Li Ka Shing (Richest Man In Hong Kong) teaches us how to buy a car and house in 5 years !

1. Buy lunch for people more important than you.

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“Always remember to buy lunch for people who are more knowledgeable than you, richer than you or people who have helped you in your career. Make sure you do that every month. After one year, your circle of friends should have generated tremendous value for you. Your reputation, influence, and added value will be clearly recognized. You’ll also enhance your image of being kind and generous.”
Clearly the people who started the idea of “Startup Dinners and Lunches” adopted the similar principle.

2. Be hungry for knowledge
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“When you buy the books, read them carefully and learn the lessons and strategies that are being taught in the book. For each book, after you read them, put them into your own language to tell the stories. Sharing with others can improve your credibility and enhance the affinity. ”

3. Learn to sell like a wolf
“It would be great to find a part-time sales job. Doing sales is challenging but it’s the fastest way for you to acquire the art of selling and this is a very deep skill that you will be able to use for the rest of your career. All successful entrepreneurs are good salespeople. They have the ability to sell their dream and visions. You’ll also meet many people that will be of value to you in the later part of your career. Once you’re in sales, you will also learn what sells and what doesn’t. Use the sensitivity of detecting market sentiments as a platform for running your business and in the identification of product winners in the future. “

4. Don’t wear clothes you can barely afford. Don’t show off, show UP!
“Try to buy minimal clothes and shoes. You can buy them all you want when you’re rich. Save your money and instead buy gifts for your loved ones and tell them your plans and your financial goals. Tell them why you are so thrifty. Tell them your efforts, direction and your dreams.”

5. Learn from others by offering to help them.
“Businessmen everywhere need help. Offer yourself to do part-time work for any kind of opportunity. This will help to hone your will and improve your skills. You will start to develop eloquence and soon, you’ll be closer to your financial goals.”

6. Start planning A.S.A.P.
“Life can be designed. Careers can be planned. Happiness can be prepared. You should start planning now. When you are poor, spend less time at home and more time outside. When you are rich, stay at home more and less outside. This is the art of living. When you are poor, spend money on others. When you’re rich, spend money on yourself. Many people are doing the opposite.”

7. Don’t let your ego rule you.
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“When you are poor, be good to others. Don’t be calculative. When you are rich, you must learn to let others be good to you. You have to learn to be good to yourself even more. When you are poor, you have to throw yourself out in the open and let people make good use of you. When you are rich, you have to conserve yourself well and not let people easily make use of you. These are the intricate ways of life that many people don’t understand.”

8. Don’t ever flash your wealth to others.
“When you are poor, spend money so that people can see it. When you are rich, don’t show off, but silently spend the money on yourself. When you are poor, you must be generous. When you are rich, you must not be seen as a spendthrift. Your life would have come full circle and reached its basics. There is tranquility at this stage.”

9. Discipline yourself and stay focused
“There is nothing wrong with being young. You don’t need to be afraid of being poor. You need to know how to invest in yourself and increase your wisdom and stature. You need to know what is important in life and what is worth investing in. You also need to know what you should avoid spending your money on. This is the essence of discipline. Try to avoid spending money on clothes but buy a selective number of items that have class. Try to eat out less. If you do go out to eat, make sure it’s for lunch or dinner and always foot the bill. When buying people dinner, make sure you buy dinner for people who have bigger dreams than you and who work harder than you.”

Inspiring stories from the Makers Faire 2017 Penang

Over the weekend Addicted2Startup visited the Penang Mini Maker Faire 2017 held at Hin Bus Depot in Penang, and we were amazed with the wide variety of the products offered by the booths. From Robotics to Hand Taught Custom Made Baby Gear to Home Brewed Kefir and many more.

This event was organised by Rent A Space which is a startup that allows people to rent spaces for events. I’ll be sure to catch hold of Joel Lim the Co- Founder to share more on this Startup.

