I came across chapter 17 on SELF-AWARENESS from the book titled, #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness. It is officially my favourite chapter of the book. I have to read the chapter twice to get the depth of the understanding.

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We heard positive attributes like hardworking, dedication, commitment and much more. SELF-AWARENESS does not seem to get much attention. I believe it is important to be self-aware of your own strength and weakness. The next level is the ability to use your strength to your advantage and the ability to work around your weakness. For you to do that, there is a process known as the elimination process. You need to jump and hustle to discover your strength and weakness.

Here are the 8 self-awareness quotes taken from the #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness.


Knowing how you come across to others can often give you an advantage as an entrepreneur!


There’s one hack, and it’s asking people straight up to tell you your strengths and weakness. You have to be prepared for them to tell you things you may not want to hear or that you disagree with.


Get yourself thick skin. I hate reading bad stuff about me, but I can handle it. I respect it, accept it, understand it, and I try to learn from it!


What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you.


If you are self-aware enough to know that you lack confidence, you could definitely execute to get more! 


At the very least, start working to surround yourself with confident, positive people.


Not everyone will understand what you`re doing, and the more you work, the more chances you have to be disappointed. Or even to be the disappointment. But don’t let those moments fool you. An instance of failure could be a huge opportunity.


You have to do you! Self-Awareness of Inspiration
You have to do you.



#5 Minutes Truth: Being self-aware is the key to accepting mistakes. It is the first step to learning. Then, only we can correct them

Self Awareness or self-assessment is about knowing yourself.  It means having a crystal clear view of yourself. You know what is your strengths and weaknesses. You need to be brutally honest with yourself and acknowledge it!  You need to admit your strength and also admit your weakness. It can be a battle between who you think you are or who you ACTUALLY are? Honestly is key! Be ready to face the painful truth, rather than a beautiful lie. What’s work for others may now work for you!

Once you know who you are with great depth and breath, self-awareness allows you to understand other people and the ways they perceive you.  You understand their attitude toward you. With that in place, you are able to respond instead or reaction which allows you to make a great decision! BE SELF-AWARE!

Here are my top 3 quotes on self-awareness!

“Self Awareness isn`t just betting on your strengths, but accepting your shortcomings” by Gary Vaynerchuk


“Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.” by Stephen Covey


“Being self-aware is the key to accepting mistakes. It is the first step to learning.  Then, only we can correct them.” by MarvinInspire



This is one of my favourite picture from The Spartan Race.  People often ask me, why do you race? My question to you why do you not race? The question “Why do you Race?” is a great metaphor of “Why do you live?”

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I live to inspire people to embrace the adversity of life so that they can grow living life with fulfilment. That is why I Race. Let’s look at the two Spartans crossing the finish line right before the fire. One with a complete set of body, 2 arms and 2 legs. The other Spartan had 2 arms, 1 leg and crutches. Physically, they are different. However, both of them has the fire of a Spartan to beat all the life adversity.

The question is who has the most fire? At first glance, probably the one with crutches may have the most fire. However, I believe both of them has a different story to tell. One of them could be physically challenged which we can observe. One of them could be an emotional challenge which we cannot observe. At the end of the day, both of them has their own setback. But they cross the finish line! That is when it really counts! Here is the secret,  it is not about the setback. It is how you respond to your setback. All it takes is action! They make the decision to take action to break their setback. Instead of complaining about it and do nothing at all. They decide to take the positive attitude to matter how life hit them! That is the fire each of us needs to have!

The only disability in life is a bad attitude~ Scott Hamilton

My question to you my beloved readers, what are the setbacks you need to deal everyday? Have you found your fire? In other words, have your discover your why? How strong your fire to break the life obstacle? It is good to learn to embrace your fire, you will be impressed by how far you can achieve despite all the setback. That is how life roll! All it takes is action, then the fire will ignite!



The moment you write your goal on a piece of paper, you just only took the first step. For you to take the second steps and to continue until you reach your goals is by taking action. Execution is the key to success!

People love the feeling of being motivated, they don`t like to put in the work do something about the feeling. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk

Here are 3 key points you need to remember to make sure you execute! You just need to do it!!

