Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki #BookReview No. 4

Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki

A friend of mine, Hani introduced me this book. She shared to me that one of her learning from the book was “A coin has three sides, heads, tails and the edge. Intelligent people stay on edge and look at both sides”

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#5MinutesTruth: Motivation is fancy word of FACTS OF SUCCESS

Have you ever googled motivational quote, just to motivate yourselves to do something? I know I did. We want to feel something which is the drive to get things done.  Sam Levenson said, “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”

Do you really feel motivated? Yes, for a second. If you really really ponder, the motivational quotes are really just facts! Check out a quote from Michael Phelps’

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.

Again, the so call motivational quotes are actually facts of success. Only the people that are hardworking, persevere, hustle, grind and show grit will be successful. All it takes is action to make things happen. That is the only facts that will lead you to greatness.

They are two kinds of people. The first kind of people will say “I’m going to wait until I feel motivated.” The second kind of people will say “I’m going to do it because it is the facts of success.” The first one will never get anything done because he still waiting and waiting to feel motivated and not do anything about it. The other person will do first to live up to the facts of success. Which one do you want to be?

Every time you read motivational quotes, tell yourselves that it is the facts of success. If you intentionally do not live up the facts of success, you are unintentionally living up the facts of failure. Always live up to the facts of success! That is the only path to greatness.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!



How to Hustle? Here are 5 Key Tips to Hustle for greatness!

Do you have an 8am to a 4pm job?

How do you feel working on a day job?

Let me help you to look at a different perspective. If you are working a day job, you are actually making other people dream come true. Let’s be practical. There is nothing wrong working your day job. It is still good to do so as we need income to survive and live. However, you should not forget to work on your dream and making it a reality. There is when the word Hustle is born.

Starting MarvinInspire is my hustle to add value my audience which includes you. It is deeply connected to my “WHY.”

My why is to inspire people to embrace the life obstacles so that they can grow living life with fulfilment. 

Enough about me, the focus is how can I add value to you? By doing your hustle, you are actually making your dream into a reality. Here are the 5 hustle tips to achieve success!

1. Discover your Sweet Spot.

Sweet Spot is the intersection between your passion and your strength.  Your strength is what you are great at. It is basically your skills. Passion is the things you love to do with zero feeling burden. You are willing to do it for free.  Your sweet spot is the intersection of these two functions. A friend of mine, Claudius love to share an inspiring story that connects deep into our soul. That is his passion. Photography is his strength.  He is damn good in capturing moments with his Leica camera. He is in his Sweet Spot. He is willing to invest his time and money into his hustle despite challenges he faced.


Taken by Claudius Weson Photography



Strength Passion and Sweet Spot

So how to discover your sweet spot? List down your strength and then list down your passion. Look at your list and ponder about it. Do not overthink and just try and try until you discover it. Once you found it, you need to stay in it which leads to the next tip.

Hustle Tips: Overthinking your passion and your strength is deadly. Just do and find out whether you love it or not. Give yourself 6 months to work on it. If it is your sweet spot, don’t ever stop.

2. Stay in LOVE with your Sweet Spot.

Falling in love in your sweet spot is good. But, staying in love with your sweet spot is great. It is the best way to direct you to success. In other words, stay in love with the process. Enjoy the process. Trust the process.

Most of us will look at goals as an event. We see success as an event that can be achieved like a tick in a box. This tip is important. So I am going to break it down.

Most people see health as an event: “If I just lose 10kg, then I’ll be in the best shape of my life and get my 6 pack abs.  Once you got it, then what? Are you going to stop being healthy? It is about consistency.

If you observe the people who achieve their goals, you start to realize that it is not the events or the results that make them different. It is their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event. They demonstrate perseverance and persistence overcoming the life obstacles.

If you want to be in the best shape of your life, then losing 10kg may be necessary. But the only way to make it happen is to fall in love with the process of eating healthy and workout consistently.

Stay in love with your sweet spot and trust the process. Believe me, it will be worth it.

Hustle Tips: It takes an enormous amount of patience to achieve the breakthrough that you desire.  Patience means 5 years process of working.

3. Expect  failure-  learning

Be prepared to fail and be ever ready to learn. Just imagine, a baby is about to learn to walk. She will fall over and over and over again until she just takes the first step. Then the second step. Then, the third step. The next thing you know she will start running. We have the power of perseverance and persistence since we were born. But, when life punches you in your face, you stayed in your comfort zone. Same goes to your hustle journey. It will push you out of your comfort zone.  Be prepared to fail and be ever ready to learn. Be stubborn on working on your hustle, however, be flexible with your approach.

Hustle Tips: It is alright to fail for failure is your best teacher. Learn for it and move on. 

4. Do the work!

This is the most cliche statement ever. Work! They are two kinds of people in life. The first kind of people will say I’m going to wait until I feel like doing it. The second kind of people will say I’m going to do it until I feel like it. The first one will never get anything done because he still waiting and waiting to feel the moment to move. The other person will work, and then he will begin to feel the moment. Which one are you? It is very obvious, be the second person and get things done.

