EP #017 – Why You Don't Need a Degree to Be Successful With Richard Kuo

EP #017 – Why You Don’t Need a Degree to Be Successful With Richard Kuo

Our guest on the show today is RICHARD KUO. Richard Kuo is a youth inspirational speaker and Youtuber (RichardKuoLive) based out of Orange County, California. He has spoken on the TEDx stage and is also a finale winner on the hit TV game show The Price is Right.

Growing up convinced he was overweight, unintelligent, and a good-for-nothing child, Richard lived much of his early life with low self-esteem and little confidence towards succeeding in school and life. Today, Richard empowers thousands of students around the world to find the courage to trust themselves and pursue their dreams.

Show Notes

Quotes

  • Compassion is the greatest lesson from my dad
  • Expectations from people who love us never go away
  • Learn how to and forgive yourself
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself
  • If you know what to do and it involves a college degree or education, go for it
  • If you don’t know what to do after high school, don’t go into debt because that is what is expected.
  • You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to be successful
  • Success is being authentically happy, being fulfilled in the moment
  • Be involved with as many extra-curricular activities as possible while in high-school
  • Do a lot of networking with people in your industry of choice while you are in school
  • Networking is about building relationships
  • Networking will be uncomfortable when you start
  • Most people who network are shy
  • Building relationships is the one way to achieve anything in your life
  • Embarq on a journey of self-discovery
  • Take time to discover yourself
  • Be OK with yourself
  • Accept yourself
  • Find your why before you set goals
  • No matter how challenging things might seem, it all gets better
  • Embrace and be grateful for every single moment

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EP #016 – How to Choose Faith Over Fear With Bibhupriya Achraya (Bibs)

EP #016 – How to Choose Faith Over Fear With Bibhupriya Achraya (Bibs)

Our guest on the show today is Bibhupriya Achraya. His friends affectionately call him Bibs, for short. Bibs was born and raised in India, and over the last 15 years he has had a very successful career as a naval engineer. He moved to the United States recently to pursue a Master Degree in Computer Information Systems.

Today, Bibs is an entrepreneur and independent business owner. He is passionate about helping others find their “WHY”, loves speaking to encourage and educate, and he wakes up happy and excited about the realization of all his dreams, every single day.

Show Notes

Quotes

  • A job is never secure when somebody else is taking risks for you.
  • Purify yourself by seeing the good in others always.
  • There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us.
  • Study for knowledge, not for a job.
  • Nothing kills dreams like compromise.
  • Be like a sponge.
  • Follow your heart, follow your passions.
  • You must be able to eat your lunch when you are hungry, not when someone else feels it is the right time.
  • Get any job out of school, it does not matter. But also start a business on the side. Take risks when you are young enough to afford them.
  • Nothing happens, nothing exists without excitement.
  • Failure is the foundation of success.
  • Being excited keeps you going.
  • We all get 24 hours a day. It is up to you to maximize those hours.
  • Financial freedom is achieved when you control your time and money.
  • When your source of income is not dependent on you, you are financial free.
  • Fear and faith have the same definition.
  • Read all books that involve and help you with exploring yourself
  • Dream, and dream big.
  • Anything that you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

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EP #015 – Be Willing to Take Risks With Li Lin

EP #015 – Be Willing to Take Risks With Li Lin

Li was born in China and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley in California, she took a backpacking trip in Asia for a month.

Upon return, after getting fired from more than two jobs within a year, she was inspired to start her own business. Today, Li’s personal passion and profession is working with immigrants in the United States to help them land their dream H1B jobs.

