The Pursuit of Happyness

What a rollercoaster of emotions.

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie is so much of what is real in this world, that life is not always the sunshine and flowers that you see.

The large majority of the movie describes this struggle with heartbreaking scenes to find a place in the world, to find hope and faith even where there is seemingly none to be found.

As if we were the child himself learning from his father, the scene below has resonated with me for years, never failing to inspire me to take action now towards a future that I want to see, towards the dream that I’ve always envisioned.

The concept of happiness as a pursuit, as a journey worth every moment is an incredibly powerful idea reminding us that there is value within every struggle, that there is hope at the end of all the suffering in this world.

If you were as moved as I was with the movie, I’d love for us to connect and talk about it and much more. Say hi and let’s catch up!

Wishing you all good health and wealth and with love,
Jason

The Mind – Body – Spirit

Mind, Body and Spirit. We hear of these three terms so often, yet have you ever stopped to actually think about what they mean? and more importantly what they mean to you? This is my short attempt at describing what I believe is an integral part of what makes us who we are.

I wrote this piece a long time ago, sometime in 2015 but I never had the chance to return to it. It’s incredible how much has not changed in my beliefs. What has changed however is my understanding of how I can evolve and maintain each.

The Mind is part of us that observes and interprets what is around us. It is pure information in the form of memories, ideas and views. Think of it as sort of a machine, it can take in data through its senses, store it, interpret it, understand it and do something with it.

With the mind, I evolve by ever feeding the thirst for knowledge. I know my mind well, it seeks knowledge in many areas, finds interests and meaning in the most inanimate of things and so that is what I often feed it. At the same time, I maintain my mind by by keeping it happy, by staying positive and optimistic, by seeing the bright side of things and appreciating all that I do have. I stress very little about the things I cannot change and act strongly with willpower on the things that I can.

The Body is simply the physical structure, the means for your mind and spirit to be. It is the vehicle your spirit just happens to inhibit at this moment of time.

With the body, I evolve by tackling new challenges that test it’s limits. I run and cycle long distances and walk and hike for days on end. I endeavour to challenge it in the greatest of mountains and one day at the depths of the oceans. I maintain my body’s state of health by giving it the healthy balance of nutrition it needs, by being careful with it when harm is nearby. I watch my body, how it looks and moves and listen to it’s sounds to make sure that I am always first in line to take care when it tells me it’s in need.

The Spirit is much more complex. This is where it gets a bit fuzzy, the spirit, or sometimes known as the soul is something that is much more deeper than the first two. I believe it is the real you, the true nature of who you are. It’s something that can’t be explained with words of any kind but can only be felt and experienced. It is the part of you that goes on through lifetimes of experiences and forms and will never cease to exist. 

With the spirit, I evolve by looking deeper within to find a meaning in life that is greater than ones self. I am always in search of likeminded souls to connect with and that one very special soul in which I meet in every lifetime to share it all. To choose love above all is how I maintain my spirits content. With every encounter, I do my best to share without expectation and give without return.

Thank you for reading ❤

Love, Jason

Feature image – The absolutely gorgeous purple, pink, white and blue lavenders of Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, taken on the 25th of November 2016.

A Journey of Exponential Growth

Where do I begin.

I think it was 16 when I first really started thinking for myself. It was then when the journey really begins. Before that, like most of us, we were just kids. Children in the playground, following the way of the world not really asking ourselves the questions that had to be asked at that age.

It was at age 16 when I remember clearly asking myself something that would ring true for the rest of my life. To give some background, that age was an incredibly turbulent and tumultuous time for me. Like all young adults, puberty was a time of so much confusion, sometimes so much pain and heartache in which many carry over their shoulders for the most of the best part of their lives. Mine was no different. But the questions I asked and the things I told myself may have been, because without it, I would not be the person I am today.

I remember having the ability to think to myself quite often, to talk inwards if you might say. It might have been then when I truly found that inner voice that still speaks to me today. I held onto that inner voice like a child with his teddy bear, it was my best friend, my consular, my hope because outside of that, the outside world seemed so very cruel and rough and hard to understand.

And so I remember asking myself these questions I had no answer to. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

With all of these questions I did not know, I had only one that I did, and this one somehow felt like that it was all that mattered; “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”.

My answer to that was always yes. Everything else followed after.

