First off, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for allowing me to be here in this very moment. I owe my all to him forever and always. Nothing less.
Second, My family, my backbone, the people that hold me up. Without their support through all my tough and great times, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
There are so much more people that I could thank for allowing me to be in their lives. I’m beyond blessed with great people who care and support me through everything.
Through my short 24 years here, I’ve learned a ton.
I’ve learned there are a lot more negative voices out there that are much louder than the positive voices. Though there may be many positive things happening on a daily basis, we choose to pay attention to the negatives. This needs to change.
I’ve learned that life is not as linear as we think it is. Too many of us are impatient to work hard for 10 years to get to where we want to be. Instead, we’ll take a job that makes us look good and pays decently so we’re happy in the short term and not in the long term. Life is what you decide to make it. You can do what you love if you’re willing to work for it.
Money is not as important as we think it is. The most important thing to me is how I make the people around me feel. Cause they'll remember that. Money will come and go. The relationships and impact you make on peoples lives? You can't measure that.
I could go on and on about what I've learned.
I just started my journey of entrepreneurship. It’s not going to be easy, but I knowt’s what I’m meant to do. I don’t know everything about business, but I can’t let that hold me back. I’ll learn as I continue to put my trust in the Lord, work hard, network and grow every day.
I appreciate everyone that said happy birthday through text, Facebook or in person. All of you have had an impact on my life and where it’s going. There’s a lot more I want to do to try and make this world a better place and spread God’s love. I’m only 24 and I’m in no rush.
Mamba out. ;) Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
Recently I've heard the phrase "it's not your net worth, it's your network". During my first year in college, I was able to get my first job because I knew the director of a department.
This same director then helped me get a better position in a different office.
I knew then how powerful networking was.
The hard part was being afraid of meeting new people and being the shy guy that I am.
I knew I had to overcome it, so I attended as many job fairs as I could. I connected with professors and many others. I put myself in uncomfortable positions over and over again.
Today, I still struggle with overcoming that fear but it's a lot easier. Cause I've done it before. I know what will happen.
I'm now at multiple co-working spaces and making sure I'm going to networking events a couple times a month at the very least.
Make sure you're always networking. Over come the fear and understand the big picture of what you're trying to accomplish.
Don't worry about the return. Understand that It's always relationships over money. Money will come and go. With relationships, you'll always have a connection to work with.
Had a great opportunity to attend a networking event hosted by Land O'Lakes and the @minnesotalynx
Was able to see Coach Cheryl Reeves and @psquared_22 talk about how important leadership and challenging the norm is.
Had a great experience and got to see where my future office will be! ;) Thanks to @unitingdistantstars and Heather for inviting me!
My Approach to Building a Team:
Recently, I wanted to create a product of my own and use my digital marketing background to help grow it’s brand. I thought it’d be an easy business venture and that I could do it on my own. Although I could, it wouldn’t be executed to it’s full potential. I had to create a team that would be able to help me execute well. A team that was as passionate as I was about this product.
Getting a team together and understanding that I would have to pay them in the long run was easy for me to understand. Others? Not so much. I’ve always been a team player because I know I suck at almost everything. I need others who have an expertise in certain fields to help make this product work. The thing is that other people aren’t willing to share. What they don’t understand is that no one can do it all alone. Even if they do bring in a team, they have an ego and want everything done their way. Hard to build a strong team that way.
I have my strengths and my team has theirs. I want to put them in positions where they can execute on what they enjoy and are good at. I’d never want anyone to do something they’d hate. If a team member wanted to move from video editing into graphic design, i’m all for it. Because I know that they’d work a lot harder at what they enjoyed and were good at than if they hated their job.
Having a team that cares and trusts another is also extremely important. If one person is worried about the other persons’ tasks and work ethic, it’s going to be hard for the team to succeed. If each team member trusts another to get things done and actually genuinely cares about what’s going on in each other lives, then the team moves a lot faster. Because they’re aligned, they feel like they’re needed, and work gets done.
The team you build to execute your business, sports team, church group or whatever it might be is important. Don’t try to do it all alone. Don’t try to bring in anyone and everyone. Bring in people that has a strength in an area in which your team lacks. Actually get to know what they’re interested in and watch your team execute. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
With the growth of the internet and social media, we have access to a lot of information. Every time I feel like I know a good amount about a topic, there’s a whole bunch of information I stumble upon. This is where I start to question myself if I’m going to be able to compete with the “experts” out there.