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The entire space was filled with art and the landscape was family oriented. Set in the middle of Penang’s central business district is a hip urban art and venue space. The Hin Bus Depot is sprawling creative hub with over 15 galleries, cafes, bars, workshops and boutiques.

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Built in 1947 to house and maintain the blue buses of the Hin Bus Company, the art-deco designed depot had its heyday in the 70’s and is the most stylish bus depot in Penang.

With a maximum capacity of 1000 people for cocktail style parties and 600 people for banquet style dinners, the Hin Bus Depot makes for a dramatically chic stage for hosting soirees, dinners and parties.

The contemporary venue also makes for a unique meetings space. Set a boardroom-style meeting in the Gallery, surrounded by outstanding art works by some of the best Malaysian contemporary artist.

Or style your own meeting-in-the-park at Hin Bus Depot’s Lawn and take breaks skateboarding at the mini ramp or bust out some yoga moves by surrounded by the funky street art display at the Lawn.

Originally we wanted to combine the interviews of these 3 amazing products into 1 article and then we thought, because they from entirely different industries, we decided to split them up to better highlight their stories.

These are the stories we wanted to highlight

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Mini Heroes makes custom baby gear,everything ranging from pram accessories to baby clothes. Mini Heroes was founded by Luciana who was originally from Brazil, has stayed in Australia and is currently now in Penang. The amazing thing we admire about her business is that she is self taught in sewing. She designs, and learned how to sew and craft these amazing products within a year and a half. Read more on how she keeps her entrepreneurship drive going.

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Naturally Home Made  was inspired by the Founders need to treat her own dry skin. The Founder of Naturally Home Made, Bavani shares with us on how to make your face as smooth as a babys bum.

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The Pharm Hut makes and sells their own organic Kefir. They have various flavours to choose from, Strawberry, Ginger, Passion Fruit and Original. Personally I love the Ginger as it gives a fiery spicy end to it. A secret tip. Choose the bottle with an older label for a harder kick. As this drink ferments longer, the gas and alcohol produced is au naturale.

We hope these stories will inspire you to have your own personal calling to creep out of your comfort zone and start something. For more information on the faire click PenangMakerFaire2017 

 

Unleashing the Power of a Positive Mind with these 5 habits!

I was 35 and at the lowest point in my life. Adopting these positive habits helped to turn my life around

Positive thoughts build a strong positive mind. Your mind is powerful, when it is positive, it is able to generate good vibrations to your entire body, and thus creating positive actions. Positive actions will then create positive results!

It Pays to Be Positive! Always remember this.
It was about a year ago, I was at the lowest point in my life. I was 35 years then. I was working on an offshore rig, which i have been working for the past 10 years. It was the year 2016, when oil industry was hit with mass retrenchment. I knew within the next few months, it would be my turn. I was desperately trying to get my future plans in order. The stress level was mounting on me.

On my supposedly last hitch to work (July 2016), i was at the peak of my life. I  had all the business plans in place and i wasnt too worried if i got retrenched as i knew i was going to take the jump. I readied my self for what was to happen. Then when i got back from work, (I work 1 month away from home and get 1 month time off at home). I found that my wife had left me for another person.

My life took a drastic dip. I felt like killing my self. In 2 days time, it would be my 35th birthday. I was convincing my self, that she would turn up that very morning on my birthday to give me a surprise to say that this was a joke. It would have been the best birthday present ever!

On the day of my birthday, no such surprise came. I was struggling with life.
I was distancing my self from my friends and family and i felt so alone. I was listening to self help talks and motivation online.
I wanted to destroy all my businesses as i felt that i didnt have any purpose in life anymore. I felt bad for most of my staff, because i couldnt think of how to carry on some of the business. Then somehow, i was shown kindness and positivity. This was the time, when i knew who were my best friends. I am grateful i have them.  I prayed hard everyday and thanked god for helping me.
At my lowest point, i was convinced this had to be mid life crisis every one was talking about. I told my self, as this is the lowest point, it can only get better!
I decided to turn things around.

