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6 Traits That Make Thai Lee A Self-Made Billionaire

6 Traits That Make Thai Lee A Self-Made Billionaire

Just in case you don’t know her well, here’s her introduction in one line: Thai Lee is the owner, CEO and president of the largest female-owned business in America, SHI International.

She’s one of the most inspirational women alive today! Who wouldn’t like to learn some lessons from her life so that some of her success rubs off on us?

We may not be able to copy her success exactly, but here are six traits of Thai Lee that you and I need to know about and learn from.

1. She’s focused

Not knowing your goals, wishes, strengths or weaknesses is a sure recipe for disaster. If you look at Lee’s life, she has always been very clear and focused about what she wants to achieve.

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Even during her studies, she was clear that she wanted to become an entrepreneur and not work for someone else. Due to this quality of hers, she didn’t waver and ultimately ended up where she is today.

2. She values people

Many of the successful people in our world are above-intelligent, resourceful and wealthy, and possess other similar qualities. What sets Thai apart is that she values humans above everything else.

She’s as concerned about her employees as she is about her clients, which is unusual to find in today’s brutal business world.

3. She takes charge of her own chores

Who can imagine a billionaire doing small stuff like booking flights themselves? Astonishing though it may be, Thai does it all herself!

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She takes care of all of her small chores herself. Instead of depending on others, she likes to take charge of things; whether they are big or small.

This is something that we can all learn from. Doing things yourself can definitely lend you more control over your day-to-day life and, ultimately, can have a huge impact on your life in general.

4. She’s modest

Despite Thai being an exceptional person in today’s world, she likes to keep mostly to herself. You won’t find her involved in many publicity exercises, let alone bragging about her status or achievements.

This is definitely a unique trait in an overly-connected world that puts almost everything in highlights.

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Modesty and humility are also important in a self-made billionaire – this just means that you consider yourself to be an eternal student, so you always make it a point to learn from experts, even if they’re older (or even younger!) than you are.

5. She’s an excellent planner

There’s this saying, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”

Knowing what one wants to do is the first step for success; planning for its execution is the next!

Thai knew from the beginning that she wanted to do her own thing and become an entrepreneur, but for that she made proper plans and then executed them.

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To achieve this end, she worked for two years at Procter & Gamble and then two years at American Express. Thus, instead of jumping into a business, she spent her time learning the tricks of the trade and ultimately applied them well in her own business.

6. She had a long-term vision

This is something that all successful people have in common; they focus on the long-term instead of the present. When Lee bought her current business, it was a struggling software company that didn’t seem to have much potential but with her vision and relentless hard work, she managed to turn it around and today, it is no doubt one of the most successful businesses in America.

What do you think of her story? What is her most outstanding trait according to you? Let us know in the comment below!

Featured photo credit: davidewalt/0521_power-women-thai-le via blogs-images.forbes.com

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Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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