Recently I got a few messages regarding the stocks I have invested in. I have just recently gotten back to investing, below is my portfolio. I'd say everything is long expect for GBTC
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY DEL CL BBRK.B:US11.65%
FACEBOOK CL AFB:US10.96%
COCA COLA CO(THE)KO:US5.10%
BITCOIN INVT TR SHSGBTC:US4.97%
KRAFT HEINZ CO(THE)COM STOCKKHC:US2.54%
GROUPON COM STOCKGRPN:US2.51%
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP-NEWCOST:US2.21%
VISA CL A COM STOCKV:US2.12%
PHILLIPS 66 COMPSX:US1.49%
INTL BUSINESS MACHINESIBM:US1.45%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORP ADSTM:US1.28%
RESTAURANT BRANDS INTL COMQSR:US1.26%
BOMBARDIER INC-CL B SUB-VTGBBD.B1.23%
UNITED PARCEL SVC CL BUPS:US1.22%
NEWELL BRANDS SHSNWL:US1.20%
PLDT SPONSORED ADRPHI:US1.04%
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING SPONSOREBABA:US0.97%
AMN EXPRESS COAXP:US0.78%
ETF SR SOLUTIONS U S GLOBAL JEJETS:US0.76%
LVMH MOET HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTLVMUY:US0.75%
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COLUV:US0.70%
BARCLAYS PLC ADRBCS:US0.63%
HOME CAP GROUPHCG0.50%
ISHARES INDIA 50 ETFINDY:US0.46%
ISHARES TR MSCI INDIA INDEX FDINDA:US0.45%
UNIVERSAL INS HOLDINGSUVE:US0.42%
VANECK VECTORS ETF TR INDIA SMSCIF:US0.40%
AMN AIRLINES GROUPAAL:US0.31%
WAYFAIR CL AW:US0.30%
LIBERTY INTERACTIVE LIBERTY VELVNTA:US0.30%
UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES CL BUHS:US0.25%
NATURAL HEALTH TRENDSNHTC:US0.23%
IMPERIAL OIL LTDIMO0.20%
EVEREST RE GROUPRE:US0.14%
GLOBUS MARITIME SHS NEWGLBS:US0.13%
ASPEN INS HOLDINGSAHL:US0.13%
XL GROUP COMXL:US0.12%
Wow 400 visitors in one week. Starting to think I should start my own youtube channel.
But what would I talk about? haha
Hope everyone is doing well. This segment of the blog is about 'doing you'. What I realize with most people and even me is that majority of the time we are so busy or distracted that we forget to 'do us'. Get your mind out of the gutter. What I mean by doing you is being authentic to yourself. Is to trust your instincts. It's about being in the zone and doing what is right not because the law or the books or society says its right but because deep down inside you know it's right.
I believe the one of the hardest thing is to be is self-conscious. The act of self-consciousness is not even. The actions that follow that are based on awareness of your self-consciousness and not because society accepts you to do such actions. I think you guys are probably just as confused at me.
What do I mean? Say for example you work at taco bell. You see someone walk inside the taco bell buy a meal, pay for it. Next they ask how much a drink is and then count their change and realize there isn't enough money to cover the drink so they tell you it's okay. At this point as a cashier, depending on who you are, your conscious could tell you 1) give them the drink for free 2) give him the drink with the change he has 3) don't give him a drink since he doesn't have the money. The company policy could be no drinks allowed unless they pay for it or give him a drink but with an alternative motive which is to have good customer service so the customer returns again. Or there might be people around and you want to impress them so you give the person a drink for free or cover it yourself. Do you see what I am getting at? There are multiple response to this situation but you need to figure out how you would act without any INFLUENCES! You need to do you.
Self-consciousness is a heightened sense of self-awareness. It is a preoccupation with oneself, as opposed to the philosophical state of self-awareness, which is the awareness that one exists as an individual being.
The basically the whole point of this random blog is to make sure you do you and also don't be a snake. No one likes snakes.
Hope everyone is doing well. I still can't believe I have people reading this. Based on the last 2 weeks, I got over 500 unique visitors. #WINNING haha
So what's happening in Amar's life?