It took me about three years to really grow out of those teenage years, and rightly so between the ages of 18-20 when I really started to enjoy life. University was such a bright light in my life. I remember my first day, I was on my own walking around campus and there was a little animal farm the university had brought in for the new students to enjoy. There’s a picture of me somewhere holding a snake that day and I absolutely loved it. What I loved most wasn’t the fact that I enjoyed animals (although I do) or I was feeling strong, it was the simple fact that I had made the choice to do it.

Before this moment, there was a sense that everything in life had been chosen for me and all I did was follow blindly. It was with this moment of choice that changed my life. I remember that day to clearly. I remember feeling a sense of release, a burden off my shoulders and for once in my life I felt like I could breath. This moment was and still is the most calm, relaxed and peaceful time of my life. Time was slow back then, I could feel it. Each day after class I’d spend doing things on my own, I’d go for a long walk to anywhere, have a picnic on my own in the grass, I’d go for a drive somewhere.

One of my favourite memories of this was being woken up by one students with what looked like a movie set of equipment, having taken a nap on the university greens. I was so taken aback by this when they asked if I could answer some questions for an interview about student life at the University. At that age, being on camera meant you were famous, and for that week in my mind at least I was!

So it was the power of choice that took me to new heights. Choice that made me realise that life is what you make of it.

When I was at the youthful age of 24, I felt that time was against me. The older I get, the more I realise that it was farther from the truth! But nonetheless, it’s human intuition to fear time and it’s escape. It was at that age in which I had just come out of a long relationship where I knew I needed to return to my roots. In the years before it, I had the power of living in the moment and that of choice. In the years after, I would have so much more.

It is only when you reach your lowest point, that you are open to the greatest of change.

That ring so true at this time in my life. For the first time in my life I’d felt real heartbreak which lasted for months on end. Within a time frame of 6 months, I had lost so much of what I had built the years before. I quit my part time job, put a pause on what I really enjoyed, volunteering as a firefighter, my studies and grades at the University were at it’s worst, I was avoiding friends and family, my motivation and drive was faltering in every single thing I did. It was crazy, havoc in my life.

I realised then that when things go wrong, you can tumble down the rabbit hole very very quickly.

I think it rings so true in life and for so many people out there. Their pain and suffering is real and when it is felt, it is felt all around, surrounding you in a coat of pain and tears.

So at the lowest point in my life, I turned inwards once again. I returned to that 16 year old inner voice which over time, I had slowly lost and I missed him so dearly. What was incredible about this voice was that even through all these years, it had not changed.

I was still in there somewhere, providing me strength, giving me hope.

And like before he asked me those very same questions. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

But of course, the answers to those were still hard to find. All but one, “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”

And my answer to that was no. Everything else followed after.

It took me about a week after answering this question of mine to having absolutely changed the course of my life. I began to LIVE, like really live. I set myself some life rules based on things I knew would answer the really important questions.

When I asked myself who I was amongst the crowd, I set out to define that by spending more time doing the things I loved. When I asked myself if I was pretending in any way, I set out to always be true to my beliefs and heart. When I asked myself why life felt so small and tight and close, I set out to redefine the boundaries that my life contained.

In a timeframe of about 6 months, I had joined over a dozen University societies, I had met hundreds of new friends that I still call close now, I networked like a maniac and because of it, I was successful in finding a job I enjoyed, I studied in Beijing, experienced North Korea and found my absolute LOVE to travel and explore.

I still did not have all the answers, but I was finally on a journey through life that felt real, that felt worthwhile, that felt like it had meaning.

At the age of 26, I took a massive leap of faith to move abroad to London indefinitely even against all logic at the time. Flying away from everything I have ever loved, the family home and the building of a new home, my investment home and mortgage and responsibilities that came with it, my job and having to take a 25% pay cut and most of all, my family and friends, missing out on the big moments in life with them. This leap was for me, for that inner self to grow and expand what I knew about life and more importantly to learn about the things I did not and could not possible know without taking on the endeavour.

And so here I am, at the age of 28 writing this piece so grateful of the journeys past and so excited about what the future holds. That inner self, the voice inside of me? It’s no longer just a voice, it’s become who I am, it’s defined me and I never would of found him without the going through it all. I wear him on my sleeve, I trust his guidance and truly believe that together, we will do great things.

Thanks for reading and remembering,

Love, Jason

P.s there’s an incredible difference between why there was a yes to the question when I was 16 and a no when I was 24. It’s hard to know exactly what that is but it has to do with freedom. Largely an external societal influence that makes you feel like you either have to do something because it just is what it is or you have the choice to do something because you have the ability to see further into your future, into the possibilities that could be.

