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MARINE TREASURE CHEST Issue 6
By Thomas Yoon - Marine Engineer World Owner
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1. Ramblings from Thomas Yoon
2. Marine Scene
3. Job Scene, Studies, Findings
4. Management, Self-Help, Leadership
5. Lighter Side
6. Reader's Contribution
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1. ------ "Ramblings from Thomas Yoon"
Hi, how are you today? :-)
Can you imagine yourself carrying tons and tons of luggage when signing off from a ship? It's the norm for us seafarers, isn't it? I know that after your tour of duty, you will certainly have accumulated many personal items. Perhaps many of them can be
discarded, but yet, you have grown attached to some of them and cannot let go of them.
Anyway that is your choice. Today's article is about traveling light. Personally, when I go snooping around the nooks and corners of an unfamiliar place, I don't like the idea of carrying excess baggage. I'd rather walk freely. Sometimes, I may need to fight
or to turn to flight ... Just joking! but it does happens to some of my friends. To tell the truth, I need to snap pictures, and my trusty camera is a bit on the heavy side ... That's why I managed to capture so many photos and post them at my marine website -
I travel light.
That brings up another subject. How to be effective in life? Effectiveness is different from efficiency. Do you know the difference? It has something to do with the goals you set. It has to do with what you define as important. I will certainly talk about this
later on, but for now - how to reach your goals by keeping score? It works in any field. This will be very useful when you are working for yourself because your future success depends on the goals you set today.
Next, I have an interesting article about being successful through making mistakes. Don't we dread making mistakes? But the article actually says that making mistakes can make us successful!
Actully, making mistakes is not the end of the world. In any business endeavor, the successful became who they are after making many mistakes. It takes a lot of guts to try something, make mistakes, pick up the pieces, learn from them, and start all over
again. But in the process of getting involved, perhaps with some financial investments, a person becomes stronger and wiser. He is already one step ahead of those who did not try. Another attempt and another mistake, he is already two steps ahead ...
Do stick with me, and I can teach you what it takes to be successful, minus the mistakes ...
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2. Marine Scene
Travel Light: The How And Why
I learned how to travel light from lightweight backpacking, then found it was just as useful to keep it light on trips overseas or driving across the country. The last time my wife and I went to Ecuador, I had 10 pounds of luggage, all in one carry-on bag, and
Ana had just 8 pounds in her carry-on bag. This wasn't a short trip. We spent six weeks in Ecuador, at times on glacier-covered mountains, and at other times lounging on Pacific coast beaches.
Why travel light? Travel simplicity. Everything is simpler when you travel light. With only carry-on luggage, we were on our way to a restaurant in Quito, while others were still waiting for their checked luggage. When we took busses our luggage was safely
with us, not on the roof or in the hold below being cut open, like one time when I was in Mexico. While others struggled down the street with three heavy bags, we had our hands free and were walking comfortably because we use daypacks or small backpacks. We
had less to lose, less to be stolen, less to wait for, less to pack and unpack in hotels, and less to worry about.
Light Travel Issues
There are a couple minor problems when you travel light. First, expect an extra question or two from the customs officials at the airport (Six weeks with only this?). Second, a small bag won't work if you plan to bring back many souvenirs. In this case, you
can still go light. Just plan to buy a second bag at some point during the trip, to carry your acquisitions. As for the seemingly obvious issue of not having enough clothes and other things all in one or two small bags, I'll explain below why that isn't as big
a problem as you may think.
How To Travel Light
Silk shirts weigh 3 ounces, and travel well if rolled up. Nylon dress socks weigh less than an ounce, and they are cool and comfortable. Poly-cotton blend t-shirts weigh 5 ounces. Supplex or other lightweight travel slacks weigh 9 ounces, and are sufficient
for a fine restaurant or a walk in the woods. All of these weigh less than half of the typical travel choices, and take less space, yet function the same. There is no sacrifice involved here. For this exercise in travel simplicity, you even get to go shopping
for new clothes.
You don't have to buy new clothes, however. You don't have to buy a scale and count ounces to travel light. Just choose the lighter alternative whenever you can. Set aside your lightest jacket, socks and pants for your next trip. Travel simplicity is the goal,
not more complicated planning.
More Ways To Travel Light
Money replaces weight, especially in the form of a debit or credit card. Why carry two pounds of your favorite shampoo when you can simply buy small bottles as you travel. It really won't cost much more to buy things wherever you go, instead of carrying your
bathroom and wardrobe with you. Also, you really don't know exactly what you'll need, particularly on an overseas trip. Buy what you need as you need it, and you won't have a pile of useless things in your luggage. Don't we all regularly unpack things at home
that we never once used during the trip?
