Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Mistakes Part 2

I started to write the Top Mistakes blogs yesterday. There are many mistakes I learned throughout my life. Here are three more.

Mistake 4: Reading Non-Fiction Books Only

I started to read books consistently on 2002. The first book was Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I followed reading business, leadership, self-help, and stock investment books. Some of the books were really good and worth my time reading. However, there was something missing.

I started to read fiction books on Oct. 2008. The first book was The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I followed that book with The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and Forever by Judy Blume. I read classic books such as The Old Man And The Sea by Ernst Hemingway and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read 75% fiction and 25% non-fiction today.

The lesson I learned is read fiction books. I believe people learn more about life reading fiction than non-fiction.

Mistake 5: Complaining, Nagging, Taking It Out On Others

I remember working at Grubb & Ellis on Nov. and Dec. 1998. I complained, nagged, and criticize daily. I took out my life frustrations on other people. I was a guy you don’t want to be with on a Fri. night. I continued the unprofessional and negative attitude throughout my careers at Colliers International and Cisco. I believed my negative attitude affected my work productivity and my mental health. I believed work could have been less stressful if I relaxed and took a breath.

The lesson I learned is don’t criticize, condemn, and complain. They very rarely change the situation.

Mistake 6: An Immature Adult

I want to go straight to the lesson I learned on Oct. 4, 2008: grow up. Stop acting and behaving like a child. Don’t take life for granted. If I want a good life, I must earn it. I must be man with strength, courage, and honesty. Learn from my mistakes. Never stop innovating life.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Mistakes Part 1

I thought of the Top Mistakes blog on the first week of October. I wrote down a list of mistakes I corrected here and there thinking about the list in the back of my mind. Next, I choose the top ten mistakes. I changed the number of mistakes from ten to all. All of my mistakes were worthy to share. Finally, I chose to separate the Top Mistakes into separate blogs. Here is the first blog entry of my mistakes in no particular order:

Mistake 1: Living Life With Nobody

I lived life most of the time alone. I had few friends. My family has been the people I interact. I read and hear about successful people daily such as from the entertainment, sports, politics, and business worlds. One commonality is they succeeded with people. They didn’t reach their highest potential alone.

The lesson I learned is always meet new people and make new friends. Friends come and go in our lives. People come and go in our lives. Interacting and being with people influences who and what you are. We are humans. We must have people in our lives, at least for the bare minimum to live.

Mistake 2: Take Life For Granted

I took life for granted for 34 years. I lived life saying to myself, “Life treats me good. I deserve a good life because I’m me. I’m Raymond Mar. I’m good at everything and I must be treated with respect. Nothing bad ever happens in my life because I’m Raymond Mar. I’m an all-star.” That’s the wrong way to life my life.

The lesson I learned is never take life for granted. Earn it. Life doesn’t come to me in a silver platter. Live life. Learn from my mistakes and never repeat my mistakes. Don’t sit around and hope the good life comes to me. Take action to have a better life. Work smarter. Practice smarter.

Mistake 3: My Workout Schedule

My old workout was incorrect. I took my life for granted saying my workout was the best for a person who wanted to workout for good health. One mistake was I completed one set only for all my workouts.

I want to thank Punkbuster for introducing me to I downloaded beginning workout plans from their website on Sept. 2008. My workouts significantly improved; for example, I separate my weight lifting and cardio into separate days instead of doing both in one day. My cardio consists of treadmill and stationary bike.

The lesson I learned is workout is important in a person’s life. I must improve my workout consistently including new workout plans and eating as healthy as possible.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

10 Question And 55 Answers

I ask myself 10 questions and the number of answers per question is the numbered question. It’s self-explanatory when you start reading. Here we go:

1. How many Mahjong (Riichi) games I won? One.

2. What college degrees do I have? B.S. Economics and A.A. Accounting.

3. What companies I work at after I graduated San Jose State? Grubb & Ellis, Colliers International, and Cisco.

4. Where did I visit in the United States? Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.

5. What video games did I complete on your PC? Command & Conquer, Team Fortress 2, Crysis, StarCraft 2, and Portal.

6. What Simpsons volumes do I own? Volumes 1, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9. I need more Simpsons.

7. Where did I visit in San Francisco for the first time? Rode the cable car, walked around Union Square, visited Crissy Field, walked the Golden Gate Bridge, visited The Palace Of Fine Arts (since 1988), shopped at the Fillmore Shopping District, and hiked on Angel Island.

8. Who did I where a costume at anime conventions? Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, Syaoran from Tsubasa Chronicles, Toshiro Hitsugaya from Bleach, Chrono Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Haku from Spirited Away, Ikkaku Madarame from Bleach, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, and Medic from Team Fortress 2.

9. List the last nine books I read: Animal House by George Orwell, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne, The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Season by Patricia Hornung and Robin Moore, To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, and The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

10. Share ten items in My Bucket List: Weekend at Carmel, skydive, hike at Big Basin, European trip to England, San Francisco Embarcadero walk, find a job, move out, drive an Audi A6, ride the Santa Clara County Lightrail, and visit the City of Pacifica.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Positives Mon Dec 12-Fri Dec 23, 2011

*Reread The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

*Purchased Family Guy Vol 6.

*Ate jerk chicken for the first time and at Dona Maria restaurant for the first time.

*Played Quarriors for the first time.

*Watched In Time and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

*Read Animal House by George Orwell.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Positives Tue Nov 29-Sun Dec 11, 2011

*New family Christmas tree with LED lights and old ornaments as far back as early 1980s.

*Hiked at the Los Gatos Creek Trail.

*Yard work. Raked leaves and helped my mom trimmed the trees.

*Satisfied finishing Access SQL. I begin practicing with another database.

*Finished reading Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

*Purchased Transporter 3.

*Ate at Cocola Bakery in Santana Row for the first time.

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