The Challenge of Self-Discovery

“For my father, and now me, the essence of a good work ethic starts with meeting a challenge of self-discovery, of finding something you love to do, so that work — even, or especially, when it’s very difficult and arduous — becomes joyful. Maybe even sacred,””

Warren Buffet

Personal Context – I love this quote because it was only a few years ago that I discovered this on my own whilst I was at my lowest point in life. I remember back then, how lost I was not knowing where I fit in, in this great big world. I remember just walking through life as if it all had no meaning at all, that it was some sick joke played on us, puppets in a never ending show.

And then it was all suddenly so clear, so blaringly obvious even; that the only thing worth pursuing in this lifetime was forever growth and self-discovery. To find the love of my life, not in someone else but within myself above all else.

Since then, my path has been more true than it’s 23 years before it, it has been more clear than it ever has. The realisation that life is not some sick joke, that it is absolutely and wonderfully precious and that it works for you if only you let it.

A Call to Remember

Today is a wonderful day.

We’re less than 2 weeks till Christmas, the most incredible time of the year where families come together and friends unite to celebrate what was traditionally the birth of Christ but now is also (for the most of us), the love we all share for one other.

I want so much to be a part of this, to fill our hearts full of love, not only just our socks or shopping baskets!

So this year and starting with today, I set out on a personal quest to share with you and all those whom I love dearly a time for me and you to catch-up, share the highlights in our lives, to rekindle our friendship and most importantly SUPPORT each other in our life’s goals, aspirations and passions.

See you soon,

Love, Jason

I Miss

There’s a lot of things that I miss right now…

I miss being close to my family, just being there and living each moment with them.

I miss my mum’s smile and my dad in his chair.

I miss the special moments with friends, their birthdays, the holidays spent somewhere new, the events and get-togethers.

I miss the little moments together, the spontaneous catch-ups, the BBQs just cause, the sunny beach days and the hi, how are you’s.

I miss the random encounters, without a mask or covering to show that we were well met.

I miss the workplace banter and eventful weekday evenings at the local pub.

I guess I’m mostly saying that I just miss people, people without the fear of the contagious. But I also miss being the best side of me.

I miss the flights that could of been to places that would of been.

I miss my hobbies always done better together, the dancing classes, the cycling crew, the board game nights and more.

I miss the outdoors, the long walks without being worried or others being worried of you.

I miss the local restaurants, take aways and markets where good food was served with a smile.

I miss fun things, the museum’s, the theme parks, the daily assortment of events like comedy nights and the swingers club (putt putt golf!).

These are the things I miss and took for granted before the choices I’d made, before the world shut down. We all have our own list, one that’s unique to each and every one of us. The important thing to remember is to be grateful that we ever had those gifts in the first place and that it is a blessing when they return.

Feature Image – At the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, one of the last few destinations in Europe that are open to visitors before lockdown 2.0 commences across many countries on the continent and with winter, quickly closing in on us. Taken on the 25th of October 2020.

Travel and Work

I have a vision for the world.

A world in which all professionals and ordinary alike can travel and work together from all around the world to achieve a greater purpose and fulfillment in life.

The current shift in the world is allowing that more than ever. It’s hard to see that now, as the world stumbles to find it’s feet and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

But in these changing times, we are challenged to see opportunity instead of suffering. The opportunity for the world to do better, to learn from our past mistakes and our past inability to take the action that was needed. I don’t just speak of the ever-increasing risk of pandemics, but also other global challenges we all face; those of climate change, growing inequality, social and racial injustice, and the continued loss of biodiversity just to name a few.

The amazing thing is that we are all capable and willing hands, we all seek to contribute to solving these great challenges of our generation. The real challenge is finding exactly where that purpose and sense of achievement can be found for each and every one of us and I believe that can be found by broadening our horizons outside of not only what we know but also whom we know.

Feature image – On a warm and cool day, graduations would be taking place in a few hours time. Taken on the 20th of January 2020.

Recording the Journey – Ask Why

The Golden Circle at it’s core teaches us to ask the question of why we do what we do in the world of business and life and the fact that the two are becoming ever less separated from one other. If we can start with the why, the purpose of your goals, your ideals and beliefs will be something that is engraved into the how and what it is that you do.

Those of whom believe in what you believe will see this. Those of whom who wish to achieve a similar goal, who wish to see a similar ideal succeed in a world where it does not yet will join you in the great cause.

