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Happy 2016 – It’s Game Time!

Posted by Simon Leung in Inspirational, Occasions, Personal on January 1st, 2016 | No Comments

Every year, we make New Year resolutions that only a few of us will ever live up to.

You know the drill? Yes, you do. I know you do. You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about… :)

2016 new year resolutions

For some reasons, these resolutions are often forgotten, neglected or placed in the back burner within weeks or even days after we’ve set them. Not that it’s right or wrong, but it has become a fact of life.

I’d be lying to say I haven’t been guilty of the same thing, but I’ve actually never been a fan of making promises I can’t keep or starting things I can’t finish. Which is why this time around, things are going to be just a bit different. Actually, a LOT different.

You see, everything that happens in our lifetime is a stepping stone. One thing prepares you for the next, and for me, 2015 was no different.

Despite having a much “lighter” schedule this year speaking at seminars and conducting my own trainings, my traveling was as intense as ever, trekking through several countries while secretly building my own team of rockstars “behind the scenes.”

As I always say, I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason. And for those who had the opportunity to climb on board with me during the last 12 months, I believe they were all brought to me by forces way bigger than all of us could ever fathom, and it is in preparation for bigger and better things to come in 2016.

I can’t even begin to explain how my life has so dramatically transformed over the last few years which eventually brought me to this specific point in my life where we have a spectacular team who is a hair away from helping one another achieving some of the best that life has to offer.

In the U.S., I grew up with professional sports and video games. And to me, I have spent the last year building the best darn team I could have ever built. We’ve even warmed up with some initial achievements. But now, it’s game time, so let’s get ready to play ball!

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To me, I see the first 95% of my life as “practice.” I’ve learned so many valuable lessons on the ups and downs of everything that everyone has to go through.

2015 (maybe even some of 2014) was some pretty good warm up. Without the building blocks that were put into place, I wouldn’t be ready for the things that are to come.

And what’s to come?

Well, 2016, of course… And in 2016, I’m about to gear up for that grand slam out of the park!

I mentioned this time, it’s going to be different. Even a “LOT” different. How different?

What makes me excited to work every day is that since I enjoy my work so much, I don’t even consider it “work” anymore.

At this stage in my business, there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not helping anyone else. That’s right. I’m in the business of helping other people, and nothing, no amount of money in the world, can outrank the positivity you are surrounded with when everything you do is designed to improve the lives of other people.

And the theory is true… The more lives you change, the “richer” you will be become (in every sense of the word).

So what is this game that we’ll be playing in 2016?

Well, as you can see from my last blog post of 2015, my goal is to create 100 more success stories.

I want to help the chosen people to become “richer” in the way I have experienced. I want to help them become more “successful” in their own definition of the term. I want to help them to finally live the dream, and put them in the position where they can do the same thing to help countless others in the exact same way.

That means I’m looking for doers, not sitting ducks who wait around to be served. I need action takers who are ready to contribute. I need LEADERS.

See, anyone can “make money.” Anyone can follow a blueprint to earn a living. That’s purely a business thing.

What I’m in search for are not only people who can follow instructions, I need people who are ready to serve back and help me to help change lives, create successes, and provide opportunities.

That, my friends, that is a Leadership thing. And I can’t do it alone, which is why I need fellow Leaders to do this with me.

It’s not just a resolution. It’s not even a goal. This has become my mission.

I’m gonna do it, and I’m gonna celebrate. By this time next year, I will have these successful Leaders under my wing who will be living the life of their dreams while helping others to do the same thing.

Don’t think it’s possible? Watch me :)

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2016 to you, as well as your family, loved ones and close friends!

P.S. If you’re interested in working with me to HAVE a “happy, healthy and successful 2016,” and even be considered to become one of my next success stories, I invite you to check out my previous post to see how you can Partner With Me In 2016.

I’m Automating My Online Business In 2016

Posted by Simon Leung in Launch, Personal, Promotion, Resources, Updates on December 14th, 2015 | No Comments

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already coming to a close, and what a year it has been.

I’ll write more about my year in review the closer we approach the New Year, but today, I want to fast forward on my plans beyond that.

You see, I focused a lot this year on building my business through live events and webinars.

That’s because I believe in order for participants to truly understand my value, it’s necessary for them to see presentation slides, live demonstrations and hear the excitement in my voice.

Even though I’ve done quite a bit of traveling through several countries for my live shows during each of my 4 to 6 week mini-seminar series, I actually find that conversion rates are almost the same even if I’m doing webinars online at home.

