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Thrown Opportunities…

Do not throw an opportunity because it doesn’t look pretty from the first sight 

A couple of days ago I went to the nearest National Park for a half of a day: walking around, exploring the area and giving myself some time alone to think about new starts, upcoming future and opportunities I don’t want to loose. 

I noticed this little piece of plant (unsure how to call it). “It would look pretty without that ugly yellow leaf”: someone would say and throw this leaf away from the ‘real beauty’.

Same way majority of us are throwing opportunities away out of their lives just because they don’t look pretty enough. They might look scaring, ugly, unattractive from the first sight. But generally the best opportunities are those that are not visible at the beginning – otherwise, they would be too obvious and already taken before you step up.

As Mark Cuban, famous American entrepreneur and investor, said: “Creating opportunities means looking where others are not”.

I believe in creating opportunities out of existing situations, resources and tools around. You can also wait for opportunities to arise around you but I would apply it to more investment opportunities rather than purely business ones (even though business is also an investment).

Waiting for opportunities is tricky – even if you finally see one, there is no guarantee that it hasn’t been taken yet by someone who is more proactive. 

So, there are two choices with business opportunities:

1. You either see an opportunity on your horizon and jump into it – you have to be brave and a bit mindless about it. The longer you think, analyse and evaluate your jumping steps, the lesser chance to catch this opportunity because someone crazy like me would already jump there to get it;

2. You can create your own – this is where you need to be observant and creative. Check what’s going on around on the market of your interest – I would say look for something this market is missing. Now you are off to go to be as creative as you can to fill these gaps. Find the demand generated by the gaps and introduce a unique way of filling these gaps.

I like more the second option as by creating your own opportunity, you also enable a way of seeking for more opportunities around your creation. 

I kept walking in the park – it looked more like a forest – and I looked up at these trees above me. New thoughts waved up my mind:

“How can I – being so tiny – achieve anything? what can I achieve ?”

The scaring truth of having limitations appeared in my mind. Not to the degree where I would decide to shut all my goals, ideas and aspirations in my mind; close down all my started projects and start living ordinary wage by wage life. 

Yes, it will be difficult. If you want a better life, you must be brave…and “a bit mindless” 🙂

Confidence. If you are lack of it, you have to fake it until you make it. Every time when I forget about it, I scroll my theatre acting lessons back in my mind. I managed to perform a leading role one day without a proper set of acting and stage skills – I just had two things: belief in myself being hungry taking on board every single acting lesson I could. I also had a huge amount of passion to do what I was doing. 

So, whether you take an opportunity or create one, push it till the end. The more you push it, the bigger achievement will arise on your journey. 

Love,

Ange (Original Source: https://www.secretmediaglobal.com/blog )

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Quality Life for 2020

Quality Life as the New Year resolution 

The appreciation of life, I guess, comes from a simple practical comparison of lifestyles.

Say, loving a social lifestyle full of events and meetings with people makes you appreciate quiet weekend day dedicated to just yourself: no people, no worries. 

On the other hand, having too much down time drives you crazy: where’s buzz, people, energy?!

Regardless of the chosen style, it should make you happy and should have some value behind. Bringing the quality to your life is your personal choice:

People you allow in your life – are they negative, judgmental with limited self-development or positive who love to identify beauty in people and things around?

Food you eat – eating healthy and fresh is your own preference or you can simply chuck a couple of fried tasteless chips – whatever makes you happy. The only condition is the outcome you receive is based on your choice so don’t be surprised…

Lifestyle you choose – you may do some sport, kinda fun and active. You may prefer have “sofa life” with biggest effort you do is changing your Netflix channels. 

Appreciate people and things around you xx

Look after yourself or “well, I got good genes” – good genes are a gift that is great to nourish. At the end of the day, for example, ageing quicker walking in the Australian sun every day or event worse – getting cancer from direct unprotected sun lights, genes are not responsible here. You are. 

Travel and explore – travelling around is cool and expands your inner horizons. Sometimes you don’t have to physically travel – Australia is blessed to ‘collect the whole world’ in it; one of the best Australian experiences I had is meeting people from all over the world I am grateful to call my friends. What stops you to say hi to that smiley Chinese coming to the same coffee shop you come every morning? 

Knowledge you get – we learn something new everyday when we want to learn and grow, just think about it…not sure though about “sofa life” people.

Challenges you go through…or don’t go through. When something stops you from going and doing something, just remember one day long long time ago, you couldn’t walk…

Sydney, sweet Sydney

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Hamamatsu 浜松市

Hamamatsu was meant to be our final destination for the Rugby World Cup trip. Well, things don’t always go as planned..

