A HUGE shout out to my friend, Paul Sohn, for launching his new book, Quarter-Life Calling: How to Find Your Sweet Spot in Your Twenties yesterday morning!!! …
Personal Growth / Development
I have been learning so much these last few years that we as adults have forgotten to dream. As we get older, we forget to dream, laugh like crazy, have child-like faith and live life with complete confidence. Instead, we worry about everything, don’t play as hard as we work, become too busy being busy and find that we can’t make the simplest decisions that could change our lives. …
Hi friends! I’m currently in Vegas investing in myself by learning from the best leaders in the world like Bob Proctor, Robert Kiyosaki and Tony Robbins and wanted to ask you …
For those of you who are hustling towards your goals, do you ever feel like you’re not moving fast enough? Are you ever afraid that you’ll run out of time to work on your dreams? That’s been me lately….
Hey guys! I was having a great day yesterday (yes, I LOVE Mondays) until I was hit with not so thrilling news at my job. The kind of news that makes you wish that you should’ve hustled faster to get out of the 9-5 trap which led me to …
Take a look at this list and tell me what you think they all have in common:
- Saying goodbye to someone you care about
- Asking a girl/guy you like out on a date
- Being in a serious relationship for the first time
- Transitioning from high school to college
- Interviewing for your first adult job in the real world
- Getting married to the love of your life
- Becoming a first-time parent
- Starting your own business
- Leading a global organization
- Trying new food
The truth of the matter is, for everything on the list above, you’ll never be ready for any of them. You’ll never be ready to say goodbye whether you’re the one leaving this planet or if you’re the one who’s staying. You’ll never be ready to ask that person you want to get to know better out on a date. You’ll never be ready to be in a serious relationship. You’ll never be ready to move from high school to college. I know I speak for about 99.9% of the world’s population when I say that you’ll never be ready for any kind of interview. Hello nervous city! Whether you’re marrying for the first time or for a second time, you’re never ready for marriage. Although I’m single, I’ve seen friends time and again, who are genuinely happy, but also freak out because they suddenly became parents. For those who’ve never owned a business or even owned one before, you certainly won’t be ready to be your own boss. If you want to bring awareness to a cause or change the world in some kind of way, you’ll never be ready for that either. As small of an experience as trying new food, you won’t ready for food that you’ve never had too.
Why am I saying these things? I’m telling you this because we all hesitate. We stop for a moment to reflect back on wonderful memories with the person we’re about to say goodbye to just to avoid the fact that s/he is leaving us. We hesitate asking that person out because we’re scared of being rejected. We wonder if we have what it takes to make a relationship work. I know I felt the tug when I moved from high school to college. I feared failure. “What if I can’t do it? What if I fail out of college?” Sitting in front of an interviewer is nerve wracking as it is and you know I speak the truth when I say that I don’t care if you’re interviewing to be a family’s nanny, a cashier or a corporate executive, we are always a nervous wreck right before we go in because we wonder if that person will like us enough to hire us. Marriage is also a topic I don’t know much about as I’m not married myself, but I’m pretty sure there are plenty of us who wonder if we’re going to be good husbands or wives to our
future significant others. Maybe we’re scared of the first big fight as a married couple. How about fearing that your marriage may not work out and that you might end up divorced? Ahhh, that first cry. You hold your baby in your arms for the first time, smile and enjoy the new moments of parenthood…until the hospital discharges you a few days later and says you can go home. Then and only then do you blank out. Um, I know the baby needs food and diapers, but what do I do in case ::insert scenario here::?!
I’m personally experiencing the next one hardcore: owning your own business. Oh my gosh, did I just start a business? Oh my gosh, I just started a business and I have NO CLUE what to do! Calm down. Don’t panic. Ooohh, this is exciting! I’m changing lives! Wait, what am I doing again? Okay, that’s all I have to do? Easy peasy! Ack! Curveball! How am I going to handle this situation? What do I need to do? Yeah, for you business owners, you know exactly what I’m talking about! How about those who want to make a difference and give back to this world? I’m sure your heart beats pretty hard when you find yourself volunteering at your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen by yourself or the exhilarating, yet nervous feeling Adam Braun most likely felt when starting a global organization like Pencils of Promise.
No matter what you’re not ready for, just know that you’ll never be. The only way to find out is to just do it because like Lemony Snicket said, “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” Don’t wait to make memories. Don’t wait to tell someone you love them in whatever way that means to you. Don’t wait to get an education whether that means going to a two-year, four-year, doing a study abroad or even reading a lot of books. Don’t wait to start your own business and take your life in your own hands. Don’t wait to give back. No one is really ready for anything life has to offer, but if you just step up and do it, you’ll realize that the part of taking action is the part that teaches you what you thought you weren’t ready for. Next time you hesitate doing something big either for yourself or your family, remember that your actions may be helping others get ready for what they’re going to face in the future. Be the one others look up to and go for it!
