Desafinado by Stan Getz

Can’t help myself listening this over and over.


After Gratitude and Trust Summit 2015

Gratitude and trust are two big words. Although I do 10 minute daily meditation, it’s not easy to practice the words and I always felt there should be something more. I am eager to learn more about the meaning behind these words.

Thanks to Susan, I was fortunate to attend the gratitude and trust summit 2015 yesterday. Before I attended, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After attending the event, here are a few thoughts about the conference.

1. A few takeaways

Be kind to people

Can we be kind to people? Can we be conciously kind to people who we met regardless who they are?  I recently realized that being conciously kind to others is nice not only for them but also for myself. Being able to kind makes me feel better. Kindness, small gesture could really make other people’s life and being able to do it first is not easy if it’s not habbit of mine but I’m trying to create the habbit. I want to do one small gesture of kindness every day.

“We” not “me”

WE concept is interesting. WE can do more than me and WE can create something greater than doing by myself. but that’s not only reason we have to think about WE. When people start to think about WE, it’s not only we will achieve our dream faster and bigger but also we can create a better world by helping each others that feeling loved and cared.

Get busy living or dying

Ron Gold story was powerful.. Anything can happen to any one of us. When hard times come, we start asking questions. Why me? I have asked myself this question. But, when we are in tough situation, we need to decide either get busy living or dying. There’s no middle ground..What would you do?

One less One more

Life can be complicated. As we get older, there are more not less in relationship, life, stuffs at home, work and more. Remove unnecessary activities / items / worries / thoughts and to add one thing what we love in  life. Can you imagine doing this every day for a month and how much change you could make?

2. Only older people can feel real gratitude

I would say the average age of participants are 40-50ish years old. People who went through something in their life get life what is all about, what life means to them. Until something forces us to think about it though, we normally don’t take time to think about life we are living in. Why? We are just busy living! It’s not necessary to think about. No one will give you rewards or recognize you to think about life! What happened to most people is that as we get older, we have more experiences, ups & downs and start to have some perspective on life.. but I feel that the perspective and wisdom that was shared at the platform was very valuable and I wish there were more young people listening to this. This can enrich people’s earlier life and create more postivie energy towards to future.

I heard this a lot. Life is journey, and the process not the destination. but I had hard time getting the real concept. I have grown up in a way that everything is about results and without a good result, your work doesn’t mean anything.. But when I look back on the last few years, I could have appreciated my effots and experiences more – regardless of the result.

I am who I am because of all the experiences and people I meet along the way. I haven’t cared enough about the process because I have gotten consumed with the result. If I was not obessessed with myself, the goal, and the gap between where I was and where I wanted to be, I could’ve enjoyed more of what was going on that time. If I had trust in myself that I will get where I want to go, I didn’t have to be anxious but do my best every day and learn to do better. It’s true that we are a creator of life and universe. It’s all up to us how we live everyday.

3. Dynamic speaker list

I really enjoyed the dynamic speakers from poet to singers, entrepreneurs, and more. Seeing people’s gratitude in different expressions was inspiring to me. Usually, speakers at a good conference is full of successful people who have fame, money, power or whatever. It’s all good. They have that for a reason and there are things we can learn. But, actually, I learned a lot from people who would be younger than me or just are people like me! From Hollywood Anderson who has great voice and trust the gift he has to Gregory who works so hard for youth education and read the beautiful poem to everyone in the end of his talk, a successful entrepreneur who has HADD talking about his life and what he thinks about gratitude. Gratitude is not coming from one form or a person but with different expressions and experiences. It was great opportunity see the dynamics.

Regardless of ages, races or standard of success, because we are all humanbeing, we think of depth of life and feel grateful of living the way we live.

I felt grateful to be there to see the people who have gratitude and trust and be there to share (althought some topics must be difficult to share in public). I had the humble feeling after all.

4. What’s next?

Gratitude and trust should be a part of every person’s daily life. I hope there will be more opportunities for impressive people to meet to share what they are grateful for. I want to express my gratitude to the organizers for the conference and hope the platform grows to further inspire people.

Gratitude & Trust Summit



Why Work Is Life (If You Want to Create Happiness and Business Success)

Work is life, life is work. When work is something you are passionate about it’s not about work or life; it’s just life.
Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

You can build a successful business based on people’s happiness. Not only is it possible, it is necessary.

It all started when I read the book, ‘Pour Your Heart into It’ by Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO. In it he expressed his passion for building a business with a unique culture and community. In the book “Pour Your Heart into It” Howard Schultz writes that people will do their best work when they feel part of the company and community. Everyone feels the ownership and delivering the happy / respected culture to their colleagues and customers. That helps business to be succeessful more than others. Some people would say becase this is customer service, hospitality related business so this would be best way to run the operations but I believe that every business should have this foundation and roots to be successful. Because in the end, it’s about people.

This idea resonates with me because I’ve seen and felt what its like. During my career I’ve been part of some amazing teams. I’ve found the times when my teams are most successful we weren’t just working. We were living. We loved what we were doing so much that it wasn’t work. It was part of us. We were collaborating together and inspiring one another. When you touch people’s heart, there’s always something more than what you think. (This is something I want to talk more later..) When I woke up each day, I knew what I wanted to do. So it wasn’t “work” anymore, it was life, because it was the thing that I was inpired to wake up and do.

Building a culture like that is possible. Some companies starts with creating a collborative, fun space where people can have fun (fun factor does really work!), be excited, work together more such as open floor, more brainstorming time, hiring the right people who fits to the culture, and communicating the vision efficiently. Also, senior managers put people first. When they do this ‘genuinely’, people can feel it (can’t fake it, you gotta truly feel it) and they want to do the best job because they care people who they are working with. Late hour working doesn’t mean much, because they are willing to do it, happy to do. This is new leadership that should be admired and pursued..

And the point is it makes businesses more successful too! here are some statistics.

  1. the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick found that happy workers are 12 percent more productive than the average worker, and unhappy workers are 10 percent less productive. In fact, unhappy employees cost American business over $300 billion each year.
  2. Last year revenues increased by an average of 22.2 percent for the 2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these same companies added new employees at rate that was five times higher than the national average.
  3. A company’s culture has a direct impact on employee turnover, which affects productivity, and therefore success. A Columbia University study shows that the likelihood of job turnover at an organization with rich company culture is a mere 13.9 percent, whereas the probability of job turnover in poor company cultures is 48.4 percent.
  4. companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20 percent, earn 1.2 to 1.7 percent more than their peer firms, and are 2.1 percent above industry benchmarks. Happy workers are also more likely to solve difficult problems faster.
  5. Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%
  6. low-level engagement within companies results in a 33 percent decrease in operating income and an 11 percent decrease in earnings growth, whereas companies with high-level engagement have a 19 percent increase in operating income and a 28 percent increase in earnings growth.

However, let’s not focus on creating culture only because it will make us more money. This is just starting point to make it better for what we have already. I believe that this is worth considering because we can create amazing value that can benefit people, and society, all around the world.

So, let’s find and inspire our potential to live greatly. 🙂