#5MinutesTruth: Negativity will limit your growth.

My 5 minutes truth, negativity will limit your growth. They are two sources of negativity in our life. One of them, externally and the other one is internal. It is your little inner voice. It is fundamentally your mindset. Always remember this, once you master your mindset, you will master your life. Once you master your life, external negativity will be nothing to you. 

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#5MINUTESTRUTH: People who don’t have GOAL usually work for people who do!

What are your life goals?

If you’re unable to answer this question, you are in trouble. Basically, you are not in control of your life. If you look at every single sport in the Olympics, they are always scoreboard to quantify leading team and ranks. That is how we quantify the winners. In this context, they are 3 groups of people. Number one, the people who achieve their goal. Number two, the people who fail their goal. The third group, the people who do not have any goals.  If you’re in the first group of people, great! Now, you need to set a bigger goal. If you’re in the second group, it is alright. You learn something and do not ever let failure stop you from achieving your goal. Thomas Edison said;

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

If he gave up after his first try, do you think we will recognize him as one of the greatest inventors of all? Of course not, it is because he has shown perseverance to achieve his goal.


Now, the third group of people is the group you all should NOT be in. They are even worst who failed to achieve their goal. Zig Ziglar said;

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

It is like a football team in a World Cup who said, “We do not need a scoreboard. We just want to play.” There no sense of purpose for the football team to compete in the World Cup who do not care about their score. Do not be in that group. Remember this;

People who don’t have GOAL usually work for people who do.

Let us go back to the questions again. “What are your life goals?” I am going to share with you my high level 6 F’s of Life Fulfillment goals. They are Faith, Family, Fitness, Financial, Friends, and finally Freedom. These are the elements that I focus on every hour of the day. If it is not part of your goal, be bold to decline it. Why? Because you are accountable!

Call to action: You need to spend some time to reflect what do you want to do with your life and take control. Be in an environment that allows you to focus. It could be at the beach, in the toilet, Starbucks and anyway that allow you to focus. Please switch your phone off and just use a piece of paper and pen. Start writing it down, and remember the first draft of your goal is usually bad. But you just need to start. Write it down and execute your goal every single day. Your goal may develop over time but remember to stick with it and learn to adjust. 




#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!



#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!

Spartan Race by MarvinInspire


Spartan Race by MarvinInspire


Spartan Race by MarvinInspire




Start with Why by MarvinInspire

“How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” is the first quote from the book of Start with Why. I got to know Simon Sinek through Youtube channel, TED Talk titled “How great leaders inspire action”. After I watched the video, I immediately bought the book. The message conveyed by Simon very profound and deep as it connects directly to my core belief. I love the concept of the Golden Circle that was developed by Simon Sinek.  It helps me to understand my why.

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3 Important Lessons from Spartan Super!

I completed the Spartan Race Super Malaysia on the 9 July 2017 at Nexus International School Malaysia, Putrajaya. The distance was 14.2km with 29 obstacles. It was a tropical and humid environment. I signed up in the Spartan Elite Category to get the feel of being surrounded with the top Spartan Racer. I completed the race with 3 hours 18 minutes and 32 seconds.


Self-Awareness is an essential key element of success. I had a reflection during my flight back home, here are my 3 important lessons from running the Spartan Race Super.

1. Respect the Obstacles

The Altas Ball obstacle was an easy obstacle for me. If you follow me on my Instagram, I have a powerlifting background. Lifting heavy stuff in the race is very easy for me. However, on that day I throw that ball on the ground of hard that some of the dirt bounce off land on my eyes. My hand was dirty so I cannot rub it off. I spent about 15 minutes there to clean my eyes. I was too proud and being a show-off that Atlas ball was an easy one.  15 minutes is a lot of time! A lot! I would be different if I just put the ball down slowly and on my way continue my run. The lesson here is to respect the obstacle, then the obstacle respects you. 


At the A-Frame!


2. Ask for help

When I joined the elite category, I thought it is a real competition. They will focus on finishing the time as soon as possible. I was struggling when I the dirt was in my eyes. I tried to handle it on my own first. Some of the Spartan Racer did offer helps. I responded, “It is alright”. I do not want to affect their run time. However, there is a Spartan Racer ignored what I said. He immediately calls the Race Marshall and shouted MEDIC! The Medic was immediately on the scene and gave me water to clean my eyes. I did not manage to see who he was. I am grateful that they are willing to help. One of the Spartan Code is Camaraderie. It means friendships, comradeships, and fellowships. Who ever he is, you have lived up to the Spartan Code of Camaraderie. Who ever you are? Thank you! The lesson here is to ask for help if you need it. I am very sure they will do their best to help you.


