A member of a forum I belong to, pointed out a fascinating book today. When I went onto the link and read a little further, I was amazed that the author speaks my language.. my truth. Well now why do I always gets suprised by this? James Chan, based in the USA has helped many US companies do business in China & Asia. His life experiences prompted him to write a book, Spare Room Tycoon. A fascinating title I might add. His book shows how others have created businesses that have survived and propsered and centres itself around how a person eventually overcomes the day-to-day insecurities and fears despite all odds. Here is an excerpt from his book which really caught my attention….
"Being a spare room tycoon is more than a way of making a living, it is a way of living your life.
Spare room tycoons’ main payoff comes in personal satisfaction, in autonomy, in deliverance from office politics, in the freedom to make our own mistakes instead of being forced to execute the misjudgments of others.
Discover who you are. You are your business’s chief asset
Passion is a wild card; it transforms and gives power to everything you do.
Who knows how many stillborn businesses there are — possibly very successful ones — that were doomed by a loss of nerve, an unwillingness finally to take action?
Starting a business is an encounter with forces far more powerful than yourself.
Reality rarely, if ever, follows our plans. And although we might be tempted to see that as reality’s problem, it’s really ours.
Running your business builds confidence and humility — both at the same time. You’re surprised by what you’ve done wrong, and by what you’ve done right.
Learn to think strategically, not just romantically. Find something that might provide the clue for the next stage of your business.
Believe in your visions, and keep having new ones."
Excerpt from Spare Room Tycoon, pages 231 to 237.
I will most definately look to purchase it and find out more about this amazing man! Mr. Chan also has a company website called Asia Marketing & Management …take a look!