From a distance it looked like the bright orange tip of a cigarette burning, but as we drew closer the ember took on a new form as more and more colors began to appear. Looking downward, we started to see neon lights as they illuminated the skyline. Beneath the glow, the packed city streets filled with pedestrians looked like an army of marching ants moving in every direction. This was the view of Singapore from above, while the Boeing 747 began its final descent to the runway.
What does “least resistance” mean? My definition would be to act as if you cannot fail. Know what needs to be done and go after it wholeheartedly. We all know what needs to be done in order to be successful, but the one thing that stops us in our tracks is fear. I am guilty of that myself; I delayed many opportunities because of fear. Fear is crippling and it gets in the way of us reaching our goals. Once I removed fear from my life the path became much easier, just as the water flows downstream. But for it to be smooth I had to take that first step, and that was to act as if I could not fail. The hardest step is always the first step.
If my parents had not used and applied the art of least resistance, I would still be living in Vietnam. I was born in 1975, the fall of Saigon. Our family lived in a small village call Prey Chop, it sit near a coastal province, where it is situated in the Mekong Delta region of the southern part of Vietnam. Although it is located in Vietnam, many years ago this land was a part of the Khmer Empire which ruled most of Indochina many centuries ago. It is still home to many ethnic Khmer people. My family is one of them. When I was eight-year-old my family make a audacity decision. To escape Vietnam and Journey out to Thailand by foot.
My parents had gotten a glimpse of what life would be like for us if we were to stay in Vietnam, and they saw that there would be no future for us. They also got a glimpse of what life would look like once we made it to America. We could grow and pursue our dreams. America was the place that could give us that freedom. It was that glimpse of America that gave them the strength and the passion to take that first step to the unknown. Take that first step, practice the art of least resistance.
This excerpt taken from The Five Laws. To read more click here.
Until next time, I wish you great health, happiness, and a prosperous year!
The bright light awakened me from a deep sleep. I looked at the clock and it read 5:00 am. Even though I had only slept a total of three hours, my mind and body were fresh and rejuvenated. The ray of light streaming through the window gave me the strength I needed to face the new day. I was ready to tackle and take on any challenges that life threw at me.
That feeling would not have been possible if I had been in Minnesota. You see, that February morning I was waking up in tropical temperatures of sixty-five and sunny, in the beautiful state of Florida. In Minnesota I would have been greeted by subzero temperatures outside my window.
A smile spread across my face as I sat up in bed. I thought to myself how wonderful and prosperous I would be if I lived in Florida. I get this same feeling every morning when the sun hits my face. My body and soul is like a plant, and I needed the sunlight to nurture and grow. My body needed to be exposed to the sun and the ocean. The elements of life, in this case the elements of success.
Why hadn’t I unleashed this energy during my twenty plus years in Minnesota? Can a new environment make that big of a difference? Oh, yes it can. Take a house plant from a shadowy corner and move it next to the sunlight and watch it flourish. Your mind and body are the same way. All I needed was a change of location and I flourished. I felt a great sense of strength within me. And it wasn’t just the energy, along with it a newfound confidence arrived, a confidence to take on the world.
Discover what moves you. What gives you great strength? Does the ocean give you the energy to do the things you love? Do you enjoy traveling to new and exotic places? Or maybe you prefer snow, because you enjoy winter sports. Whatever it is, step outside your comfort zone and begin to experience that life. Once your mind and soul are in harmony, you will have the power to move you toward your goals faster.
Until next time, I wish you great health, happiness, and a prosperous year! We’ll talk soon.
After two years in college, I did what most billionaires did. I dropped out. I remember a buddy from high school called me up one day and said, “Wanny, you need to come out and listen to this guy speak.”
I didn’t have anything to lose. My choice was to either sit at home watching reality TV or go listen to some guy speak. Next thing I knew, I was in a room with three hundred other people and a businessman in a three-piece suit was on stage. The only reason I stuck around was because I wanted to be like the guy on stage, I wanted to be an international businessman. Back then, anyone with a three-piece suit was an international businessman in my eyes.
In the middle of his speech, something happened; I began to feel a tingling up my spine from hearing his stories of overcoming adversities and challenges. Goose bumps formed all over my body. The speaker didn’t realize it but, at that moment, he awakened a sleeping giant. I told myself I wanted to do that. I wanted to get on stage and share my stories, too. Most of all, I wanted to give people goose bumps.
Then I thought, for anyone to take me seriously I needed a track record. I needed to be successful. Up to that point I had nothing to show for myself. I had dropped out of college and my English wasn’t perfect. Rather than pursue my speaking career, I was out chasing success and dollar signs.
Throughout my journey I have climbed high and fell on my face many times. Only at rock bottom was I able to dig deep within and ask myself what my purpose in life was. What was I put on this earth to do? Once we find our purpose, success becomes easy for us. I discovered my purpose was to share the message of hope. It had been my calling fifteen years ago. But rather than taking the necessary steps and actions toward a speaking career, I spent fifteen years chasing dollar signs because, back then, my perception of success meant I need to be monetarily rich.
When I began to work on my why, the how and what start to take shape. Doors began to open and they opened wide. All we need to do is step inside.
Without the why, we will never find our true calling. It’s the why that gets us up in the morning, it’s the why that keeps us fighting when we are down. Define your why, because once you do, the next step is easy; take action each and every day to work toward your goal. If you want to write, start writing. If you want to speak, start speaking. Whatever your goal may be, as the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It.”
We all have a story to share. Somewhere, someone is thinking about writing a book. In order for that book to take a shape of its own, you must take action. Start writing one page a day. Like when you’re working out, you keep the momentum going when you don’t stop. You feel great and have more energy at the end of your workout than when you started. Writing is the same way. The hardest part is beginning, but once you do, it’s hard to stop. Your thoughts become clearer. Your mind begins to throw ideas out to you; words begin to flow effortlessly.
Looking back, one thing I’m glad I kept all of these years is my notes; notes I had taken throughout my journey in the real world. I have stacks and stacks of notebooks, some from twenty years ago. One thing I noticed as I reread what I had written, shocks me to this day. After high school I wrote, “To motivate and inspire people.” You see, ladies and gentlemen, the seed was planted over twenty years ago. Begin seeking from within to find your why, and then run with it.
If you have dream of writing a book but haven’t begun: start today. Don’t wait fifteen or twenty years to begin chasing it. Do it now. Take one hour a day and begin writing. You might not become a New York Times best-selling author, but the reward that comes from your accomplishment is worth its weight in gold.
Until next time, I wish you great health, happiness, and a prosperous year.