Let’s just get right into it. How to strip away excess or things that hold you back, to reveal what’s really important to you and how to get at living a rich life!
Think and say things into existence
All ideas came into existence came from nothing. Someone had to think the thought before it was transformed into something more tangible. The light bulb didn’t just magically poof into existence. Someone had to think it up.
So you need to think things into existence. If you think it, it can be done.
Opportunities exist and you just got to keep your eyes and heart open to them. Most of them come to you unexpectedly. For example, I knew I wanted medical school. But I never imagined an alternative route would mean going to China. My bf brought me the idea when I was still in teacher’s college. I could stick with what I had or jump ship and chase my dreams. And I jumped blindly with faith. Best decision ever. I stripped away a current career choice for one I secretly still wanted.
(Off to China I go!)
Stay Ahead of the Curve
Most people think if you don’t to medical school locally, is that you go to the Caribbean. Like, that’s it. Either local school or you go to tropics. But the Caribbeans is quickly becoming saturated.
So when my bf suggested we go abroad, I saw an opportunity that wasn’t commonly known to others. Medical school in China is also OSAP funded, Canadian recognized and also 1/10th the price of local medical school. No one I knew had done it before but it didn’t mean it couldn’t be done.
I’m going to med school in China, while it’s still cheap and easy to get into. When I tell people, people say “Oh shit, no way! I didn’t even know that was a thing!”
You must stay ahead of the curve.
People you meet
You are the average of the 5 people around you. So if you chill with complacent, non-ambitious individuals, guess what? Most likely, you will be too!
You want to seek out people who are working hard on their dreams. They will motivate you, actually have money to help you out, and have solid advice to share.
In addition, if you have a bunch of friends and none of them have a quality relationships with you, you got an abundance of useless connections. Get rid of them and focus on a few but quality friendships.
(my crew. Literally my bf and our classmate)
Knowledge is power. What you put in your head can’t be taken away. It’s one of your greatest asset. At the top paying board meetings, people are getting together to discuss and brainstorm ideas. That’s worth so much more than the technical skills. So get on growing your knowledge whether it be with formal school, or informal training. Being a nerd makes you worth money. But keep it practical. Being filled with useless knowledge makes you no better than an encyclopedia. It’s what you use your knowledge for is what makes it worth the money.
For example, in university, I had so much more book smart classmates than I, but they didn’t use that knowledge for anything else. Rather, they finished school and just went to work at Starbucks for minimum wage. Bummer.
And I know another friend who used to work in aerospace engineering but he used his knowledge to help develop new bolts for his family’s yacht company. It’s about how you use your knowledge to situations unrelated. It’s called creativity.
Another example, people waste time and money on social gossip, such as celebrity news. Cut that out and focus on bettering yourself. Pick up a self-help book instead of another celebrity magazine.
(Learning to learn. In my future dental office)
Need big balls
It’s not the smart but the bold who get ahead. You need courage to do anything worth while. You need to work hard but efficiently. You need to really hungry. You need to do away with a comfortable and lavish life for the first couple of years. It’s not about being insatiable but it’s about not sitting on your ass.
For example, you want to start up your own brand, but you need to hustle and put our quality content to get yourself recognized.
(Cheesy Line: The sky is my new point of view)
Maybe you fill your day with all that work from the office or all the small errands you need to do, such as wash the sink. But are your putting in time for your passions, your hobbies?
Prioritize, cut where you can and focus on working on your dreams. You will need all the strength you can in order to actually focus your attentions on what matter, rather than settling for mediocrity such as spending a weekend cleaning the house, when you could be out there chasing your dreams.
(Come along, let’s travel and chase our dreams together!)
Your attitude and principles
You need to think you are a winner. You need to believe you can do it. You need to have strategies in place to keep you motivated. You need to have stress management techniques to combat the self-doubt, because it does and it will come but you need to rise above it.
You gotta declutter all those negative and false beliefs you spent your whole life accumulating. eg, For myself, I had to fight the thoughts that said “You are too fat for youtube” and instead thought “You are pretty enough to work in social media”.”You are smart enough for that job”. “You are out-going enough to do this, and do that.”
If you want for the dragon to come to you, it will destroy you but if you go to the dragon first, you will be triumphant.
(Do your makeup, doll up, do what you gotta do to feel like the champion you are!)
Lots of self-help books tell you to look your best, or fake it till you make it. I believe you need to find a balance. Don’t look like a bum, but don’t focus on all show. As the saying goes “Don’t show off, show up.”
To do your best, you gotta look your best. I recommend focusing on working out your body. This looks so much better than any attire you can dream up.
(Getting my beauty tool game on. Old pic, before I decided I’m beautiful without makeup)
You can think of any reason not to do something. But by that same coin, you can think of any reason TO do it!
So you gotta put together all the reasons why you SHOULD, rather than focusing on why you can’t.
That’s called doing it now, rather than waiting for perfect conditions. It won’t ever happen. You just gotta do it now!
If you have an idea of what you want but no idea how to get there, don’t bother re-inventing the wheel. Find someone who’s already done it and walk in their footsteps.
Don’t waste a bunch of time trying to figure it out yourself, when there’s a wealth of information out there. Do your research, and/or find a mentor.
(My biggest mentors. My bf and my mom)
Envious of the Jones
With the use of social media, we can now go from envious of our neighbours to directly envious of the rich and famous.
Get over it.
Material things do not bring happiness, so lusting after the new car, the large house or luxury items isn’t going to make you feel any better, so why waste precious time and energy on it? In addition, there will always be someone ahead of you and behind you, so the only person you should be comparing to is yourself. Try to better yourself, and not just by a measure of material accumulation. Improve yourself intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
(What I sometimes feel society wants me to lust after. Sometimes it works lol But not today!
Disclaimer: I don’t own the rights to this image)
Your level of happiness is pretty much set
Psychology research has shown, regardless of income beyond the poverty line, your level of happiness is pretty stable. You might get a spike of happiness once you get new things but generally speaking you get used to it, so new toys won’t make you happy permanently. You are better off investing in yourself, or spending the money on memories. Enriching yourself does actually make you happier.
(Time spent with friends)
Rich’s vs poor’s focus
Rich focus on making money, poor focus on saving money. So instead of settling for the job you have, and trying to make yourself fit your life style into it, get out there and make more money! And use the money to better your quality of life, not on accumulation of material things. So invest in education, adventures, memories, improving the lives of those you care about. Not another iphone.
Break it down
If you have an idea of what you want, but you are overwhelmed by how big it is, you should break it down into doable steps. For example, you want to get fit. Don’t just write, hit the gym, eat less, drink water. Break it down into
Gym – Tues Monday, 30 mins on treadmill.
Food – 500 grams of protein (eggs and beef), 700 grams of veggies (spinach, lettuce),
Water – 1L water / day.
(Don’t forget to exercise!)
So these are some tips I accumulated through the years on how to use the principle less is more to live a more fullfiled and richer life! Hope they helped! Leave a comment below if you use any of these and how they help you live your life to the fullest potential!