Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse 2014!

Posted by Simon Leung in Occasions, Personal on February 1st, 2014 | No Comments

So, I’m a bit of a dark horse. Last year, I had every intention to write another blog post after my initial 2013 New Year post, but reality became a horse of a different color. As a result, online and offline strangers I’ve never met, acquaintances I don’t know very well and even Trojan horses disguised as friends, colleagues and business associates, have all been spreading rumors that I was back to my old self, demotivated and wasting my life away.

I’ve never been one to beg others to stop flogging a dead horse since, quite frankly, I have no qualms about what others think. That’s right, I simply don’t care. My close family and friends can tell you that. I consider a large part of my every day life private (and it will remain that way), which is why you may have noticed that I also don’t frequently post on social media, but if people are nonetheless going to beat a dead horse with a stick, I might as well make a revelation or two so you can get a brief update directly from the horse’s mouth.

Now, in case you, too, think I’ve been horsing around all year, just hold your horses for a minute. The truth of the matter is that 2013 was actually one of my most productive years in a long time, and I’m not just saying this as a stalking horse to undermine any of my past successes or failures.

As soon as the year kicked off, I went straight to work. Among all my live events, business trips and joint ventures, I had intended to give an update when I launched a new Internet Marketing training program, conducted my first workshop of the year, or made my first big investment towards businesses, properties and other luxury goods. However, because I’ve had my share of backing the wrong horse in the past with unsuccessful projects, I didn’t want to run before my horse to the market and jinx it all by making announcements too soon, if at all.

Don’t get me wrong; I love what I do. Wild horses can’t drag me away from my passion for the Internet lifestyle and teaching others to do the same. To me, 2013 was an extremely successful year while being able to enjoy the exact kind of world I’ve always wanted to live in – a one horse town. With the exception of occasional business trips and live events, my official work weeks consisted of only one day, four to five hours each time.

Yep, I’m strong as a horse and have taken back control of my life for a while now. During my free time, I enjoyed personal travels, hanging out with friends, socializing online and offline, hitting the gym every now and then, not to mention exploring new food and eating like a horse! Sometimes, I feel like a horse that’s been put out to pasture because there was just no work to do, although I can’t say I didn’t like it. Life was carefree, relaxing and good.

Despite the blessing to run one of the most ideal lifestyle businesses in the world, it felt busy to me. I suppose it’s true that every horse thinks its own pack is the heaviest because even when new opportunities came along, I didn’t want to add any additional workload on my plate and had my own restrictions on what I wanted to do or felt I should be doing. Horses for courses, right? I was quite adamant about what projects I wanted to take on and with which partners, so a nod was as good as a wink to a blind horse since I had my own way of thinking and doing things.

Then, towards the end of the year, a series of unexpected turn of events took place which completely altered my way of thinking. One thing led to another, and it quickly became clear that something had to give, because it turns out that there are people, not just family, but also close friends, students and associates, who are dependent on me and my involvement in projects. As I didn’t want to close the stable door after the horse had bolted, I knew I must change my trade of thoughts in order to create a future I would not live to regret. At which point, I woke up and realized that it’s no good climbing on my high horse about things I cannot control. Judging people and opportunities simply limits my growth.

After spending the last few months off to enjoy a long Holiday season with close family and friends, I had some time to think and plan how I want my life to be this year. Looking back at some of the opportunities I’ve let go in the past because they did not apply to my lifestyle is a great lesson to determine how I want to choose my opportunities moving forward. The fact of the matter is that if two ride on a horse, one must ride behind. Nothing will ever be perfect and there really is no use fighting for power because then, everybody loses. 100 percent of nothing will always be nothing.

Everyone who knows me knows that I’d always prefer a life of relaxation, but given my epiphany just in time for the New Year, I might just have to push aside all lazy thoughts for now and kick off the Year of the Horse working like a horse. Don’t worry, it’s not as dreadful as it sounds, as I would definitely be working on projects that I enjoy with friends I enjoy working with. My only concern is putting the cart before the horses in all my projects since I’m so over-ambitious in getting many things done at the same time.

Thankfully, my entrepreneurship experience has taught me that there will always be concerns and it is neither possible nor reasonable to predict all the problems that may arise along the way. It most certainly cannot be used as an excuse to not do something, as it is much more important to get projects up and running first. As I preach to all my students and clients, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink. I’ve led thousands to the water well of freedom, but only those with the will and determination take that drink.

Today, I’m here to let you know that I, too, have not always taken the drink offered to me. What I have learned is that looking a gift horse in the mouth will lead you to nowhere that you haven’t already been. It’s okay to have standards and guidelines because, after all, there’s no use changing horses midstream as a result of working on projects you don’t believe in. However, if a proven successful model comes your way and you reject it, it could be the biggest mistake you make as an entrepreneur.

Life is not horseplay, and the world is not a one horse race. There are plenty of opportunities out there waiting for you and me, but things don’t just happen simply by wishing. If wishes were horses, all the beggars in the world would ride them. You must make them happen, and I am more than happy to make anything happen together with you if we can agree on a mutually beneficial venture.

And guess what? There is no better time than now, in the Year of the Horse, to make things happen for you and your family. Horse sense tells me this year has the potential to be our best year yet. And since it has already begun, I better get on my horse right away and highly recommend that you don’t spare the horses, either. Time is a limited commodity we cannot afford to waste.

