A long time ago, I met a charming smart single father with a last name starts with an “I‘. Let’s call him the Miner because he owns a mining company, I loved it because if I marry The Miner, my initials would be my first name “MI”*. Obviously It never happened because I am still single, The Miner chased after his career and moved to Asia before he left he asked me: Continue…
When a gentleman wants to establish himself, he also helps others to establish themselves. When he wants to be successful himself, he also helps others to succeed. He judges others by what he knows of himself. ~Confucius
Have you ever wondered why my motto is “Investing in people”?
It all started from a story my mother told me when I was a little child. The story is about the most remarkable entrepreneur in Chinese history.
Two thousands years ago, during the Warring States Period, China was divided into 7 states: Qin, Chu, Qi, Yan, Han, Wei, Zhao.
One day Lü Buwei, a wealthy merchant saw a rare investment opportunity. He came home and asked his father,
“Father, What is the profit on investment that one can expect from plowing fields?”
“Ten times the original investment,” his father replied. Continue…
Yesterday my British brother from another mother, Mathew Hanley of Tek-T asked me to help him search for someone’s email. I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about how to find email addresses. It is one of the very useful skills that school often forgets to teach us. If there is a Stalking 101 class, I would sign up right away. Sadly school is not always a good investment if what you want is knowledge.
“There were no sex classes. No friendship classes. No classes on how to navigate a bureaucracy, build an organization, raise money, create a database, buy a house, love a child, spot a scam, talk someone out of suicide, or figure out what was important to me. Not knowing how to do these things is what messes people up in life, not whether they know algebra or can analyze literature.” ~ William Upski Wimsatt
Finding someone’s contact information is a basic relationship building skill, everyone should know how to become more successful. If you want to steal someone’s knowledge, you need to talk to them first. Twitter is an amazing place but email is still the king especially if you want to talk to the older generation. I am very lucky to picked up few tricks over the years. They are very useful especially for people who work in PR, marketing and sale. Continue…
My mother always tells me never give advice or help anyone unless they ask you. When I was younger, I thought she was a cold and mean person, however as I get older, I realize she is right. My mother is one of the kindest people in my life.
Society always tells you that you need to help people ( I did too). They tell you that you should help people unconditionally and when people least expect it. None of those are wrong. A lot of the time random acts of kindness can change a person’s life. But they forgot to tell you the other half of the lesson and it can be very dangerous if you don’t know it.
If you are a regular reader of blog you might know that I am a big fan of the yin-yang concept. Not everything is bad. Not everything is good. There are always some of the good that is in the bad, and some of bad that is in the good. The same rule applies to this case. It is not always a bad idea to help people just as, it is not always a good idea to help people. I am sure you have enough people telling you to be a good person and help people. We will look at the situations when we need to stop helping people. Continue…
In the next few days I will attend Women in Biz Network Conference and The Art of Leadership. It costs a lot of money to go to a conference.I usually get sponsored whenever I go to one, but I still invest a lot of time. If you follow my blog, you might know I believe nothing is for free. My time is very valuable and I prefer to spend it wisely. This is why,
I don’t attend a conference for content.
I know it does not make sense to most of you. But from my experience, I learned that most of the time I get no value from attending conference just for the content.
You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.
With the rise of Klout, a company that measures influences on social networks which I usually refer as the Social Media Clown, online influencers become the hottest celebrities of the digital age.You have seen these influencers sitting front row at fashion week next to Anna Wintour or walking the red carpet at a movie premiere with George Clooney. Have you ever wondered what they do on daily basis? Continue…
Marriage is one of the biggest investment in your life. You will invest your time into someone. Unlike money, you cannot earn back the time you lose. Smart women know that they need to invest their lives wisely.
5 Reasons Why I Will Marry Money Continue…
All my life, I have loved studying but I do not like school. When I was a kid, unlike other kids, I would save all my money to buy books not candy or toys. When I was in middle school, I used to buy books at wholesale price, read and resell them to my classmates at retail price. I enjoyed gaining knowledge and money at the same time. I do not like to memorize anything because I have Google. The more I spend time at school, the more I hate it. I feel like I am wasting time because I learn much more from life than any teacher.
Why do I need college, if I have Google? Continue…