Be prepared for some late nights and early morning. You need to invest at least 2 to 3 hours at minimum to do the work every single day.  You may need to invest more hours during the weekend. Sacrifice needs to be done.

Sacrifices is a necessity to build your hustle. You may need to sacrifice your leisure hours, movie nights, drinking session, party and the list goes on and on. You got 24 hours in a day, you got to learn to utilise it at max!

Hustle Tips: Remember the 4 D of success. Desire, Determination, Dedication and Discipline!

5. Reward yourself.

I believe in the word balance. You work in your 9am to a 5pm job, then you hustle 2 to 3 hours at night. Believe me, it can be exhausting. Remember to reward yourself, set one day in a week for your to relax and chill. You need it to recharge and learn to turn off. You need to find out what works for you. Probably, once every two weeks. It is up to you. The bottom line is to turn off and enjoy yourself. After that, switch to your hustle mode and work.

For me, I love the moment of silence. I usually, read books at the beach, and that is how my inspiration grow. You need to find out what works for you. Do not overthink and for yourself to reward yourself.

Hustle Tips: Invest your reward on what matters to you. It means spending time your family, close friends, and yourself like travelling. 

Lets recap! It is good to work your day job. But always remember to hustle your dream. Discover your sweet spot and do not overthink. Lean to fall in love in the process. Expect failure as it is the mother of success. Do the work and focus on the action. Do not focus on your feeling. Always remember to reward yourself.

Keep Hustling for your dream!

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#5MinutesTruth: Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far! #HustleQuote

There is a saying, “Work on the day job, and hustle the side job”. We can say hustle is a level higher of work. It is basically, squeezing every ounce of energy you have in you to fuel your passion. It is a component of GRIT which demonstrate passion and perseverance in your daily routine. Hustling is basically doing something extra and it requires the sacrifice of your time from your Friday night out, chilling on the weekends and any activity.

Here is the catch, you need to love the process of hustling. To do that, you need to love it and have a passion for it. It has to be effortless for you and you need to have excitement doing it. It must not be forceful because it will be not sustainable if you’re doing it for the sake of doing it. Confusion says,”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” There are 3 main key points when you are hustling;

1. Set a very clear goal and prioritize. – There is no such thing as too busy, it always comes down to prioritization. If it is not part of your goal, you must be brave enough to ignore it.

2. Be prepared to sacrifice your work/life balance. – Friday night out, movie night, hanging out and whatever activity that is not related to your goal. You got to drop it. At one point you are come selectively on who you mix with. However, never ever sacrifice family.

3. Never listen to the Naysayers- There is a saying, Lions don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep. Constantly, worrying about what other people think of you or your actions causes nothing but mental and emotional stress. Do not let others control you. Remember, you only have one life to live, so make it a good one. You are accountable, not them.

Whatever your passion is, you need to hustle to make it a reality. That way you can live the dream that you want to live. Always remember why you start, when you feel you want to stop. Here are my top three quotes on hustle!

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I would rather hustle 24/7 than a slave of 8 to 4.

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Great things happen to those who hustle.

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Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.

How did I become the Global Spartan Race Brand Ambassador? #8EasyStep

 The purpose of this post is to share my journey of being the Global Spartan Race Brand Ambassador. Believe it or not, I did Google it. But, there seem to be no clear steps to be the Spartan Race Brand Ambassador. Honestly, I experimented with different actions and trust the process. It works, and I am going to share with you how did I do it!

Here we go! On the 6 July 2017, I received DM from Spartan Race via Instagram that I was invited to be part of Spartan Race Global Ambassador. I was thrilled when I got the DM. Immediately, I signed up for it.


Later on the 15 July 2017, I received an email from Spartan Race Organization that I am selected to represent the Spartan. I am given the title of Global Spartan Brand Ambassador. I am honoured to be part of the Spartan Race Ambassador family.

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Here is the big question!

How did I become the Global Spartan Race Ambassador?

Since I was invited through Instagram, I will focus on the steps taken through creating an Instagram profile. I believe it is about sharing the positive value that reflects a Spartan life.  For me, Spartan Race is more than just an obstacle race. It is a lifestyle and Spartan Race helps me to reinforce my WHY.

My why is to inspire people to embrace the adversity of life so that they can grow living life with fulfilment.

Here are the # actionable tasks that I do to grab their attention!

1. Join Spartan Race.

To start the journey, you must first join the Spartan Race! I believe that is the mandatory requirement of being the Global Spartan Race Ambassador. You want to be a Spartan Race Ambassador, you got to join one of the race which create credibility as an influencer. Click on the link below to sign up for Spartan Race and find your fire!3333-420310

2. Create a Social Media Profiles.

Spartan Race is most active on Instagram. Then, followed by Facebook and then Twitter. You must create an Instagram profile, Facebook Page and a Twitter account too.  Your account must be public so that The Official Spartan Race Social Media can see your profile.  Your Instagram Biography should be short and concise to explain what your Instagram Profile about.


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TIPS #1: Use Emoji in your  Instagram Biography.

