Lessons from an acupuncturist

Yesterday I visited the Anaheim location of the South Baylo University clinic. I was with two felow students of the California University of Management and Sciences, CalUMS. For the tour which was in preparation of a bigger tour with a group of about 20 CalUMS students to South Baylo University, we were escorted by one acupuncture student doing his internship. He is currently completing his last graduation requirement modules and will march during the upcoming graduation ceremony on May 18th, 2013.

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When we asked the intern if he had promising job prospects after his graduation, he had a very positive answer. He took us to one of the notice board on campus reserved for job opportunity postings and he began to tell us about how good he will have it after graduation. He told us the reason why he is so optimistic is because he understands that:

  • You better be extremely good at your craft. From his perspective as an acupuncture student and soon to be practitioner, he said those who make the most money in his profession are those who treat patients best and improve their conditions.
  • You should never stop learning. There is only so much you can learn in classrooms. He told us the California State Board regulating their profession has a required number of hours of learning one must complete to retain his state certification after graduation and passing the State Board exam. Every professional should make life long learning (not only practicing) a requirement to stay in business.
  • You must create and develop a strong professional network. The intern explained that many chiropractors and other alternative health medicine practitioners are increasingly integrating acupuncture into the treatment and solutions they offer their patients. That is creating a huge opportunity for those who have a good network of professionals in their address books will be poised to take advantage of right out of school.

I love speaking, but I am always amazed at how much I learn when I keep my mouth shut and listen. The principles shared by that young acupuncture student apply to every profession and I am happy I can now count him as one of the contacts in my network. Which one of the above items is most important?

An evening with Brian Adams

Yesterday evening I attended an event organized by Brian Adams, who I met the first time a few weeks ago at the Orange County Speakers Bureau. As I experienced him, Brian is a very talented and effective professional speaker. He is entertaining and has very thought provoking content. This free event which was sold under the title: Mental Martial Art: Defend yourself against your toughest opponent…YOU!, attracted a couple dozen participants and was two hours long. Registration for the program was open on EventBrite.com.

Brian Adams Speaker

Here is the gist of what I took away from Brian’s presentation:

  • If it is to be, it is up to me. 
  • Know what you want and be willing to take action.
  • Show up, and keep showing up.
  • Study the workings of the brain, it is fascinating.
  • It is ok to not know what you want, if you know what you don’t want.
  • Learn to ask for help.
  • As you improve, everything else in your life improves.
  • Have the right support system in place.
  • The only time evil prevails is when good men and women sit around and do nothing.
  • When you have a strong belief, you become unstoppable.
  • Stay focused on what you really want.
  • You need to have a big enough WHY?
  • It is never about your resources, it is about your ability to be resourceful.
  • Writing is a direct line to the subconscious mind.

Brian Adams is the real deal. Brian runs his speaking business through his company Endless Possibilities.  If you have the opportunity to go see him speak, do not think twice. It will be a very rewarding experience and it will be worth every single penny you would have spent. Which one of the above nuggets is your favorite?

Lessons from the Founder’s District Spring Conference

Last Saturday was April 20, 2013 and I attended the Founder’s District annual Spring Conference. We were treated to 8 entertaining and educational speeches from which I learned very much. Here are the 6 key lessons I took away from the eight speeches:

  1. Be wise, exercise.
  2. Align your spoken words with your thoughts, which must be constructive, NOT destructive.
  3. Unleash the child genius within you that you have been conditioned to hold back.
  4. You can rebuild your life one piece at a time, regardless of how bad it is.
  5. See the benefits in every situation (even the worst) and be grateful always.
  6. When you definitely commit, providence moves to your aid.

As I was to give a 2 minutes speech during the conference as part of the process to have me elected as Division A Governor, I also learned a good method to craft a short speech based on the audience type. I had visualized the speech prior to the conference, but until 2 hours before I spoke, I had not figured out the right words I was going to use to get the result I desired. In time the words came and they came out well. I will share the process in a subsequent post.

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If you care to know, I lost the election, but I gained an invaluable and priceless experience. The icing on the cake was making history by having a ballot draw between myself and the other candidate. The draw led to a second round which I ultimately lost, 80 to 110. One of the lessons I learned from my candidacy in that election is this: Never let your inexperience get in the way of your ambitions.