This generation is at the greatest crossroad in human kind. We are stuck in between the way we have always done things and the modern world where anything and everything has been enabled and opened up for us. For once people truly have access to global information and opportunities and with this we each seek for more purpose than ever.

The great challenge of our generation will not be to find what our purpose is, the challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness. I truly believe these words and they’re not just mine, they’re shared by many who believe in humanity.

With this in mind, I believe it is one of the most important things in life to ask ourselves why we do what we do, why we follow the things we do, why we believe what others believe and most importantly, once we’ve found purpose within, how we can create a sense of purpose for others.

Feature image – Awoken by my thoughts early in the morning as often happens, I leap to my desk to brainstorm ideas and put my thoughts on paper. Taken on the 7th of June 2020.

Remember

Around this time two years ago…

A pit stop on my journey through The United States, this was none other than the Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas.

In times like these, we always remember what was and how things have changed. The lock down has distanced not only ourselves from one another, but also our individual goals, our check-lists, the to-do’s & the forever could-of-been’s. It is easy to see this as time stolen from our short time here on Earth, but it is merely a stepping stone to something that we will look back upon with reflective eyes.

We must always remember too, that with all great changes (or challenges) throughout history, there has also been opportunity; the opportunity to return not to the norm, but something far greater. From this we (and humanity) will be stronger together; have faith my friends.

For me, when we are once again all reunited through the love of the sound, we will remember this.

The Human Isolation

Even in the worst of times, we must look up at the possibilities and see a brighter future amidst all the chaos and fear.

What I find most incredible during The Isolation is the way people came together in ways that were unexpected and inspiring. It’s incredible to think that although we are more isolated than ever, we are also closer to one another than we have ever been before. There has never been another time in history where the people of the world have been forced to close off from one another but at the same time not be in fear of one another.

It’s incredible to think that although we are more isolated than ever, we are also closer to one another than we have ever been before.

Jason Li

The virtual media we have fostered over the last few years have allowed us to seamlessly upload our lives online. It was never intentional for this to be the case, yes we connected the world but at what initial cost? It was our attention that we lost first, a constant attention to social media. But who would of guessed that this virtual world, this social media would actually be a power for immense good during the worst of times?

At first it was our families and close friends who reached out to each other. It was as if they were by our side in the virtual plane. We couldn’t play outdoors so we played in-virtual-doors. Something that would normally take weeks to bring us together was a click away to see each other’s laughs and smiles, and there it was, as quick as we were isolated was as quick as we were reunited.

Our places of work, for years working from home was a “thing” people did but we rarely ever did ourselves. We looked at the work we do and wondered how this could even work at home, for some it was a lot easier than others, and for others it never seemed so straight forward. It took years for a company’s culture to change it’s perspective on working from home. It took days for the world to realise it’s actually a reality.

It took years for a company’s culture to change it’s perspective on working from home. It took days for the world to realise it’s actually a reality.

Jason Li

Then it was those age old friends, colleagues and one-on-one’s which you rarely ever get to see that catch up with you. And this is when something special happens. Even with years of separation, long distances and random conversations, you’ve never got to really know each other until now. It might be that a portion of the population is in fact more comfortable opening up (maybe at first or over time) in the virtual plane rather than in real life. There are barriers that are unseen or unbroken in reality that are, when we see each other over a distance. This is an interesting thought, one that I’ll carry to another day.

What all of this tells us is that what we lose from physical presence, we gain back by a virtual presence. It may not be the same, nor may it be more or less comfortable for some than others, but it is the way we’re moving forward for the future of humanity. I ask you this, readers, how long will it be until this virtual presence takes even another step into a virtual reality?

What all of this tells us is that what we lose from physical presence, we gain back by a virtual presence.

Jason Li

Thank’s for reading my friends. Let’s reach out to our family, friends and long lost friends during these times and make the most of it whilst it lasts.

Much love, Jason

P.s when I refer to The Isolation, it was the unprecedented event of Covid-19 which shook the world in 2019/2020.

Feature image – Pondering over the world in the backyard of my beautiful apartment in Notting Hill, London during The Isolation. Taken on the 22nd of March 2020

Five Years

Is it just me or does everyone hit a point in their lives where they think about where they are in life and how a lot of it, or certain aspects of it are not aligned with their goals and dreams they had in their minds.