Here are five habits that I’ve used that will attract more positivity into your life.

There’s a direct correlation between a positive attitude and better relationships, superior health, and greater success.

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A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten your inner strength, inspire others, and garner the fortitude to meet difficult challenges. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can increase your life span, decrease depression, reduce levels of distress, provide greater resistance to the common cold, offer better psychological and physical well-being, reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and enable you to cope better during hardships and times of stress.

Here are the 5 habits that can help alleviate your positivity

  1. All things will pass. Nothing is permanent

    Keep reminding yourself, that nothing is permanent. When you are sad or no matter how bad things may have gone, always reflect that nothing is ever permanent. These sad or bad feelings, thoughts and situations will eventually be over. Look into the mirror and tell yourself “Everything is going to be alright” and “Things are going to be better”.
    It is the same with happy thoughts, conditions. We need to remind our self that these happy situations will also end, and that we need to take the time to stop and appreciate it. Appreciate the positive and happy moments. Appreciate the people we have that are with us now.
    Be kind to your self. Try to overlook the negative things and amplify all the positive actions or thoughts that you have done in the past. You are a good person!

  2. Surround yourself with positive people.

    Spend time with people who are positive, supportive, and who energize you. You will notice that after hanging out with positive people, your perception of life will also be slowly influenced by them to become positive as well.
    Imagine hanging out with a sad person when you are feeling depressed. I wouldn’t want to be in that situation.

  3. Thoughts become flesh

    Your mind is powerful. What you think and believe, you will achieve. If you don’t want to be surrounded by negative people, what makes you think others do? Learn to master your own thoughts.

    For example: When you visualize a goal, it makes you more likely to take the actions necessary to reach it. Visualize yourself winning the race, getting the promotion, accepting the award, or landing the new account.

    Control your negative thinking. This can be accomplished in the following ways:

    • See the glass as half full rather than half empty.

    • Anticipate the best outcome.

    • Stay the middle ground. Don’t view everything in extremes — as either fantastic or a catastrophe. This will help you reduce your highs and lows.

    • Mistakes happen. Negative people blame themselves for every bad occurrence whether it was their fault or not. Don’t let this be you.

  4. See failures as opportunities.

    Successful people are not afraid of failures. They anticipate failures in life and plan their best for it. They learn to see it as a opportunity to learn and improve. Instead of letting challenges overwhelm you, turn them into opportunities. (Rather than hitting the wall, climb over it or go around.)
    These times when you are feeling down and out. Don’t let negativity take over. I keep telling myself, if you have reached the very bottom of the pit. You can no longer go down and the only direction is UP!

  5. Count your blessings.

    Be grateful and give thanks for what you have in your life rather than taking them for granted. If you want to achieve happiness, better health, stronger relationships, and continued success, you may not have to look any further than the mirror. “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.”* Do you see the glass half full or half empty? True happiness may depend on how you view the world and who you look to for inspiration.

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    We hope that with these positive habits, you are able to change your perception of life and everything will be better with time.

    We would love to hear your stories in life. Please write to us below.

6 Habits of Successful People To Overcome Failure

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Have you ever noticed that most successful people have a common trait? They managed to overcome their failures. They are not afraid of failures. In fact, they anticipate failure and use it as a learning opportunity to perform better. In Robert T Kiyosaki (Author of Rich Dad,Poor Dad), one of his book series, he mentioned that successful people strive to achieve financial freedom. Financial freedom = sufficient passive income to cover all your daily expenses (in simple terms). Financial freedom, is the ability to have time to do what you always wanted to do without worrying about bills, and other costs. Money is a tool that enables us achieve that lifestyle.

What sets successful people apart is their ability to maintain positive habits, so they can maximize their time (even when hardship hits). This skill of turning failure into success is key, and although it may seem like these successful people are superhuman, they are not.

