The other day, I came across Michael Dunlop’s famous young rich list and it made me wonder how old some of the world most famous brand’s founders were when they first started their multimillion dollar companies.
Naturally, I did a little research. And the results shocked me. I limited my search for people under 25 only, not expecting many to make the list.
Boy! Was I wrong! The figures are dated, of course (2011), and I think it shows how fast the world has changed. Take a look at some 2011 data:
Michael Kittredge started Yankee Candle Company in South Hadley, Massachusetts when he was 16. This $1.6 billion dollar company was started by Michael’s gift ideas to his mother. He melted crayons to create scented candle. Soon his product’s popularity has increased dramatically. The company now has more than 550 stores all over the world selling almost anything from scented candles to hand sanitizers.
Life is complicated. Why? Because I can go on for days about things that we THINK we hate, but can’t live without.
Fast-food is one of them.
My beloved boyfriend and 2 awesome cousins are big fans of Mr. Ronald McDonald. They love him even more now because of the Maccas I Spy game (For aliens who live outside of planet Earth, and people who don’t live in Australia=), the rules are pretty simple, you buy, you peel and collect letters that supposedly make up the words of your prizes. Sometimes, you win instant meals too). Sound simple? Apparently not!
According to the 3 Mc Donald experts, there are only 2 letters R (which makes up the prize for C-A-R), 10 letters L (for H-O-L in ‘holiday’ and many more similar stories) in who-know-how-many Mc Donald packages across Australia.
You get my point; chances of winning BIG are extremely SMALL.
I thought I was fit .
I was wrong.
Just 2 hour bike ride along Manly-one of the most beautiful beaches of Sydney, I was doomed and gasping for air.
Minus the out of breath bit, last Saturday was such a productive and fun day as I got to hang out with awesome friends, enjoyed the breath-taking view (literally) of Manly beach and figured out some business philosophies (please excuse my attempt to sound elegant and intelligent) which are applicable for my current businesses as well as the many future businesses ,that currently are ideas in our heads and plans on paper.
Remember sometimes we forget that some of the most simple things( bike riding for example) can be the ultimate source for success ( think: Newton and an apple that hit him on the head).
As I have learnt that a picture worth a thousand words, for your own entertainment, this post will contain heaps of pictures to prove my point that Australia really is a beautiful country and being Asian means you take pictures anywhere, anytimes=)
This is a list of what I learnt just by a day bike riding and I hope it will inform as well as entertain you about some awesome lessons in businesses and in life.
The bike riding journey has really reconfirmed some of the cliché’ I believe in as an entrepreneur. They are cliché’ for a reason, because they are so true, no other belief or definition can replace them.
Let’s see what those are..
Did you hear about the power of pre-visualization? It’s huge, whatever you want to achieve you can more easily if you use this simple technique. Want to be skinny? Close your eyes for a minute and picture yourself. How do you look? Are you fat or skinny in your mind’s eye?
Sports psychologists talk a lot about pre-visualization. Before you throw your pitch, before you shoot your free-throw, before you hit your tee shot, you visualize it first. The same idea is used in career tests used by universities, they offer potential students career tests that allow people to visualize themselves as a doctor, engineer etc.
This act of pre-visualization causes your body to believe that it’s already successfully completed the task. Through consistent practice and with a repeatable routine, athletes commonly improve their performance percentages.
As someone struggling with their lack of confidence, the ability to see yourself as an already accomplished individual will help in your overall strategy.
Don’t picture yourself as you are. Picture yourself at your ideal job and begin to get comfortable with that and use it as motivation.
It’s now nearly 1 am and I have uni plus work the day after ( or should I say today?=D) but here I am writing a new blob post. Well, this post will be short because:
a, I need sleep zzz
b, I just want to tell you a quick story with an end that you can’t even guess (or can you?=D)
OK, let my story begin!
As you all know I went to Vietnam for holiday 2 months ago ( For those who are new on the blog, YEP! I went holiday in Vietnam, BEST. TIME. EVER). So what you do when you go holiday?…
SHOP and EAT of course!
And that’s exactly what I did. ( You can check out the yummy dishes and drool over here=D)
I have been writing a lot about start-ups, money-making, businesses…and it seems the guys are more interested in this kind of stuff more than us girls… Now it is the time I write up something more relevant to us: Pretty Dresses to wear at your wedding.
Guys, please excuse me while I indulge and share a sense of womanly moment with all my female readers.
AIN’T we lucky we are women?
WE get to appreciate the fine art of fashion embraced upon our elegant bodies. Every bride deserves to look the most stunning, to feel amazing, to be loved, not only by her groom but also be loved, be amazed by how she feels about herself.
I love the extravagant frill that makes every bride feel and look like a princess.
And that’s exactly how a wedding dress has to make you feel – like a princess. No matter how old you are, no matter where you are at, no matter if you can’t afford a Vera Wang =D… every detail on your dress should be perfect, should be about YOU, because it’s YOUR BIG day, not anyone else’s…
And this dress, so simple yet elegant.
I hope y’all are well and enjoying life.
Before saying anything, I just want to say I really miss blogging and you guys, my awesome readers who remind me that I REALLY SHOULD UPDATE MY BLOG OR ELSE =D
Over the course of the past month, I must admit I have so many things that I want to share with you guys including pictures of my awesome SUPER 21st where everyone dressed up as superheroes ( I happened to be Sailor Moon- but that’s a different story).
Last night, being inspired after an INTENSE homemade Karaoke session with the family, my two awesome cousins and I decided to watch Never say NEVER
The movie( documentary) is not only fun to watch(and sing along) but also comes with several benefits which I believe will help boosting your business to the next level.
I’m not a JB fan, to be clear.
However, I feel he is a cool guy, very talented (both off and on stage) and most importantly can offers heaps of awesome lessons for us- entrepreneurs on the path to success.
You surely can learn a thing or two (or even three) from this 17 year old who:
=>Is one of the world’s wealthiest teenagers with a WOOPING net worth of $200 million.
=>Has over 63 million followers n Twitter( @justinbieber)
=>Has over t100 million Facebook fans.
=>Has sold 10 million albums worldwide over 14 months
=>Received multiple Grammy nominations
=>Sold one million bottles of his JB’s One less lonely girl nail polish ( cute)
=>Has his own movie” Justin Bieber: Never Say Never , which is opened on 3,000-plus screens with box-office earnings that could top $20 million
And did I say he is not even 18 yet? (Yep, he was born on March, 1, 1994)
I have heaps of junk(s) I’m sure you do too=)
And I thank God every day that we have eBay.
eBay has helped me clear my junk, made the junk(s) work for me, which produces a sweet amount of money every month ( enough to support this blog in its infant stage and partly paying my uni fees, (and yes, I’m paying uni fees by myself, nothing to brag about but I’m quite proud actually).
I have to admit though, like anything in the world, eBay has its pros and cons, but you have to agree that earning $$$ selling through your computer/laptop/iPhone/iPad is kinda sweet.
I have been trading on eBay and have an Ebay store which sells ladies fashion clothes since last year. Even though I’m not a pro seller yet nor do I consider myself an eBay guru, I have learned a great deal on how to use eBay to earn income.
I thought my knowledge about eBay was no biggie until several of my awesome friends start asking if I have any tips on selling on eBay.
Ladies and Gents,
Today I’m so excited to be featuring a guest post from the awesome Anh Do.
He completed his Bachelor of Engineer from the University of Sydney, was selected out of 5000 applicants for Westpac graduate program to work as an IT in 2009.
…Now he works in the Financial sector of Westpac (Talking about constantly changing your mind…)
Let’s see what he has to share: