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Back from Paradise into the Internet Marketing Thick of Things

The last 5 days has been an interesting time.

Fresh from finishing an intensive two day workshop with Copywriting Guru Jo Han Mok, I went for a 3 day vacation to paradise with the family. (thanks to my buddy Rachit Dayal who helped with my blog housekeeping while I was away)
Indra Mani
Indra Mani Villa, Bintan, Indonesia

We headed out to Indonesia in choppy water, akin to 5G roller coaster ride. (I’d later discovered that Singapore had been subjected to 24 hours of rain and flooding).

The ocean ride was tough. I couldn’t keep my lunch down. Neither it seemed could about 80% of the other passengers.

But we were rewarded with a picturesque view of the sea, with the waves lapping below our villa, barely 20 meters away.

When it was raining heavily, it was a pure delight to soak in our personal pool and gaze out to the sea.

I drifted off to sleep every evening, lulled by the ocean waves splashing on the sandy shore.

It was much needed therapy after the past four months of relentless internet marketing. And it was a good opportunity too, to make plans for the next couple of months.

I’m back, energized, all set to reply to the 300 emails which’ve just come into my inbox. And I’m raring to go.

While money always seems to be the prime motivator for a lot of people, my experience has shown that you really do need to find a stronger motivator to keep you going.

Guy Kawasaki has mentioned several times that starting a tech startup and having the aim to “change the world” is a much nobler purpose than merely to make money. (I’d suggest going over to Guy’s blog and searching for “change the world” as he has numerous excellent posts on the topic).

While we all don’t necessarily need to effect a social revolution or remake reality, instead it’d be a good time to find inside ourselves that driving force, which will keep us going at 3am in the morning, while beset by migraine attacks. Perhaps for a primal driving force which will bring us one step closer to that goal, not merely just the gold.

If we can unclock that motivation, which moves us up to that next step, wouldn’t that be worth spending a couple of days searching for?

Here’s my motivation:

Bianca and Kar Ling

My daughter Bianca and wife Kar Ling

What’s your motivation?

4 comments on Back from Paradise into the Internet Marketing Thick of Things

  1. Andrew Wee
    December 21, 2006 at 11:38 am (5144 days ago)

    Awwww man, she looks so adorable! How do you ever get any work done with her rolling around the house like that?

  2. TOFUmonkey
    December 21, 2006 at 2:28 pm (5144 days ago)

    hey hey andrew,

    Bianca looks really gorgeous.
    lucky she looks like your wife,
    not like you…

    yup, besides the money, it’s the higher purpose in life that provides a stronger motivation.
    Perhaps money to solve world’s starvation or something like tat. :)

  3. Andrew Wee
    December 21, 2006 at 3:23 pm (5144 days ago)

    tofu: I’m glad too.

    I assume you’re going to feed the world your tofu?

  4. John Tan
    December 21, 2006 at 4:41 pm (5143 days ago)

    hey Andrew,

    You are so blessed to have a beautiful wife and a very cute child. I wish I can be like you going for a holiday.

    Back to motivation, I guess my will be giving my love one and family a comfortable life. I had been poor before I don’t like the feeling so I don’t want my love one to feel this way. That is my motivation!!!

    John :)

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