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The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Brothers are a Chinese-American duo consisting of comedians and rappers, Andrew Fung and David Fung. They have a successful Hip Hop foodie and streetwear YouTube channel, with almost 2 million subscribers.

Here’s my interview with them. We talk Asian American obstacles, overcoming excuses, social media growth tips, dating & wealth advice, and more.

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NEVER Feel Like A Failure and NEVER Give Up - persistence and perseverance

Why You Should NEVER Feel Like A Failure and NEVER Give Up

I was watching a trailer for Usher’s Masterclass course and he said that he’s successful because he’s failed much more often than he’s succeeded.

Isn’t that curious?

If I could go back to my younger self, one of the first lessons I would pass on would be that failure is good.

Nowadays, this idea seems obvious because I’ve studied thousands of successful people and seen it as a common theme. In the book Getting There, dozens of successful people explain how they celebrated failure in order to succeed. When the billionaire Sara Blakely was a child, her father asked her how she failed every day at dinner and celebrated it.

But the teen version of myself would’ve been flabbergasted at this idea. It’s not common in Asian American culture. If anything, it’s the opposite. Failure is frowned up and results in bad feelings, including disappointment and outrage from your parents.

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What I learned from 13 years of Youtube

What You Don’t Know About YouTube (Secrets from 13 Years of Videos)

Bloggers and podcasters — pretty much every influencer who grew their following outside of YouTube — don’t know as much as they think about YouTube.

They think they do but they really don’t.

That’s why they rarely thrive on there.

Why trust me? I’ve been a YouTube fanboy almost since it began. One of my first channels was created in 2006 and amassed 7 million views, back when that was a lot.

Since then, I’ve watched over 10,000 videos across diverse genres, taken expensive YouTube courses, and saw many influencers (like Peter Chao and Athene Wins) strike it big and dwindle to nothing. I’ve seen other channels stay afloat for over a decade (Smosh and Ryan Higa).

I’m going to break down what I’ve learned. Because the truth is I’m seeing a lot of young ones repeat the same mistakes, which will result in the same consequences.

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How To Buy Your First Suit Without Breaking The Bank And Still Looking Sharp

How To Buy Your First Suit Without Breaking The Bank And Still Looking Sharp

Ask anyone about style and the suit will always come up as one of the most stylish, timeless pieces of clothing you can wear.

The reason is simple. It makes your body shape look more attractive, improves your shoulder-to-waist ratio, the top scientifically correlated physical trait for male attraction, and symbolizes the most formal, expensive presentation you can deliver.

A suit signifies that you show respect and shows that you take your job interview, career, and life seriously, which brings respect.

But how do you buy a suit without breaking the bank? What if this is your first job interview and you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend?

This video will break down:

  • how to gauge the quality of a suit
  • how to get the best bargain price for a suit
  • how there is a time and place to buy expensive suits
  • why people judge others by appearance and how this is okay
  • why you shouldn’t spend too much on the first suit (hint: $500 is over kill)
  • how to leverage the power of diminishing returns (hint: this has to do with how and why billionaires get away with wearing secondhand suits)
  • why context, industry, and frequency matter in your decision and how to use this to get the best price point
  • why fashion social media influencers are incentivized to promote $1,000+ suits
  • why physical presentation is part of the meritocracy game (for you frustrated introverts who think it’s what on the inside that counts)
  • how to buy a suit and make sure it fits without getting overwhelmed by all the dozens of factors involved that other people say you should care about (hint: I cover a handful of the most important and explain why you should just focus on these)
  • the best time of year to buy the suit and how (and why) the articles that rank on Google are wrong with the time of year they suggest
  • a story of my experience with a Men’s Wearhouse salesman and how to avoid getting tricked liked a sucker by someone who wants to make a quick buck

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A Busy Man’s Brief Guide To Stopping Procrastination

I was on the phone with one of my email subscribers and he told me he likes shorter posts. He doesn’t have the attention span to read a long post and will scan it.

Therefore, I’m combining that feedback with the popular request to talk about how to defeat procrastination and dealing with the inability to concentration. This is fast, short guide on stopping procrastination.

Hyper-Incentivize With A Time-Sensitive Reward

I learned this from the fitness trainer, Matt Kido. Always bored of cardio? Sick of repetitive work? Watch an amazing show (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, West World, Dragon Ball Super, Attack on Titan) while running on a treadmill or biking. The kickers?

