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Never Give Up

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

 

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I woke up today to the amazing news that Diana Nyad, the 64 year old endurance swimmer from the USA just finished crossing the 110-mile passage from Cuba to Florida.  A few amazing facts about Diana and this attempt:

1.  She has been trying this feat since 1978 when she was 28 years old.  She tried for five times until she finished it at age 64 yesterday at 2 pm Florida time.

2.  She swam with no cage to protect her from sharks and was the first person in the world to do so.

3.  She has been training for the past four years and faced many challenges along the way  including her fourth failed attempt when trying to cross the straight two years ago.

Upon arriving on the shore of Key West, just before 2 p.m. on Monday after nearly 53 hours in the ocean, a two-day, two-night swim from her starting point in Havana, the 64-year-old had this to say:

“I have three messages. One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”

After 35 years of trying, Diana Nyad accomplished her dream and conquered the almost impossible swimming challenge.
The act speaks for itself and there is not much to add to this incredible show of physical and emotional show of will power.  For all of us trying to accomplish our dreams, this is a major incentive to really go for it.
Internalize Nyad’s message which is filled with hope and gratitude.  Hope that once you persist and believe, life will show you a way to make things happen.  Gratitude that comes from knowing that you cannot do it alone and that the more you share your dream with others, the bigger are the chances for you to succeed.
With energy,
Ana
Read her story here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/sports/nyad-completes-cuba-to-florida-swim.html?_r=0

Why Do You Want to Start Your Own Company?

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

busy-womanThat’s the classic question to an entrepreneur and one that has many answers.  Let’s look at some of them:

1.  Because you want to have control over your life.

2.  Because you want to have a flexible schedule.

3.  Because you want to spend more time with your family.

4.  Because you want to earn more.

5.  Because you want to make a difference in the world through your services or products.

Starting your own company is a great opportunity to write your own script for your life.  You get to decide everything.  You get to build your vision for what the company will be like.  You will feel the excitement of closing a deal and reaping the benefits.  That’s the good news.  On some days, you will also find that all of it is also the bad news.  You will run the risk of feeling so consumed by your company that before you know it it’s midnight and you haven’t had dinner yet.  Heck, maybe you forgot all about lunch as well!

On the other hand, there are very few entrepreneurs who say that they would love to go back and work for someone else.  Once you have gone through the ‘secret passage’ that leads you to owning your own business, there is seldom a desire to go back to the ‘punching-the-clock-for-someone-else’ routine.

If you are going to let a business consume so much of your life, make sure the idea is coming straight from your passions.  If you think of your business and an overwhelming feeling of urgency takes hold of you, if you cannot stop daydreaming about it, if you see the results unfolding in your head and affecting the lives of many, if you don’t care what others think of it, then you are on to something.  But if your business idea doesn’t make your heart sing, don’t bother.

One of the best ways to figure out how to do anything is to talk with someone who’s already doing it.  Ask questions, voice your concerns and consider the information coming from the successful entrepreneur you are talking to.   You will find that most successful entrepreneurs will be more than happy to share their experiences with you.  Maybe you will follow their advice, maybe you will blaze your own trail.  In either case, you will be writing your own story and that’s a powerful way to live.

To your success!

Ana

The Difference Resiliance Makes

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

tug-of-warI am back from my one month vacation in Brazil and Turkey.  It was great to see my family and friends and spend time with them. The reasons why we went to Brazil were all wonderful:  My brother-in-law’s wedding, my mother’s 70th birthday and our regular visit to our company which is always busy and fun.  All of these great moments brought a smile to our face and warmth to our hearts.

However, while we were there, I also learned that my cousin is getting a divorce, my aunt’s brother passed away on a car accident and a good friend of ours with whom we had had lunch the day we left Brazil, just had a heart attack one day after we met him and his wife.

Life is a collection of many pleasant moments and some others that challenge us.  The key to be able to enjoy the good times and to cope with the challenges is resilience.  Webster’s dictionary defines Resilience as; 1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress 2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortunate or change.

The quicker we are able to bounce back from a challenging situation, the clearer we will be able to see solutions and act to change it.  The confidence that we gain from knowing that we can tackle whatever comes gives us the ability to live in the present and not worry about what the future will bring.  We are able to be fully immersed in the magic of the good times without spoiling them with thoughts like “what if this or that happens” or “it’s great but it won’t last”.

And how do we develop this magical quality?  In my humble opinion there is only one way:  By developing our faith in something bigger than ourselves.  Remember when you knew that you had someone to help you, such as your parents or a good friend, whenever you were trying something new?   Remember what it feels like to know that they would be there for you no matter what happened?  That they would be there to help you out if you needed help?  When we know deep in our soul that there is a Higher Power guiding us, a bigger plan, a bigger mission and that its all going to be alright, we feel content and cared for.  It’s not a feeling of conformity; it is a powerful feeling; one that allows us to trust in ourselves even more.  The possibilities become infinite and our soul flies because it knows that it was made to fly and to develop itself.

Faith brings resilience to our lives.  It starts with faith in our dreams, in ourselves and in our abilities, but that is still limiting.  At some point, we realize where this faith comes from and we begin to really see the possibilities.  Then, and only then, resilience truly becomes part of our lives.

With energy,

Ana

Human Beings vs. Human Becomings

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

joy1Rabbi David Aaron, a person I deeply respect, coined the term ‘human becomings’.  He explains that because we are constantly moving forward, always changing and hopefully, always growing, we are not really human beings; we are actually human becomings.  It is a learning process to become a human.  The process is much more important than the destination. 

As I meditated on it, I realized that there is a part in all of us who loves to grow, loves a challenge, an adventure and loves the journey.  There is also a part of us that is afraid of risks, that avoid challenges and resists growth.  The magic happens when we acknowledge that life is a challenge – and that the challenge itself is what makes it fun!  Only then life becomes a dynamic process of growth; an exciting adventure!

During the dynamic process of our lives, everything is always changing.  That’s the whole bit about being ‘human becomings’ and not ‘human beings’.  That’s our role in the world and the reason we were created.  If we accept that, we will understand ourselves better. 

The moment when we actually reach our goal flies swiftly; it is fleeting in its essence.  The goal of life is to be one with it; to live inside its rhythm and to bask in the human experience with gusto.  To experience and to enjoy the unique challenges and opportunities that each situation has to offer.  So life is also a becoming. 

Choose to become and to enjoy the process!

With energy,

Ana

Reinventing Oneself

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

3014borboletaTime and time again we find the need to reinvent ourselves.  Some of us take the plunge and do it.  Some of us delay it.  Whatever the case maybe, reinventing ourselves works wonders.  The fear can consume us at first but the elation of a new path ahead is way bigger than the fear.  At least that’s how I see it.

My business is being reshaped completely.  Blog site, name, logo, target market…  All will be new soon.  Maybe a partner will come on board, a new approach will take place and new products will emerge.  How cool is that?  Scary?  Well, not really.  Coming to Hong Kong was a decision that brought a lot of happiness to my husband and me, so why not reinvent the business to include more ideas and different goals?  It’s a normal process and one I am very excited about.

Looking at a new road is exciting.  Changing gears and forging ahead full force is a great example for our family, friends, children and clients.  Walking our talk with grace and firm steps only makes us stronger and more credible.  Acknowledging the curves in the path ahead and being willing to change gears while following our dreams is the best strategy to take on a process of reinvention.  Learning to reap the benefits of the new path is a process I am looking forward to experience!

Hope you all feel inspired to do the same when the time comes to reinvent yourselves!

Good luck to all of us!

With energy,

Ana