Cammi shares all the experiences and valuable she has learned about business and startup

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Here Is Why Your Life Still Sucks

It all starts with you.

Don’t be a victim. Don’t make excuses. People don’t care about your problems.

A three-time millionaire who came up from nothing, dropped out of college with average IQ, said:

“The real inequality is the level of personal drive and intelligence.”

I framed the quote and have it on my desk to remind myself everyday.

You are poor. You are an immigrant. You live in a small town. You didn’t have rich parents. You are Asian. You are Black. You are a woman. You are homeless. You don’t have a college degree.

So did these billionaires:

  • Starbucks’ Howard Schultz grew up in a housing complex for the poor. – Net worth: 2.5 billion USD (2015)
  • John Paul DeJoria, the man behind a hair-care empire and Patron Tequila, once lived in a foster home and his car. – Net worth: 2.8 billion USD (2015)
  • Born into poverty, Oprah Winfrey became the first African American TV correspondent in Nashville. – Net worth: 3 billion USD (2015)
  • Luxury goods mogul Francois Pinault quit high school in 1974 after being bullied for being poor. – Net worth: 4.7 billion USD (2015)
  • At one time, businessman Shahid Khan washed dishes for $1.20 an hour. – Net worth: 5.1 billion USD (2015)
  • Forever 21 founder Do Won Chang worked as a janitor, gas station attendant, and in a coffee shop when he first moved to America. – Net worth: 6 billion USD (2015)
  • Ralph Lauren was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men’s ties. – Net worth: 7.2 billion USD (2015)
  • Leonardo Del Vecchio grew up in an orphanage and later worked in a factory where he lost part of his finger. – Net worth: 21 billion USD (2015)
  • Legendary trader George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary. He arrived in London as an impoverished college student. – Net worth: 24.2 billion USD (2015)
  • After his father died, business magnate Li Ka-shing had to quit school to help support his family. – Net worth: 33.5 billion USD (2015)
  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison dropped out of college after his adoptive mother died and held odd jobs for eight years. Net worth: 54.1 billion USD (2015)

Sources: Business Insider + Forbes

Life is hard. It doesn’t matter who you are, there are always things you cannot control. You can accept it and let it stop you from getting what you want. Or you can stop making an excuse for why you can’t fulfill your potential.

Unsuccessful people focus on what they cannot control and blame their failures on others.

Successful people focus on what they can control and blame their failures on themselves.

If you let things you cannot control define your success, you will lose before you even start.

The only person who can stop you is you.

Be a fighter, never take “NO” for an answer.

Because you are also the one person who can start.

 

This is part of my free ebook “35 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business,” sign up here to be one of the first people to read it. 

Investing In People: The Most Profitable Business

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. Read more

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If You Want To Be Successful, Learn How To Steal

Steal knowledge

Stealing is not bad as long as you steal the right things.  [Tweet this]

If you steal things, they will last until they are used up.  [Tweet this]

If you steal money, it will last until you spend it all.  [Tweet this]

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A Community Is A Brand, Without A Community There Is No Brand

A Community Is A Brand, Without A Community There Is No Brand

Yesterday, I had a great meetup with John Krissilas, CEO, Co-founder of TransitHub [@TransitHubTO], a new location-based startup in Toronto. TransitHub is a community for transit riders to connect, share and discover the hidden gems around transit stations and stops. It is an interesting idea. I lived in Vaughan and now in North York. I might know the best place to get bubble tea on highway 7 but  clueless about downtown Toronto. This app would be perfect. But more than just a cool app, our conversation was about the relationship between a community and a brand.

A community is a brand, without a community there is no brand. [Tweet This]

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