Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Westin LAX from 10am – 6pm.
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In October 2013, Virgin America released their brand new, innovative and entertaining new SAFETY VIDEO!
As you can see, they didn’t need to be on the plane to discuss the safety guidelines of flying with Virgin America. The question is, what can we learn from this? It’s important to be the forward thinker in your industry. When I first flew Virgin America, I was so impressed by their sleek design which made their aircraft look more futuristic compared to the others. Their first safety video was interesting and clever.
As entrepreneurs, if you want to be the leader in your industry, you’ve got to work hard to spin your wheels and figure out ways how you can be the first to offer something innovative. Granted that there are multiple ways to be a leader in the industry, I think that being creative can sometimes really take the spotlight.
Virgin America clearly wants to be the coolest aircraft, hence the sleek design and now, the unique video that has now reached over 7 million views in just a little bit over a month.
So what do you think about this move? Was it necessary? Maybe not, but when you want to stay ahead, you do not only do what’s necessary, you do what no one else is doing. That “added value” is an important factor of staying “fresh” in the market.
Check out the behind the scenes:
So what do you think about this video?
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Westin LAX from 10am – 6pm.
I can't believe this! What is Fast and the Furious going to do now? He made that move! My prayers to his friends and family.
Paul Walker Dead: 'Fast And The Furious' Actor Dies In Car Crash
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By no means do I want this blog to sound preachy but I’m not going to deny the fact that this is fully inspired by my pastor Rick Warren from Saddle Back Church. for the last few weeks, the topic has been about HAPPINESS.
1. BE HUMBLE – “Be humble or you’ll stumble.” Humility is thinking of yourself LESS not thinking LESS of yourself. Humility is not denying your strengths but honoring your weakness. It has nothing to do with yourself but think more of others.
2. DON’T LET PRIDE GET IN THE WAY – Pride is the root of evil. When you have pride, you either have self ambition or vein conceit. Self ambition is thinking it’s all about you. Vein conceit is thinking you’re always right.
3. GET RID OF GUILT – Keep your conscience clear and always do good. Respect others at all times.
4. BECOME SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE TRUST – Live with integrity. Make sure your actions match your words. Always keep your promises.
5. LEARN HOW TO WORK WELL WITH OTHERS – Learn how to cooperate.
6. LIVE FOR SOMETHING WORTH DYING FOR – What commitments have you made that you need to keep?
7. WORRY ABOUT NOTHING – worrying is unreasonable, unnatural, not helpful, and unnecessary.
8. BE CONTENT WITH ANYTHING – Contentment is not complacency and laziness. Contentment is enjoying what you have now and not waiting for something to happen to be happy. Your happiness should be independent from your circumstances.
9. BE THANKFUL IN ALL THINGS – The more grateful you are, the more happy your are. This is not to say that you need to be thankful ‘FOR’ everything but you have to be thankful ‘IN’ everything.
10. BE GENEROUS – Give to others what you want more in your life. If you need more money, donate more money; If you need more time, donate more time.
To conclude, being happy can create a domino effect in your personal life and in your business life. Happiness is something that needs to be practiced. It’s a constant reminder of what to do or what not to do. You have to be aware of how your feelings and your thoughts are affecting your happiness and be quick to put a stop to the negativity and immediately think about how you can lean more towards positive thoughts that can lead to happiness. Less stress!
How many times have you heard coaches and motivational speakers tell you to BE YOURSELF because people do business with people they like?
But what if you are not “well-liked?” What if you have a nasty attitude? Should you still be yourself?
I think it’s time to face the music, burst the bubble, or rain on the parade because the truth of the matter is, common sense is not so common and the truth won’t always set you free.
I had first encountered this through an experience I had with a web designer who I thought was rude and unprofessional with his abrupt responses and constant sarcastic comments. No wonder he was offering great deals. His sales must be hurting and he thought slashing his prices in half would help him. I decided not to work with him and on my way out the door, I told him, that it wasn’t the price of his services, but his personality that hurts his business.
I think that coaches and motivational speakers need to be careful with this statement because there really are some people out there with unpleasant personalities that will take this “Be Yourself” advice and run with it. The better advice should be “BE LIKABLE.”
With that said, here are three grey areas of the famous cliche advice “Be Yourself:”
1. IT DOESN’T LEAVE ROOM FOR BAD PERSONALITIES. Telling a room full of strangers to be themselves and business will get better is a careless statement! Those who preach this “Be Yourself” campaign are naturally outgoing and likable and have not taken the time to understand that some people can be rude, disrespectful, impolite, inappropriate, etc… Imagine if that web guy I met attended a conference where the coaches encourages them to be themselves? Yikes! He is the wrong person to hear that advice.