Sometimes, even the thought of this reminds me of what sounds quite funny at first at the humble age of 26, but on a serious note, a midlife crisis. But what if this crisis is actually a representation of a modern crisis, one where it is a by-product of a generation that has been raised in the most globally connected, wealthy and “free” time in the history of mankind. We have something that our predesesors didn’t have until they were in their late thirties and that is more knowledge, more freedom and more choices. These choices whenever abundant can give rise to doubt; the what if’s that run through our minds when given options and we choose one over another.

The real big question is how does any of us know they’ve made the right choice? Some might tell you to follow your instincts, others base their decisions on the judgements of their close family and friends and furthermore others would use pure logic and reasoning to judge the right move. Risk over reward, right? Well, everyone has their own take on this and the truth is, no one really has the right answer.

All I know is that for me personally, I am at a crossroad, a point where I’ve still the freedom to change the direction in my life. Maybe that’s one we can all take away though, maybe at any given “present” moment, we can make that change. But for now, I am reaching what people call the 5-year mark, or the 5-year rule; it marks when you have been at a company or role for that amount of time and it’s a good time to change companies, go for that payrise or what I think is becoming more and more relevant in today’s age, change careers.

It was only years ago where we would say that job stability or dare I say life stability came from the amount of years you were employed for in a company. In fact, it’s quite likely we get that from our older colleagues of whom we work with; 10 years, 15 years, 25 years, 30 years! They’re incredibly proud of it and to me, that is one hell of an achievement because I can’t see further than 6 months into my future let alone 10 years!

Times have changed and they’ve changed so rapidly at that, I struggle to believe that staying in one company, in one role, being the “master of one” instead of the “jack of all trades” will be enough to survive in this modern world. This is not because it is not important to be a master, it is because it is increasingly becomming tougher to be a master of any trade. The knowledge that a master holds is becoming increasingly easier to access, you can see that with not just the immensity of the global knowledge held on the internet but the expert driven courses which can be found at your fingertips. Anyone can be an expert in a field so long as they put in the effort and significantly less time than 30 years. But even then, it is not those singular experts that truly move the world and make a difference, I believe it is those whom can bring expertise from a number of fields into one that can make the real change in the world.

So let’s say, we follow the 5-year rule, but the modern one. In 30 year’s you would of had 6 different careers, all spanning a wide range of interests, hobbies, dreams, goals and passions. Maybe one or two of them you really enjoyed and stayed on for longer, and maybe those in which you did not enjoy so much you stayed less.

Now I propose the most important question, one for the readers to think about, who has more expertise after 30 years? Who is more likely to have followed his or her dreams, achieved greater heights and will live to tell more stories?

It’s still a tough question, one that we all still have our own opinions on, but maybe this time after reading this, with just that tiny bit more clarity.

Thanks for reading my friends, I guess this one was more for me at this point of time in my life. It hasn’t come across because I don’t enjoy my work or I think there’s something better out there for me; it’s more the side of me that seeks to learn more about the world, the undying curiosity and adventure that I seek. Is one life too short to be spending 80% of your time on one thing? I would always, always, always say yes.

Feature image – Represents how slow we should be living life in retrospect to how fast it feels; this was during my wanderings on a little island national park at Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea taken on the 30th August 2017

How Did You Know?

“How did you know that you loved him?” I asked.

She went silent for a moment, thinking about what she wanted to say.

“He was my sun. He made me feel a warmth inside of myself that I could never feel from anything else. It was like flowers were blooming inside of my chest. When we were together, his love radiated on to me and I couldn’t help but grow from that. I wanted to be a better person for him, because he gave me all the love and support needed to do so. All my life I had been falling in love with people I could live with, but when he came around I had finally found someone I couldn’t live without. He was my one.” She chuckled while a tear rolled down her cheek.

 

Opportunity and Luck

Opportunies can be found around any corner of life. Often, it is not about the search to find them, but instead about being able to see them for what they are. They all have one thing in common and that one thing is how they all begin and this beginning, starts with you.

Opportunities don’t always come in the shape of you recieving. In fact, the greatest opportunities in life are those in which you can give. People say that the greatest gift in life is what you can give to others without expecting anything in return. Because what this gives you, despite the expectation, is luck; and what is luck? I believe that luck is simply opportunity in disguise!

I believe that luck is simply opportunity in disguise!

Jason Li

When you share your good fortune with others around you, over the long term, it will come back around and surprise you in so many ways. People who often attribute their successes to luck and just being in the right place at the right time often are understating all the work that has gone on behind the scenes. The truth is that it is not that fortune or luck favours them, it is how they position themselves now to create the opportunities that bring luck in their future! So how can we do this? Be proactive, get out there, talk to people, interact and engage with them, be genuine always, let them know what makes you excited and make sure they know how your talents might be able to help them with what makes them excited

Be proactive, get out there, talk to people, interact and engage with them, be genuine always, let them know what makes you excited and make sure they know how your talents might be able to help them with what makes them excited

Jason Li

Have you ever thought about what you can do to create an environment where opportunities flourish around you?