Plus – When I do webinars, I get to communicate with my friends from all around the world, and are not limited only to the ones who are in the country or city I happen to be in that week.

However, the problem is that with webinars, they also need to be live, because if people can see that it’s a pre-recorded video, they would be less interested and more prone to watch it at a later time (where the “later” usually won’t ever happen).

And since the time-urgency factor isn’t there, pre-recorded webinars are not nearly as effective, which means I still need to set aside 2 hours once or twice every week to conduct these webinars.

That is, until now…

Thanks to the power of technology, I’ve found a way to automate even webinars, and although they are pre-recorded, the beauty of this software is that no one can tell it apart from the live ones.

This means that now, my entire business – from registrations, welcome and reminder messages, to the webinar presentation itself and all the follow up emails – are 100% on autopilot.

I’ll never have to cancel my plans because I need to be on duty for another live webinar again!

Simply set everything up, record the webinar one time, and the rest is set and forget until the end of time :)

This is a total game changer in business automation, and because I believe we share the same goals of achieving personal freedom, I want to share this technology with you.

No obligation whatsoever, and if you like what you see, then let’s discuss how we can work together on this to make 2016 not only our best year yet, but when we finally get to achieve a life of true freedom.

Simply give me your details at the link below, and I’ll send you full information on this brand new technology right away:

RSVP Here >> https://onlineautomation.eventbrite.com

Let’s automate our businesses together starting right now and mark the beginning of the Internet Lifestyle that we all deserve, shall we?

To an amazing 2016 and beyond!

How To Have A Truly Happy 2015

Posted by Simon Leung in Educational, Inspirational, Occasions, Personal, Promotion, Updates on January 1st, 2015 | No Comments

Every 365 days on this special occasion, we would wish one another “Happy New Year!” – But, how many of us can say that we are truly happy?

There’s no doubt that New Year’s resolutions serve an important purpose in our own motivation to welcome in a new era. But without a clear reflection of the previous year and all the years before, most people inevitably create resolutions so specific, general or unachievable that they eventually abandon them altogether.

My take on the new year is to take everything I have learned and experienced over the past 12 months into perspective to explicitly declare what I want and how I will live my life moving forward.

Instead of making the same general New Year resolutions year after year that never last more than a week or two anyway (you know – lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, save more, earn more, travel more, drink less, making this the best year ever, blah, blah, blah) why not commit yourself to attaining one life goal this time around that’s actually meaningful and sustainable, and will actually make a difference in your life and those you care about?

Mine is simple: To enjoy life and be happy.

I am a believer that general happiness is a state of mind. Despite the many challenges and tests life throws at us from time-to-time which are completely out of our control, we do have the power to choose and change our emotions if we really want to.

However, in order for us to become truly happy, what I’ve learned throughout a very eye-opening 2014 is that there are certain habits and traits we must adapt or avoid in order to achieve the true happiness we deserve in 2015 and onwards.

Per my previous blog post, 2014 was a “new” year for me. New life (in ways more than one), new country, new relationships, new commitments, new businesses, new revelations. What I didn’t include was this: new life lessons.

On the surface, what the universe gave me in 2014 was nothing to sneeze at. I couldn’t have asked for a more reasonable and smooth year even if I tried. My new projects allowed me to generate more income, while working with new partners and teams who helped me within the businesses, which also gave me more time to live my personal life and work on other things.

Behind closed doors, though, the life lessons slowly rolled in throughout a period of several months, which taught me a number of relentless and disappointing truths about humanity and the evils of the world.

Understandably so, my reserved and private nature prevents me from going into specific details of my experiences. However, the mentor inside of me encourages the sharing of my discoveries with you, because without true happiness, all your goals, objectives and achievements mean absolutely nothing.

So, what is true happiness, and how can it be achieved?

I won’t claim to be an expert. God knows that I’ve had my own share of emotional challenges within recent years. Having gone through and overcoming that, though, it may mean that I have learned a thing or two about turning an unhappy life around. Ultimately, finding the source of the unhappiness is the key to unlocking the joy of life you deserve to have.

And no, I’m not going to go into things like “what drives you” or “what motivates you” to get out of bed every morning. I’m not going to ask you to decide what’s important to you, like family, success or money. Although these are fundamental subject matters that I oftentimes share on stage and to close associates, they might be a bit cliché for this post, and definitely no real “revelation” you would need to hear from me today (maybe next time).

