An Entrepreneur’s Role Model

In life, work and career, having a mentor or role model is very important, in terms of future growth and development.

Being an entrepreneur myself, learning from personal development coaches via their books and courses, I was also thinking of entrepreneurs around the world, regardless of the industry they were operating in, who would serve as a good role model for entrepreneurs around the world.

It started on a night, I chanced upon reading a magazine called, “WEALTH” April 2008 issue, the cover page was “Chemoil After Robert Chandran” in bold capital letters. I recalled reading in the newspapers about Robert Chandran in January 2008 due to him passing on, getting curious, I turned over the pages of the magazine and started reading about Robert Chandran’s legacy and entrepreneurship empire.

Robert Chandran was indeed somebody unique, starting off with an inspiration, building and expanding his empire over time. While he was growing his business empire, Robert Chandran had already started investing in real estate, an investment that entrepreneurs definitely would have as part of their portfolio. Even his business in marine fuel industry grown tremendously, he was also moving into other industries, adding companies to his holdings.

In the segments dedicated to the memories of the late Robert Chandran, there were many great chapters of wisdom, knowledge, advice and mentoring on businesses, opportunities entrepreneurship, post-graduate studies and giving back to society. It was a few pages of wisdom in his words and greater level of knowledge, that would serve well in the directions that I am heading.

With many writings inside the magazine, I would like to highlight 2 quotes that caught my attention –

“Don’t become an entrepreneur to make money, but be one because you want something you enjoy doing. That way, you will ultimately make money… otherwise, it’s going to be a pain in the butt. Because this is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year thing which you are going to do for two to three decades of your life”

“Entrepreneurs are generally positive people. They look at issues as a glass that’s half full, not half empty. They also tend to have a very different approach of risk from the average man, and manage risk efficiently. They always have an exit strategy, at every stage of the business, if things don’t work out.”

In the event of an unforeseen crisis, there were succession planning in place for Robert Chandran, ensuring the legacy of his empire would continue irregardless of any hiccups, thus, from this special report, would we understood and learned more about the importance of planning and changes, that is applicable not just in our career but in our daily life as well.

The late Robert Chandran, a man who left a great legacy behind, a role model for all entrepreneurs.

When Mother Nature Strikes

In the space of 2 weeks, natural disasters strike our Mother Earth, Cyclone Nargis devastating Myanmar on 2nd May 2008 and a mega 7.9  Richter scale earthquake that caused great damage to Sichuan Province on 12th may 2008.

The situations in both countries are very serious, bring out the papers, read the news on the internet, on the blogs, social networking sites….. All have reports on the 2 countries situations.

It’s not going to be a nice post to talk about the drastic situations in other countries. However, I reflected and remembered when I encountered a personal crisis and lost a mate of mine, it was very difficult for me and took me time to overcome the grief.

A fellow blogger whom I knew from MyBlogLog social networking community, iWalk, U2?, wrote about the earthquake that struck her country and especially her hometown that she grew up in. It wasn’t easy for her at all, and our thoughts and prayers were with her.

Let’s all pray for all people affected by the natural disasters, Bless them and do something for them, in one small way or another.

Dedicated to a very special group of people in the world

This post is dedicated to a very special group of people in the world……..

Quote from Hodding Carter –
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Quote  from Frederick Buechner,’Whistling in the Dark’ –
When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it’s a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what’s happening. She becomes what’s happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time. Even if he should decide to abandon it forever ten minutes later, the memory will nag him to the grave. He has seen the creation of the world. It has his mark on it. He has its mark on him. Both marks are, for better or for worse, indelible.

In life, do we always have that someone special, that would always take care of us, from the day we were born into this world, imparting wisdom to us and guiding us all the time ?

At times, do we always vent our anger and frustrations on them, yet they never turn their backs on us and continue loving and supporting us ?

This is dedicated to ALL MOTHERS in the world, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY !!!! A special group of heroines whom we had undervalued and under appreciated so much. Let’s all stand up together and show our appreciation to ALL beautiful and lovely MOTHERS !

Quote from Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart –
The word “appreciation” means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude. It also means to grow or appreciate in value. As you appreciate life, you become more valuable—both to yourself and others.

Happy Mothers Day !

Reflecting on my maiden National Achiever’s Congress 2008

Attending my 1st National Achiever’s Congress 2008 at the Singapore Expo, it was an eye-opener for me, writing down the notes, wisdom and quotes given by the great and world class speakers, coming back and posting them on my blog here, sharing with all like-minded people who were keen to seek changes and improvements in their career and life.

My speakers’ summaries and postings would definitely serve as an excellent refresher and memory flash back for me, down the road, when I would like to recall what I had learned during National Achiever’s Congress 2008.  It was great to find and link up with participants that attended National Achiever’s Congress 2008, those who pop into my blog here and left comments, would link up, network and exchange pointers from NAC 2008 and other personal development and learning knowledge.

