Seeing The Year 2020 From Beyond

How was your 2020?

Indeed the year 2020 is a string of avalanche for most people here and beyond, from the snowy mountains in the Alps to the deserted islands and the tropical.

We have witnessed how global warming hit and resulted to bushfires in Australia, floods that ravaged the countries in Asia due to typhoons, the sudden loss of significant people in history like Kobe, the massive destruction caused by an explosion in Beirut, the cry for racial discrimination everywhere and the declining economy far and wide caused by the Coronavirus, in which the long battle is not yet over, and many more.

In one way or another, these have affected us all tremendously from the social, economic, political and spiritual point of views.

Having been locked up for half a year is no joke especially for someone who is driven by the energy of seeing the outside world and meeting people. I have known many who have not seen the sun or felt its warm rays on their skin, some people who are just new to the city where they work even forgot how their neighborhood looks like after nine months seeing only the four corners of their room. Sad.

Some people losing their jobs when they need it most seemed like a dead end and for employers closing down businesses is devastating and heartbreaking. No one is ahead than the other.

Around the world, many nations have cried for help from others who are in a better position. Trading was made possible that paved the way for those countries with better economies rose to even better positions in the world market.

Looking at the individual’s perspective, many people have suffered depression due to loneliness and hopelessness. Some could not bear the pressure and gave in.

DEPRESSION is real, but so is HOPE.

As we move forward to YEAR 2021, let’s see things in a different perspective. I chose to be positive as it is the only way to get over everything. It’s never too late to start all over again.

So, how can you BEAT THE ODDS?

  1. Remember that you are not alone. When you feel depressed, remember that many people are feeling the same. The solution to every problem lies in your attitude, so think of what you have and make use of it. Focus your energy dealing with the solution rather than the problem.
  2. Use your alone or me time to gather your thoughts and plan your ideas into action. Having an alone time is the best time when you can plan your next move. Instead of watching movies or playing games, allot a time to do your brainstorming for what you are going to do next. A quiet time is the best time to reflect on yourself and what you want to do and achieve in life
  3. Bear in mind that for every bad thing, lies a good thing. Often times, when bad things happen, people focus on it more than what’s in it. Don’t focus on the negative things, instead focus on what is not seen on the other side of it. Things are all interconnected, for sure there’s something you can take advantage of the situation like how you can solve a problem caused by the situation to a lot of people. See this as an opportunity and take your chance without giving up easily. Jack Ma of Ali baba once said ” If you don’t give up, you still have a chance” so, don’t give up and get started.
  4. Learn a skill to make a living or start a living. Your choice. If you think you have the drive but lack the skill to carry out what you want, invest on it, some are even free, only your time and efforts are the key. Many skills are highly paid online like coaching, bookkeeping, digital marketing, copy writing, teaching and the likes. Choose one that interests you and get on with it. Once you are skillful enough, you can work for someone or start sharing your knowledge for a fee. The choice is yours.
  5. Practice healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle means eating real food not junk foods, finding balance between work and personal things, exercising, serving others and for some even praying regularly. Be disciplined enough to do it, it’s a sort of practice when you venture into the unknown.
  6. Think like an investor. – If you have been working before on a project and not getting the results you wanted, maybe its time to take a different approach. Learn from your mistakes. Think of how you can double the same amount of money rather than how you can stretch it to sustain your living. Learn to invest instead of saving. Take calculated risks and equip yourself with the knowledge before you dig into it. Don’t work for money, let money do the work for you.
  7. Learn from others. Don’t be too proud to ask opinions of others who are better than you are, for sure, they know something that you don’t. Wisdom is the key to being successful. You can read about others through books, documentaries, news, interviews or simply by just talking to strangers. Be open and think out of the box.
  8. Focus on your project or goal. Whether is self-improvement or a journey to building your empire, you must stand the challenges and never get distracted. Focus only one and work on it, it won’t be easy in the beginning but it’s worth it, take it from me this time.

Wishing you the best of 2021! Keep going!


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I bet you are also looking ways to become successful in whatever field you are in, so that’s why you are reading this. We share a common goal for it.

These days I’ve been switching work and personal agenda from time to time. Yesterday I thought that I needed some inspiration to move forward as I feel stuck and not moving forward with the plans I have for my company. There are just so many challenges in the past 8 months so I though I needed some advice from people who were not successful in the beginning but getting better through time.

My bet is Jack Ma today. He is a Chinese national and the founder of Alibaba. He came from a poor family who can barely afford to eat a good meal. He did not have a good education either but his choice to learn English was the best decision he made early on in his life. I’d like to believe it gave him more opportunities to widen his network. He earned a degree in English and several years after, in 2017, Jack Ma was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Technopreneurship from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines.