1. Plan.Do.Check.Adjust.

You need to PLAN your big goal backward by breaking it down into smaller goals. Write or draw the map out the goal that you want to achieve, up to where you are today! Your big goal could be one year to five years’ time. Then, break it down into yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily. Write down a simplified to-do list daily, which can be done within your 24 hours in a day. Remember to keep track of it! DO the listed task everyday and make it a habit!

The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits. ~ Tom Ziglar

Every night before you go to bed, spend 10 minutes to CHECK where you are on the list. Ask yourself, “What did I do well?”, “What I did not do well?”, “What can I learn from my shortcomings?” and “How can I change that?”. Be honest with yourself when you are answering these questions. Self-Awareness is the KEY! You have to be flexible to ADJUST your daily tasks to achieve your goal. Then, you need to PLAN for the next day. The cycle continues with persistence until you reach your goal.  In a month, perform a major CHECK and ADJUSTMENT on where you are in your journey to achieve your goal.

2. Visualised the reward and the punishment.

Here is the story, imagine there is a 10 million dollar put in front of you. What you need to do is to run towards it. Once you grab that 10 million dollar, it is all yours and you will be super rich! Imagine you are in the jungle and a hungry lion is chasing to hunt and eat you. What you need to do is to run towards a building that keeps you safe and alive. Between these two stories, which do you think will run faster? I believe most of you will say the second story. You need to run for your life.

However, I think you will run faster if you see both! Let the lion chase you and put the 10 million dollars in front of you. You will run even faster! The reward is being wealthy with 10 million dollars and the punishment being dead. Here is the punchline, visualized the reward when you achieved your goal and visualized the punishment when you fail to achieve your goal.

Always start with questions. “What is the reward or benefit if I achieve my goal?” and “What is the punishment or the pain if I DON`T achieve my goal?” Visualised it for every goal that written down. Visualised the reward and visualised the punishment!

3. Get an accountability partner.

Human, as typical as it sounds, is made imperfect. We have that tendency to deviate from the desired goal over a period of time. When I was 12 years all, my parents were my accountability partner. They make sure I get good results in school. They tracked my academic performance. As we move into adulthood, your parents may not be there to keep track of what you are doing all the time. Hence, you need people around you to help you. Especially, those who are already successful!

An accountability partner takes on the role of trusted confident or a mentor whom you trust and who can provide you with the guidance and motivation to move forward. We need them in different areas of life. Some of them possess skills in certain areas in which you may need to achieve your goal.  They are your important resources whom you can trust, and who genuinely wants to help you. They are not afraid to say, “Why do you have that goal?”, “You`re doing the wrong thing because I did this before. This is what you should do?”, “How is your goal progress?”, “How do you feel about it?”, “You did great! Keep it up?” and they will help you to visualize the reward and the punishment,

Let’s recap, the first one is to Plan.Do.Check.Adjust. Secondly, visualised the reward the punishment. Visualized if you achieve your goal and visualized if you fail to achieve your goal. Most importantly, get a trusted accountability partner to help to in your journey. Wishing you all the best!  Remember, execution is the key!!

Ideas are worthless, execution is the game! ~ Gary Vaynerchuk


#5 Minutes Truth: God gives the toughest war to his toughest warrior!

Adversity is one of my favourite words. Adversity connects to my “Why.” My why is to inspire people to embrace the adversity of life so that they can grow living life with fulfilment. Adversity can be in the form of failure, discouragement, obstacles, fear, and obstacles. It will be tough! What if I told you, adversity is a given life`s journey. You can do nothing about it or do something about it. Believe me, the moment you choose to do nothing you already lost! So do something about it! Imagine, adversity in the form of the highest mountain.  Climbing up steps by steps and hills after hills. Once you are at the top, the view is spectacular!

Without adversity, no victory worth celebrating!

Without adversity, no medal worth giving! 

Without adversity, no award worth recognizing! 

Without adversity, no growth worth embracing!

Without adversity, no life worth living!

Remember, a life without adversity is a life without growth. A life without growth is a life without meaning. Learn to embrace it! It will be worth it.

Here are my top 3 quotes on overcoming life adversity;


God gives the toughest war to his toughest warrior


Some see obstacles as a burden. I see obstacles as an opportunity! 