Hamamatsu hosted the next rugby game Australia vs Georgia that was under thread of cancellation due to the typhoon. However, before that..

Before the announcement

We have arrived in a very nice hotel – located in the biggest building in the city – ACT Tower. We stayed on 40F and had the best city view that we could have. Moreover, the hotel had pretty good gym facilities, pool and amazing Japanese style sauna and spa. Cherry on the top was having Rugby Scottish team staying the same hotel! I managed to take a few selfies and chat about rugby with some of the best rugby players in the world!

As to Rugby, Hamamatsu has prepared itself well for the upcoming RWC. Local bakeries made some treats looking like rugby balls (on one shelf with Halloween sweets..:/), RWC village in the busiest part of the city, special deals in locals pubs and restaurants.  

The plan was to stay two days/nights in the city. We visited Hamamatsu Castle.. Didn’t impress me. I don’t want to be biased – I believe we have seen too way many shrines and castles so Hamamatsu one was not interesting at all. 

RWC stadium was easily accessible using the JR station. At some point I felt like back home coming closer to the venue and see Wallabies jerseys and yellow-green scarfs everywhere. Event logistics after the game was poor planned again – big crowds were slowly getting to the station in the rain and the empty roads (that could be used by these crowds) were locked away without any reasonable idea why. 

Hamamatsu Wedding Central Park is another attraction to see. Again, we have seen too way many parks already so was not impressive. However, the venue itself was well-built. It reminded me a building of European gothic style that definitely stood out from tiny old Japanese shrines. 

I have to say that Hamamatsu is event hub un Japan. There is a number of Congress venues, wedding and ceremonies halls. People are coming to Hamamatsu to book their events as it is close enough to Tokyo and centre of Japan, however, it is away from all this big city mess. 

We left just before the Hamamatsu Jazz Festival started. The “Hamamatsu Jazz Week” will be celebrated this year for the 28th time. This event, which aims for “music to be everywhere in the city, creating the city itself” has livened up Hamamatsu since 1992. It is famous across Japan and its main “Yamaha Jazz Festival” offers performances from internationally famous musicians.

During this event, jazz will take over the city in the form of “concerts for families (parents and children,)” a “street jazz festival,” a “student jazz festival” and many other activities. This week offers an opportunity for not only jazz lovers, but for everybody to experience the charm of jazz. While we were there, the preparation for the Jazz week reminded me Many Jazz festival i.e. posters around, small performances taking place in CBD, etc.

After the announcement

The storm has started on the day of the game – 11th October. Fortunately, the game did go ahead. 

However, some weird stuff happened next day. Tokyo and nearby prefectures (including Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) was isolated from the rest of the country and, I would say, from the rest of the world. Our flights had been cancelled and all Tokyo international airports stopped their operation for the next 48 hours without giving us any clarity of what’s on. 

The day of the typhoon – 12th October – people didn’t come out outdoor. I tried to find what to do and went for a walk – it was scaring quiet and depressive, like after end of the world movies. All supermarkets were close; convenience stores such as Family marts, Lawsons and 7/11s were half empty as people bought as much food as they can to survive in case of typhoon would hit the area hard. 

We couldn’t find much to do so I spend over 4 hours at the gym (proud!). We ended up at the hotel bar sipping James Bond’s martinis, making friends with one Japanese bloke and playing Uno. 

13th October – morning – no sign of any typhoon or storm. Beautiful sunny day and fresh air. I used it as an opportunity to go for a long distance run along the Hamamatsu river. Discovered another amazing thing that you will never experience in Australia – a bar where you can been any gun and do some shooting. I cannot event imagine this being approved in Australia – bar and guns in one.. That was a lot of fun and I managed to practice my showreel scenes for the upcoming projects – all details to be revealed next year…anyways.

14th October – another quiet day. We explored local shops and watched Japan vs Scotland at the hotel. We have watched the news and found out that over 40 people had died in Tokyo and around 10 Shinkansens had been permanently damaged. The country had gone through huge financial loss and RWC was seriously effected with 2 games cancelled. 

It is sad that such a lovely country with so kind people experience this type of natural disasters every year. There is a curious fact that Japanese natural disasters have been country’s cures and blessings at the same time. Throwing back to the history I learned in Tokyo Samurai museum. Japan experienced two Mongolian innovations in 13th century. Both times Japan was not ready to fight against one of the strongest armies in the world back that time. Both times Japan won because a typhoon destroyed Mongolian fleet. Japanese called this typhoon Kamikaze which means “divine wind”. This term was used later in World War II for aerial suicide attacks.

Anyways, we got some clarity on the 15th October – the earliest flight back home (could forget about the trip to Mexico already – too late) was 19th October..right back to Tokyo for Volume 2 adventures!

Ang xx