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Dreaming Castles in the Air, Motivational Pep Talk!

Sunday afternoon, trying to motivate myself for the upcoming week. I like to use Sunday as a way to reflect on the week before, and make a nice plan for the upcoming week. I like motivational and moral poems, and love to share (http://mikesblog.com/tag/moral-lessons via this blog tag. The most popular blog post here has been Story of 2 fisherman, a life lesson, and a moral story that gets positiv comments and feedback still years later. The other day, my friend Jean Han, an extremely intelligent and hard working Chinese corporate lawyer here in Shenzhen, keeps me on track every … Continue reading Dreaming Castles in the Air, Motivational Pep Talk!

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Pair Of Old Shoes – Motivational Poem

I’m still on email forwarding lists (ie Attila!) but every once in a while I get a great one (every 10 – 20 hehe). This one has caught my interest, a poem about a rich student who wants to play a joke on a poor farmer….only to realize the real meaning of life and giving. Here goes: Pair of Old Shoes A young man, a student in one of the universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students’ friend for his kindness to those who waited on his instructions. As they went … Continue reading Pair Of Old Shoes – Motivational Poem

Return of the Geeks, Have Their Fun Later in Life

I consider myself always as semi geek, semi cool…..I played on both sides when in high school, and learned to be flexible and deal with many personalities. I am not afraid to make fun of myself, maybe its a sign I’m getting old! I also blogged about how us “social media” online people are a bunch of nerds! There have been social media prom nights – and the idea was made to give those “nerds” in high school that maybe didn’t have such a great high school prom to be able to get another chance. And now, nerds are cool! … Continue reading Return of the Geeks, Have Their Fun Later in Life

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Motivational Poems from my Dad

My dad is one of my top blog readers, I am in a way glad he reads it, but at the same time I cannot spend more time talking to him and with him in person…being over here in Asia has been great, but there are some irreplaceable memories I am missing out back home in America I am sure. Wish life could be simpler, but I believe I am on the right track for the future of entrepreneurship, business, and opportunity being in Asia. I have said my father has done a lot for me in my life, one … Continue reading Motivational Poems from my Dad

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Hong Kong Fashion Night, Feeling of Not Belonging

Yesterday was another action packed day, leaving Hong Kong approx 7am to head into Dongguan, China. The day was a typical day in my “new life”, working with the Chinese staff in the dongguan Fiveislands ecommerce warehouse, checking over websites, inventory, products, interviewed some new job applicants. On the way back to Hong Kong in the evening, we picked up my new friend, Karta, from a go to b brand of urban bicycle gear – really cool stuff! He is going to work with us in Dongguan on the ecommerce warehousing and logistics, also we are talking about website shopping … Continue reading Hong Kong Fashion Night, Feeling of Not Belonging

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5 Regrets When People Are About to Die

Read this poem on facebook today from my friend Layheon Tan . Imagine….this amazing woman Bronnie Ware who wrote this…sharing her experiences with people who are about to die….listening to people on their deathbeds….imagine that…..imagine the perspective on life ….how your outlook on life must change….seeing people discuss the things they wish they had done before they died. These are the 5 points, 1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. 2) I wish I didn’t work so hard. 3) I wish I’d had the courage to … Continue reading 5 Regrets When People Are About to Die

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Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear

Its a great saying that my friend Anny chatted to me about on Skype this morning. She said she loves reading my blog and gets inspired….wow, I feel great! And I tweeted this and facebook status updated it, and got a lot of retweets and likes….so seems worthy of its own blog post. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear Lets analyze and break this into 3 sections: Face your past without regret. – I think this is a major problem I see in myself as well as in many others….lately … Continue reading Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear

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Motivational Life Poem – I am Blind…Please Help

Just received this forwarded email from my friend Attila, and instead of re-forwarding these emails, I blog about them. This one really did move me….and it makes all of us really think about what life priorities are all about. Here goes, then I’ll blab a bit afterwards: A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them … Continue reading Motivational Life Poem – I am Blind…Please Help

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Daddy Can I Borrow 75 Pesos – Poem About Life

Relaxing (finally) this weekend and reading my facebook feed, seeing Maritess’s share, I saw this great poem passed around in the Filipino “circle of friends”, and while it is talking in Peso currency, that really isn’t the point. Its an AWESOME poem you have to read, and great for a Sunday afternoon inspiration. Daddy, Can I Borrow 75 Pesos? A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door. SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’ DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what is it?’ replied the man. SON: ‘Daddy, … Continue reading Daddy Can I Borrow 75 Pesos – Poem About Life

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Your Youth Never Dies – Poem

This is a great poem passed down to me. Why does being a grown up adult have to make you a “fuddy duddy” boring person? Hands on a window pane Watching some children laugh and play They’re running in circles With candy canes and French braids Inspired to question What makes us grown-ups anyway? Let’s search for the moment When youth betrayed itself to age So let the children play Inside your heart always And death you will defy ‘Cause your youth will never die In searching for substance We’re clouded by struggle’s haze Remember the meaning Of playing out … Continue reading Your Youth Never Dies – Poem

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Poem about Poor People

Hope this is an eye opener for some of us…..read it then I’ll put in my 2 cents….. One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the … Continue reading Poem about Poor People

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3900 Saturday Mornings & 1,000 Marbles – Enjoy Every One

I received this in an email from my Uncle Bill that I think is awesome to share here….its about maximizing the days we are alive on this earth….and since today is a Saturday as I post this, it is even more fitting. Read it below, and I’ll put my 2 cents afterwards: 3900 Saturdays The older I get the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning … Continue reading 3900 Saturday Mornings & 1,000 Marbles – Enjoy Every One

Don’t Quit – Poem from Adi

I love it when my friends tell me they enjoy reading the blog. I just like to tell my life story online, and it helps me get down on paper the ideas and feeling in my head, it also allows others to get inspired, or a LAUGH, then that is amazing to me. My friend Aditya Damodaran whom I went to Stevens Tech with shared this poem with me today, and I thought it would be great to post here: Don’t Quit When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road youre trudging seems all up hill, When … Continue reading Don’t Quit – Poem from Adi

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How Do You Live Your Dash?

my father just emailed me a scanned copy of this, and it really makes you think….want to share it and reflect a bit. I’ll type it out if you have trouble reading it: Subject: How Do You Live Your Dash? I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone From the beginning….. to the end He noted he first came to her date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years. … Continue reading How Do You Live Your Dash?

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Story of 2 Fishermen – Life Lesson?

With all the things I’ve been getting involved with, I think back to an interesting story…I think it was good, reliable, relaxed friend Scott Katin. Well, before I start reflecting on it, let me do my best to re-write it here. ============================= Story of 2 Fishermen 2 fishermen are sitting in on a quiet beach, each day they catch fish, some to eat, some to sell to make a living. They grow up together, living life and sharing stories and chatting. Then one day, one of the fisherman says “I want to try to make something of myself….I want to … Continue reading Story of 2 Fishermen – Life Lesson?