The conference was a massive success and the food was good too. I met new people and established a few new connections. I am looking forward to the next Founder’s District conference, which I will definitely attend.

What’s your degree worth?

I have weekly meeting with my business partner Brandon. He holds two bachelors degrees but is now in the process of starting a business to which he is devoting his whole life. Brandon has been fully committed and is making steady progress towards generating the kind of revenues he sets as goals. It is amazing how much energy and enthusiasm emanates from passionate people.

During one of our meetings a few weeks ago, Brandon told me he holds two Bachelors degree from The California State University, but staring at the pieces of paper, he did not see any value in them. Even though he plans on continuing his studies toward an eventual Phd. degree, he said to me that now that he is involved in a business he is passionate about, he does not see the practical application of the knowledge he spent so much money to acquire. Do we really acquire knowledge in school? Yes. Does that knowledge always translate in a good job (or good money) after graduation? NO, more so now than ever before.


Being a student at a relatively small private university (California University of Management and Sciences – CalUMS), I sometimes hear other students on campus complain about the small size and low popularity of the school. They believe that because the school is small and not very popular in the United States and abroad, their degree will have a lower value than those issued by MIT or Harvard (for example). Even though it is true that an employee will be more familiar with MIT or Hardvard on a resume, the degree has the same value regardless of the institute it comes from.

“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it sure has earned a lot of people graduate degrees.” Robyn Irving

What really makes a difference is the set of experiences a student has been through in addition to the knowledge acquired during the completion of his or her degree program. I firmly believe in lifelong learning, just like my father. I am a student of life and I will continue with my education for as long as possible (read forever).

The ultimate worth of your degree is in the experiences you go through to acquire the degree, and your level of involvement in the acquisition of knowledge related to your field of study. What is your degree worth?

What’s on your gratitude list?

I met with one of my mentors two days ago and as usual, we had a fun time during which I learned so much. It is GREAT to have people who care about you and sincerely want you to succeed. I am blessed. As I shared my new short term unrealistic dreams with my mentor seeking answers to the “how” question, he hit me with reality (my current circumstances) and pointed me in the direction of a “better” more realistic goal that will undoubtedly lead me to the realization of my “relatively” unrealistic dreams.


To help in readjusting my mind to the new realistic goals, I had to come up with a fresh gratitude list. The list, when read aloud, create in me a feeling of appreciation and maintains my abundance mindset. A scarcity mindset is a terrible mind state to in. To develop an abundance mindset, come up with a gratitude list, a list of things you are grateful and appreciative of. Changing your focus from what you lack to what you have creates phenomenal changes in attitude. The right attitude will take you to the highest altitude. Here is my gratitude list:

  1. I wake up every morning in great shape and with a renewed mind.
  2. I am healthy and have not been to a medical doctor in over a decade.
  3. Both my parents are alive and they love me very much.
  4. All my siblings are successful in school.
  5. I live in the best country in the world.
  6. I have adoptive parents who love me as their own.
  7. I have friends who I can count on in times of need.
  8. I am surrounded by people who love me and want me to succeed.
  9. I have mentors and coaches who help me grow personally.
  10. I have a personal library with dozen of books I own and read.
  11. I have the best little sister and brothers in the world.
  12. My boss at work is awesome. He rocks! He is a great inspiration.
  13. I live in a big beautiful house in a quiet, peaceful and safe neighborhood.
  14. I live 10 minutes away from my workplace and my school.
  15. I live less than 30 minutes away from all the activities I am involved in.
  16. I have fresh daily business ideas which I record and catalog.
  17. I have the best office colleagues one can desire. They are hardworking and results oriented.
  18. I am attending one of the best private universities in California.
  19. I have all my basic needs met and the Lord provides me with extras daily.
  20. Everyday brings new experiences which I embrace and learn from. I am grateful.

I could go on and on but I will stop here. When you take inventory of the things you have and sometimes (more often than not) take for granted, you realize how blessed and privileged you are. What’s on your gratitude list?