Though I hate to admit it, there are times when I compare myself to others and say to myself, “look how much that guy has accomplished, and he’s younger than me!” I sometimes even come up with excuses as to why someone seems to have accomplished more than I have in a shorter time, “well, she probably comes from a rich family”, or “he probably isn’t happy though”. And I don’t know exactly why I had or have these thoughts, but I have a feeling it is because I may feel inferior to those people or am ashamed of not accomplishing enough. And I think it is okay to feel like this sometimes, as long as it provides you that motivation to actually do something about it. But then there are times where you start feeling sorry for yourself and stay depressed. And if you are like me, you’ll start
I just wanted to share a post, a reflection on finishing two years with Flower Gift Korea! We are officially on our third year and things are going pretty darn well. I wrote about passing one year last August, well the post was written in August 2017, but my business anniversary for Flower Gift Korea is April 1st, which is when we launched the website. But we didn’t share about the website and how we were in business anywhere online until April 4th, which is when we shared about Flower Gift Korea on my personal Facebook page timeline. And that is when we made our very first sale! Literally, the day I posted about Flower Gift Korea being in business on my Facebook page, I received my very first sale. I actually recorded a podcast about making my first sale in my past and current businesses on a past Marketing
There are some days when I am really busy working in my flower business and don’t have time to do anything, and that includes trying to further build the flower business as well. For example, for a stretch of 3-4 days when it was around Valentine’s Day, I literally was working in my flower business non-stop. I had no time to do anything else, and we even had 3 part time helpers at that time helping out. So is this really the lifestyle I want? To be so busy that I don’t even have time to eat at times and not even have the choice to get enough sleep?
Well, it’s not the ideal life, but I’m truly happy because I am in the designing stage, and not every single day is like that. And honestly, my wife and I would rather be super busy all the time, because we could
December Goals Results
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for January 2018
So here is my review for the month of December, 2017
December Goals Results
1. Establish my trade business by registering it as a legal business and become part of some trade organizations in Korea: The good news is that I was able to register my trade business. It cost me nothing, except for the transportation fee to get myself to the tax office in Gangnam. So I am the owner of Smart Trade Korea. Congratulations to myself! I have made literally 0 won so far from this business, so there isn’t much to celebrate. But it is something. Unfortunately, I did not become part of some trade organizations yet. I plan on becoming a member of KOTRA and maybe a few others as there are some perks to becoming a member. Honestly, I put my trade business to
November Goals Results
Other Businesses and Projects
Thoughts, Goals and The Big Picture for December 2017
So here is my review for the month of November, 2017
November Goals Results
1. Improve my Korean by learning more advanced business vocabulary before I start my Trade academy course on November 20th: I probably studied pretty hard for like a week and then just did some studying here and there. The crazy thing was that I understood the Korean lectures a lot better than expected. My Korean is better than I thought, I guess that goes for all people when they think of their language skills. And like always, I always got ahead of myself and said that I would read such and such, when in fact I didn’t. Well, as they say, shoot for the moon and you’ll be amongst the stars.
2. Make a marketing campaign for Pepero Day (Blog post, front page of website, social
If you order a box of chocolates at 7am from Flower Gift Korea today in Seoul, it is possible for that box of chocolates to get all the way to Busan the very next day. Google shows me that it is 325 kilometers from Seoul to Busan, which is quite a distance. Actually, that same box of chocolates can travel from one end of Korea to the other end of Korea by the very next day if you send out your order before 1pm. And it will roughly make it 99 out of 100 times within one day, as long as there aren’t holidays or Sundays included.
What’s so amazing about that? Other countries can ship packages 325 kilometers away the very next day as well. Well, they probably can, but how much does it cost?
Well, let’s just use the US as an example. From New York to Philadelphia, it is
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In this podcast episode, I get to speak with Mattue Gale. He goes by Matt and he is a personal coach. He shares a bit about his journey and a bit about himself, but he mostly shares about what he does. He uses a special method in his coaching and actually went through a coaching exercise with me. It was different for me because I never received coaching, except for when I was on sports teams. The things he talks about are very interesting and his take on entrepreneurship is different than our past guest. Check out the full podcast episode to hear more from Matt and about the benefits of his coaching method.
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Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
If you google the above words, you can find out more information about this method, which is what Matt utilizes in his personal coaching.
If you are an entrepreneur
When I was in grade 4, my father took me to a nice stationary store and bought me a whole case of school supplies. He bought me a nice marker set, erasers, pencils, etc. It was a set I was really proud of and I believe it cost my father somewhere between $40-$50 for everything, so it wasn’t a cheap set of stationary you could have bought at the dollar store. But one day, I got in trouble for playing with my school supplies during class and my teacher took the stationary set away. She didn’t say anything about the set and I just thought my stationary set was gone for good. One day, if I remember correctly, she said to the class that we have to ask for things or something about apologizing. I knew deep down she wanted me to ask her for the set and apologize for
I first arrived in Korea in 2007 when I was teaching outside of Seoul in a public school. It was my first time to Korea as an adult and I was going to teach one year of English as the Native English Teacher at Ipjang Middle school, which was located a little outside of Cheonan, which is in Chungnam. I was really excited and nervous since I didn’t know what to expect. One of the things I do remember was meeting one of the many teachers who was on the same orientation trip that I was on. What I remembered the most was one conversation we had while all of us Native English Teachers were having dinner. We didn’t really get too deep into a conversation, but It was a simple short conversation, which started off with me asking him the following question, “How long have you been in Korea?” And
When I was in my third year of university, I met a missionary couple who were visiting Toronto for a few weeks. They so happened to stay a night at my uncle’s house when I was living in one of my uncle’s rooms. So my uncle introduced me to the missionary couple who had been living in Turkana, Kenya for close to 20 years. The missionaries showed me a CD, which explained the work they were doing. At the time, I was really involved in church and even contemplated becoming a missionary one day, so watching the video on the CD really ignited something in my heart. In the end, I ended up volunteering about 3 months with that missionary in Kenya. It was an awesome experience and I believe I received more than I gave. The missionaries were very accommodating, the people there were very friendly, and I had