So here, you can see that education at a later stage of your life is also possible, but make money first while you are still young, and perhaps you might even forget about getting an education after. I was told this couple of times by different people who are financially successful now but never had the right education that we think is mandatory to financial independence, but this is another story for next time.

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Anyhow, I am always fascinated by Jack Ma’s strong will and determination to succeed regardless of the challenges and the risks he had to take along the way. So here are my take away in the video which you can also find here.


The business tycoon said:

  1. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t listen to successful stories, often times there are many stories behind, but learn from what they did wrong and make your way through it.
  2. In life its not how much you achieved, rather how much you went through the tough days and the mistakes your made that measures your success.
  3. Learn from the mistakes you made and make use of them to become a better version of yourself. Once a friend told me, “its okay to make mistakes” but learn from it and don’t do the same mistake again, otherwise its called stupidity. By not being afraid to making mistakes, you are opening your door for learning.
  4. Strive for quality over quantity. Quality brings in more repeat clients that lasts, but quantity is a short term goal and can ruin your long term reputation. Now, I am talking from experience. So keeping few good ones are worth your time and effort as they will become your loyal clients.
  5. Don’t aim to be the best, aim to be the first. Be the first to offer a solution to an existing problem. If your product or services can solve people’s problem, then you are trekking the right path.
  6. Prepare for the future.Have long term plans. See the future ahead than others. You can work slowly but be sure that what you are doing now prepares you for the next couple of years. Seeing the big picture thinking is what makes great leaders as J. Maxwell explained in his book – How Successful People Think.
  7. Respect your competitors. Just as you want to be recognized or gain something from what you are working hard to do, so are your competitors. My take on this is- do your best but mind your own business and concentrate on your goals.
  8. Take challenges as opportunities. Problems need a solution and people will be willing to pay for something that can solve their problems.Many times, businesses fail due to overwhelming challenges but I personally believe that in every challenge lies an opportunity-again, see the big picture thinking and never give up.
  9. Believe. Believe that there is something greater ahead and continue to work your way through it. I always have this and so you do. It doesn’t matter if you get rejected, in fact, Jack Ma said that he has had many rejections before he succeeded. Few months ago, I met an author of the book Conquering Your Stage Fright through secrets and The 90 Day Book Writing Challenge said ” you don’t need many people to approve of your ideas or yourself even, you only need one and your belief in yourself”.
  10. Surround yourself with great people. Indeed, it is hard to encourage negative people. The last thing you would want to hear is complains from people who believe less in themselves. Jack Ma also mentioned that culture in his management is important. It is important that all the people are seeing the same goal and working towards it.
  11. Live healthy. Simply said, if you are healthy, you can live happily but you cannot be happy if you are unhealthy. Take a break, reward yourself at times by going to places you’ve never been, meet people you can talk to nicely or eat your favorite blueberry cheesecake.

Ketogenic Diet -How Far Can You Go?

I always admire people who can stick to their diet plan and achieve their goals. I tried Keto Diet for 10 days but I couldn’t maintain it because I always get hungry :(. Anyway, I didn’t have a pure plan apart from losing weight. I was 55 Kg. and I wanted to lose couple of kilos. .I admit that I did not pursue it but luckily, I’ve maintained my weight until now, after 2 years.

Without mention, Ketogenic diet is very popular among people nowadays. This very low carb high fat diet is very effective if taken seriously in just a matter of 10 days.

I am speaking from a friend’s journey into Ketogenic Diet. In a matter of 6 months, she lost about 20Kgs and that is an average of 3.3 kilograms in a month!

The reasons why she wanted to lose weight are mainly the following:

  1. She was trying to get pregnant at the age of 35 – and it worked! So if you think you are also looking at conceiving soon and you think that your weight is the main reason why you cannot do it, I think Keto diet is a must try. Make sure that you stay healthy and because at this age, pregnancy is quite hard to achieve naturally. But with a friend’s case, it was very effective.
  2. She used to be thin and she believes that she can still get her body back to the way it was and with determination and discipline, it was made possible in few months.
  3. She wanted to look better. Of course, who wouldn’t be? Ketogenic diet is a selective diet because you need to be very careful of eating foods rich in carbohydrates because your aim is to put your body into ketosis – a process where your body gets its energy from fats instead of carbohydrates.

Her story is inspiring for women who want to conceive at a later age and who have problem with obesity. It is worth trying but also requires determination and commitment.