Thanks for reading ❤

Feature image – Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan taken on the 5th December 2018

The Right Path

I realised long ago that there is no right or wrong path to take in life. That we all are on our own paths, one which is unique to ourselves.

Why is it so then, that often-times we are tempted to look at others around us to seek and compare, to find satisfaction in thinking you’re ahead or find dissolution in falling behind.

In the modern world of social media, social profiles and social self marketing, we have to ask ourselves why we use these mediums to communicate to those around us. Is the picture perfect portrayal of your life only a reflection of anothers?

The Thought of You

The thought of meeting someone like you

keeps me going on each and every day.

It’s someone like you who keeps my heart in a constant leap,

reminds me that i have loved

that i can still love again.

It is the thought of you that brings me so much pain,

a pain that still makes me smile

just by knowing it happened,

that it was real.

That’s how i know that i am truly alive

because it is the thought of you that i am who i am today

and i can only thank you for everything that you were to me,

that you still are to me

and that will always be.

A Long Walk

A long walk.

There’s something about a day spent walking that brings thoughts to me. A day spent walking feels like a day that stretches as long as the distance is far. It is where the twists and turns that the path reveals with each step feel like those in which life takes you on each and every day. Have you ever wondered how they often seem alike to you?

How a straight path guides you to what you can see clearly and safely up ahead. How one that twists and turns can make you dizzy with wonder at what’s in front of you. How sudden a corner can creep up to you and is there before you even know it. What’s more is the corner in which forks in two directions before you’ve even decided. And what to do with those paths that end with what seemingly feels like nowhere else to go. But i think what’s most unsettling, are those that lead you back to where you began, as if you’d never left the place you stand; but the night falls still, none a wiser to where you’d hoped to go.

There’s something about a day spent walking that brings thoughts to me. How i wonder so often where the path will take me.

❤ Jason

Parents

“I’ve always believed that your parents want the best for you, but at the same time, they don’t always know what that is. As much heartache as it may cause, it’s about standing up for your beliefs, who you are and what you want in life, instead of just being what they would like you to be. They will, in time see that you are your own person, that you have and always will honestly and wholeheartedly take in consideration the advice they give; but ultimately make your own path In life. When they see this, and it will take time, they will not only be proud of who you have become (a strong, independent individual), but you will also have grown to be someone you are proud of, incorporating some of your parents greatest strengths and teachings along with your very own and where your heart lies.”

Jason Li

Feature image – Graduation Day. The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Taken on the 9th of May 2017

Positivity & Optimism

The truth is, I don’t have any more potential in life than anyone else in the world does.

But what I do have, is a high level of positivity and optimism for the future of both myself and those around me; this is undeniable and more importantly, this is unchanging.

Most of the success in my personal life, no matter how small or big can be attributed to one of only a few things and the biggest one of them all is my perspective. I view a large number of situations with a positive outlook, to see the light in even the darkest situations; just as Ying and Yang is present in our lives, it is also present in every situation, no matter how grim it looks. To be able to break down into pieces what it is that is bringing you sadness, sorrow and pain and holding onto the piece that can give you hope Is a strength that can get you through even the toughest times in your life.

For example, my first job as a door to door salesman on full commission during my summer holidays. I spent the first 3 weeks, working 40+ hours walking the streets of Sydney without a single sale to be made. Do you wonder why the turnover ate was 95%? It was a brutal role for anyone who started in the industry, imagine pissing off almost everyone you meet just because you said hi to them at the door (yes, I was that annoying door salesman, but little do you know I’m just trying to work hard and make ends meat so you shut the door on my face). So by the end of those 3 weeks, 80% of the 20 odd people, those who were in my training session from the beginning had quit, they couldn’t handle the pressure and rejection, and to be honest rightly so, It was tough. But you see, instead of seeing the zero in my bank check after every week, I saw growth in myself, I found little changes in the way I spoke and moved when I talked to people and for the first time In my life, that shy little asian boy felt potential within himself and no doubt in the fourth week, he’d made his first of what would be a great number of sales which put him on the top 10 salesman of the month of September, that fately 2012 year.

