lay down all of your options. It’s not going to be easy, but  you know that it’s going to be fun. It’s all about the journey.

Project 365+1: Creating Value 2

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Let me just say that despite the time constraints, I enjoyed today’s workshop. Getting other entrepreneur’s opinions is invaluable. At the same time, the fact that I build my confidence in the process is very helpful in the long run. It helps being self-conscious to be able to notice things about myself that I should improve – business-wise. 🙂

Project 365+1: Creating Value

20120116-205623.jpg As some of you already know, I got accepted at the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops. The first session was scheduled today. There were about 30 applicants who got chosen. As expected, each one brought in their unique ideas. The session was very beneficial in a way that you get different perspectives about your idea or startup from other entrepreneurs and the incredible facilitator. Looking forward to the next two! (Gotta do my assignment :P).

A Leader, Reborn

In the light of all the 9/11 tributes for its 10th year anniversary, I feel so grateful when I think of how lucky I am to be sitting here, typing on my Macbook Pro, enjoying a quiet evening in Canada. Not that I was anywhere near New York when the attack happened. In fact, I was half-the-globe-away from NYC at the time. But the risk in living in a “Third World” country, which was battling its own terrorism issues, pretty much qualified me to be as lucky as the survivors of 9/11.

My life is far from perfect. But, in all modesty, I knew that many people out there would give anything in the world to trade places with me right now. Canada is a beautiful country, full of opportunities and great people. There’s a lot to be thankful for, even if it’s simple:

  • I never get hungry – considering the famine that currently engulfs South Africa.
  • I have a bit of money stored in the bank for emergency purposes.
  • I live in a comfortable house.
  • We have a family car that I can borrow once in a while.
  • I have a job that pays (and something else that will pay).

Maybe I do not have millions of dollars to spend on anything I want. But I have enough to buy what I really want. I have enough to make me follow my dreams and turn it into a reality.

In the past, I used to have a “goals” list in place of a New Year’s Resolution list. Listed were the things I wanted to achieve in a year. For the past 3 years, I had been trying to write one and follow it. But I never really got to make myself a manageable list. I said “manageable” because as I started to accomplish almost everything in my previous list, my goals just became even more ambitious (it was addicting to accomplish one goal after another!). Eventually though I started deviating from the list as some were impossible to achieve. I started ignoring it and just went with the flow, picking out a few favourites andseeing if I would be able to do it. It was like being a robot being steered by an invisible hand everyday with no clear direction.

At the start of this year, I endeavoured myself to create another list and make it realistic and promised myself to stick to it. Yet as they say, old habits never die. I felt like an old transmitter slipping in and out of focus. There were days when I had everything going really well. There were days when I just did not know what I should do and I doubt if I should do it. But all things considered, 2011 was a good year. Nothing extravagant yet but getting there.

2011 is far from over. But there are still a lot of things to be done and 3 or so months aren’t enough. So today, I sat down and thought of what I really wanted to still do this year. I narrowed it down to only 4 goals (2 of which are optional marked with *). I think this list is only fair given that we’re almost at the 4th quarter of the year:

  • Launch FundBubble
  • Go to NYC again and watch How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (oh, how ironic: *grins*)
  • Visit Disneyland World or the Harry Potter Theme Park in Florida*(Made a deal with a friend that I would be going before my 25th bday – so no rush)
  • Finally get a car (I don’t really need it but with FundBubble, it will be useful especially during winter)

Taking a new perspective, it has given me strength to pull myself away from that painful struggle with myself and finally see what I really want. It will take hard work. But that’s what I miss: the action. Right now, I know, I’m ready to be a leader again.