What Would You Do If Money Was Not an Object?

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Your Dreams Are Impossible!

Forrest Gump & Chocolates

Chocolates

In the movie Forest Gump, Forrest says, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..”

Like the job market,  you don’t know “what you’re gonna get” because they’re hard to find, nonetheless one that you’re passionate about.

So why not create your job yourself? Go to the unknown….

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

On that note, how do you leave a trail?

 Fighting For Your Passion

1) What makes you angry? What makes me angry is apathy towards life. An attitude that says “I don’t care” or “whatever”. It makes me angry because I have to battle it. It’s an internal struggle for me, to fight against the voice in my head that tells me “whatever”. For me, I’m passionate about inspiring others to live out their passions. I’m passionate about living a life that is not apathetic.

2) See the world full of possibilities!

Ronald Reagan said, “We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of entrepreneurs, seeing possibilities where others only see problems.”

My Story

When I tell people I want to be an author and musician, they look at me with doubt and say “That’s impossible,” and I respond with, “You know what’s impossible…It’s impossible to take a piece of metal, curl it up, put wings on it, and have it fly across the ocean with people in it. That’s impossible, but the Wright Brothers figured out how to do that!

Confucius said, “The one who says he can and cannot are both correct.”

When I was in high school I had this crazy thought and said, “What if I went to college?”

When I applied to Biola, I wasn’t accepted because my SAT scores weren’t high enough. Long story short, I was accepted when I wrote a letter of intent explaining how I was going to succeed at Biola.

Sophomore year I thought “what if I join a collegiate  Swim Team? I only have 1 year of high school experience but what if?” I made the team and definitely was not the fastest of the bunch, but I still made it.

My junior year, I said “What if I became the AS President?” I wasn’t expecting much, I just thought I would be wasting my passion if I didn’t use it. To my surprise, I got it.

I mentioned earlier I wanted to be an author so I wrote a piece for a website called ilikegiving just for fun and a few months later, they contacted me and asked if they could use my story for a book they’re publishing, and now I’m going to be in a book! Now you tell me, what’s impossible!?

Some of you may be thinking, “That’s great Chris, but that’s for you, not me.” That’s not true. The only difference between you and I is that I’ve probably failed more than you.

I have failed many, many, many times. It doesn’t make me less of a human being. It makes me more human.

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Adam Christing, a comedian and entrepreneur, when I asked him how he became  successful he said,  “My whole life has been failing forward”.

That said, failing is part of growing and learning to accept that is one step closer to achieving your dream.

  Failing Is Inevitable and That’s Ok!

In finding jobs, in doing life, and in creating your own path you’re going to fail, and it is inevitable! But that is ok! Failing is how we learn and grow.

Zach King, also known as FinalCutKing from Youtube said,  “I definitely have more failures than wins, it’s only made me a better filmmaker”.

Paulo Coelho, author of  The Alchemist  said, There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

Do work that matters! Do work that you love! I want to inspire and encourage people as a living through books and music. Why not now?

Lemony Snicket said “If you wait ’til you’re ready, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.”

 Ask for help from others! See what connections you have! It’s a small world!

 According to Dr. Mani from entrepreneursjourney.com, Too often, we tend to focus on the problems and difficulties along our path. Stop. Look for solutions.”

What Now?

So how do you take one step closer to your dream? Here are some tips.

 1) Achieve the Impossible by Taking Risks!

 “So many people tiptoe through life, so carefully, to arrive, safely, at death.”- Tony Campolo, Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”-Robert F. Kennedy

  2) Make Goals for yourself!

Using “SMART” goals has enabled me to make my ideas happen. I would recommend looking into what each word in this acronym entails as it will give you a better idea of what it means.

  S.M.A.R.T. goals -Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely

 3) Stay Committed to Your Passion and Goals

Think about a hero of yours or someone that you admire. They were committed to their passions through the good and bad, and because of that it paid off. We often don’t think about how our heroes got to where they are. Most likely, they had to take risks, and most likely they failed with some of those. The key is that they were committed to their passion and were consistent.

Tim Worthstal from Forbes Magazine says,

“We all know that entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a growing economy. We also all know that there’s not much growing about the economy right now so perhaps having more entrepreneurs would be a good idea?”

I would like you to write down your dream job and something you wish you could do. Now ask yourself,  two questions 1) “What’s holding me back?” 2) “How do I get there?”

I see potential in you! Do you see potential in yourself?

I want to be an author that challenges the way we think and a musician that inspires.

What do you want to be?

Gratitude & Recognition

Sam and Colleen Yim

 

This is a picture of my parents in India and it makes me happy…

Happy because they are TOGETHER

Happy because it shows commitment through the good and bad times

Happy because it’s evidence of a successful marriage in a era where divorce is common

For that, I am grateful.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the people around us and those closest to us NEED recognition.

William James, an American philosopher and psychologist from the early 1900’s said”The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated” .

A simple “Thank you” or “I really appreciate you” goes a long way. Who deserves recognition in your life? Find them and encourage them 🙂

Please Don’t Box Me In

Please Don't Box Me In
Please Don’t Box Me In

India. Michigan. Hong Kong.

Three places that I identify myself with

My mom, from Michigan

My dad, from Hong Kong

Yet my upbringing in India

You’d think with a background like this, I’d naturally have an understanding of diversity…

NOPE.

But I am still in the process of learning what diversity is and this is what I’ve learned so far.

EVERYONE has a story that is unique to them, making it different and distinguished from others which deserves to be listened to with compassion. I’ve discovered listening and hearing are different through conflict with one of my friends. He often told me “Chris, you’re not listening, you’re a bad listener”. I said, “I hear you”. That’s where I was wrong. By only hearing, I let his words words go right past me but by listening, I  enter into a process of understanding and sympathizing with what he was sharing. It’s taken me up till just a few weeks ago to realize this about myself.

Behind each individual lies a story from their upbringing that is a crucial part of their identity.

Your ethnic identity DOES MATTER and I am guilty into buying into the belief that we are all one big melting pot and placing that idea onto others. By doing this…

I’ve invalidated their upbringings and their cultures.  We’re not all the same. We’re actually quite different and I think recognizing that is a step closer to understanding what diversity means. It became personal when…

A few years ago, I met a guy who asked me where I was from. I told him my story of having 3 cultures a part of my upbringing and explained I was a Third Culture Kid. He said, how can you call yourself a Third Culture Kid, you’re monolingual”. That hurt because he invalidated 16 years in India which I cherish deeply,  he invalidated my experiences with my dads Chinese family and my mums American family which is a big part of making me who I am today. I do not meet the stereotype of all TCK’s or Asian’s,  because I am not trilingual neither am I good at math.

All I know is that I am Chris Yim. I love to dream big. I like taking risks, I am bad with details and I love experiencing all sorts of food and engaging with different kinds of people.

Boxing me into one category has invalidated the uniqueness of my story

I’ve discovered through of all this  I am just another piece in a puzzle set, I represent a small portion of a big picture. That picture is the kingdom of God.

I encourage you to see our diverse world and the diverse individuals in it.  I had to take off my“color blind” lenses and realize the process is ok! Recognizing it is the first step to understanding diversity.