There’s this article which is currently shared by a few friends on Facebook, with the title “Li Ka-Shing teaches you how to buy a car & house in 5 years”. I thought it looked interesting and useful, so I gave it (the original version in Chinese) a read today.
I have to say it first, that it doesn’t exactly teaches a person HOW to buy a car and house in 5 years; no concrete budgeting and planning with numbers and whatnot. But the article indeed includes several guidelines on how to make useful and positive adjustments to your daily life and monthly budgeting, especially on the latter. With so little to spare every month, all the more you’ll have to make it work for you. And you have to spend as little as possible on immediate needs, and devote the rest to “investments” which will reap future benefits. Emphasis is placed on activities which include networking and expanding your social circle, self-improvement and travelling.
Reading this article reminds me once again, that success is a way of life, it is a journey, a lifestyle, not a destination. The same applies for happiness, freedom, etc. Success is determined by what you do every single day, not by a one-off effort. This is the same perspective as the article from waitbutwhy, on directing your focus to laying the bricks, instead of building a house.
A remarkable, glorious achievement is just what a long series of unremarkable, unglorious tasks looks like from far away.
Often, the key to succeeding at something big is to break it into its tiniest pieces and focus on how to succeed at just one piece.
Another important reminder for me: no one plans to fail, but we often fail to plan. The exact words from the article: 人生是可以设计的，生涯是可以规划的，幸福是可以准备的。My translation: one is free to design his life and destiny, plan his career and milestones, and prepare for his happiness and bliss.
Being a person guilty of procrastination, I must add in one last phrase:
She turns her can’ts into cans, dreams into plans, and starts laying bricks, one by one, diligently.
281 more days to lay the bricks diligently to build my path towards happiness and freedom!
♥ JY 🙂
P/S See translated article here: Li Ka-Shing teaches you how to buy a car & house in 5 years
Original article in Chinese: (李嘉诚）教五年内买车买房