I want to be where the greats are. I want to leave my mark on this earth. Although I don’t want any of the glory. I’m in this to give all the credit and glory to the man above. I haven’t seen any truly great entrepreneur do so. I want to fill that void. I know I have a long way to go.
Being only 23, I know I can’t get down on myself for not knowing everything. I’m not going to be able to be on the “Great” level anytime soon. Right now is the just the beginning. I’m only six months in!
I’m not going to try to rush this process of buying the Minnesota Timberwolves. I’m going to learn, grow and get better every day. The process, the journey of trying to achieve your dreams is what you should enjoy. Because if you don’t enjoy the losses, setbacks, and rejections, you’ll quit. The losses are going to happen. If you can’t handle it, it’s going to be extremely hard for you.
I’m at a point where I could care less what anyone thinks about me and what I do. I know what my goal is and I will do everything I can to achieve it. You just can’t dwell on your shortcomings. Especially in the early stages.
You have to love the work as well. Whether that’d be editing a new video, designing new products, meetings, or whatever the dirty work is. You have to enjoy that. I send out emails and IG direct messages daily. Sure, it’s not the most enjoyable part of what I do. But it’s part of the process. Part of what it’ll take to bring my dream to life. Having that bigger picture in mind is what will allow you to enjoy the dirty work.
What I’m trying to get is this, trust the process and understand it’s fine to not know everything. Doesn’t matter if you’re 23, 31, 45 or whatever age you are. Trust the process, put your head down and work. You don't have to be an "expert" to make your dreams work.
"I’m now in month six and still working my tail off trying to grow this business that I love. That’s the key. You have to love what you do. You can’t jump into business looking for a quick buck. You’re going to lose. You have to love it so much that you’d do it for free if you could. I know I would. Because I’m helping people grow their businesses. Helping them get to bring their dreams to reality. Bringing my dreams to reality at the same time.
I didn’t go searching for my business. My business found me. Sure I was trying a lot of different things for two months. To see if anything would stick and then I stumbled upon my business. It's kind of like how love should be. If you go searching for love, you’ll never find it. If you’re patient, meet new people, and work hard, love will find you." Read full post by clicking the link to my Medium page! ;)
I know that I would never forgive myself if I didn’t try.
I knew that once I’m 80 years old and haven't tried, then I'd look back and be pissed at myself as to why I didn’t try to start my own business. Which has always been my dream... You just always have to try. Try it for your 80-year-old future self. At least then you’ll know if it was meant for you or not. You have to just always try.
"People want the instant gratification.
They want it now.
They want to prove people wrong right away.
They aren’t patient enough with their journey.
People would rather settle for less now then work hard for 10 years to get what they truly desire.
For me? No way am I settling.
Even if I fail, I know it’ll just be a lesson for me to learn from.
I’m not scared to fail.
I want to fail. I want to learn. I want to get better.
I never want to be comfortable and feel like I settled for less.
I want to strive to be the best I can be every day.
I want to make my dreams into reality.
If that means I have to wait 40 years for that to happen. So be it.
Work hard, never settle and apply patience.
Everything else will work itself out."
Most traditional individuals hear about the change, but aren’t willing to embrace it.
There’s a reason retail stores’s revenues have fallen.
There’s a reason Amazon bought Whole Foods.
There’s a reason every one watches Netflix instead of regular TV.
Embrace when change happens.
How can you use this change that is happening to your advantage?
Not everything will go the way we want it to.
You can sit and dwell or figure out how you can get better.
It’s your choice.
Your Actions Must Match Your Ambitions:
I see it all the time.
People say they have these huge ambitions and never take any action on them.
Heck, I've done this myself a lot in the past.
We've all set New Year's resolutions right?
And we all know by February most people have given up on those resolutions.
Every year I've set a goal of losing weight and getting in shape to look like Zac Efron.
Safe to say I'm far from that even though I hit the gym 4-5 times a week.
Because that's not the only thing that matters. Theres a lot of other factors that come into play.
You have to eat right and a lot.
When you work out, you have to push yourself.
