From the bottom to the top

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This post is a collaboration post I did with my friend, Alex. Instead of always talking about my own opinions from my own perspectives, I thought it would be interesting asking someone else. In the past, Alex and I would have very meaningful and deep conversations over coffee. Although he currently resides in Thailand, the internet has made it easy for us to stay in touch. I really like his answers, and hope you will as well.

Me: Alex, I want to write a post in regards to confidence because I think it is so crucial if you want to succeed in anything. Tell me, what does confidence mean to you? 

Alex: I think confidence is being fully comfortable with yourself as a person. Being comfortable with all of your flaws and insecurities and not being afraid to show them. Caring less about what others think and doing what makes you happy instead.

Me: How would you define it?

Alex: Being 100% your true self and not being afraid to express it wherever you are.

Me: I like that!! Everyone’s definition is probably different. To me, confidence is knowing that you’re capable of succeeding if you put in the work. Was there a person who has contributed to your confidence? If so, what did that person do or say to build up your self-esteem and feeling of self-worth?

Alex: One of my good friends living in Korea. He has this never-ending drive to improve himself and I just really admired his determination. Whether it was mastering Korean, starting a business or getting a better job, he made it happen. No matter what. Seeing his drive for being the best motivated me to be the best I could be as well.

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Blogging and Life

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Since I have started blogging, I have been noticing some similarities between blogging and life. Here are 4 things that really stood out to me:

1.Timing is important

Depending when I publish my post, the amount of views I get can vary drastically. For instance, if I publish a post in the middle of the night, very few people will read it. However, if I publish a post during the peak hour (when people are most likely to be on their phones/computers/fb), then my chances of getting more views increase dramatically.

Just like in life, timing can make a big difference. We can react very differently depending on our age and experience.

Sometimes, the right person may come along, but the timing is off. Perhaps you weren’t ready, or perhaps it was too late.

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Questionnaire for yourself

Questions

For this post to be effective, please take out a piece of paper and a pen to complete the following exercise.

1. Make a list of 10 things you love to do. Then make a list of 10 things you do each day. Compare the list. 

Are you doing what you love? If not, why not?

If there is something you love doing, make time for it. Don’t give yourself excuses or postpone it for another time. For example, if you love travelling, set aside a budget and time! Don’t wait until you have more money. Don’t wait until you have more time. Sometimes, days will turn into weeks, weeks into years, and eventually you won’t have any time left.

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The Secret

Secret

Unless you were born into a wealthy family or you’ve won the lottery, chances are you’ll have to work to earn a living. However, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, working for others is honestly not the best way. Your company/boss decides what you are worth (hourly/salary). They will decide when you’ll get a raise. They will decide when you can go on vacation. Ultimately, they will probably end up deciding when you can purchase your first home.

So you may wonder, what else can I do? Life sucks. 😦

The answer is simple. Work for yourself.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “You got to be kidding me. You want me to start a business? Do you know how much risk that is? Do you know how much you have to invest just to start something? What am I going to sell? It doesn’t even guarantee I’ll succeed. You crazy woman. Why am I even reading your blog?”

Calm down. Keep reading.

The people you see making a lot of money without spending all their time? They have money coming in even when they are not working. That’s it. That’s the secret.

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Time and Financial Freedom

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If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

I definitely would not be here. I would probably be traveling around Asia…perhaps Taiwan or Japan! But sadly, I currently do not have the time and money to do so. =(

I want to be financially free so that I can do whatever I want without worrying about money. But that’s not enough. I also want to have the time to do whatever I want. The question is, how? How can I make enough money and have the time to spend it in whatever ways I like?

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