Successful people anticipate failure, and always learn to overcome it. Like you and me, they make mistakes. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but this doesn’t stop them from achieving their potential. They don’t overcome this with money, power, or fame. They don’t have a secret you don’t. But they do have a set of positive habits that sets them apart, and with a little tweaking, so can you.

Let’s have a look at the 6 habits that successful people use to overcome their failures

1. They cultivate a positive mentality

The most powerful tool we have is our mind. The thoughts, dreams and reality that we form in our mind, will determine and influence the outcome of our lives. One big difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is they always say ” It is a minor hiccup in my plan,  i will find a way to solve this ” as opposed to “Its too hard, i think i cant do it”. Your words do become flesh.
There for, you yourself are responsible for setting your self up for success.

If you think it is a small problem, then it is a small problem.
If you think there is no problem, then there is no problem.
It is up to you, how you change your reality.

2. They take time to ‘reflect’ each day

Successful people take time out of their day (every day) to reflect on their life. Reflect on:

  1. What’s working, and what isnt?
  2. What is important to me now?
  3. Am i doing the right thing and is there anything i can do to make it better?
  4. Time is precious, Don’t waste it. Appreciate it!

The art of meditation is a growing culture. It is a upcoming trend among high performing athletes, entrepreneurs and celebrities, to help them relax, and refocus on their life.  This is one positive habit anyone can do, and all it takes is 5-10 minutes each day.

3. They start the day early! 

Nearly 50 percent of the self-made millionaires got out of bed at least three hours before their workday actually started. Many of them use the free time to tackle personal projects, plan their day, or make time for exercise.

You won’t meet many successful people who sleep beyond 7am. If you listen to motivational speeches and talks, you will

No matter if you are a morning person or not, there is huge value in waking up early (even if you spend this time reflecting, instead of working).

“Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”- Dr. SunWolf

Planning your day ahead will enable you to create a mental system that is systematic of which is priority and what you need to do during your day. This decreases your stress levels because everything is planned out. Imagine your productivity levels, if you begin your day stress free, happy and goal orientated?

4. They focus on the work they need to do

There is always a thousand things that you will need to do. Successful people focus on the priorities and clear the tasks one by one. They focus on getting the job done.
Do not procrastinate! Do it, and get it done with. People usually tend to set aside or put off any hard jobs or things that they do not like to a later time. Does the phrase “It’s ok, ill do it later” sound familiar with you?

Believe me, once you get it done with, when you look back, you will realize that it wasn’t so bad. Success lies in focus, and getting what you need to do done (as in, right now)!

5. They spend time with people who inspire them

‘We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with” Jim Rohn (Motivational Speaker).

“You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with” 

If you don’t have highly-motivated people in your personal network yet, fear not. Self-made millionaires volunteer, which is a great way to meet other positive, motivated individuals. When you volunteer your time, skills and knowledge, you are sharing. This cultivates and promotes positive attitude and energy. Positive people will attract other positive people.

Choose who you spend your time with. Time is a limited resource. Successful people make a point to limit their association with negative people.

When you are staring failure in the face, consult your positive friends and associates and with their input it makes the problem or failure smaller. Always remember, if you think it is a small problem, then it will be a small problem. It is all in the mind. You yourself have the ability to change your own reality.

6. They do not fear mistakes or failure

As human beings, we all share something in common: we make mistakes, and we sometimes fail.

Successful people are no different to you and me, but they do approach failure different to most. They prepare for failure and do not fear it. They do not let failure hold them back. They ensure that it leads them to greatness.

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This is how successful people think. This is how they approach each day. They appreciate failure may occur today, but they do not allow this to stand in their way

The only time you do fail is when you allow this fear or failure to take control of you.
It is a constant battle to be successful, but these 6 successful habits will ensure that you stay on top of your game and will be able to handle failure in a positive way.  Whenever you see the success of successful people, whether world class athletes or successful business entrepreneurs, always remember the “THE REAL WORK IS BEHIND THE SCENES’

 

What habits are you going to implement into your life today? We would love to hear from you!