Following closely is my undying optimism that everything and anything will find it’s way around. It’s interesting how sometimes people can be pessemistic about others being an optimist, but then again, I could say the same for pessimists and realists, however I don’t. I think that all three can bring a powerful perspective to a situation, when used correctly. One cannot be blind to their own strength and must throw themselves into the shoes of the others. It’s important to see how things can go wrong if certain actions are taken, or how the what is being discussed does not match the reality of what might happen, but equally as important is the fact that there is someone that can believe that there is a solution. Sometimes, I am my own weakness in this part, It’s rare that I say that something cannot be done and this can be both a gift or can be a disaster waiting to happen, it’s something I need to think about within myself.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where my optimism has brought me over the years, but what I do know is that I see opportunities in almost everything I do just because of it. When I started my current occupation over 3 and a half years ago now (as an Intern Electrical Engineer), I knew that one day I would have the experience to be able to meet a major milestone and goal of mine, to work overseas. I never doubted myself for a moment in those 3 and a half years, I just knew that it was possible, that It can happen and just the “knowing” gave me confidence to (and this is the most important part) make little steps, goals and milestones towards making it happen. I think a lot of people think optimism gets you knowhere, that your dreams stay only as dreams in an optimists world and It’s true that we do dream a lot, but it is within our dreams, our bright lit visions of the world where our ideas begin and with the right mindset we can put things into action that ensure that our dreams truly become reality.

 

What in your own personality do you think has brought the most success in your life?

Thanks for reading ❤ Jason

 

Feature image – teamLab Borderless Light Museum, Tokyo, Japan taken on the 6th December 2018

Be Insecure

Maybe we can define our best of friends as those in which you are able to be most vulnerable with.

Because how often do we fail to express how we really feel? How often do we choose to hold back what’s at the tips of our hearts? How often do we hide behind the walls of vulnerability? To be scared that you will be judged, scared of your own potential, scared of the outcomes.

 I truly think that in today’s world, to show vulnerability is not to show weakness but instead to show how strong you really are.

There are those of you who find it easy to open up to people, to tell your story. Then there are those who prefer to keep their stories close by their side. I don’t think this is always a measure of somebody’s vulnerability though rather more a measure of their personality and traits. Not everyone can open up to strangers, for example. At the end of the day we need to feel secure to open up to someone. So imagine how others perceive you, do they see you as someone who they can open up to?

The Science of Motivation

Each day we wake up. We experience life. The good and the bad. What is it that keeps us motivated to keep going? It is so often that times are tough, many of us wake up each morning dreading the work day ahead, I myself am included in that group from time to time. What really changes this is the way we think about it. You see, it’s a test of your mental strength to wake up, to see a situation, to flip your circumstance on it’s head.

We have to ask ourselves why we do what we do each day. If we can find an answer for that, then you can find motivation within it. Some of the greatest reasons for me to wake up each morning are relatable to why others do too, let me give you some reasons.

  • For the family. For those of you who know me, you’ll know that The Godfather is my favourite movie of all time. The movie represents something that is what makes us humans prosper in this world and that is the ability to work together, empathis and socialise with one another. Family does not only refer to blood, although in many a past this has been the case. But if we dig deeper, family actually means to protect the ones in which you love and care for most and as humans develop and the world becomes ever more connected, we inevitably remove old titles in the meaning of family like blood and relatives and instead adopt the word as it’s true meaning, one which sees every human as one enothers brothers and sisters. But we are still yet to reach the utopian society I envision in my mind, so family to me and to you means those in which you love and care for the most in your lives and that Is the first and foremost.
  • To change the world. One of my favourite songs, Michael Jackson’s – Man in the Mirror tells me something, that by looking within and changing ourselves we are inherently making the world a better place for all. We all contribute to the greater society in one way or another, no matter who you are or what you do. The work we do each day may seem invaluable or pointless in the whole scale of things, but without it, our society would not function. We have to see that for what it is, take a step back and see how our work each day makes a real impact on the world and people around us because I guarantee you can find that in anything that you do; which leads onto my next point.
  • To get you to where you want to be. In other words, what you are doing today, the things you learn, create and achieve will allow you to move to where your goals are in the future. I know the whole goals, passion and dreams thing is all the buzz these days but for humanity, or more specifically by the luck of being the 1% born here in the developed world, we have the luxury to even understand these terms, let alone try to seek them and to seek them is truly one of the most toughest but rewarding things you will ever find in life. So please, my friends, I beg of you, please seek and never give up, which follows onto our next point.
  • To do it for the little guy. To do it for those who don’t even have the chance. To do it for those in which are unable. This one is among one of the most heartfelt reasons why we must push on. You may not realise but by the luck of the universe, we have been gifted the ability to think and reflect, by the luck of where we are born we have been given the chance at life, the true freedoms that almost all of humanity has been working towards is here and now despite all the negativity that surrounds us about how things are not going right. So how can we take this for granted? how can we sit here and not do the best we can for those who are not so lucky, for those who have not been given a chance and for those who are unable. We must stay strong if not for anything, for them.
  • And finally, to be the best that you can be. There is no excuse to not doing the best that you can in everything that you do. Key words, the best that you can. Only you can truly know what that means and it’s in no comparison to anyone else. It should never ever be in comparison to anyone else as hard as that may be. But in a society that compares one another’s potention this is hardly something you can avoid. I’m telling you to avoid it nonetherless. Because it is truly a personal feat to know that you have achieved all you can on any given day.

