Control Your Business Or It Will Control You

There are two problems with control - too much, and not enough. The challenge is to find the right balance.

Early on in my business I ran a bakery, restaurant and fortune cookie operation. I was working 80 hours a week and involved in every small detail. I was in control, but felt out of control!

After talking with an adviser, I decided to close the restaurant and focus on making fortune cookies. Before long we were shipping hundreds-of-thousands of cookies a day....

Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Read more...

Things could get better tomorrow.

When my dad grew up in Canton, China, his family could not afford shoes. But he sold his labor to buy a pair of shoes so he wouldn’t be teased at school. Times were very tough back then. My dad’s father was missing in WWII, never to be seen again. And there were no jobs to be had in the new communist government, and there was no money.

In 1953 when I was two-years old, my dad left to Hong Kong to make money for the family. Dad didn’t know anybody there,...

Posted on Saturday, December 18, 2010. Read more...

Do What You Love. Love What You Do.

I love the baking and fortune cookie business. Luckily, this is my work every day.

Doing what you love has many benefits. For one, you’ll work harder if you enjoy what you do. If your work is fun you will also gain confidence to adapt to change.

And you will have to change! Life is all about change. I’ve been a shoemaker, cook, waiter, bartender, baker and auto mechanic. Each of these jobs prepared me for my work today.

My passion for my work has also led to...

Posted on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Read more...