What I will list here are several “happiness-draining” characteristics you must avoid, both for yourself, as well as others who happens to possess them. They have sucked the energy out of me for much of 2014, and I will be staying clear away from this type of negative energy at all costs to make the best out of life moving forward.

MINDSET

I can fill you up with all the motivation in the world, but no success will ever come to you if you do not govern the right mindset to begin with.

Many people who have expressed interest to learn from me or work together later complain what they need to do is “not working” or “too hard.” You know what? Life is hard, man. No one is going to hand you the life you want on a silver platter; you are going to have to work for it. And if something doesn’t work, you keep at it until it does.

And what happens when the going gets tough? Throw in the towel and conclude that you can’t do it? I can go on all day saying things like “you can do it” or “don’t give up,” but the truth is that the will to succeed must come within yourself, and whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you would be right.

Unfortunately, society has been brainwashing us ever since the beginning of time that things are supposed to be a certain way. We’re supposed to study hard, find a job and work our tails off for the rest of our lives, making other people rich in the process. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, that there is a better way, and I honestly believe that anyone who wants it deserves it.

Even after having come so far, and already making the initial investments of time, money and effort, it baffles me how easily some people give up whenever life throws them a curve ball. Most will never know just how close they were to achieving their dreams because they gave in with mere steps to go. This is the biggest travesty of all.

If you want it, you’ll find a way, If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. Don’t even start if you intend to quit. You’ll just be wasting your time, and mine.

Nobody ever said success will come easy, but if you are willing to stick it through, I can promise you that it will be worth it.

NEGATIVITY

There are plenty of things wrong with the world today. We get that, and we know that nobody and nothing is perfect.

Now, is it necessary to always talk about negative things? Is it a must to bring up the negativity in every conversation you ever have with anyone who would listen?

I’m personally sick and tired of having conversations with negative people because it is nothing but consistent whining all the time, and any response to positivity or reasoning of any kind would begin with “Yeah, but…,” “That’s not the point…,” or sometimes, no response at all.

Let’s get something straight. Haters are always gonna hate. There’s nothing we can do about that. The cold hard truth is that in most cases, the people who hold us back also happens to be closest friends, oldest associates or family members. You know, people we’re supposed to “trust.”

At some point, you simply need to stand up and say “enough is enough.” Relationships are important, but sometimes, it is even more important to finally realize when to tune certain people out. This means making efforts not to engage, breaking old patterns and not confiding in any and all people who don’t see eye to eye with you.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that we ignore potential issues by any means. If there are issues and you need to get things off your chest, it’s always a good idea to have friends you can talk to. Although, this is best done in a civil environment where your listeners share your sentiments whereby all parties are productively discussing possible solutions, rather than shoving down negativity down people’s throats.

Where there’s a wrong, there’s also a right, just like how there’s a dark side and a bright side. Instead of closing one eye and only looking at the negative side of things, keep both eyes open and evaluate the bigger overall picture and story before jumping to your own perceived conclusion.

CONTROLLING

Everyone has goals, and everyone “wants” certain things and objectives to be met.

However, there is a huge difference between striving to achieve one’s goals and attempting to control things or, worse yet, people, in an effort to make certain things happen.

I’ve never been a fan of being told what to do or having decisions made for me. As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned to make my own decisions and do what I want. I don’t care who you are, what you’ve done or what you think you’re entitled, if I get disrespected in any way, shape or form, I walk.

Even though I am a nice guy with high tolerance for many things, if anyone even tries to micromanage me or those around me, whether personally or professionally, with the intention to control an outcome of their choice, that is where I draw the line, and nice is not how they will remember me.

You are your own person. Unless you are in dire dependence on a certain person crucial to your survival and livelihood, do not put yourself in a position to be controlled by anybody.

SELF-COMPARISON

Do you know that other people’s good fortune does not necessarily steal from your own? Do you believe that there’s enough good fortune to go around?

I do, but not everybody does. In fact, some may even tend to believe that there just isn’t enough goodness in the world to go around, which is why they are always comparing others’ fortunes with theirs.

The result? Jealousy and resentment. And maybe even loss of friends.

Look, you don’t have to be better simply because someone else is good. Both can be good (surprise!), and so can the projects that they’re working on. It’s not one or the other.

If your friends are happy doing their own things, let them be. Their happiness and success will not limit your own good fortune or possible outcome in life.

