Thursday, December 24, 2009

Meaningful questions to guide my day

Man this blog post is long overdue. I've slacked off on both this and Tony Robbins. I need to start writing my blogs consistently every week! Recently, I've learned how to condition myself into thinking positively and doing something meaningful. Everyday after I wake up, I ask myself these questions:

1) What's something new I can learn today?
2) How many people can help today?
3) What should I have done yesterday that I need to do today?

Just three questions... But it really makes me appreciate being alive and living in the present. Am I missing anything else?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 Things About Me

So who am I?

1) I am passionate about creating ideas and transforming them into ways to help people change the small aspects of their lives.
2) I love learning about the latest trends on the internet, social media marketing, and new technologies that I believe will change the way we think, live and communicate.
3) I love watching movies about love, courage, sacrifice while sitting on a comfortable couch and a bowl of popcorn on my lap. For 2009, my favorite movies would have to be Slumdog Millionaire, Star Trek, and Up.
4) My favorite tv series is none other than Dexter. I absolutely love that show! The writers are unbelievable, the production set, cinematography and music are immaculate, and the cast are just fantastic.
5) It was only recently that I started writing and blogging, and I must say that I'm enjoying it. It feels so freeing to express my thoughts and feelings.
6) I also enjoy listening to trance and techno music, but progressive trance is my favorite. I love listening to Armin Van Buuren's radio show of A State of Trance. I believe he is definitely the best DJ in the world!
7) I also enjoy computer gaming and my favorite genre would have to be First-person shooters or FPS games. This year, Modern Warfare 2 is on my top wish list. Aside from FPS, I also play Real-time strategy (RTS) and some MMORPG games. Looking forward to Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3!
8) For sports, I enjoy tennis, badminton, table tennis and even bowling.
9) I love eating new and delicious foods from all over the world. My favorite is none other than sushi.
10) I am a perfectionist. This is my greatest strength and yet my greatest weakness. I like to plan ahead and do things in order. This gets the job done but the problem is I can get carried away by spending too much time on something just to get it right.
11) I am a daydreamer. I spend most of my time thinking about ideas, people, visualizing situations and possibilities about what's happening in the world around me.
12) I know I'm attracted to a girl when... I look into her eyes, she makes me smile and I feel very nervous inside.

How well do I know myself?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Letting go of my ego

Yesterday, I learned a new approach of reaching out to friends. The answer to my question in my last blog posting is this: Let go of your ego. I repeat. Let go of your ego! All this time, the reason why I struggled with people in general was because of my pride and ego. I always thought that I was a somebody... their savior... But I was wrong... When you want something so bad and you don't know what else to do, I had to surrender my pride and admit that I needed help. It was hard but it was a very humbling moment for me. So what did I do? First, I sent a simple text message to a bunch (40+) of my friends saying: "Hey, I need your help. Can I call you?" Next thing I know, I started receiving text messages and phone calls. So when chatting with my friends, this was how the conversation went:

"Hey Jerry, thanks for replying/calling back. I'm going to make this a quick call because I know you're really busy. So I was wondering if you knew anyone who would like to make $400 by helping me with my legal insurance business. Are you familiar with legal insurance? Well, you know about car and life insurance right? You pay to protect your car or your life, and legal insurance is the same thing but you pay to protect your rights, and it deals with anything related to legal issues, legal advice, if you get pulled over by a cop, need a lawyer, go to court, and things like that. So I'm looking for 3 people, do you know anyone?"

I was looking for either a yes or no. If they said yes, I replied: "Great! Can you give them my number or ask them if you can give me their number so we can get in touch asap."
If no: "That's fine. Can you at least pass the word around for me in case someone you know is interested? Thanks."

Some asked questions and I replied naturally as so:
1) What do you have to do for this?
Why are you interested? Well if you know anyone who is, can you give them my number and I will tell them the details.
2) What kind of people are you looking for?
I'm looking for highly motivated, committed, and most importantly, coachable people. Do you know anyone?
3) Can you email me?
I'm sorry I don't have time for that because I'm looking for people asap. So if you could just pass the word around for me, that would be great. Thanks.

After each conversation, I felt really good inside. Why? Because I didn't feel guilty or rejected since I wasn't expecting anything from them. I have been doing sales most of my life, and I've been used to pushing what I want into people's faces and expect them to give me what I want. Time and time again, I received rejection after rejection... I didn't feel good inside because I wasn't totally honest with my friends. It was hard because in network marketing, it is my responsibility to make sure I give my friends the right information without "vomiting" on them. The truth is people sense if you're hiding something from them, and I hated that feeling. I wanted to be honest but I wanted to keep my information short and sweet.

This new mindset and approach is still new for me. I don't know yet where it will take me, but all I know is that it has changed me, even though it seems so small. What's next for me?

Friday, December 4, 2009

My Journey to Personal Development

I believe that developing myself and reaching my full potential in life is part of success. So I've started listening to a personal development audio series that my friend gave me called Personal Power II by Anthony Robbins. In today's program, I learned that I must start writing a daily journal of what I've learned everyday. This blog is my journal.

The first lesson I learned today was that I need to know what I want! I want to have time and money freedom with my life so that I can do anything I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want. In terms of money, I want to make one million dollars. I don't know how exactly, but I do know that the network marketing companies I'm involved with, ACN and PPL, will help me get there. I don't have an exact time frame yet, but if I could make one million dollars by the time I'm 25, then that would be a dream come true. How can I get there?

The second lesson I learned was that "failure is your best friend"! I need to face fear and rejection head on and take action. I am thankful that my experience with ACN and PPL have trained me to be more confident of myself. But the truth is, there are many times that I am still afraid of being rejected by my friends or even acquaintances. I get frustrated with myself many times because I tend to hesitate. When I'm with my friends, when is the right time to share with them about how I found a way to make extra money?