When life hits me down, I will get up and say, ” You`re not hitting me hard enough!”

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The words are the most powerful tools that created by man!

If you talk negatively, it will hurt you, it will discourage you, and it will weaken you. If you talk positively, it will heal you, it will encourage you, and it will strengthen you. Your word will be made flesh.  That is why you need to choose the right word to speak.

Here are 5 ways to help you to choose your words wisely:                             

1. Speak with the end in mind!

The famous Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective people. His second habit is  Begin With The End In Mind. It is about knowing who you want to be by visualized it clearly. It starts with the mental creation and the next thing is the physical creation of what you visualized. This is where the right use of the word is significant as it is a form of communication. By doing so, it allows you to develop a conversation that moves you toward your desired goal.

When you want to speak and voice out your opinion, identify your desired goal. You need to ask yourself; “What am I trying to achieve?” before entering the conversation. Once you know what you want, choose your words and sentences that will inspire the desired result.

Tips: Ask yourself, “What am I trying to achieve?” before you speak in every single conversation!

2. Feed your mind with positivity!

Zig Ziglar famous quote, “You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind” You have to take action to feed your minds with positivity! There are two ways to do this.

First, you should is to invest 15 to 30 minutes in a day for every day of your life to fill your mind with positivity. You can read, listen, watch and one of my favorite one share to your friends.  Pick up a book on personal development. I highly recommend Over the Top by Zig Ziglar. Listen to audiobook or podcast. There is multiple choice of audio to choose! At the moment, I am listening to The Secret to Success by Dr. Eric Thomas and The GaryVee Audio Experience. If you like visual, hit the search button on YouTube! One of my favorite youtube channels is Goal Cast and Team Fearless! Please check them out!  Then, you need to share it with a friend and have the discussion on the positive thought and idea. This will reinforce and burn on your mind.

The second method is to have self-talk. Self-talk can have a great impact on your well-being as a person. It can be positive or negative and have different effects on how you feel. This is my self-talk card. It is from the book Over the Top by Zig Ziglar. Again, spend some time to read the self-talk card DAILY!  It will change your program your mind.

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Tips: Start your day every morning reading out loud the self-talk card. It takes only less than 5 minutes and you got 1440 minutes in a day.

3. Practice the Pause!

One of my favorite taglines, Boys react. Men respond. I got this from the Dr. Eric Thomas. It required an enormous amount of self-awareness, especially on your emotional intelligence. When you got angry, sad, depressed, stress and in doubt, take a deep deep breath and pause for 5 seconds. Begin asking yourself, “What am I trying to achieve?”, “What is the right thing to say?” or “What is the right thing to do?” By asking the question, it allows you to look at the situation objectively. Believe me, when you speak with an imbalance emotion you will regret it. Most of the time, the words that you voiced out can never be taken back.  Practice the pause with a deep breath!

Lori Deschene describes it very well, Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly, and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.

Tips: When you are in an intense conversation, take a deep breath, pause and think. If you still feel the tension,  retreat and come back another time once you are calm.

4. Saying Thank You!

Expressing gratitude by saying thank you is a simple gesture, yet a powerful impact on other people life and also to your own well being.  Practicing saying thank you to everyone, especially to the people who support you daily.  These kinds words are always appreciated. In return, you receive the positive and happy feeling. The feeling will empower your well-being to be a better person.

5. Make a Commitment!

You need to understand that choosing the right word in a conversation is always a choice. Using the right tone is always a choice. It is the consequence of the choice you cannot choose. You need to make a commitment to express the right positive word. First, you need to do is no complaining anything or anyone, including yourself. Secondly, no gossiping!  Thirdly, no negative thought especially about other people and yourself. Finally, mix with the right group of friends that will empower you. Trust me it will challenge to find the right friends but it is possible. Remember to make it a requirement of yourself. Believe me, you will see the bright side of things with no complaining, no gossiping, and no negative thought. It will positively change your perspective.

What you feed your mind determines your appetite.~Tom Ziglar


You can use the T.H.I.N.K formula below before you begin to speak. As long the answer is Yes for all the following question, then you can voice out your opinion.

T – Is it True?
H – Is it Helpful?
I – Is it Inspiring?
N – Is it Necessary?
K – Is it Kind?

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