A heartfelt topic, and for me it’s something I think about every single day. What motivates you to do what you do each day? I ask you to please ask yourself and do not fear the answer, instead, embrace it.

 

Stay strong and thanks for reading friends. Always.

Love, Jason.

 

Spring 18′

As Spring takes the stage this year, it marks the beginning of the most festive time of the year 🌻🌸🦋🍓🍹At the same time it is the most vibrant, bright in her shades of green, yellow, red, purple and pink!

It’s often seasons pass without any notice and that’s true of so many things in life, so let’s all take a moment to appreciate the beautiful Earth we live knowing that to even have a seasonal change is a miracle on it’s own.

For me, it will be a bitter sweet moment as I spend my last few months here in Sydney with my closest of friends and family. It will be a challenge to balance the workload that will be coming not only in terms of my relationships and the workplace but also the preparations before the move.

For you, Spring is a time of change. A chance to start fresh and new. Spring is a time to take off that heavy coat that’s been weighing you down. It’s a time to celebrate growth and action, reflecting upon those dreams that you have put on hold throughout the cold Winter.

I hope that we all can enjoy this years Spring because before you know it, it’s winter again…for me it is at least up there in the Northern Hemisphere.

Thanks for reading ❤

The Thought of You

It is the thought of you,

that keeps my heart beating

through my chest.

The thought of you,

that keeps me warm at night

as I roll myself into bed.

The thought of you,

that makes me smile away

at random times throughout the day.

The thought of you,

and most importantly

and me.

You and me

dancing in the rain,

singing along to something sweet,

sweeping each other off our feet.

It really is the thought of you I think,

that makes life worth living.

Because it is with you

that my life

truly begins.

❤️

It’s hard waiting for that someone that can make you feel this way. But in my sleep and dreams it is something I can only hope to imagine right now in my life. I hope we all find that special someone that we can share this feeling with, and when we do, know how truly lucky we are to have it 🙂

You Never Know

I’ve always said that you really never know who you will meet in life, where you will meet them and how they will change your life in absolutely incredible and sometimes crazy ways. You have to always remember that whatever happens, whether they have been thought of as “good” or “bad” experiences, they make you, you! the beautiful person you are.

I guarantee you that you are or will be (at least in time) double the more smarter, triple the more happier and a bazillion times the more wiser because of that chance encounter.

So always see the people you meet in life as a good thing, something to learn from, something to appreciate and take time for and who knows, maybe someone to spend the rest of your life with as well ❤️

Vision

Imagine

Think far ahead of your time

30 Years

40 Years

50 Years

Where are you?

What do you see?

What gives your life purpose?

Who are the people that are still in your life?

What beliefs have you held onto and which have you left behind?

And the good habits that you have kept?

The morals that have shaped you?

Think about it deeply

Who are you really?

Imagine your life

Envision

I believe that if you can envision where you want to be in life 30, 40 or 50 years ahead of time, it will be achievable no matter what life’s circumstances. The little bumps in the road that you face today are truly nothing when pit against the possibilities of what you are after. As long as you keep that dream in mind and the choices you make are chosen with your heart and the feelings within your gut, you cannot fail.

For each an every one of us is guided by the universe and it’s signs. Some would call them our good omens or the Karma in which we balance our world, just like the Yin and Yang; others would swear the existence of our own guardian angels who protect us and guide us through this life. Whatever it may be, the sheer belief in the possibilities is what makes life worth living.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho

 

Thanks for reading ❤ and keep on believing!