  • It has to be a show that is so amazing that you love it and can’t wait until you watch it again.
  • You can only watch this show while you’re working out.

By doing this, you are chaining a reward that makes you drool with a habit you want to build.

Well, how do you know it’s a good show? Sometimes, you’ll have to test out a few shows or movies. You’ll find it eventually.

It doesn’t have to be a TV show you’re doing this with or exercise. You can apply this to anything. Add an enjoyable activity to what you find un-enjoyable. 

Ideas:

  • Eating out when studying.
  • Listening to books while dancing.
  • Playing video games while listening to a video course.
  • Improving your photography skills while traveling.

Warning: if possible, avoid choosing unproductive rewards like junk food. If you feed one good habit with a bad habit, you’re taking one step forward and one step back.

Simplify to One

Out of all the tasks you can accomplish in a single day, what is the most important? It usually isn’t urgent — it’s a task you’ve been procrastinating on.

Once you decide what it is, write out the task somewhere big where you can see it. It can be a giant whiteboard or piece of paper. It can also be on your computer monitor’s or phone’s screensaver.

There’s a browser extension called Momentum that makes it your screen when you open a new tab. The more frequently it catches your eye throughout the day, the better.

Your goal should be to finish this task before anything else when you start your day. Your measure of success for the day will be whether you finish this task.

By starting the day with this task, you leave no room for distractions to set you off course. You also give yourself the best hours of the day when you’re most fresh to start and finish the task.

I learned this concept from Warren Buffett, who often only has around 3 big goals for the entire month on his calendar. The rest of the pages in his calendar are empty.

Warning: don’t make the task too big or intimidating. It’s better to make it smaller and into a manageable chunk. If it’s too overwhelming, you won’t ever get over the intimidation hump to even start.

There you go! Two short, actionable tips that you can test out immediately. Go forth!

Which tactic do you like better? How are you going to use it? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Cheat Code To Life Is "Dessert And No Vegetables"

The Cheat Code To Life Is “Dessert And No Vegetables”

Most people think they have to suffer throughout life to achieve success. Asian parents tell us to spend the first 30+ years of our lives pursuing a job we don’t care about to get rich. But is that actually true and is it worth it?

What if the secret to life is actually finding a way to be happy and enjoy life throughout the process. 

Find out in my latest podcast episode:

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What are your thoughts about eating “dessert and no vegetables”?

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The Secret Power of Being Fully Present in the Moment

How To Live in the Present in the Moment (And Why It’s Key)

With the rising popularity of emotional intelligence and meditation for success, a related concept has been popping up all the time: staying present in the moment.

What does “living in the here and now” actually mean?

This article will help you discover how being present can improve your wealth, happiness, love life, and relationships.

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Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey Book Summary

18 Lessons Steve Harvey Can Teach You About Success: A Book Summary and Review

Steve Harvey is one of the few who truly started from the bottom.

There are plenty of successful people who started in the middle of life with a good education and rose to the top. Steve flunked out of school, worked at a factory job, go fired, was homeless, and made up his mind to be a success when he was middle-aged.

I can list the names of people I know who started like that on my fingers: Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Chris Gardner, Jim Carrey, Sylvester Stallone, Brian Tracy, and Tony Robbins.

When I first heard Steve’s story on YouTube, it struck me so deeply that I had to learn more. Why? Because some part me had lost hope but I saw that if Steve could change his life so late in the game, maybe I could too.

As always, I do a search to see if he wrote a book on success, not expecting to find anything.

Just like with Michael Strahan, I was surprised to find that he did. It is called Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success. Isn’t that interesting? You’d be amazed how many of your role models have written books explaining their secrets.

It’s a tragedy few people know about these books or bother to read them.

Steve’s book gives me a unique perspective. It’s not advice from someone who at the top. It’s coming from someone who came from the bottom.

By the end of this, any excuse you have, whether it’s “I don’t have the connections”, “I don’t have the skills”, “I don’t have the knowledge”, or “I don’t have the education” should be flushed out of you like turds in a toilet bowl. No excuses.

Many people die letting their false beliefs and excuses hold them back from their dreams. Don’t let this be you. Here are the top 18 lessons I learned from his book:

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Summary

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: A Book Summary, Review, and Critique

Have you heard of the 10,000 hours rule? Popularized by the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, it basically says that you need 10,000 hours to become a master or expert in a field.