2. IT DOESN’T CLARIFY THE REAL TRAITS THAT PEOPLE SEEK. Here are some of the characteristics and traits that people find likable:
- Hard Working
If you understand what it takes to “work” these traits, then it will be much easier to be likable. The reality is, we cannot be in our best behavior at all times and a great entrepreneur will know when to turn it on or off. See, your clients do not want to hire someone who doesn’t know how to act appropriately. Believe me or not, there are business owners that engage in inappropriate conversations with their clients (i.e. Gossiping and bad mouthing other people or clients). You could be laughing with them at the moment but as soon as they get home, your prospective client will think that you’re bad mouthing them to other people as well.
You also have those who invite their clients out for dinner/lunch and order one to many drinks. Or a more subtle example is, letting steam off in front of your clients. They don’t want to see you “lose it.” Your clients do not want to know your personal problems. When they ask you how you are doing, keep it professional and graceful. Sometimes some people get too comfortable and start thinking their clients are their friends. No!
3. HAVE A FLEXIBLE PERSONALITY.
The cliché advice that states “Be Yourself” is a lie! The truth is that we have to figure out how to be likable in different circumstances. Have the ability to put on a different hat, depending on the audience. Be self aware and know how your tone sounds, how you are being perceived and how people are connecting with you. Living in oblivion is not an option even if that is your true self.
Depending on your personality, running a business can be very challenging. It is all about pleasing other people – under promising and over delivering. Your clients want to feel confident that they’ve hired the best. Show them your BEST SELF. Show them you are competent and capable of rising to any occasion.
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Exactly 2 weeks ago, I discovered the power of Kaia F.I.T. by accident. It started off with networking intentions then turned into motivation to try the class. And now I can say I’m hooked! I have been waking up at 5:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to join the lovely young ladies in a very challenging but fun workout.
When I searched google, Kaia means: “the sea; restful place, yew tree, forgiveness; home; stone; willow, wise child; the one with the beautiful body, profile.” Kaia F.I.T. specifically defines Kaia as the one with the beautiful body. What I recently realized is that Kaia (pronounced as Kaya) is actually a word in Tagalog (Philippines Language) which means “I can” or “We can.” Isn’t that interesting?
I love going to the Kaia F.I.T sessions because so far, there hasn’t been any similar days. Every day, Lisa (Kaia F.I.T. Instructor and Franchisee) come up with something different. So it gives my workout an exciting twist. They focus on muscle confusion and believe me I am sore daily but in the right places!
My favorite so far is the last session of the week on Thursdays which is called the Kaia Flow, a power yoga, core strengthening class. Flow concentrates on creating long and lean muscles, which make you stronger, more flexible, coordinated and less prone to injury. It is important to take time to center ourselves and our minds, especially before the temptations of the weekend.
I have always wanted to try Yoga and tada… here it is right in front of my face. My motivation is that one day, I get to hold the poses like the instructor. I want to perfect my pushups and I want to gain more stamina in between cardios! Yes, I am a Zumba instructor but Kaia F.I.T is a totally different workout! It really challenges your strength and will power!
Because I love Kaia so much, I have invited Lisa to do a 5 week free demo at one of my local venues! If you are in the South Bay area: Long Beach, Carson, Torrance, etc… make sure you come out and try the demo classes at the SouthBay Pavilion Mall every Tuesdays from 9am -10am starting November 12th. It’s a great way to stay in shape for the holidays.
I love giving back. It’s a chance for me to make others happy and it brings joy to my heart. That may sound cheezy but it’s true :).
I normally do not write about my good deeds but this time, plenty of people are involved and I would like to give them all the credit for being so generous and philanthropic. Every year, my batch-mates from the Philippines solicit for a good deed we can all do together. I thank them because I get to participate and do something that means something.
This year, one of my personal goals is to help the less fortunate students finish school especially those who have high potential. Coincidentally our batch mates from the Philippines gave us an option to support “Anak Foundation Negros” – a non-profit that supports Children in Negros, where I came from. I immediately jumped on board because I get to check off my bucket list.
Here are the bios of the two scholars that we get to help:
I was born on a warm, sunny day in June 23, 1994 in Calatrava, Negros Occidental. I still live in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and I go to school at Technological University of the Philippines. I live with my father, step mom; my brothers, Michael and Marneil; and my sisters Melcanie and Mia.