Life and business shouldn’t be about comparing yourself with anybody. Just be happy with the life that you choose and the results that you get without interfering with anyone else’s.

GOSSIPY

Yes, I know. Who doesn’t gossip, right?

But – There’s a difference between the innocent kind of gossip that we’re probably all guilty of, and downright talking smack about people and whatever they’re associated with, especially if these people are supposed to be your friends.

In fact, this type of gossip isn’t really gossip – it’s more like venting and disrespecting people behind their backs any chance that they get. Nobody likes to be talked about, and if you’re talking about others, you’re putting a target on your own back as this opens the doors for others to talk about you.

Well, some people may not care. I certainly don’t. It doesn’t change the fact that I still don’t want to be around when the gossip is taking place, though. Last time I checked, high school was a very long time ago.

You can spot a gossiper a mile away, as their conversations of choice are typically about other people, their lives, and whatever or whomever they are associated with. They expect to be respected and defended if people talk about them, but more often than not, they are the one who fire the first shot, and will continue to shoot with no end in sight.

Should you have a problem with someone, deal with it directly with that person. Don’t rely on “ranting” to other people who may or may not even want to listen to it with whatever method you can think of, whether online or offline, just to make yourself feel better. That’s simply immature, and in reality, it makes you look a million times worse than the people you are talking about.

And if they’re talking about other people in front of you, you can rest assured that they are also talking about you in front of other people. Avoid this type of negativity like a plague.

UNRELIABLE

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Actually, I’ve been fooled quite a few times. “Unreliable” is an extremely conservative description because I don’t want to personally attack any of my associates, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve been duped by them on multiple occasions.

Probably one of the best ways, if not the best way, to lose all credibility with your network is to not do or deliver what you say. Especially when you don’t make good on your promises, accounting is not correct on agreed profit shares or compensation, or if plans are unexpectedly changed without prior discussion and agreement with little to no chance of negotiation, this puts a huge dent in the trust factor of both personal and working relationships.

Both of the aforementioned types of relationships would be impossible to withstand because the trust factor would be completely gone. Yes, it is important to make money, be successful and climb up the mountain of life to live as you wish, but please, not at the expense of your friends and partners.

The above list is by no means exhaustive, but if you can make the conscious decision to strip out as much negativity as you can in 2015, just like what I have done towards the conclusion of 2014, and start focusing only on people with positive attitudes and things with positive outcomes, I guarantee you will have a very happy 2015 and beyond.

There’s a reason why now, day after day, night after night, regardless of whether I’m talking to a thousand people, ten people or only one, I can do so with my head held high and a winning smile on my face. That’s because after over ten years in my industry and decades on this planet, I have proven to this entire world that I only have two things – determination and my word – And I won’t break either of them for nobody.

In 2014, too many public and private tragic events have happened which reminds us that life is just way too short to bury ourselves in things that upset us. We must make every moment count, and that means productively working on things that will ultimately make you a happier and more positive person.

It won’t be hard for me. As a certified introvert, I’ve been known with the ability to isolate myself from the world by staying indoors for days at a time, screening my calls and choosing my interactions. If someone or something is standing in the way of my objective to maintain a happy emotion, don’t be surprised if I end up cutting it out of my life this year.

My advice for the new year: Make the positive choice to surround yourself only with people and situations that bring out the best in you. Make your very best efforts to do the right things and never apologize for doing what you feel in your heart is honestly the right thing to do or say. If you must talk, keep your words soft and sweet, because sooner or later, you may have to eat them. Never bite off more than you can chew.

And, of course, at the end of the night, family, success and finding your motivation to wake up every day and doing what you love is also extremely important in achieving a happy life :)

With all that said… HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2015 be blessed with positivity, love, health, success and, of course, complete and true happiness!

happy new year of the goat 2015
P.S. As you may have noticed from the image, 2015 will also be the Year of the Goat (aka Ram and Sheep). For those of you interested in learning more about the horoscope and traits of this unique 8th position in the Chinese Zodiac, including strengths, weaknesses, personality, health, wealth, relationships, fortune-telling and more, please feel free to visit the below resources:

ChineseZodiac.com – Chinese Zodiac (Goat)

TravelChinaGuide.com – Chinese Zodiac – Sheep / Goat / Ram

Wikipedia.org – Goat (Zodiac)

P.P.S. If you are interested in a potential collaboration in 2015, applications are still open for my Internet Partnership Opportunity to anyone with a positive mindset and attitude who do not possess any of the above characteristics. Simply fill out the following JV contact form to be considered: http://simonleung.com/partner

Ten Years of Internet Marketing Power Blogging

Posted by Simon Leung in Inspirational, Personal, Updates on April 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Hard to believe, but today marks 10 years since I wrote my first Internet Marketing Power Blog post, entitled “Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life.” That was the day I started my blog and began my Internet entrepreneurship adventure. In fact, the time of publication for this post is exactly 10 years to the minute. Where does the time go?