Since then, it’s become a mainstream term in pop culture, even mentioned by famous artists:

Macklemore wrote a song about it.

Ed Sheeran agrees with it:

Well, it was popularized by the famous book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. But there are myths that need debunking about it…

Malcolm actually said that this idea was oversimplified by pop culture. Just because you practice 10,000 hours doesn’t guarantee success if you have no natural talent.

And he said it doesn’t apply to some things like sports. I would add that it’s not a specific number. It’s just a ballpark range.

I wanted to share some of the best advice in the book and give a review on it.

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female billionaire martha stewart's rules of success

20 Rules for Success from Female Billionaire Martha Stewart

Did you know Martha Stewart was a female billionaire?

I bet you didn’t.

She’s not anymore, but at one point, she reached that level.

It’s interesting how unaware we are that really well-known female celebrities are billionaires even though they’re in the minority and should be celebrated.

I didn’t know Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, and J.K. Rowling were until I did some research.

I read Martha’s book on success. This book is literally on how you can achieve success. It’s staggering how many successful people have written $10 books on these topics, yet no one is aware of them, let alone read them.

This book was a great read. There was a lot of lessons I really think that many women can relate to and I think it’s one of the best books to read for a women looking to become wealthy, happy, and successful.

Here are the top rules of success I picked up from the book:

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Books written by billionaires

169 Books Written By Billionaires (A Constantly Updated, Complete List)

If you read all of these, you will not come out the same person you came in (and I mean in a good way).

Here is a list of all the books written by billionaires.

I have looked all over the Internet for a list and I have yet to find a list that even comes close to what I’ve compiled here. The reason is simply because no one seems to be as plugged into the billionaire universe and the books out there as me. Nor have many people set out a goal to read most or any of them.

Richard Branson made a good point in his book that news and internet estimates of net worth are usually wildly off in both directions.

I tried my best to make this list as accurate as possible. I put more weight on the only two net worth sources I trust: Forbes Net Worth Billionaire List and Fortune. If I had any doubt if people were billionaires, I put their books in a separate list in a section at the bottom.

If you know of a book by a billionaire not on this list, leave a comment. I will keep updating this page. 

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Should you drop out of high school or college?

Can You Get Rich Without A High School Diploma or College?

It can seem like most billionaires were born into rich or middle-class families. But can someone really get rich from nothing? Can they really be self-made?

Also, it seems like they all made their money through starting a business in a boring industry. But can you become a billionaire without having to start a business? Can you do it in a non-boring, new industry?

Maybe. Let me show you how…

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Amazon FBA experiment

How To Start Selling on Amazon with FBA from A to Z: I Tried It Out & Filmed the Whole Thing

I recently wrote an article about the truth about making money online.

Some of my email subscribers had wrote in requesting advice and honesty on the topic. They were familiar but skeptical of all the ways of making money digitally (affiliate marketing, drop shipping, info products, Shopify, consulting, etc.) and wanted to know which pathway was best for them.

In that article, I broke down how it isn’t nearly as easy as everyone claims it is. If they show off too much or tell you it’s easy, they’re trying to sell you something.

This is especially important since almost every couple months, I discover more and more young so-called “experts” on YouTube, Instagram, blogs, or Facebook showing off their lives and trying to teach you how they did it — even though they’re clearing making their money from teaching you.

I don’t want to discourage you. Making money online is definitely a real thing. And it is possible to make a lot of it in an ethical, sustainable way. Amazon has made billions from it. It’s beautiful because it’s virtual so anyone can get started no matter where they are from.

Near the end of the article, I explained a side hustle called Amazon FBA (also called “Selling on Amazon”) and mentioned that I was going to walk through the whole process with you in the future.

I chose this side hustle because I thought was one of the best because it was simple, low effort, high return, low investment, and something you can start anywhere.

I’ve gotten emails eagerly asking about it since and it’s finally done. I filmed all the steps, from A to Z, on video. But there were some unexpected surprises.

In this free video, you’ll discover:

  • how to test side hustles to see if it’s something you would be passionate about.
  • why constant testing like this is so important.
  • why I don’t think this side hustle is for me even though it may be great for you. 
  • the fun, awesome parts of Amazon FBA.
  • how I struggled with tons of procrastination and overcame it to get this video done for you.
  • why strong procrastination is a sign for change.
  • hidden costs and tasks needed for this side hustle.
  • the downsides and truth about what it’s like to do Amazon FBA.
  • much more.

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