Learned many new quotes and wisdom from the various speakers, added the following books to my collection:

  • Blair Sinclair – SalesDogs
  • Blair Sinclair – The ABCs of Building a Business Team That Wins
  • Blair Sincalir – The Little Voice Management System (Audio CD)
  • Roger Hamilton – Your Life Your Legacy
  • Joe Girard – How to Sell Yourself
  • Joe Girard – How to Sell Anything to Anybody
  • Joe Girard – How to Close Every Sale

My existing collection of books are as follows:

  1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  2. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker
  3. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  4. Principle-Centred Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
  5. The Secrets of LIFE by Stuart Wilde

I loved to read different kinds of books since I was young, a few years ago, after finishing my dissertation and finishing my tertiary education, the interest soon went away after entering the workforce. It was only after entering the entrepreneur world that I slowly regained back my love for reading………

It’s time to take ACTION, from the various different learning tools that I had obtained recently (books, notes, wisdom, quotes).  I seek to learn something new everyday for the rest of my life and I must never stop learning.

Certain goals had not been met till date, with the constant and changes with the actions, will my dreams and goals be achieved by end of 2008.

Would you want to grow, change and improve your life and your career ?

JUST DO IT !

p/s: Special tribute to Jack Lan for the tickets to National Achiever’s Congress 2008, he’s an awesome Internet Marketer, check out his link ! 

Making a fortune via eBay – Adam Ginsberg

The role, significance and power of the internet today is so huge and there are many different things operating inside it, information, news, blogs, advertising, marketing and auctions. Writing down anything and everything about the internet would probably produce millions of stuff. Therefore, it is indeed a great opportunity for building wealth, an area that I had started in Blogging and Internet Marketing under the tutelage of Jack Lan.

People who use the internet would know about eBay, most of them would have use the platform and services before (I haven’t used eBay before though !) . However, if people were told how they could make a fortune via eBay, they would probably frown and laugh at you. Adam Ginsberg,  was there to share with the participants at National Achiever’s Congress 2008, “How to Buy, Sell & Make a Fortune Using eBay“, it was a very interesting marketing and direct sales channel via the eBay.

The reasons why eBay was so awesome were due to the sheer size of visitos and registered members, it is really huge. There were 2 types of people

  1. People who create an internet business using eBay for passive income and cash flows
  2. People who use eBay to make a ton of money in real estate

Well, being a total greenhorn in eBay, I never realised that eBay had the platform to sell real estate online !

Adam Ginsberg shared on the secrets of success –

  • Success is the result of GOOD JUDGEMENT
  • Good judgement is the result of EXPERIENCE
  • Experience is the result of BAD JUDGEMENT

The success of eBay is due to its –

  1. Proven System
  2. Viable Marketplace

Using eBay for your selling, we would be able to –

  1. Sell your “stuff”
  2. Sell other people’s “stuff”
  3. High Ticket Items

Overall, it gave me a great insight into internet marketing, something I still had a lot more to learn, and possibly adopt using the eBay to make a fortune by Adam Ginsberg. Looking and moving foward, I would plan, strategise and take the actions to launch “Making a fortune via eBay” into my current internet marketing and blogging.

Time to take out my junk and sell/auction off …….. Any takers ?

The World Greatest Salesperson – Joe Girard

The field of sales and selling is an art by itself, something that people do not really understand thoroughly, they hate salespeople but yet love to buy things ? What is it that makes sales and selling such a unique skill that all human beings posses it in them ?

I never really understand about sales and selling, although I had a bit of retail sales experience before moving into my current entrepreneur career that requires selling many different kind of services, products and myself.

A wise quote from my old mate, Nicholas, a private banker, said something to me, “We are born to sell since we are very young, when as a young child, we would always “sell ourselves” to attract our parents’ attention”……. Simple yet so enlightening.

Therefore, at National Achiever’s Congress 2008, there was this world class speaker, who  was eagerly awaited by many participants there, his name was Joe Girard and the ONE and ONLY Joe Girard. Before coming to National Achiever’s Congress, I had no idea how powerful and charismatic Joe Girard was.

When Joe Girard was announced to the participants, he slowly walked from the back of the hall, and there was a standing ovation, welcoming the master of sales and selling. People all around wanted to shake hands with the ONE and ONLY Joe Girard, till he was mobbed.

Up on the stage, Joe Girard delivered an awesome and mind-opening training on the field of sales and selling, his many different actions were simply amazing, something that makes him special, unique and world class.  There were so many acts that he performed, each special act, depicting a key lesson and learning point that Joe Girard wanted to put across to all of us. One example was, Joe Girard was climbing up a ladder that was about 12 feet high (estimation), he slowly climbed up and sharing his story on how he overcame troubles and failures, climbing 1 step at a time, with a belly full of fire (burning desire).