Back on April 30th, 2004, I was still working at Google Headquarters (my first day at the company was two years prior to that), and SimonLeung.com wasn’t even an active site yet. For those of you who have heard my story, you would know that my Internet Marketing journey began on Blogger.com. If you didn’t know, well, now you do ;) You can view my original Blogspot-hosted blog post by clicking on its screenshot image below:

simon leung first blog post

(You can also view the imported version of my first blog post in this website’s archive by clicking here)

I know it’s only Wednesday, which means I’m one day early for #ThrowBackThursday, but how’s that for a blast from the past? :P

That’s right. Before I was known as the “Google Insider,” I was the “Little Marketer.” Before the “Internet Marketing Power Blog” existed on SimonLeung.com, the “Internet Marketing and Affiliate Marketing Power Blog,” also known as “The Little Marketer That Could…,” was born on Blogger.com. And before I found success as an Internet entrepreneur, I was a Google employee struggling to learn the ropes of Internet Marketing and entrepreneurship, all of which you can read about on this blog as the entire journey has been meticulously documented

Over the last few days, I have been going through my old blog archives in an effort to transfer them over to this website. As you may recall, I had a SQL database issue a while back. As it turns out, the original export from two years ago was corrupted, and I have no other way but to manually copy the posts over one-by-one (give me another few days to get all that completely done, por favor :). Even though I’ve continued to run into issues with broken links, lost image files and unarchived content, I found the process rewarding because it gave me the chance to read through some of my posts from the past ten years. These posts gave me a nostalgic reminder of where I came from, as well as all my personal challenges during those times. Consequently, and most importantly, they have convinced me not to take anything for granted.

Entitling my first blog post “Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life” was originally meant to be symbolic to my Internet entrepreneurship voyage, but little would I know how accurately it would illustrate my personal life, as well. I obviously can’t speak for the future, but the first 10 years since that “first day” have been one heck of a roller coaster ride, with more ups, downs, and loops than I would have ever wanted or expected. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing for the world, as each climb, drop and hoop has shaped me to the person I’ve become today.

You may have struggled long and hard to get started. You may have had difficulty making your first dollar. You must have felt so excited after you finally made your first sale. You were undoubtedly ecstatic beyond words when you had your first taste of success. Your world may have all crashed right in front of your very eyes the moment it was all taken away. You thought of giving up on humanity and disappearing off the face of the Earth so no one can ever find you. You then “wake up” after various life events and slowly pick up the pieces, standing back tall where you once fell and make an ultimate comeback. You have a new appreciation for life and rebuild an even better one.

For me, I experienced all this plus a whole lot more during the last 10 years. Through the highs and lows, each experience gave me the reason, encouragement, inspiration and motivation to make each passing day better than the day before. Not only have I discovered that the “today” of every day is the first day of the rest of your life, but I have also learned that each new day is another new chance for a new beginning in whatever you want to do. Life is full of surprises, and it is up to you to welcome each new challenge and reward with open arms.

Personally, there are many things I would still like to do, skills I want to learn, and accomplishments that I will continue to strive to achieve. At the same time, I also discovered what kind of lifestyle I want, and have never regretted a day or a decision because I would always wake up every morning (or afternoon, sometimes late afternoon haha) with a clear itinerary to focus on the things that are most important to me. I’m very fortunate to have the freedom to make this choice every day.

Today is the oldest you have ever been. This means that you can turn all of your experiences of yesterday into everyday lessons moving forward. Today is also the youngest you will ever be. Take this as an opportunity to make tomorrow better. It’s never too late to make a fresh start, as we are all bright lights full of hope and dreams with any desired future at our fingertips. Just make sure you start today, right now.

P.S. Since we’re taking a trip down memory lane today, I thought you might be interested in exploring the visual historical evolution of SimonLeung.com over the last decade:

2004 (Redirected to Inactive Yahoo Website)

simon leung 2004

2005 (SimonLeung.com Parked Domain Page)

simon leung 2005

2006

simon leung 2006

2007

simon leung 2007

2008

simon leung 2008

2009

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2010 – 2012

simon leung 2010

2013 – Present

simon leung 2013

And by the way, always remember that each new day we are able to wake up and enjoy life is truly a gift. That’s why we call it the “present” :)

Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse 2014!