Happy Monday! XO
At one point or another, we’ve all sat in restaurants and pulled out our phones as soon our significant other or friend(s) goes to the restroom. Some of us have eaten alone before, but most likely have done it with a phone, book, laptop or magazine in tow. We’ve also stood there at a party working up the courage to go talk to the prettiest girl in the room or the outgoing guy who’s making everyone laugh, but in the end, decide …
I came across this quote on Instagram this past weekend and I must say that I totally smiled when I saw it.
I might’ve blushed. Although I don’t think anyone can see it when Asians blush, so this claim is totally believable, right? I smiled because I know that I’m doing just that: surrounding myself with amazing people. I recently had a talk with Rachie this last week about how different our lives have changed in the last six plus months and we came to the conclusion that it has something to do with the people in our lives. Yes, before we graduated college, we had dreamers as friends and still do, but that’s it. They dream and we dream, but the difference is that they don’t do. Maybe it’s because they don’t believe (in themselves) and/or are comfortable where they’re at. Whatever their reasons are, we realized that we’ve been different this entire time and that maybe this is what has been bothering us lately as we are trying to grow our business. We are dreamers and doers. Even in the midst of failing multiple times while dealing with bad cards life throws at us, Rachie and I still dream and we still do.
You see, I know that I have this greatness in me. Or so I thought. On September 29th, I had a talk with my friend and business partner, Joe, and he challenged me to quit my 9-5 to live my dreams. I was kind of shocked in the sense that he was so upfront about it, but not surprised that he asked me, “Why not?” Truthfully, I had never thought about living a completely free life: going where I please whenever I please, being with friends, spending more time with family, seeing the world and doing things for God on my own time, not when my boss says I can. That’s when I realized that I didn’t have any doers as friends. With that thought, I set the date with Joe.
The following day, I texted Jordan, “While you’re planning future events, put ‘Huong’ on September 30, 2015.” And here’s how the rest of the conversation went:
Me: “The day I fire my boss.”
Jordan: “Love thattttttt. In my cal, but I think you can do it faster.”
Now, here’s where I made my “What-the…” face.
Too bad Jordan couldn’t see it because he would’ve laughed. Well, now that I think about it, an Asian girl making a scrunchy face might not be so pretty so maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t see it, ha!
Me: “I smell a challenge.”
Jordan: “2 years?! Come on…”
Me: “LOL!!! What do you think my potential is?”
Jordan: “18 months if you work hard.”
Me: “Sounds like a good challenge to me and I LOVE challenges.”
Jordan: “Okay! Make it public. You’ll have to stick to it. Pray. Lock it in. Make it public.”
Um, yeah. That happened. My new friend and business partner challenges me to live the life I want, I set a date and my other new friend and business partner thinks I can do it faster?! Say what? That’s why I smiled really big when I saw this quote. You know those huge goofy grins that kids make when you hand them an ice cream cone? That kind of big smile. Why? Because these guys believe in me more than I believe in myself! Did I mention that I only knew these boys for only three months at the time this conversation occurred? No? Well, we only knew each other for three months. I’ll also let a snippet of this card from Joe be my proof of what kind of people I love do life with. Three gentlemen (they really are) who are dreamers, doers, believers and thinkers themselves believe in me so much that instead of 24 months, my greatness is put in an 18-month time period. Wow. My perspective of my greatness was 24 months and their perspective is 18. Can I say ‘wow’ again? Considering it’s my blog, I’ll say it again. Wow.
I count my blessings to have Jordan, Joe and Jeremy in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without them and I thank the Lord everyday that He put them in my life. This short period of time of owning a business and starting to discover my own true potential from others’ viewpoints has led me to a deeper thinking. I learned that greatness isn’t thrusted upon you. It’s already in you. The first step is deciding if you want to see it. The second step is surrounding yourself with people who have unlimited belief in you and lastly, making the personal decision to see it from their perspective(s).
Do you see greatness in you? What has been some responses you’ve received when you told someone/friend of their great potential? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Note: In regards to last night’s name, yes, I cheered for the Broncos. Yes, I’m a closeted Broncos fan and have been since the John Elway days. Yes, I have toured Invesco Field before I have even seen the Cowboys Stadium up close (even though it’s 20 minutes from my house). And yes, I’ll admit that my team got treated like how corn is served in the south: CREAMED.
Today, I met a sweet gentleman in the elevator at work as I made my way back to the office from my lunch break. If you know me at all, I tend to strike up conversations in elevators to break up the awkward silence that we all dread. Someone’s gotta do it, right?!
Anyway, I asked him what the big white metal piece he was holding was for. Motioning with his hands to tell me …