3. Create Amazing Content!

There is a saying, “Content is KING!”. Amazing content will attract people. You need to create content that reflects Spartan Race Brand. You can check at The Reebok Spartan Race website to find out their value.  Here are the typical content that I published;

  • Spartan Race pictures.
  • Workout picture and video.
  • Motivational and Inspirational Quotes.
  • Books.

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The content must add value to the audience. This will build attraction. It can be an informative content. The content needs promote engagement which can be a form of questions. You can add in motivation and epic music as well which will spice up your post.

TIPS #2: Do research on Spartan Race influencer. Learn what type of content they put on their social media.

4. Be authentic and show passion!

You got to do you! Be authentic and let your passion be on fire through your social media. Demonstrate GRIT in your work! You must be willing to invest time, effort and even money to build your presence for days, weeks, months and perhaps years. You must be willing to invest money to join the Spartan Race and purchase Spartan Race apparel as well. Document and showcase your journey in your social profile. That is the only way to make your profile known and connect with your audience.

TIP #3: Being a Global Spartan Race Ambassador will receive a special code for product discount.

5. Promote engagement.

 It is about communication like just saying “Hi” to a new person you just met. You can do that on a larger scale through your Instagram.  The number of “Likes” in your post reflects the breadth of your relationship with your followers. However, with quality comments and direct message(DM) reflect the depth of your relationship with your followers. If they DM you, please please respond to them as soon as possible. That is a great sign. They have shown their interest in you. It means you are on the right path!

How do you promote engagement?

  1. Maximized the number hashtag#  Instagram post!
  2. Study their key hashtag. Being a Global Spartan Brand Ambassador I usually use #spartanrace, #spartanba17, #spartanracemy, #spartanracemalaysia, #spartanstrong #wearespartan,  #iamspartan and any other related hashtag. 
  3. Tag them in your picture.  I tagged spartanrace, reebokmalaysia, world_spartan, spartanracemalaysia,  spartantraining and any possible related profile.
  4. Follow other related influencer and initiate first to connect with them to catch their attention first. You can like their post, comment on their picture and of course the best is to DM them.

It needs to be consistent. The word will travel through word of mouth to their friends and family. Then, their friends and family share with their friends and family again. The chain will go on and on!

TIP #4: Post a minimum of 3 posts per day on your Instagram profile and spend one hour to study you follower so that you can add value to them.

6. Build Collaboration.

Collaborate with other Spartan Race Instagram influencer. It is best to connect with a potential influencer as well and that way you can build each other. The first thing you should do it to follow them of course. Comment on their profiles and DM them to express gratitude. Be the smartest person to comment on their post to grab their attention. Another way is to re-post their post. Remember to tag them as they are the rightful owner. I am very sure they are pleased that you share their content.  Then, they may share your content with their followers too.  If possible, it is to make an effort to meet them, and this will make the connection at a personal level.

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With one of the TOP Spartan Racer Malaysia, @saddampittli

7. Be Professional

Remember to be professional! You are, or you are going to represent Spartan Race with everything you post or say online. Never post anything offensive and content that promote provocation. They could be follower may try to provoke you. What you should be is play a higher game.  Make sure that you keep your cool even when people become disrespectful or begin to troll. What you can do is to spread a positive message to the audience and add value to them. You can share your personal experience to inspire them. Do not be manipulative, instead be an inspiration. It does take effort, but it will work. You can do this by having a giver mentality.

8. Patient, patient and be patient!

Be patient! It does take time to be visible by the Spartan Race community! Always be consistent and be a presence online. Remember, every brand ambassador will start with one genuine follower! It took me seven months to be notified by the Spartan Race organizer to be a Spartan Race Ambassador.  Every day, I post a minimum of 3 different content that reflects the Spartan value.  Most importantly, you must have the passion for it and enjoy the process! You can do it too!

I hope this blog post add value to you! I believe is it somewhat applicable to be a brand ambassador for other brands as well. Please follow me at @marvininspire! Just DM me for any inquiries related to Spartan Race. I will do what I can to help! Aroo!



#5 Minutes Truth: GRIT is what makes you get up after you fall down!

GRIT is a personality trait on an individual who lives up to their passion and perseverance moving toward a goal despite being pushed down by significant obstacles and distractions. The field of psychology GRIT may include “hardiness”, “resilience”, “ambition”, “need for achievement” and “hunger for success”.

GRIT is what makes you get up after you fall down. GRIT is the awareness of achieving greatest potential comes from running a marathon, not a sprint. A better analogy is an obstacles race such as The Spartan Race.

Cultivating a GRIT personality is not an easy task as one may initially believe. Especially, in the society fueled by instant gratification nowadays.  People nowadays desire rewards fast and immediately. When we post a picture on Instagram, we expect to see the number of heart increase. Yes, it feels good. But it is only temporary feeling. Living life with GRIT must be able live life with delay gratification. It will be tough, however, it will be worth it. There is a saying, it takes 10 years to achieve an overnight success. 

Here are my top three quotes on GRIT! Be GRITTY and stay GRITTY!

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Spartan Race by MarvinInspire


Spartan Race by MarvinInspire