Take a lesson from long-trail hikers (backpackers who travel a trail for months). They send things, such as new shoes, to a post office on their route, ahead of time, so they'll be waiting for them. They also send home things they no longer need, such as a
winter coat. The latter may be a useful practice for other travelers. If you buy bulky gifts for family or friends, why carry them around for weeks? Put them in the mail.
A Light Travel Example
What I Took For Six weeks in Ecuador:
8 pairs of thin nylon socks (less than an ounce per pair)
2 silk shirts for restaurants and discos (3 ounces each)
4 poly/cotton blend t-shirts (5-6 ounces each)
5 pair of light underwear (2-3 ounces each)
1 extra pair of lightweight slacks (9 ounces)
Single layer nylon shorts for hiking or swimming (2 ounces)
Thin gloves (1 ounce)
Thin hat (1 ounce - honestly)
Thin wool sweater (11 ounces)
Waterproof/breathable rainsuit (14 ounces for the set)
Light plastic camera (3 ounces)
Sunglasses (1 ounce)
Small chess set (3 ounces)
Bathroom kit (5 ounces)
Maps, notebook and various small things (3 or 4 pounds)
My pack weighed ten pounds, and my wife's weighed 8 pounds. We never felt deprived. I'm not suggesting that you start counting the ounces (that comes from my backpacking days), or that you buy all new lightweight things. Without spending money or thinking
about it too much, you can just start setting aside your lightest shirts, socks, etc., so you can travel light on your next vacation.
About The Author
Steve Gillman first hit the road on his own when at sixteen, and traveled alone across the United States and Mexico at 17. Now 40, he continues to travel and backpack with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. Many of his stories, plus tips and information on
travel and lightweight backpacking, can be found on his websites, http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com, and http://www.TheUltralightBackpackingSite.com.
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3. Job Scene, Studies, Findings
Reach Your Goals by Keeping Score
Ed Koch, the former Mayor of New York City, would often begin his press conferences with, "So, how am I doing?" He was known for his willingness to consistently seek feedback from his constituency.
Constant feedback is critical to your long-term success. It helps you make minor adjustments today that will have a major impact tomorrow. Most of us don't enjoy feedback because we take it too personally. The first rule to making all feedback constructive is,
"Always be gentle with yourself." It's your internal representation of your present circumstances that impairs you from learning the lesson and keeps you dwelling on the mistake. Make it a habit of moving from frustration to fascination and replace thoughts of
failure with feedback.
So, how are YOU doing? How are you doing in the areas of health, finance and relationships?
As a business coach, I devote the first Thursday of the month to helping my clients take a critical look at what's working and what's not working in their lives. I now offer you the opportunity to participate in this exercise.
The beginning of each month is an excellent time to survey your activities over the previous 30 days and determine if you moved closer to or further away from your goals. Remember, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again but
expecting different results." Use this time to explore new strategies and don't be afraid to change your goals.
Are you trying your best but it appears as if you are making the same mistakes again and again? If so, then you have developed a pattern of thinking and acting. This pattern is what's really holding you back. Much like the grooves on a record, you keep
producing the same old sad song. Turning up the volume and purchasing a better stereo will not change the song. Only you can change the record.
Forget what others will say about you. Just focus on what is right for you, your business and your family. I help my coaching clients to do this by applying an analytical benchmark to their business progress.
In each of the following categories, give yourself a score from 0 to 10. "0" indicates that no or very poor results were achieved and "10" indicates that you are doing better than Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey in that category.
Rank each category on a scale of zero to ten. In the last 30 days,
1. Customer Service - How well did you deliver on your business promise?
2. Training - Did you or a staff member learn a new skill or read a book?
3. Health - Did you exercise on a regular basis and eat healthier meals?
4. Relationships - Were you able to spend quality time with friends and family members?
5. Spiritual - Do you feel a closer level of connection with your Creator?
6. Finance - How close did you come to reaching your monthly income goals?
7. Marketing/PR - How effectively did you use the internet, public relations, seminars or any other marketing tools to improve your business?
8. Team Building - What did you do to recruit, retain or motivate team members?
9. Sales - Were you able to effectively utilize your sales focus days? How will did you handle objections? Are you using a contact management system to reach and close prospects on a regular basis?
10. Joy - Do you feel alive? Are you really happy?
Add up your scores. You are no longer in high school. A score of less than 65 does not mean that you are failing. Being deliberate about increasing your score each month is far more valuable than your present score.
Next, take a look at the categories that received the two lowest scores.
What will you do differently next month to raise your score in those areas?
Let me repeat that again, what will you do differently next month to raise your scores in the two lowest areas? Your response to this question is critical. Take the time to really explore new strategies.
