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Life is to Keep Trying

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Life is full of interesting twists and you don’t know what’s coming next. But if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun. If you are creative, enjoy solving problems and like to make things work, you can be a top class engineer or programmer one day.

You can’t know what’s going to make you happy in the future. But you can know what makes you happy right now and if you are unhappy with your current position, then you need to move on. Life is often about trying things and realizing what you don’t want to be. At the end of your life, you won’t regret trying things and failing, you will only regret not ever trying at all.

Life is sometimes uncomfortable. But try to be comfortable with discomfort. We possibly don’t have enough money or the time to do all of the things we want to do. If you have something you really want to pursue, then you must be able to live with some amount of discomfort in order to do that. For example, waking up at 6am to have a morning run or saving up money to make that trip.

You’re not getting younger. If you don’t start taking the time to pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the end of your life with nothing to show for it but a lot of Facebook posts and a bunch of TV shows you had watched. If you are serious about pursuing a dream – whether it’s a famous blogger or a professional computer guru, you better get on it. Take those first steps. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

Opportunity may be knocking but if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented to you even it’s not the right time. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity will walk on by and knock on someone else’s door.

There is no dead end in life, only crossroads. Life is uncertain. Go with it. Take uncertainty and turn it on its head. Now close the laptop and go get your life.

10 Advices from 100-Year-Olds

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  1. Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.
  2. Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy if you do. The grass is always greener.
  3. Keep going and never give up.
  4. Even if you feel hatred, keep it to yourself. Don’t hurt other people for any reason.
  5. It is very important to have a widespread curiosity about life.
  6. Learning new things makes you happy and keeps your mind active.
  7. When you laugh at yourself, you prevent others from laughing at you.
  8. Try not to worry. Just try to live.
  9. Forgive.
  10. Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks.

Remember, life is happening now.

Change Yourself

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I had a lot of failures. I failed for funny things that I failed for a key primary school test for 2 times, I failed 3 times for the middle schools. For 3 years, I tried and failed in the universities. I applied jobs for 30 times, got rejected. I went for the police, they said, “No, you’re not good.” I went to even the KFC, when KFC came to China, came to my city, 24 people went for the job, 23 people accepted, I was the only one who got rejected.

We went for the police, 5 people 4 of them accepted, I was the only guy they did not proceed with. Oh by the way I told you that I applied for Harvard for 10 times, rejected. I knew I’d be rejected I just wanted to see it. I think we have to get used to it, we’re not that good. Even today we still have a lot of people reject us. I don’t think in this world there are a lot of people being rejected for more than 30 times.

If we, the only thing, we never give up. The only thing we’re like Forrest Gump, we keep on fighting. We keep on changing ourselves. We don’t complain. Whether you are successful or not successful, I found that when people finish the job if they make the mistake or the failure, if they always complain about the others, this guy will never come back. If the guy only checks himself, “Yeah something wrong with me here, something wrong with me there”, this guy has hope.

– Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.com

Last Words of Steve Jobs

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I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer.

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth.

Should be something that is more important.

Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days.

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world?

Sick bed.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

9 Habits to Make You a Likable Person

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1. You are not a know-it-all.

You don’t jump into conversations and act like you know everything. You listen to other people and ask appropriate questions. You tend to make people feel good about themselves. People find themselves gravitating to you for advice or just small talk.

2. You mind your own business.

You aren’t a snob but you generally don’t give your input where it is not needed. It is quite annoying when people eavesdrop on conversations and provide their opinions when they aren’t invited to do so. You know when you are needed and when it is a good idea to keep a low profile.

3. You don’t hold grudges.

You let things go especially when the argument is inconsequential. You have learned over time to be the bigger person which makes you win people’s admiration. You are not a pushover because you let people know what they have crossed the line but you also don’t hold it against them in the long run.

4. You are patient.

You give people opportunities, room to grow, and space to inherently make mistakes. You know that everything in life has a learning curve and you give people around you a chance to grow into themselves. You are often the person people come to for help if something isn’t working.

5. You notice the good things about people.

You are able to see the good in people and focus more on it than on the bad. You are able to capitalize on the good things and people feel appreciated around you. People often see you and they smile genuinely because they are happy to see you.

6. You don’t jump into conclusions.

There is nothing more annoying than someone who doesn’t know all the facts forming an inappropriate or unfair conclusion. You take in the details and weigh all the facts. That way you don’t come of as unfair or biased. You take time to analyze issues before making premature conclusions.

7. You are genuine.

You are not phony and you also don’t entertain fake people. You give constructive criticism and people often come to you when they have an issue they need to resolve because they know you genuinely care about them. When people need your help they know they can count on you to provide adequate support.

8. You are generous.

You are not stingy with good things. You are the type of person who brings snacks to office from the places you have been on vacation. If there is something you can do to help someone you find a way to extend yourself. You help when needed without being overbearing.

