Three more days until 2017! How many of you have been reflecting on your journey and what you have done in 2016?
As I was reflecting on my own journey after quitting my 9-5 corporate job and becoming a full time entrepreneur, I realized that I have learned so many valuable lessons and I would like to share with you the 5 most valuable ones that will surely help you to succeed and achieve more in 2017.
Lesson #1: Never Listen To People Who Tell You To Give Up On Your Dreams
Growing up, just like anyone of you, I had a lot of dreams. I remember wanting to become a flight attendant so I could travel the world for free. But my brother told me that I wasn’t pretty or tall enough to become one. I remember wanting to become a fashion designer and my friends used to laugh at me and the idea. When I finished high school, I wanted to go into interior design. But I was told that I wouldn’t be able to be successful because my Dad didn’t think I was creative enough. Needless to say, I was very discouraged. I learned to be more ‘realistic’ as people usually say. I went on with my life according to what people around me considered as ‘the correct way’. I finished my 4 years of University with an A+ GPA in Business Management, got a good entry level job at a big firm and started to work my way up that corporate ladder. I thought my life was set, but I couldn’t lie to myself that I wasn’t happy.
I think some of you might be nodding by now because you have also experienced the same thing growing up. When we were kids, we all had dreams because we were innocent and fearless. We didn’t care about the world out there or failure. We were fascinated about everything, we wanted to accomplish so many things. But as we grow up, we started to listen to people around us. We let them tell us how our world was supposed to be like. We started to be more careful after each time we were hurt or fell down. Eventually, we slowly stopped dreaming. Many of us decided to give in to the definition of the world as we were told. Only a few of us have the courage to relive our childhood’s dreams and to go for what we really want in life.
As for me, although I was in my early 20s, I felt like a lost child. Not until I reconnected with a former high school of mine, who totally opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities and a whole network of people who have turned their dreams into reality that I realized that I, too, should be going after my own goals and dreams.
Lesson #2: You Are Who You Attract
Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? If you have not heard or believed in it, I highly recommend you to read up on it. It is a belief that if you want to live a positive and successful life, you have to first believe that you are happy and successful first. In return, the universe will work in your favour and attract the great people and opportunities to your life.
To be honest, I wasn’t a big believer of this whole law of attraction thing when I first heard about it. But I was willing to change and do anything to succeed and I make a decision to work on myself and take my mistakes as stepping stones to grow. I made a decision to look at things in positive light every time something happened and to keep going no matter what. Interestingly, I started to attract the people who also think alike and opportunities that I never once thought of to my life.
Lesson #3: Always Do Your Best Or Don’t Do It At All
Since I was little, my mom always taught me to always build up a good name for myself and keep it clean. It means whatever that I do, I need to put in my best or don’t do it at all. As I grew older, I realized that this was such an important lesson to live by. Integrity and work ethic are the two required ingredients to success. Don’t focus too much about making a lot of money! Focus on delivering the best result and building up a good name for yourself. Eventually, the good name will turn into a brand, a business and will have its own currency.
Lesson #4: Cutting People Out Of Your Life Doesn’t Mean You Have To Burn The Bridges
In the past few years, I learned that I have total control of my life. I realized that it was up to me to promote or demote certain people in my life but that did not mean that I needed to burn any bridges. I always try my best to leave a situation in good terms and I definitely don’t do this because I might need to cross the bridge again in the future. I always do this for myself and my own peace. It is because I also believe in second chances and I believe that people can grow and change. Besides, the way you treat people around you says a lot about yourself so make sure you reflect your characters accordingly.
Let’s spread kindness and positivity around this new year!
Lesson #5: Always Always Stay Grateful!
If there is one thing that you can start changing right away, it is to start being grateful for everything that has happened to you, good or bad. I am so grateful for the people that have come to my life. I am so grateful for the people who have always been there for me through the thick and thin but I am also grateful for the people who have left me in my hardest time. I am thankful for all the bad and good things that have happened to me these past years. They all helped me become the person I am today. They all helped me become stronger, wiser and smarter.
So please don’t get discouraged when something is going wrong in your life! Just say “Thank You” and move on from it! I have never heard of any successful person who came out from privileges. I hope you can make a promise to yourself to wake up everyday and just be thankful for everything that you currently have while working to achieve for more in 2017.
As I am closing of this chapter of 2016, I also want to give a big “THANK YOU!” to my parents, my mentors and my team. You guys are the ones who taught me these beautiful lessons. I am who I am today because of you and I cannot wait to start another amazing year with you all in 2017.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!