You probably need to go the gym 7 times a week.
I don't know. That's why I haven't reached that goal.. yet.
Because I haven't put in the work.
I haven't taken the actions needed to fulfill that ambition.
Does that mean I should quit? No way.
It means it's time to make a change.
To make sure my actions match my ambition.
If I want to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, I'll need to work harder than everyone else.
No more going out on every weekend.
No more hanging with people that don't push you.
No more joining 5 sport teams.
No more playing NBA 2K for 5 hours straight.
All my leisure activities must become less.
My passion for business must be my focus.
Everyday. With every action I take.
Now, I'm not saying everyone should get rid of their leisure activities.
What I am saying is that you must take the right steps needed to reach YOUR goals.
If you want work-life balance, great! Map your actions to achieving that.
If you want to travel more, great! Stop spending your money and save!
Find out how to hack traveling prices.
Put in the work.
See what I'm getting at?
Your actions must match your ambitions.
Otherwise they're just ambitions.. that may never be reached.
That'll lead to regret, which is the biggest poison in life.
My call to action if you read this far is to map out what actions you need to take to achieve your ambitions.
To make your dreams into a reality.
Because no one else will do it for you.
I want to build huge businesses.
I want to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves.
I want to marry @selenagomez (yes you read that right). I want to provide for my parents so they don’t have to work another day in their life.
These are my ambitions.
I may not reach all of them, but I will not allow myself to not at least try.
Now, these are huge ambitions.
You probably think I’m crazy for having these type of ambitions.
That’s totally fine. I know the odds are against me.
The thing about that is that I feed off of the odds being against me.
I love being the underdog and always have.
An average looking asian dude with a communications degree is going to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Yup and there's not a doubt in my mind I will get there.
Accomplishing everything listed above would be amazing.
It would be more than I could ever ask for.
The thing about these accomplishments is that they are all temporary.
Everything here is temporary.
The only thing that is constant is God and his love for us.
Everything I do must be to glorify him and nothing else.
If I accomplish everything listed above and have not glorified God through them, I have failed.
I would rather not achieve any of the goals listed above and glorify God in a different way.
I trust that God will guide me on a path that will allow me to glorify him through my character, career and how I live my life.
That is my only goal in this life.
My ultimate ambition.
To glorify his name and not mine.
I will continue to chase my dreams.
I know that if it’s not meant for me, God will intervene and direct me to where I am suppose to me. To his plan.
He always has and always will.
The journey of building your own business is a tough one. Having the aspiration to be an entrepreneur is tough to deal with.
These past few months have taught me more about myself than any other time in my life.
The struggles of being rejected, the opinions of others thinking you're crazy, not sure where money will come from, self doubt... all these things are things I've never truly faced before. Until now.
What I've understood is that none of that stuff matters. It definitely does not matter as much as my ultimate goal. When you take a step out of the current state of things and take a wider perspective, those things do not matter.
We get one life to live here on this place called earth. So why not take the risk of doing work you love?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying go and start a business. I'm saying, don't settle for anything less than doing what you love. Every day.
You're probably saying... "ok Christian, what is the point of this long post..." I'll get there... The main point I want to stress is to do work you love. People are going to think you're crazy, you're going to get rejected, you'll tell yourself you can't do it.... but so what? You're going to let that stop you? For me... Not a chance.
Will it be easy? Ha. Good one.
Will it be hard? Most definitely.
How long will it take me? I'm not sure, for me.. I know I won't be where I want to be for awhile.
So what's my ultimate goal? My end game? I'll tell you.
At the end of the game, if I'm glorifying my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and doing what I love everyday.. which is helping others... I'll have won in my eyes.
Also... maybe own the Minnesota Timberwolves.. but we'll see about that. That's about 400 million dollars away from now. ;) Work towards doing work you love everyday. Don't let anyone or thing stand in your way. Not even yourself.
Now, back to the grind. Much love. Peace!
Networking is essential to growing your business. If you don't have a network, someone else does. Create a relationship with them and tap into that. They themselves may not need your product or services, but they may people who do. Also, not everyone will be willing to open their network to you. That is fine, what matters is your effort and that you try. Always have to try. You'll never know if it'll work or not if you ponder all the time. Go do. Only way to know for yourself. #putinwork