Happy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving here, I thought it would be a good idea to express what I am most grateful for in life. 2014 has been a long and arduous year. I hope this post inspires you to reflect on what you may appreciate in your life. Remember expressing gratitude shouldn’t be limited to only this day.

1. Failures

[blockquote source=”Michael Jordan”]“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”[/blockquote]

You must be thinking, “who in their right mind would be thankful for their failures?” Well, let me explain.

Ever since I first started this journey, I made a ton of mistakes. Mistakes, some would hope they never would have made. I’ve lost clients due to negligence. I’ve lost relationships due to my ego. I’ve lost money—over 3 thousand dollars to give an estimate (for a teenager, that is a large amount of money).

However, it is these failures and losses that have given me the knowledge that I have today. Failures are simply the stepping stones to success and for that reason, I have no regrets.

Good Health2. Good Health

Ever since I’ve moved into the dorms, I’ve been extra careful of my health. Now that I don’t live at home, I have the freedom to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. It sounds good in theory, but you won’t realize how much weight you’re gaining until you step on the scale. (Freshman 15 or 35 is nothing to be proud of).

I’m thankful for all my working body parts that allow me to progress forward in my life. Sure, I could use some more time in the gym and get those six pack abs, but simply being fit is my utmost concern.

3. Ability to Make Money Wherever

My first job in high school was at Kumon Learning Center, where I tutored children. At first, it wasn’t so bad. I loved the kids. The job was easy. The money was decent.

The part I disliked the most was the hours. I’d go to work straight from school, and by the time my shift was over, I was exhausted. On top of that, I made minimum wage. I realize I had no real credentials, but I also knew that my time wasn’t worth $7 an hour. At that moment of clarity, I quit and my journey of building my own business began.

Now, I can be on vacation with family and log in to my PayPal to see payments from my clients that are worth over 20x what I was making with my minimum wage job. I am not bound to anyone’s time anymore and I can work at my own pace.

I believe in lifestyle decisions. Know your worth, and maximize your potential.

High4. The High

No, I’m not talking about the high you get from consuming a certain type of plant. Rather, I’m talking about the high you get from your work towards the community. Seeing my projects succeed is the best feeling in the world. It gives you a sense of pride and a high that no feeling can ever compare to. I feed off this high. It gives me more energy and motivation to continue what I do.

Back when I started my t-shirt business, I thought I would be able to make some quick cash here and there. However, when some of my designs were bought, the positive feedback I received made me feel on top of the world. It’s empowering to know that I was able to put a smile on someone’s face.

5. Clients

I can truly say that I’ve worked with some of the greatest people. They make my work more lively and worldly. I feel as though by contributing to their work, I’m contributing to a much larger collective cause. It’s a satisfying feeling.

Selfie with the crew.

Selfie with the crew.

6. Friends

[blockquote source=”Big Sean”]Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.[/blockquote]

Ever since I’ve arrived at university, I’ve understood the importance of having good friends.

Most people you’ll meet in your life are acquaintances, but those that are there to stay are life-long friends.

Although I’m an only child, I’ve been blessed with the greatest friends, whom I consider my brothers and sisters. It is these friends that are my biggest support system. They are the type of friends that will take a beating for you if need be or will drive hours just to make sure you’re okay.

Thank you for always being there, you know who you are.

7. Family

Family is everything to me. Family has given me purpose.

I’ve seen both of my parents struggle incredibly ever since we’ve moved to the States. They are definitely the hardest workers I’ve met in my life. Who did they do it for? Me.

It’s simply reciprocity. Whom do I do it for? Them.

Mom & Dad, thank you for your unconditional love and patience.


Now that you’ve seen my list of what I have gratitude towards, I want to see yours. What are you thankful for? Leave a comment below. Who knows, you may be selected for a special prize!