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Sandbag carry


3. Bleed more in Training

I failed 3 obstacles. There are Spear Throw, Multi Rigs, and The Twister. These obstacles can be easily overcome with proper technique. I had to say I was rushing through the obstacles which cause me to fail. I need stay focus and take down the obstacle one at a time. There are also hill through out the obstacles, and this is the gap I need to overcome. The lesson here is to be prepared for any unexpected obstacles. If you need to invest in obtaining the right tool to get the job done, just do it. It is better to bleed more in training, then bleeding in a battle.

Barbwire crawl


Call to action;

  1. Be humble when you faced every obstacle. Especially, the one you are good at! 
  2. Ask for help when you are out of options. 
  3. Train smarter and harder!

I am now preparing for my next Spartan Race Beast on the 8 October 2017. My journey to my second Spartan Trifecta! I share my training through on my Instagram and my Facebook Page. Please show your support by following.  Feel free to share to your friends too! Thank you!

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#5 Minutes Truth: Pride and Fear are the greatest motivation of life!

Your why is the spark! It is your purpose. However, it means nothing without fuel. That is when MOTIVATION comes in. It is a form of fuel to light the fire. It is the desire or willingness to do something until you achieve the goal you want. Motivation fuels the engine of success. It maximises and maintains momentum until you achieve your life goal.

The key word here is “fuel”. Life has a very funny ways to suppress your fuel. John C. Maxwell frames it up very well. They are known as discouragement, failure, changes, fear and problem. Guess what, these give life a meaning to fight for. Learn to embrace it. It is not what happens to you, but how you handle what happens, that makes the difference.  Here are my top three quotes on motivation! 


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When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful! 
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When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor!


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Pride and Fear are the greatest motivation of life! 


My personal favourite, Pride and Fear are the greatest motivation of life. To explain this further, it is the pride of being successful, and it is the fear of failure. It does not mean you should not fail. I believe failure is a given. It is the pride of learning from your failure and achieve success from it. In other words, a comeback from failure. Due to fear, you take pride in your success! 

If you love my blogs, I am very sure you will love my Instagram post and my Facebook page! Please share this content with your love ones for motivation and inspiration. 

Fuel your fire with motivation to live life with fulfilment!





Let us Start with Why. Your Why is the very purpose you exist. It is the spark of your fire. The How is the thing that makes you unique. The What is the actionable work that you need to do to reinforce your Why. It is the fuel to ignite the fire of your spark.  Your What is definitely your strength! It is your sweet spot. Once you discover it, you will feel fulfilled.

Go all in on your strength! By Gary Vaynerchuk 

These 5 key questions are for you to ask yourself to discover your strength. 

What do you enjoy?

Typically, what you enjoy doing is your strength. I am very sure you do not like to do things that show your weakness. If you enjoy it, you probably pretty good at it. Do like going the gym, write a blog, running, calculating and so on. The key is you have to be fulfilled doing it. 

What comes effortlessly for you?

In other words, what is easy for you? It is a piece of cake for you.  Be aware that, some people undervalued themselves. You think is so easy that other people can do it as well. That is not entirely correct. What is easy for you could be tough for other people. People tend to see you are skilled in what you enjoy doing because they may not be able to do it as good as you. 

What area do you excel?

Do you get recognised by other people for what you do? Do you even receive an award? That is the indication of greatness.  However, people tend to keep it to themselves and being humble about it. In another perspective, you are actually downplaying your strength by doing so. That is what you should not do. If you know what you’re good at, it does not mean you are arrogant.  It means you are self-aware of your capabilities and strengths. Learn to embrace your strength.

We deny our talents and abilities because to acknowledge or to confess them would commit to use them. By Zig Ziglar

What do others encourage you?

You have to self-aware externally.  Listen to what people say about your strength.  “Wow, you great in writing.”, “You’re strong, can you coach me?”,  ” You’re really like reading, what book would you recommend to me?”, “I heard you’re good in model simulation.”, “Have you thought of writing a book?” Listen to them carefully. They compliment you for it. These are the sign of strength that you are radiating to the people around you.  Learn to embrace it. However, it still does not give you the excuse to sharpen your strength. 

What gives you energy?

When we work on what we love, it will give you energy rather it drains you. It excites you to do the work.  It does not mean you will not get tired. It is the good type of tired with a spice of satisfaction.  It is the kind of tired that you cannot wait to wake up and do it again and again. 

You can use these 5 questions as a guide to discover your strength. Your strength can solve other people problem. You must enjoy it. You must do it effortlessly. You are great in it. It encourages you to be a better person. Your strength will give you energy.

Give it enough time, you may accidentally become an entrepreneur. That is where the monetization comes in. However, it takes 10 years to be an overnight success. Once you discover your strength, you need to hustle and grind to be great!  Here is the bonus, step you need these three things. The S.E.A FormulaSelf-Awareness, Execution and Accountability!  

If you‘re good at something, never do it for free. By The Joker, Heath Ledger

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