Monday, July 29, 2013

Success Secret: The hardest victory is the victory over self.

"The hardest victory is the victory over self." --- Greek philosopher Aristotle

Image below of Aristotle, sourced from

This is one of the true secrets to success that most of us human beings either do not know, refuse to acknowledge or just simple cannot do.

Conquest of our own selves in terms of self-discipline, self-study, self-evaluation of strengths as well as weaknesses, nonstop self-training, all these are essential for achieving true and enduring success.

Outstanding entrepreneurs, great writers, exceptional artists, champion athletes and other peoples from all walks of life have attained the hardest of all victories which is the victory over self!

Here are photos of two super entrepreneurs who I admire for their business genius and discipline:

Image below of  world's wealthiest investor, the simple-living Warren Buffett, sourced from

Asia's wealthiest billionaire as of 2013 is the disciplined, hardworking and simple-living "rags-to-riches" entrepreneur Li Ka Shing of Hong Kong, image below sourced from

Imags below of athletes, sourced from

Sunday, July 7, 2013

China's female realty tycoon is richer than Donald Trump or Oprah! WOW

China is not only rising to soon become the world's ultimate biggest economic superpower, it is also changing socially, economically and culturally with the emergence of equal opportunities for women as shown by more and more successful women entrepreneurs.

Here I wish to share the inspiring, remarkable sage of a self-made real estate businesswoman in modernizing China.

China's "rags-to-riches" real estate billionaire Zhang Xin, image below sourced from

Another Zhang Xin image below, sourced from

This image below of Zhang Xin, sourced from

The article below is from CNN:

Richer than Trump or Oprah: Meet China's female property magnate

From Pauline Chiou, CNN
July 3, 2013 -- Updated 1429 GMT (2229 HKT)

Richer than Trump or Oprah

  • Zhang Xin runs China's largest real estate developer with her husband
  • Worth $3.6 billion, she is the world's seventh richest self-made woman
  • She grew up in poverty during China's Cultural Revolution

Beijing (CNN) -- Zhang Xin grew up in poverty and at the age of 14 began a laboring job in a factory. Today, she is richer than Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Zhang, a Chinese real estate developer, is the seventh richest self-made woman in the world, worth $3.6 billion, according to Forbes. She's worth $800 million more than Oprah Winfrey, the world's best known self-made female billionaire.

Not only does Zhang's rags-to-riches story mirror that of China itself, but it is Zhang who has shaped much of the country's modern urban landscape, with the logo of her company SOHO China on the side of buildings wherever you turn in Beijing.

SOHO China has 18 developments in Beijing, many of them landmark buildings, and has recently expanded to Shanghai, where it has bought or built 11 properties.

China's real estate opportunities
Galaxy SOHO, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid for Zhang' SOHO China, was built in 2012 on a 50,000 square meter plot in central Beijing. It was Hadid's first building in Beijing. Galaxy SOHO, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid for Zhang' SOHO China, was built in 2012 on a 50,000 square meter plot in central Beijing. It was Hadid's first building in Beijing.
China's changing skyline
China\'s changing skyline China's changing skyline
Two of her Beijing projects -- one completed last year and another under construction -- are designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.
Zhang, 47, was born in Beijing just before Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, when educated people like her parents were sent to the fields for "re-education." She returned to Beijing with her mother, but they endured poverty and hardship.
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"I was born and grew up when the city was very quiet: no cars, no shops, no lights, no machines. People were just on bicycles," she said.
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At 14, she and her mother moved to Hong Kong, where she spent five years in low-paid factory jobs, manufacturing toys, clothes and electronics, trying to save enough to go to England for an education.
I was born and grew up when the city was very quiet: no cars, no shops, no lights, no machines.
Zhang Xin
"As a new immigrant to Hong Kong with no education, no background, didn't even speak the local language or dialect, Cantonese, and it was just a hard way to live in Hong Kong," said Zhang.
It took Zhang five years to save enough for a plane ticket to London and an English language course. She won a scholarship to university, studied for a master's degree in economics at Cambridge University and landed her first job at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Instead of remaining in her comfortable life in Wall Street, Zhang returned to Beijing, where she met her husband, and together they started SOHO China.
"There was excitement of people talking about how to change China, and it was a very intellectually vibrant time," she said. "I felt that this country was really making a transition, and I wanted to be a part of that."
Since Zhang and her husband, Pan Shiyi, formed SOHO China in 1995, it has become China's largest commercial real estate developer, with 56 million square feet in prime developments in Beijing and Shanghai.
While Zhang's story is incredible -- giving her celebrity status in China -- it is not unique. Of Forbes' 2013 list of 24 self-made female billionaires, six are from China (including one from Hong Kong), more than any other country outside the United States.
"I think women of our generation went through Cultural Revolution, went through hardship, coming from nowhere, and suddenly see China's amazing opportunity," said Zhang. "So women just seized the opportunity."
I felt that this country was really making a transition and I wanted to be a part of that.
Zhang Xin
Zhang has a following of more than 5 million on Weibo, the Chinese social media site often compared with Twitter, where she shares her views on business, current affairs and architecture.
But despite her financial success, Zhang, who practices the Baha'i faith, avoids excessive trappings of wealth, even suggesting her 14-year-old son find a job in McDonald's or KFC. He tried, but was too young to be accepted.
"It's not easy to be my sons because we're very high profile. We try so hard to give them a normal life," she said.
"I'm very, very tight with them about money. I don't give that money until they ask, 'I need 100 yuan for my lunch card,' and so on. So they never have extra money. But I think that still cannot compare to how we came, where we came (from)."

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A secret behind successful, hardworking & highly efficient people, why keep on striving even when already a success?

Why some already seemingly successful folks still work, study and innovate non-stop?

A lot of people say to hardworking people in Tagalog or the Filipino language: "Hindi mo madala 'yan sa hukay. (You cannot take it with you to the grave)."

For most hardworking, disciplined and efficient people, it's never about the money or the accomplishments, it's being productive, making the most of life and our God-given talents, it's about striving for excellence nonstop.
Here is a quote I want to share, which can partly explain the phenmenon of disciplined and driven people...

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." --- Erma Bombeck

World's wealthiest investor tycoon, the hardworking and simple-living Warren Buffett, also a philanthropist. Image below sourced from

Asia's richest self-made tycoon, Hong Kong billionaire taipan and philanthropist Li Ka Shing who is well-known for his frugality, simple lifestyle and hard work. Image below sourced from

The Italian artist and genius Michaelangelo, this image below sourced from