Posted by Simon Leung in Occasions, Personal on February 1st, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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! :)

I’m Leaving…

Posted by Simon Leung in Personal, Updates on June 1st, 2010 | No Comments

In a few days, I will be leaving the country for my next, and maybe final, global speaking tour. This may be one of my last ones, for a few reasons:

1. I miss being “home”
2. Traveling for months at a time is exhausting
3. There are many other opportunities to pursue

Don’t get me wrong… Internet Marketing is still one of my passions, as there is nothing like the freedom of having your own “laptop business.” In fact, all the strategies that we have been teaching and mastered throughout the years will continue to be relevant in its marketing no matter what business you are in.

That’s why even if I were to leave my Internet Marketing business, I wouldn’t be leaving my Internet Marketing knowledge behind. If I were to start over in any new business ventures tomorrow, I’m confident they would all be successful with the skills that my business partners and I possess.

With that said, I do plan to eventually move on to a new direction as an Internet Entrepreneur. You see, for the last several months, I have been secretly working on a new project in an industry which has been more profitable than Facebook, Apple and even Google. So, I know there are plenty of opportunities out there. However, as huge an opportunity as this is, and as much as I enjoy working with this group of great friends and entrepreneurs, I still feel that I am in a dire need of a long break… for personal reasons.

Traveling the world to spread Internet Marketing knowledge and wealth education to tens of thousands of people across over a dozen countries every year has been both fruitful and rewarding, especially when we see students from all walks of life become success stories. However, this all comes at a huge price, as it has taken a tremendous toll on my personal life and relationships.

For this reason, after my upcoming global tour, which includes the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Vietnam and Russia, I will “hang up my jersey,” so to speak (or in this case, microphone), and will be on an indefinite hiatus. In fact, for those of you who are my avid followers, you may have noticed that my update frequency has been less and less, and I haven’t even blogged about my last several worldwide events. Truth is, you probably won’t be hearing from me in the months, or even years, ahead.

As the title of this blog post says, I am leaving, maybe for good, to live the Internet lifestyle I have been preaching about over the last several years. Let me know if you want to come with me :P

To all my fellow Internet entrepreneur friends, business partners, associates and students, I appreciate you all and wish you the best in your endeavors. Hope our paths will cross again someday in the not-so-distant future.

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Donations

Posted by Simon Leung in Personal, Updates on January 17th, 2010 | No Comments

I’ve just returned from my annual Internet Marketers Cruise with some of my best Internet Marketing buddies.

However, unlike every other year where we were able to fully enjoy ourselves with fun and productivity, we were struck with the news of the horrible tragedy that happened in Haiti.

None of us could stop feeling the wrath, glued to the television as they reported on the aftermath, and discussing about how we can assist with the Haiti relief.

In fact, we were quite anxious to get off the cruise ship so we can access the Internet and help make a difference.

As a victim of a previous big earthquake, this disaster really hits home…

You see, when the big quake hit San Francisco in October 1989, I was lucky to have survived it.

My family and I had been on a road trip to Los Angeles, and we had crossed the Bay Bridge less than 30 minutes before it collapsed into the water beneath, crushing the vehicles below.

Having escaped personal tragedy by mere minutes really changes your outlook on life, and I can’t help but think what would’ve happened if any of the small things hadn’t, which led to us crossing that bridge just in the nick of time.

Actually, I do know – I would not be here today…

Even though the earthquake destroyed a lot of our possessions and even damaged our property, we were able to recover thanks to all the gracious donations from kind strangers from all around the country and around the world.

Now, it’s our turn.

Whenever tragedy strikes, especially natural disasters, it is now in our hands to take back control and make sure we take care of one another.

I have personally made my own donation to aid this relief, and I am now reaching out to you, as my friend, to do the same.

If you have been keeping up with the news, you know that they need all the help they can get.

The following charities have been recommended as exceptional sources of helping in the relief effort.

Please click one of these links and make a donation of any amount, and remember, every dollar helps, regardless of how small or how large your contribution.

American Red Cross
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-redcross

Care
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-care

Habitat for Humanity
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-humanity

World Concern
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-worldconcern

AmeriCares
http://Simonizer.com/haiti-americares

Please note that the above is a simply a recommended list of charities that have been verified as being ethical.

