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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.

Ambar Hamid’s Wealth Thing Seminar In London, UK

Posted by Simon Leung in Seminars, Travel, Updates on November 23rd, 2008 | No Comments

Hello from the Cumberland Hotel at Ambar Hamid’s Wealth Thing Seminar in London, UK!

wealth thing seminar

Actually, if you look closely at the photograph above, you’d actually notice that I am not physically in the seminar room.

That’s because on a recent trip to Thailand, I was involved in a minor motorcycle accident, which prevented me from being able to leave for London in time for the Wealth Thing Seminar.

Fortunately, Ambar Hamid was gracious enough to allow me to present my Wealth Thing Seminar training virtually, so I was actually able to conduct my presentation from the comfort of my room at the Elizabeth Hotel in Singapore.

simon leung

As you can see from the photo, the right side of my face is bandaged as I prepare to make my virtual presentation for the Wealth Thing Seminar audience at 2am Singapore time.

Even though I was not physically at the Wealth Thing Seminar, the attendees still had the opportunity to meet other speakers like Donna Fox, Robert Puddy, Greg Secker, Andrew Barnett and Tamkin Riaz.

I was very disappointed to have missed my trip to London this time around, but very much look forward to additional opportunities to travel there sometime in the near future.