If you don't, you will always keep getting the same results. Life is truly that simple.
Have fun with this. Partner with a buddy and give yourself a prize if you can significantly increase your overall score.
Feel free to use my message board at www.SmallBusinessCamp.com to post your scores each month. You can get feedback from the Small Business Camp community and be held accountable to your action items.
Keeping monthly score and being held accountable is the best way to reach your long-term goals.
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4. Management, Self-Help, Leadership
Failing Forward Successfully
Can Mistakes Be Good For Your Business?
Hopefully you make a mistake now and again, because failure can actually be good for you and your business. If you haven't made any mistakes for a while, you may be playing it too close to your comfort zone and not stretching yourself far or fast enough to
achieve high level goals. To aim high, you must accept some of the risks that go along with learning something new.
Risks come with the acceptance that you will make some mistakes along your journey, but you will want to avoid making costly mistakes or making the same mistake over and over again. Use good common business sense. Every business and every career has its share
of challenges. You will constantly be tested in business as new challenges arise or as your business grows and expands.
You will always be challenged with new areas of your business that stretch you past your current abilities and expertise. It may be a big sale, the start of a new business, a new opportunity or an extremely difficult challenge. Yet all failures will help you
learn more about your business and help you build your self-esteem at the same time.
Learn from your mistakes and move On. (Actually I don't even like the word mistake; I believe that mistakes are simply challenges in disguise.) Realistically most of us don't get it right the first time around.
* Make mistakes all the time, but the only difference is that most of the failures go unnoticed because they don't give up. They keep on going.
* Make it look easy. Although it's easy looking in from the outside, many don't often notice or acknowledge their failures.
* Evaluate their failures, come up with new solutions to the challenge and try again - this time more educated than the first.
* Don't allow the fear of failure to stop them from achieving their goals.
A study of the failure and challenges of business shows the ultimate success secrets of any enterprise. These are the key lessons an organization learns as they grow, expand and compete in a changing marketplace.
If you want to create shamelessly fabulous success, study all the failures. Most highly successful people were not successful from the beginning, they had to struggle a little or a lot to reach their peak potential. Walt Disney was actually fired from his
first job because he was told that he was not creative enough. Not creative enough? Luckily, he didn't listen to his clueless boss and trusted his own innovative ideas.
We all have a tendency to focus on success and fear failure when things don't go as planned. So don't be too hard on yourself if you feel that you are making too many mistakes to make it to the top. Hang in there and be patient. Once you overcome the
challenge, you won't have to do it again and you will be failing forward faster.
Success takes time just as it takes time for you to adjust and learn new skills. But, be aware that mistakes will continue to happen even after you have reached a high level of success. You will always need to be learning something new in business to stay
innovative and on top of your game.
When you think you have it all figured out and have made all the mistakes you need to make to learn, something will challenge you again and test your confidence. (I've been an entrepreneur all of my adult life and I'm still making mistakes, and plan to keep
making them. Once I have it all figured out I get bored.) Making mistakes, turning them into challenges and then overcoming those obstacles in business is extremely rewarding. There is nothing that can challenge, motivate and build your confidence faster.
Mistakes and challenges are going to occur anyway, so the sooner you learn from them, the sooner you will become more successful in whatever you do. Most people tend to reach conclusions about success, but until success is compared with failures - people don't
truly understand the whole story of how business works.
Why Don't They Teach Failure In School?
Failures tend to disappear from business education curriculum? Information about business failures is often scarce or ignored completely, yet it is inevitable. On the other hand, information on successful companies and their success strategies is in generous
Companies that pursue unsuccessful strategies either change their business strategies or they go out of business. A successfu company is described as having used visionary management and innovative marketing strategies while a failing business is accused of
poor business management and overall bad business skills. So why don't we teach future entrepreneurs more about failure? Wouldn't that save us a ton of money from mistakes that could have been avoided in the first place?
Can you imagine telling your banker to add an additional $20,000 for the mistakes that you plan to make in your new business venture? They would think you were crazy. Yet that is exactly what is going to happen while you develop the business. You simply must
make mistakes to see what works and does not work to attract new customers. It is necessary to make mistakes as any business grows. The reason why franchises have a larger success rate than independent company start-ups is because they have already made many
of the mistakes and systemized the business around avoiding them in the future. For the most part, franchises come with proven success systems that were created out of learning from past mistakes. So mistakes can indeed be good for business.
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5. Lighter Side
A little boy was digging for fishing bait in the garden with his father. He uncovered a creature with many legs and proudly held it up for his father to see.
"No, son, he won't work for bait," his father said. "He's not an earthworm."
"He's not?" the little boy said, his eyes wide. "What planet is he from?"
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