Also, because I’m based in the U.S., the charities above are U.S. based, as well.

However, the bottom line is, it really doesn’t matter care what verified charity you donate to – the important thing is that you DO donate.

So, if you prefer to donate through a charity that isn’t listed here, please feel free to do so, as long as they are verified (we don’t want any of your donations going into the wrong hands).

In life and in business, results come from taking action.

I encourage you to take action now.

If a similar disaster happens to your family, your friends, or even YOU – I’m sure you would appreciate the same.

Happy 2010 – New Year And New Decade Resolutions

Posted by Simon Leung in Occasions, Personal, Travel, Updates on January 1st, 2010 | No Comments

It’s 2010 – Happy New Year from Hong Kong and welcome to the beginning of a new decade!

As with every new year, most people are making New Year Resolutions for themselves, whether it is meant to improve their lives personally or professionally.

However, 2010 is different because not only is it a New Year, it is also a New Decade…

When it comes to making your resolutions this time around, you must think bigger picture in terms of what you want to achieve not just for this year, but for the next 10 years!

I know, I know… making goals for the next 10 years seems to be somewhat of a stretch…

This was exactly what I thought the last time I renewed my passport (In the United States, passports expire every 10 years).

I thought to myself, “Wow – I won’t need to renew my passport for another 10 years… That’s PLENTY of time!”

Guess what? I just finished renewing my passport again several weeks ago… :)

The point I’m trying to make is not just that I’m getting old and that time can fly right by you before you know it, but also that you need to set the appropriate goals for yourself and make sure you use this time to achieve what is important to you.

Back in 2000, I was a broke college student struggling to finish my Bachelor degree, eating ramen and soy sauce over rice with every meal, with dreams of finding success and traveling the world.

When I received my renewed passport in the mail, the first thing I did (after getting over how unsatisfied I was with my passport photo) was set a goal for myself to fill up every page of that passport before it was due to expire in 10 years.

For a college student who averaged maybe one trip to Hong Kong every year or two to visit family, this was a pretty tall order.

Before I knew it, a year has gone by, two years, five years, eight years, and I had barely made a dent on my passport, continuing to average maybe one or two International flights a year, filling up only a quarter or so of my passport pages.

When I realized my time was running out, I decided to kick my business into high gear and began expanding my company overseas.

Within the course of about a year, I managed to expand my business from just within the United States to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and China.

I’ve also had the chance to take personal and business vacations to places like Mexico, Caribbeans, Nova Scotia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Macau and of course, right here in my hometown of Hong Kong.

Needless to say, these International trips (most places I visited multiple times) resulted in many additional stamps on my passport, and I actually filled up every single one of these pages an entire year before my passport was due to expire.

The moral of the story is that every year, we make New Year Resolutions for ourselves, generic ones like make more money, eat more healthy, quit smoking, work out more, lose weight and spend less money.

Many of our resolutions, if not most or all, are almost never achieved and even die away within a day or two after you have set them.

Well this year, since 2010 marks the beginning of a new decade, why not be a little different?

Why not set a goal for yourself that is higher than what you would normally set, and more specific than what you would normally declare?

How about something that is not “achieved” by doing once, like going to the gym or refraining from eating a greasy burger?

Push yourself to the point where you know what your own limits are, and then surpassing them because you have set a higher goal for yourself.

Success does not happen overnight – You must work hard at it every day and strive to reach the point in which you would consider it successful.

Yes, it may take you up to ten years to achieve it, whatever it may be – To max out your passport with travels, to build a seven or eight figure business from scratch, to attain financial freedom for your family, or whatever that goal might be.

And let me tell you, once you complete these goals and raise your arms in victory, there is no better feeling – especially if you found that you have done it in less than 10 years :)

Happy New Year and don’t just make 2010 your year – Make This Your Decade!

What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

Posted by Simon Leung in Inspirational, Personal, Travel, Updates on July 9th, 2009 | No Comments

I’m in Thailand at the moment, but wanted to take a second out of this busy day to share something personal with you.

Is that okay? Hope so…

There have been a lot of influential people in my life, those who have helped me grow and become the person I am today.

Whether personally or professionally, I’ve developed my skills, ambitions and even personalities because of my role models.

In 2005, I lost my first mentor, Corey Rudl, who was also my role model in business, to an automobile accident.

Corey Rudl was an inspiration to many, and he has left behind a legacy that will continue to inspire other entrepreneurs and Internet Marketers to succeed in their businesses.