Joe Girard did not put up many (hardly) power point slides, we listened very hard and attentively to his words, sentences and key phrases, that he was coaching and mentoring us constantly. There were many key quotes of wisdom from Joe Girard –

  1. “I Like You”
  2. The Power of Positive Thinking
  3. Life Is A Game
  4. Climb ONE Step at a Time, With a Belly Full of Fire (Burning Desire)
  5. Focus
  6. “You Will Not Take My Time Away From Me”
  7. The Name of the Game: SERVICE ! SERVICE !
  8. Sell Yourself
  9. People Buy People
  10. Disarm Fear
  11. “There Will Never Be Another Number One Like You”
  12. “You are Number One, and EVER, and EVER”
  13. Never Once Were 2 the SAME
  14. I Feel GOOD
  15. I Fell GREAT
  16. I am Number ONE

Joe Girard gave me an insight into the field of sales and selling, it’s not just about products, it’s about ourselves. That’s why I bought his books

  • How to Sell Yourself
  • How to Sell Anything to Anybody
  • How to Close Every Sale

Selling is universal, even in our daily life, towards our friends, loved ones and strangers. Inside the world of selling, we would also be able to understand ourselves more and be more confident about ourselves and how we conduct and live our daily life, thus making us happier and helping other people too.

A wonderful set of wisdom and knowledge to hone my skills, improve and grow in my career and personal life. Let’s all put our heart and soul into it, with ACTION and RESULTS would show !

T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mindset

There was a saying that, what you are today, was determined 5 years ago. Looking back 5 years ago in 2003, my career was stagnant, attempting to enter the workforce in the midst of SARS and Gulf War 2, finally getting myself into a job that I somehow grew jaded and tired from it, no progress over the next 2 years, emotional wrenching breaking experience that spiraled me to the bottom and stuck in the ground for a pretty long period of time before deciding to take a new challenge and career and enter the entrepreneur route.

During the early days as an entrepreneur, I was never into such things such as personal development, growth and change, I was very stubborn and resistant to changes. However , as time progresses, it was through many more different life experiences, work, growth and changing experiences that I gained, my closed up mind started opening up and embracing changes, personal development and growth importance.

Over half a year ago, Jack Lan introduced me this book called, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mindset”, being the stubborn me and “I KNOW THAT” attitude, I wasn’t convinced initially. Somehow or another, I chanced upon this book at a clearance sale at Borders Wheelock Place and bought this book after consulting Jack again.

When I started reading this book, I was immediately blown away! It was something that strikes me so deeply, touching many chords in my mind, what I had been aspiring, doing and not doing, it was all inside. I read it over, slowly, chapter by chapter, even though I had completed reading the book, I promised myself to go through it again and reinforce my learnings with a chapter summary post on my blog, sharing with my readers who would impact and learn from it too.

T. Harv Eker was one of the speakers on Day 2 of National Achiever’s Congress 2008 and I was eagerly waiting for the person that I admired and looked upon, Jack said to me, “Your Idol ! “. Harv’s style, charisma, mindset and how he carry himself, is priceless…..

What I learned from Harv Eker book on the “Secrets of the Millionaire Mindset”, were transformed LIVE in front of me, he was a world class and worthy mentor to coach people  on the Financial Blueprint Mindset. The following keynotes were words of wisdom from T. Harv Eker:

  1. I Create My Life !
  2. Do NOT Lay BLAME
  3. Do NOT Justify
  4. Do NOT Complain (worst possible thing we can ever do to ourselves)
  5. What I FOCUS on Expand
  6. Bless That Which You Want
  7. Thoughts -> Feelings -> Actions = Results
  8. Act in Spite of Fear

What is your own financial/money blueprint ?

Internet Marketing by Joel Christopher at National Achiever’s Congress 2008

During National Achiever’s Congress 2008, there were 2 speakers whose expertise were in the fields of utilising the Internet. One of them was Joel Christopher, known as “The Master List Builder”, and he was the first person to open the session on Day 2 of National Achiever’s Congress 2008.

I had started Internet Marketing under the guidance of Jack Lan and Joel Christopher’s internet marketing was a good revision for me and learned good points as well from the session. Joel Christopher Internet Marketing Success Trio are the following 3 points in a triangle format:

  1. Traffic <Connect>  – Target Market/Visitors
  2. List <Leads> – Collect
  3. Customer <Convert> – Buyers

In order to get traffic, The following steps are:

  1. CONNECT
  2. COLLECT LEADS
  3. CONVERT

The world of Internet Marketing is very dynamic and challenging, with room for growth. Do explore the world of blogging like what I had embarked on in April 2006 with my photojournalism blog and my personal blog in January 2008, an great fun and adventure over the years, getting to know more people around the world, who shared your interests and aspirations.

Welcome to the world of blogging and internet marketing !

Marathon Training Updates & Progress

In about 3 weeks time, I would be embarking on my 1st Marathon for 2008, the Sundown Marathon, eagerly waiting for another inspiring, enduring, demanding and healthy 42.195km of night running.

Progress till date had been a bit slow on the running segment, as for training in the gym, it is going fine, although, I would need to maintain 2 visits a week to the gym, currently only 1 visit to the gym recently.

Went for a 10km training run along Changi Coastal Road, part of the Sundown Marathon route, with Jack Lan and Charles, had lots of fun running 10km, enjoying the peace and tranquility, watching the beauty of world class Changi Airport runways along the road.

Keeping a fit and healthy lifestyle is a must for me now. Healthy lifestyle, healthy mindset, better control of your body, leading to better motions creating better emotions, thus stronger and bigger growth.