Erratum: The guest introduction during the podcast says: “trip in Asia for a year.” That’s inaccurate, the host got it wrong. The guest introduction during the podcast says: “fired from two jobs within a year.” Li was actually fired from more than two jobs.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Be willing to do whatever it takes
  • Dating and business relationships are very similar
  • Go to a Community College to figure out what you want after high school
  • I got good grades because of fear
  • Be adaptable
  • You can perform poorly at an interview and still get the job
  • Shameless + Relentless = Success
  • The pain of not being employed is a great motivator
  • Immigrants don’t come to America to learn English
  • Your work must be integrated to your higher calling
  • You will never feel ready, just start doing
  • Do everything you want to do, regardless of the fear
  • Dance with your fear
  • Any good coaching program is worth it, regardless of the price tag
  • You are never defined by the labels you inherit
  • If you want the life that you want, you have to take the necessary actions to get it

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EP #014 – Be Different With Lourdes Ortiz

EP #014 – Be Different With Lourdes Ortiz

Our guest on the show today is Lourdes Ortiz. Lourdes’s personal passion is as an Ironman Tri-Athlete where she participates in the strenuous world of long distance running, biking and swimming.

With over 20 years of work experience as Human Resources and Safety Director for a successful plating company in California, Lourdes is Human Resources expert, corporate trainer, and bilingual speaker. Lourdes lives a happy and productive life.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Be honest, it always works
  • Have high integrity
  • First show your prospective employer what you can do, before you ask for something in return
  • Have big ambitions
  • Travel for inspiration
  • Proceed by elimination of what you don’t like to end up with what you will enjoy
  • Always do you
  • Shadow a working professional to learn about a job before you choose to study for it
  • Give without expectation of anything in return
  • You will be hired based on character, more often than based on skill
  • Be different
  • Enthusiasm is important if you are to reach your goals, regardless of what they are
  • By facing your fears, you increase your self-confidence
  • Work hard at your goal and you will make a different

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Suit up and show up with Karen Holmes

EP #013 – Suit Up and Show Up With Karen Holmes

Our guest on the show today is Karen Holmes. Karen is a mother of two children, and raising them is her first priority beside keeping herself in good health, and growing her consulting business. She has over 20 years of experience in training, organizational development and coaching.

Today, Karen lives a worry free life. She is an entrepreneur, trainer and workshop facilitator. Karen lives a happy and productive life.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Embrace uncertainty
  • Never complain
  • Develop buoyancy
  • Wherever you live, you can find or create your little happy spot
  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Look around, recognize opportunity and take action
  • Your patience will get tested
  • Keep looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel
  • Learn how to see things from different perspectives
  • Have more faith in yourself
  • Have confidence in your ability to learn
  • Without your health, you have nothing
  • Suit up and show up
  • Worry is a joy killer
  • A good living is more than just making good money

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EP #012 – Listen to Your Heart With Angeline Benjamin

EP #012 – Listen to Your Heart With Angeline Benjamin

Our guest on the show today is Angeline Benjamin. She immigrated to the US from Indonesia in 1970, when she was 18 years old. She has had a very successful professional career as a microbiologist working for several mainstream fast food chains.

She retired in 2007 in order to support her husband with a then startup business. Today, Angeline works with Nerium International as an Independent Brand Partner. She is an entrepreneur, an inspirational speaker, and loves hiking local trails. Angeline lives a happy and productive life.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Be loyal
  • Be kind, but not too kind
  • Anything can happen for you once you set your mind to it
  • If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen
  • Pick anyone you admire and ask them: “Can you help me?”
  • If you don’t ask, you’ll never know what the answer would be
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Get an education on your passion
  • Education doesn’t necessarily mean traditional colleges
  • Don’t be ashamed of your passion
  • Be very ethical
  • Always speak with confidence, but never arrogance
  • Always do your best, so you never have to question yourself
  • You have to be happy before you can be successful, not the other way around
  • Write and read your goals daily
  • Take life one day at a time

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How to Find and Grow Your Gifts

EP #011 – How to Find and Grow Your Gifts With John Ezra Dew

Our guest on the show today is John Ezra Dew. John was born and raised in Michigan, and was homeschooled by his parents for his entire primary and secondary education.

