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As I wrote recently, I’ve been on a buying spree when it comes to the Stock Market.  A friend of mine recently asked me if I sleep well at night.  The answer is ABSOLUTELY!  Here is why:

At the height of the dot-com boom, everybody (and I do mean everybody — myself included) thought that the market would keep rising forever.  What happened next?  The market collapsed.

At the lull of the dot-com bust, many analysts said we were in the lull for a long while to come.  Guess what?  The market started gaining.

At the height of the real estate bubble, people thought the sky was the limit when it came to the house price boom.  Next thing we know, the market crashed, and the price of houses everywhere were slashed some as much as 50%.

Now the day after the Dow Jones lost the most point ever, everybody is panicked and assumed we will be in a great depression soon.  My prediction is, we’ve probably hit rock bottom (or are really close to it) that it will be silly to not buy the badly beaten stocks now!

They say buy low, sell high.  I would take it one step further.  I say buy when the doomsayers speak, and sell when the cheerleaders shouts.

Update: The Oracle of Omaha, aka Warren Buffett, recently wrote a op-ed piece on NYTimes affirming my own beliefs about the stock market.  It’s good to know that I am on the same page as the most savvy investors of all time!

I noticed I’ve been getting lots of traffic from people seeking advice on first dates and/or making good first impressions.  They mostly landed on one of the two posts about my personal experience with first dates: Do’s and Don’ts on First Dates, and How to Make A Good First Impression.

If you are looking for more, I have a treat for you.  This morning I came across a post from The Art of Manliness titled, “Nice Guys Don’t Have to Finish Last.”  In it the author tried to debunk the myth that women like and date bad boys by dissecting the attractive qualities that women want in their men.  When interpreted the wrong way, these qualities can be seen as bad boy-like when in fact they are just variations of self-confidence.  In my opinion, everything in that post rings true.  You don’t have to be bad to be attractive; You just have to:

  • Be a leader and a decision-maker, not a push over
  • Be ambitious
  • Have a cool man skill or hobby
  • Be supremely confident about your relationship
  • Be supremely confident and comfortable in your own skin

For more and the explanation to each of the bullet points, be sure to read the entire post.

I recently read an article by Dr. John C. Maxwell on the steps towards success.  In the article, he listed the ten things that a leader should do/accomplish before reaching age 40.  I thought the list was a good one and want to share them with you:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Settle your family life
  3. Determine your priorities
  4. Develop your philosophy of life
  5. Get physically fit
  6. Learn your trade
  7. Pay the price
  8. Develop solid relationships
  9. Prepare for the future
  10. Find purpose for your life

Going through the list personally, I surprised myself at how many on the list I was able to check off.  For example, several years of soul searching in my 20s helped me discover who I am and develop a philosophy of life.  My recent vacation to Asia helped me find the purpose of my life and that in turn helped determine my priorities.  I am actively pursuing my trade by first, pursuing the right career and second, learning as much as I can from my job everyday.  I am also actively saving and investing my money so that I am better prepared for my future.  All these I do because I know if I don’t pay the price now, I don’t get to reap the reward later.

How about you?  How close are you to checking off the entire list of ten by age 40?

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Google’s announcement of their 10^100 initiative.  All day I received a ton of traffic from people all over the world reading that particular post.  Ironically, the majority of those people came from Google Blog’s own trackback link.  The only reason I can think of for such a surge in traffic is the title I used (A Great Idea Could Yield US$10 Million).  Now that I’ve taken a second look at the title, I realized it may have implied the post was about a get-rich-quick scheme.

If that really were the case, I am SHOCKED that there are so many people who are still looking for a quick fix to get on the road to riches.  Short of being handed a sizable trust fund, there are no sustainable millionaires in this world who made their money without hard work.  Sadly, the people who are looking for the short cuts are also the people who are, more often than not, tricked into investing in the money making schemes that end up backfiring.

Please, dear readers of this blog, if I could offer just one advice that you would truly take to heart, it would be that if you don’t sweat, you don’t get!  Stop looking for short cuts in life because they don’t exist!

If you could suggest a unique idea that would help as many people as possible, what would it be?

That is the question posed by Google on their blog.  They are looking to fund ideas that will help people all around the world.  That vision is a bit larger than what I think of everyday since I mostly strive to help those who are in my immediate surrounding, so I thought I would post the announcement here so that any of you could chime in, especially those of you who visit my blog from outside of the US.

Best of luck to all!

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