9. You are a confidant.

You can be relied on to keep people’s secrets. You do not betray confidences and people trust you. You know how sensitive information can be and you are keen to ensure that you don’t let the people that trust you down.

Advice From a Dying Man

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I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions. The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned how much time I had left, however, it became clear which things are really important. So, I am writing to you for a selfish reason. I want to give meaning to my life by sharing with you what I have realized.

Don’t waste your time on work that you don’t enjoy. It is obvious that you cannot succeed in something that you don’t like. Patience, passion, and dedication come easily only when you love what you do.

It’s stupid to be afraid of others’ opinions. Fear weakens and paralyzes you. If you let it, it can grow worse and worse every day until there is nothing left of you, but a shell of yourself. Listen to your inner voice and go with it. Some people may call you crazy, but some may even think you’re a legend.

Take control of your life. Take full responsibility for the things that happen to you. Limit bad habits and try to lead a healthier life. Find a sport that makes you happy. Most of all, don’t procrastinate. Let your life be shaped by decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t.

Appreciate the people around you. Your friends and relatives will always be an infinite source of strength and love. That is why you shouldn’t take them for granted.

It is difficult for me to fully express my feelings about the importance of these simple realizations, but I hope that you will listen to someone who has experienced how valuable time is.

I’m not upset because I understand that the last days of my life have become meaningful. I only regret that I will not be able to see a lot of cool stuff that should happen soon like the creation of AI, or Elon Musk’s next awesome project. I also hope that the war in Syria and Ukraine will end soon.

We care so much about the health and integrity of our body that until death, we don’t notice that the body is nothing more than a box – a parcel for delivering our personality, thoughts, beliefs and intentions to this world. If there is nothing in this box that can change the world, then it doesn’t matter if it disappears.

I believe that we all have potential, but it also takes a lot of courage to realize it. You can float through a life created by circumstances, missing day after day, hour after hour. Or, you can fight for what you believe in and write the great story of your life.

I hope you will make the right choice. Leave a mark in this world. Have a meaningful life, whatever definition it has for you. Go towards it. The place we are leaving is a beautiful playground, where everything is possible. Yet, we are not here forever.

Our life is a short spark in this beautiful little planet that flies with incredible speed to the endless darkness of the unknown universe. So, enjoy your time here with passion. Make it interesting. Make it count!

Don’t Die With Regrets

There are many statements and pieces of advice that can be said about what it is to live so fully that you won’t have any regret when you die. There is one element that encompasses a full life, and that’s following your truths. It’s being true to yourself about what you want and not deviating from those desires. This is solely what negates the sting of regret. Think hard about the following tips so that one day, when it’s time for you to leave this life, you won’t have any regret when you die.

1. Don’t Take Those You Love For Granted

You will probably notice this throughout your life. A relationship ends and you remember all the reasons you loved them. When you reach the end of your life, you will probably contemplate a lot about people that meant something to you. Every time you have a beautiful memory, it might be tainted with the fact you weren’t really giving that person your full attention. Look into the eyes of the people you love, listen to them, feel their presence in your life. Don’t take one minute of it for granted, as love really is the primary purpose of our existence. Don’t ever leave without saying “thank you” or “I love you”.

2. Beat To Your Own Drum

Be weird, be silly. Be whatever makes you happy. Whatever it is that makes you feel happy, do that. Life should be yours, it should be fulfilling. This is a biggie to prevent regret when you die. Doing what was always a part of your true nature. It may not make you rich or famous, but those things won’t really matter when you live out your personal dreams. No matter how silly or irrational it seems to others, this is your life alone. This brings you immeasurable joy and you likely did it even though you were afraid.

3. Do Good Things

Have you ever had the opportunity to be compassionate towards someone but walked away instead? Do you remember the moments when you really felt compelled to put your arms around someone and give them a hug to make them feel better but you was too shy? You should let them know that someone cared at that exact moment. Don’t let moments like these pass you by. We were put here to care for one another when necessary.

4. Do Charitable Deeds

When you are coming to the end of your life, you’ll likely wish you could have done more in this world. There is no truer legacy than leaving others less fortunate with something. Those people will never forget you, and it’s likely you changed their life in bigger ways than you realize. While it’s not about being remembered, it’s in us as humans to reach out to others and be helpful.

5. Be Bold

Magic happens out of your comfort zone, and what you desire in life could be challenged by your own fears. Do the things that you’re afraid to do. Even if there’s no reward at the end of the rainbow, realizing that your fear was unfounded brings boldness. That’s why we feel the adrenaline when we see videos of adrenaline junkies. When you are at the end of your life, that’s one less thing to regret when you die. You confronted what you were most afraid of and you won.