Paths

This is how I look at career. There are many different paths you can take. Most (90%+) take one path. And then the other 10% take another path.

In path 1, this individual is trading away time for money. This is usually the 9-5 hustle. Everyone in this path is trading away time away for money directly, whether this is in the form of $15 dollars per hour scooping ice cream or $100 dollars per hour working in an office.

In path 2, this individual is working on his/her own vision. This is usually in the form of finding one's own passion and marketability to a large audience. The work is rewarding intrinsically, but also pays the bills, because of self-reliance and strong goal-setting. This is what everyone wants to do, but few actually carry out doing. In this path, the sky is the limit. But it's not for everyone, especially if one doesn't have the coachability or resilience to carry out his/her vision.

Time is the most valuable asset and I personally chose path 2 with no regrets.

I often question what my own billable rate is. When I'm spending time outside of my business, every hour has value, whether this is in growing relationships with people or self-improvement in hiking or the gym. These are things that you really can't place a price on it. But outside of this, when I'm at work, it's important to me that my billable rate has no ceiling.

What's your billable rate?

So much gratitude

I had a few client meetings in the morning, then in the afternoon, met with another restaurant. After that I had milk tea with one of my closest friends, and took the rest of the day off. While we were hanging out, I had a check mailed to me, and received a notification of $$ coming in. About $5,329 USD came in while we were chilling. We were just listening to house music. An amazing feeling. Thankful for my biz and my closest friends.

Grit

I may not be the most exceptional, but I've got perseverance and grit. And that's what gets you further along in life than anything.

In making friends or hiring people for my team, this is what I'm looking for most.

Without grit, well, you're just damned flaky at best.

 

Travel Plans

This year's travel plans include:

New York City, Toronto

San Diego

Vancouver

Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore

Los Angeles

I will just start with these and take it from there.

Work. Life. And Balance.

It's essential to take some time off work. It helps us regain energy and focus.

More importantly, time off work keeps us grounded in the things that are most important to us in life, lest we forget.

Working 12+ hour days is not healthy, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. At the end of the day, what we do for others matter most. To me, my relationship with my friends, family, and significant other matter most.

In my opinion, focusing on business and clients doesn't keep me warm at night. And warmth is important to me.

Less carbs

Ever since I started Dish Crawl Co, it's been hard to keep healthy. As such, I've been going through waves of feeling as if I've eaten a lot and very, very much. I'm often confused as to how much I've actually eaten. In order to stay accountable, I will write down what I plan to eat less of:

- Need to eat less carbs (cut down on bread, noodles, rice). Goodbye to bread at the beginning of the meal.

- Cut down on desserts (croissants, ice cream, boba, cake). These are not necessary, and will need to eat more fruit to replace this.

Goals and accountability

Goals can't exist without accountability. For this reason, I'll leave my goals here in plain sight, in order to be held captive to them. Thus far in 2017, though it's been a strong year in many regards, I have fallen short of a few goals in my personal and professional life. In a strong push to combat this, here are my goals:

1) Traveling: I'd like to travel more to broaden my perspectives about the world, to experience different lifestyles, and to understand culture of other people live. More specifically, by the end of 2017, my goal is to visit Los Angeles many times, San Diego, Vancouver, and New York City. In 2018, my goal is to visit Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

2) School: I plan to finish school as soon as I can.

3) Business: By the end of 2017, I plan to hire a full-time Operations Manager to assist me on all day-to-day activities. This would give me the opportunity to start my next venture by February 2018.

4) Lifestyle: Treating yourself right is key. By summer of 2018, I plan to rent my own place in order to sleep, eat, and feel better. It's crucial to have a quiet, calm environment to sleep in, and the food we put into our body on the daily, dictates how we ultimately feel. This would also give me the opportunity to fully schedule my day, hour-by-hour, which is important to me.

5) Fitness: I've been meeting my fitness goals, but aim for growth. Once I'm able to eat better, I can leverage that into greater gains.

Hold me accountable.