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The Tree of Happiness There is no nexus between a tree and your happiness. At least, that's what I believed until I learned about the tree of happiness -- Albizia. Chinese call it a tree of happiness. It bends in the winds but doesn't break. Interesting. I call it perseverance. How... Read more

The Simple Path to Wealth One of the cornerstones of this blog is the fact that you need to achieve financial peace so that financial worries can't rob your happiness. Everything we do is for one and only one reason -- to be free and to be happy. A street smart person knows how to... Read more

Why Trump Will Be the Next President After winning primary in the Hoosier State, Donald Trump has been declared the presumptive nominee of the Republican party. Pundits declared that he can't win against the Clinton political Juggernaut. May be. But I don't agree. While most polls show Clinton... Read more

The White Coat Investor: A Book Review I admire physicians. I am not a physician but I have been fortunate to work with several smart physicians. Physicians are naturally bright professionals as I have seen them learning technology and even programming even though that is not their core focus. On... Read more

Why Apple is still a good investment   You don't have to be a pro to understand why Apple is still a good investment; in fact, you are better off being a motley fool even if you watch CNBC. On Jan 28, 2015 Jim Cramer called it an investment of lifetime; a stock that will rise again this... Read more

Diversify...Really?   It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket. -- Elon Musk It sounds oxymoronic but the fad in the personal finance industry is to promote diversification. Ironically, most of us are really bad at diversification... Read more

Wela: An Interview with Wes Moss With the advent of the Internet, our lives have changed forever. Amazon is redefining how we buy anything including pencils to power tools. Whether you like it or not, wealth management has also begun its inroads on the Internet. The brilliant idea that you... Read more

How to Invest in Stocks like a Pro   Let's face it -- most of us, mere mortals, consider investing ourselves in a stock market akin to playing Roulette in Las Vegas! If you have similar thoughts then you are not alone! According to Henry Blodget, one time super star Internet stock expert,... Read more

Why I still Invest in Apple   Let's face it -- most of us are Apple investors. If you deny, look at top ten holdings of any mutual fund that you own. Unlike old superstar stocks of the past -- Intel, Microsoft or Dell to name a few -- there is something unique about Apple. It has... Read more

lnvestment Lessons from Warren Buffett Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekdays. -- Warren Buffett While Warren Buffett... Read more

Is Tesla Still a Worthy Investment?   "Is Tesla still a worthy investment?," asked a friend of mine who read my article which I wrote back in June of last year. A lot has happened since then. Tesla stock has doubled in price and Elon's presence in the media is omnipresent. This guy is... Read more

Year 2013: My Favorite Personal Finance Articles It is hard to believe but, indeed, year 2013 is in the box. For stock investors, it was a banner year. Nasdaq finally climbed back to its old highs and other indices performed brilliantly as well. While pundits on the Street may have tried their best to... Read more

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The Tree of Happiness

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There is no nexus between a tree and your happiness. At least, that’s what I believed until I learned about the tree of happiness — Albizia.

Chinese call it a tree of happiness.

It bends in the winds but doesn’t break. Interesting.

I call it perseverance.

How many times you wanted to learn that skill but, after initial exuberance, you found plethora of reasons to end that pursuit?

In one of my favorite books, ONE THING, Gary Keller wrote importance of finding one thing or a skill that you want to master.

Spend at least 2-4 hours daily doing that ONE THING no matter how hard the wind blows against you.

It will change your life forever both professionally and financially.

And while its flowers look like they’d blow away in the first light breeze, they hang tough through storms, all the way through summer and into fall. — The Tree of Happiness

Start a blog. Connect with others who share same passion.

Share your newfound skill and knowledge with the world and beautiful leaves of Albizia will start growing in your life.

That same skill will  open doors of opportunities beyond your wildest imagination.

You will find opportunity to train others or to start your own consulting service.

You will get paid handsomely while doing that same ONE THING.

Not only you will make more money as a by-product but you will also keep improving ONE THING  aka your skill.

We live in a world that offers unprecedented, vast ocean of opportunities through the Internet.

No matter which part of the planet you belong to, world is your oyster as long as you have a skill that is in demand and improves lives of other fellow human beings.

The young generation today has so many ways to lay roots of Albizia and grow the tree of happiness without much capital at all.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain.

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