Just several days ago, as the entire world knows, we lost yet another inspiration, who is also arguably the greatest entertainer who ever lived.

Yes, I’m talking about Michael Jackson.

You might find it weird that I’m talking about Michael Jackson on a marketing and business blog, in a post that’s currently talking about personal growth, development and role models.

Actually, it’s quite relevant; let me explain…

Ever since I was a little kid, I had been the biggest Michael Jackson fan.

I owned every one of Michael Jackson’s albums on CDs, singles on cassettes as well as concerts and video specials on VCDs and VHS (yes, this was back in the day haha).

And to top it off, I knew every word to almost all of his songs and even taught myself how to do some of Michael Jackson’s most famous patented dance moves.

Last weekend at my live event in Sydney, in honor of my fallen childhood hero, I even did Michael Jackson’s moonwalk while on stage! :)

To many of my family and friends, I was strange for picking Michael Jackson as my idol growing up… but to me, it actually felt right, because I saw a lot of myself in him.

In fact, to this day, even though I am no longer the die hard Michael Jackson fan I once was as a kid, he still played a huge role into developing me to the person that I am today.

If you know or have met me personally, you know that much like Michael Jackson, I am typically a soft spoken introvert who’s usually very shy to even approach anyone I don’t know, and even have very few words to those I have known intimately for years.

But when my gameface is on, and you put a microphone in my hand – whether on stage, teleseminar, webinar or any other interview – I transform into a completely different person, just like Michael Jackson.

For example, if you follow me on Twitter, you may also know that I use two main Twitter accounts, one for a different “personality.”

(http://Twitter.com/simonleung and http://Twitter.com/coolsi)

Some people think that it’s a marketing “gimmick,” some think I’m doing this to be silly, or creative.

The truth is – I DO have two different personalities (multiple ones, in fact), and those who know me can attest to this.

How did this happen?

Well, it first started when I began taking Michael Jackson as my childhood role model, and I had learned to develop a different persona for my line of work.

In my business, I cannot be the shy, soft-spoken introvert who has nothing to say and can’t hold a conversation if my life depended on it.

Because of the impact Michael Jackson had in my life growing up, I learned that I must create a new persona for myself different from my own in order to excel in what I do.

So I did…

That then transpired into my developing additional multiple personalities for other walks of my life, wearing different hats as each situation sees fit.

Because of this, not only do I believe, but I am also 100% positive that Michael Jackson’s inspiration made me a better entrepreneur, information marketer and public speaker.

It has made me strive to become my best in what I do.

And of course, this is just one of my personal stories about the kind of impact Michael Jackson made in my own life, as I’m sure there are millions of other stories from others who have been impacted by the King of Pop the same way.

Whether you share these sentiments or not, agree with me or not, and whether or not you even like the man, there is no doubt Michael Jackson has touched the lives of millions.

This is the power of a role model.

It’s strange to see that Michael Jackson’s legacy in passing will grow far beyond that than in living, but that is life.

And of course, that is the way it should be…

I’m not saying that we should not appreciate people and things while we still have them; by all means, grasp on to them with every last strength you have before it’s too late.

But in the end, nothing lasts forever, so we must be sure to leave something behind not just to be remembered by, but also things that will make an impact to others long after we’re gone.

Now, obviously not all of us are in the position to change millions of lives, but even if we can change just one, that can make all the difference in the world.

Imagine for a moment…

You’re walking down a long aisle with a large gathering of people, inside a room full of nostalgia and emotion, when you’ve come to the shocking realization that you’re sitting in at your very own funeral.

What are your family members saying about you?

What are your friends saying about you?

What are your colleagues saying about you?

What are your fans and followers saying about you?

What kind of life have you led?

What kind of a legacy will you leave behind?

This post is not about Michael Jackson, it’s not about Corey Rudl, it’s not even about me – it’s about YOU…

I know this is probably a deeper conversation than you were planning on having with me today, but recently, things have happened to me personally that have really affected my outlook on life.

It has grown my appreciation for what I have and has taught me the importance of not taking anything I have for granted.

Because none of us will know what’s going to happen tomorrow, or even today, I want to make sure that we are making each moment here count.

Similar to what I titled my very first blog post back in April 2004 – Today is indeed the first day of your life.

What will you do today that will make a difference tomorrow?

My advice? Begin building your legacy now…

Appreciate you reading, and I appreciate you.