To all my Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mongolian and Tibetan friends all around the world – Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse! (Yes, it is the Year of the Horse, in case you haven’t figured it with all the clever horse idioms in this blog post. :P And yes, Nicole Mullen, we “Chineses” are celebrating New Year a month after January 1st and it will go on for 15 days!) Regardless of culture, religion, nationality and ethnical background – Have yourself a joyous, healthy and prosperous 2014!

Happy New Year 2013 From The New SimonLeung.com

Posted by Simon Leung in Personal, Updates on January 1st, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Happy New Year!
Hello, friends, and welcome to my newly redesigned website, just in time for the New Year! And for the record, this is not only a new SimonLeung.com, but also a new Simon Leung, and a new beginning. Let me explain…

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I hadn’t updated my blog in about two and a half years. During this time, while there were months when I was very active in my business, there were also many more months when I simply was not mentally conditioned to be in a social environment, much less make any public appearances at live events.

I won’t bore you with the specifics of my life since my last post 30 months ago, as it is a conversation better had over a couple drinks, anyway. To make a long story short, 2010 was extremely hectic and had its share of complications, 2011 was probably the worst year of my life with multiple consecutive catastrophic personal challenges, and most of 2012 was spent recovering from everything I had gone through and lost during that time.

Yes, I understand that these may not be the traditional motivational and inspirational messages you may expect from me or would normally hear me deliver on stage, but this is a very true and personal story of my life, one that I’ve never really considered sharing. This is real talk.

All I have to say is that I am extremely thankful for the few close people in my life who supported me during that difficult time, and encouraged me to stand back up and fight back a good fight when all I wanted to do was give up and disappear forever. And for well over a year, that was exactly what I did.

Even though I most certainly did have the means to hide away in a foreign country and live comfortably without working another day or talking to anyone ever again, which, believe me, was very, very tempting to do, these friends went above and beyond the call of duty, brought value to me in ways that were completely off the friend menu, and made me realize that life is worth living again. Make no mistake, it took a lot of time, and it sure as hell was not easy, but we did it.

My close family and friends all played important roles in giving me sources of support, strength, encouragement, care and even opportunities to triumph, persevere and move forward, and I finally made my big comeback to the Internet entrepreneurship game in the latter part of 2012.

Today, after several months of hard work building, testing and delivering brand new projects from the ground up, I know once again how it feels to run a successful business while motivating and inspiring others to do the same. Most importantly, I appreciate my life again and everyone who is in it, especially those who were there for me when I needed them the most.

And now, I am dedicated to making 2013 my best year yet. And for anyone crazy enough to take this exhilarating ride with me, I encourage you to meet me at one of my scheduled live events in the next few months, and we will sit down and have a serious conversation about changing your life and taking over the world, because that’s the direction my partners and I are heading.

We have HUGE plans! From company start-ups to new Internet Marketing training programs, not to mention product launches, live events and our private projects outside of the Internet Marketing niche, we are all geared up for one heck of a year.

I am very excited to start a brand new year full blazin’ ahead again to rock all 12 months of the calendar year, which is something that has not happened for a long time, and I want to share my excitement with you. Better yet, we want you to come along for the ride of a lifetime, because we are going to need all the help we can get!

Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have the skills. It’s never too late to start. The truth of the matter is that we all start at zero. None of us were born with the talent and skills we would eventually develop. Through continued learning and experience, we can build miracles out of nothing.

We may continue to do great things, be lucky enough to build that success limitlessly, or, perhaps, everything can even be suddenly taken from you. That’s life, and it’s not always something that we can control. However, the knowledge you have is something that nobody can ever take away from you. You can build it all over again, maybe even better than you did before, but only if you want it. At the end of the day, it does not matter how much talent you have, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t strive for it.

I’ve gone through hell and back in a period of over two years. Heck, we even survived the end of the world (I celebrated it with an Armageddon Party)! There is nothing that life can throw at us that we can’t conquer. Remember, whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right. Always think positive, and always believe in yourself and know that you, indeed… CAN.

I’m a big believer in everything happening for a reason, and the hardships that we all go through bring us one step closer to the person we are destined to become. I am fortunate enough to know now which road to take. We must follow this path and believe we are doing the right thing.

Personally, I can’t say that my mental state is 100% back to where it was before when it was at its peak, and I would be lying if I told you I have completely put together all the pieces of my complicated puzzle. Even though I have faith that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, it does take time before that strength is built up. Hey, we need to learn to walk before we can learn to run, right? That’s why I’m not worried. We have all the time in the world!

Plus, with the positive energy and support from my family, friends, partners, teams and even students whom I am so blessed to have in my life, I have all the tools I need, which gives me the passion to move ahead and the confidence to tackle my goals for this year, and beyond. My resolution is to make 2013 my best year ever, to represent the new me, and to mark this new beginning. Will you do the same?

BTW, I’ll do my best to update my blog more frequently moving forward, but just in case you don’t hear from me for another 30 months (fingers crossed!), we can still keep in touch and interact through social media, so be sure to subscribe to my Facebook posts or follow me on Twitter!

P.S. I’ve completely moved servers and content management systems for this website, so the new makeover is a continued work in progress. I’m still trying to work out some bugs and finalize the operation of the website, with about 300 web pages and 600mb worth of content in an SQL database that I need to figure out how to import! So please check back soon or enter your name and email address in the form on the right, and I will contact you as soon as we are all updated and ready to go. In the meantime, please feel free to poke around the new website and check out some of the information and videos from the navigational menu above. Thanks and chat soon!

P.P.S. Today is the first blank page of your new 365 page book. Write a good success story for us to read, will you? As they say, the best is yet to come. HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)