Do I think big? In 2005, I started a blog titled “think big and win big”. The title was inspired by Donald Trump’s famous quote, “Think Big”, in The Apprentice, (in addition to his infamous “you’re fired”). Almost 10 years later, I picked up a book written by Trump (Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life, co-authored by Bill Zanker), and that think-big phrase came back to my mind. After the quick reading, I can’t help but ask myself, “Tim, are you a big-thinker?”
Obvious, I was ambitious. I aimed to work at top multi-national companies, I studied hard to get a MBA degree, and I learned about investment in stock market. Are these achievements big enough? No, definitely not. They are not big enough in terms of return on my investment of time and effort; not big enough in terms of the degree of satisfaction. There is one key piece missing in that think-big process: I am not doing what I am passionate about.
Now that the problem is identified, what should I do to fix that problem? Getting rid of my current job is not an option at least for now because I am not well prepared for my next job or entrepreneurial endeavor. To make myself well prepared, I have set a goal for 2015: I will be disciplined and focus on 1) learning about, and getting inspired by, new things happening in the Internet and finance industries, and 2) practicing English speaking and communications everyday. These two fundamental areas will prepare me to be an solid entrepreneur and job candidate when opportunities come.
The final question is how do I connect these fundamental works with big thinking? Here is what I am doing: I get up each morning, thanking God and trying to be positive. Now I will add one more thing - practicing thinking big about the projects I am doing and about my personal and career goals.