My name is Miguelito Doble Jr. my parents are Miguelito Doble Sr. and Carmencita Doble, my mother died when I was in grade 2. I started school when I was six-years-old. I went to kindergarten and I won an award for honor roll. While I spent my elementary at Luis Puentebella Elem School. Then I attended my secondary at Bacolod City National High School, and there I also won a couple of awards: one for 1st honor in my 1st year and two for winning the MATHira ang MATHibay math challenge – one is in my 2nd and the other is on my 3rd year. I am now a 2nd year student at TUP-V, taking Mechatronics Engineering Technology for free and that’s very much thanks to my scholarship, Stichting ANAK Negros. They not just help me financially but also helping me to develop myself as an individual who strive for my dreams for it to come true.
Without scholarships, college wouldn’t be as easy for me to attend as well as pay for and I’m forever thankful to Anak because they help me and my family towards my college expenses.
Life to me means friends and family who you can trust and who trusts you. I am pretty much on the happy side of life. That means I do have some sad days or depressed days. I have a few friends here that sort of look out for me and when I am having a bad day, I have someone here at school to talk to. I make my school days go by thinking of either the next hour or what I will do when I get home or on the weekend and when I’m home, I always play basketball with my friends.
As a person I always dream that someday after I have permanent job so I could help my family now and in the future. Since I was a child I dream of being a civil engineer but as I grow older, goals changed and I didn’t pursue that path. I have many dreams in life to accomplish but I know it’s possible because my father doesn’t have a stable job to continue supporting me in my daily needs and expensive projects. Sometimes I ask money to my aunt just to go to school. Sometimes when there’s no class I work together with my father to keep extra money for my projects. But this sacrifice is not a hindrance to succeed it was just a start of my journeys.
As I said in the beginning, I was born here in Negros and I’ve lived here my whole life. I hope I would like to see more of the Philippines but unfortunately, I don’t have any money to explore more of these Islands. you have enjoyed reading my life story as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you. Here’s a tip for you to live or try to live by: If you think it, it can be done.
I am Judy Mayano I am 16 years old. I was born on October 7, 1996 at Bayani Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. I am the youngest son of Rogelio and Arceli Mayano. I have 7 siblings. I came from a poor family because I don’t really experience the comfortable way of life that others have. My four brothers and sisters have their own family.
I don’t have parents already. At my early age, they were died. Since then, I and my sister are living together with my eldest sister. Even though they`re gone, I`m still hoping for the happiness of my family. I continue dreaming because I know that my parents want us to be happy. With the help of my eldest sister, I pursue my studies and became best pupil of my batch, and with God’s grace I graduated my elementary level. In life, it is very normal to have problems in our way but with strong personality and togetherness of my family, we overcome that problem especially the financial support. Sometime I feel hopeless but with the help of other people, I can still survive.
The dilemma is that these kids lack transportation allowances. They do well in school but cannot get to school because they do not have money to catch the jeepney.
Below is the breakdown of Miguel and Judy’s transportation allowance per month.
P70 a day for Miguel’s transportation allowance x 6 days (Mon-Sat) = P420 x 4 weeks (1 month) = P 1,680
P12 a day for Judy’s transportation allowance x 5 days (Mon-Fri) = P60 x 4 weeks (1month) = P 240
P1,680 + P240 = P 1,920 a month. So we will be giving our monthly donation to this amount until March 2014.
Depending on the dollar value, P1,920 is anywhere from $42 – $50. Which is not much for us here in America. Immediately, we started gathering donations from our batch-mates. We were able to gather enough donations to fund their transportation for the rest of the school year. When they received our donation, they immediately sent us thank you notes and that made me feel very proud of all of us who spared some money to help.
I have tried different ways of staying physically active. From hiking to dancing to personal training to jogging and all in all, the main challenge is that motivational factor. Someone to hold me accountable for doing it right and doing it well. A few weeks ago, I got introduced to the owner of Kaia F.I.T. Long Beach. In an effort to expand my network and feed my curiosity, I attended the grand opening and BAM there goes the owner looking great in her fit self!
Nevertheless, I decided to at least try one class and the only time I could do it is at 6am. Mind you, I am an early bird but exercising that early is a different story, plus I’ve been staying up late (writing blogs :)).
Needless to say, I am super stoked about Kaia F.I.T., I love that it’s just for women, so no need to feel uncomfortable in attempts of looking attractive while working out. Even more impressive was the instructor, who is also the business owner: Lisa. She has such a bright smile and personality about the early workout that it was infectious. She was very motivating and looking at her fit physique was enough motivation to stop dragging my feet.
The workouts are challenging but manageable. And what I like most about the whole one hour session is that during stretch time, Lisa shares very useful nutritional tips and advice to help us make “F.I.T.” decisions all throughout the week.
I like trying new things and I love feeling like I’ve hit a “jackpot.” Kaia F.I.T. is worth waking up early for and I cannot wait to share my results as we work through this 5 week session.