Today, Ezra is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. He is a also a fitness coach, striving to equip people he works with with the right physical, intellectual and emotional strength to live happy and fulfilled.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Treat everybody like you want to be treated
  • Be honest
  • Always do what is right, no matter what
  • Get a mentor
  • Don’t expect rewards for what you are supposed to do naturally
  • Find opportunities to earn money, not to be given money
  • There is great joy and satisfaction in earning money
  • Each one of us is born with a gift
  • When you are doing something you love, it is not work
  • Your innate gifts are things that you are naturally good at, without having had to ask, pray or sweat for it
  • Be fearless in the pursuit of your passion
  • Rejection is like a GPS leading you to where you are supposed to go
  • Give value to get value
  • If you don’t face your fears, you will never discover your gifts
  • Do not give up on trying to achieve what you want to achieve, or to discover your gifts
  • Humanity is nothing without a purpose

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EP #010 – Failure is Necessary With Karika Austin

EP #010 – Failure is Necessary With Karika Austin

Karika Austin was born and raised in California. After a long time working in corporate America, she owned and managed a few businesses that she had started, providing business and branding consultancy services to small businesses.

Today, Karika lives life full-time and travels the world teaching people about the importance of having a “work/life” balance. She is a Travel-preneur, showing people how to travel the world and teaching others how to achieve success in the process.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Do what you feel you are good at
  • It is important to know what you love to do
  • You don’t necessarily have to have a degree to achieve the level of success you want
  • You do not necessarily need to go to school to get an education
  • Don’t do what the system expects you to do
  • It does not matter what situation you are faced with, there is always a lesson to be learned
  • Don’t complain about your life, take the necessary steps to change it
  • Your network determines your net worth
  • Put yourself in positions where to get to learn about yourself
  • You can have it all, the struggle is finding out how to do it the right way
  • Don’t be affraid of failure
  • Failure is necessary to achieve success
  • Life is short, enjoy the journey, respect the journey, live in the moment
  • Every single day you are given the opportunity to create change for yourself, but also to empower someone else
  • If you become selfless and reach out to help other, you will be rewarded
  • Where you are right now is where you are supposed to be

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Donald Baliaba

EP #009 – How to Get Comfortable with Discomfort With Donald Baliaba

Our guest on the show today is Donald Baliaba. He was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Central Africa. He has lived in France for 8 years and in the U.S. for 10 years.  He is financial analyst by profession, and an avid sportsman.

Donald serves as a volunteer for the Youth Motivation Task Force. In addition to being a committed Toastmaster, he is also a runner who completed two marathons last year. Donald lives a happy and productive life.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • Invest in your education
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Be focused
  • Be disciplined
  • Education is a lifelong quest
  • A degree only validates you in other people’s eyes
  • Education goes beyond a degree or diploma
  • Observe and reach out to people who are successful
  • Dabble into what interests you until you discover what you are passionate about
  • Sometimes you have to be learn how to be uncomfortable
  • Learn how to be uncomfortable, you get to learn about your weaknesses
  • Family and friends are important
  • With discipline and focus, anything is possible
  • Don’t let your circumstances today determine what is possible tomorrow
  • Don’t worry, go after your dreams
  • Read and learn about emotional intelligence

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Michael Brandt

EP #008 – Hard Work Pays Off With Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt is known to friends and business associates as “The Social Man” for his love of social media. He was born in raised in Southern California. Michael was raised by a single mother and today owns and runs “Drive Traffic Media,” a digital marketing agency poised to become one of the leading in Orange County.

Michael loves to socialize and when he is not working on his business, you will find him spending time with family, and his dog.


Show Notes

Quotes

  • It’s good to hangout with older people
  • Hard work pays off
  • Have an incredible work ethic
  • It is OK if you don’t enjoy school, there are options
  • Take time to find out what you excel at, what you are passionate about
  • If your parents are paying for your education, take it
  • Attend or host networking events to put yourself out there
  • Be the kind of person people want to be around
  • Don’t be shy
  • Take on new responsibilities
  • Buy and read books to learn about the niche you want to market and sell to

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