Just came back from the Philippines. Went there with my brother to setup a call center/customer service.
What do I think of Philippines?
It was my first time there. I honestly feel it's hidden gem. Although I had a chance to explorer the island and its natural beauty what captivated me the most about it was it's people.
I feel people in Philippines work very hard and are very smart. I feel alot more comfortable knowing our company's customer service is in hands of people who will truly have a positive impact. AN Client Care!
What did I do while I was there?
From endless meetings with the Canadian embassy, registration business and setting up the center. Met with the FB team down there and they were very friendly. Went to a Safari, petted a baby lion, had dinner at some nice roof tops, met many of our staff, went to see a volcano.
It was truly an eye opening experience. I can definitely see growth there. We stayed at Macro Polo - a great hotel. The view of the city was remarkable. The malls are bigger than some of the malls in Canada. The people are super welcoming.
Some recommended places:
San Agustin Church - Ancient Church where the piano's made of bambos
Jeepney Factory - a backyard business that makes jeepney (kinda like bus/rickshaw)
Suba Safari - Amusement Park with a trail where you get to see tigers. Didn't really like this much. I feel bad for the tigers and lions that are trapped in cages. They look so sad and miserable. I got to pet a baby tiger but it's sad that they will spend most of their live in captivity.
BCG - Party place. I had a few drinks there - Valkyrie/Revel/Pool Palace
Roof Top - Rooftop Bar/Vue Bar
Two things to remember 1) traffic in Manila is crazy and 2) too many process (which isn't really a bad thing because it just ensure security)
Other thoughts: Compliment Don't Compete.
I feel this is a major issue with many of the people in the world. Instead of growing as people and groups, they will try to compete with each other. There is a unwritten code on ethics when it comes to things like this, especially when it comes to people who you are close to. You don't have dinner with someone who tells you about their business they has and go home and the next day try to copy it. Especially if you copy it completely. That's unethical, stupid and very greedy (not the good kind). Obviously this is more personal. People would rationalize this as it's okay, everyone is doing it.. or whatever else.
So compliment it. What do I mean? I understand success - especially financial success is very important and for some people its even relative. So compliment it but building around it. For example, if your friend opened a Pizza Store. Open a delivery company that delivers the pizza to the customer. Open a farm and provide the pizza store with ingredients. Sell ovens to the pizza store. Don't open a pizza store next to them.
I am a strong believer that you don't bite the hand the feds you. Don't let your food get cold worrying about what's on someone else's plate. Your happiness should not be relative to other people. You should compete with yourself and ensure you are a better person than you were yesterday.
I felt that that was a rant. :) No I don't let a few bad experience, let me judge all of mankind. If I didn't I would probably walk around in a bubble.
Hope you enjoy this read. I will try to post more often.
You ever feel like you reached an impasse in life? A moment when you look at life and try to figure things out but you don't know what you need to figure out?
I could spend time reading articles about this topic and get advice along the line that Impasse although might be bitter is an important stage in life that everyone goes through .
I am the type of person who is usually quick on my feet, a good problem solver and someone who has answers to all of life's problems. But what if you don't know the question that requires an answer.
I feel this blog is just all over the place.
We work, we strive, we succeed, we fail, we make relationships, we break them, we travel, we relax. We do alot of things. Is it purely either out of necessity or enjoyment? Is it relative? Does it matter?
To be honest, I don't know where I am going with this topic. All I feel is that I am at an impasse in life. Perhaps this is just a temporary stage of mind. Maybe this is a feeling that most people feel but never express.
I guess the important part is to stay positive, count your blessings and keep going forward. Hope one day you will figure out what ever you are trying to figure out.
Lets try to break it down. Staying positive - I am a pretty positive guy. I tend to see the best in scenarios or people. I am the type of person who will see the glass as always full even if its completely empty.
Blessing: Well I have many. An amazing family, an amazing life partner, awesome cousins and friends, an established business, financial success, a healthy body.
Moving Forward: I am getting into real estate - building homes, I am hoping a facility in Philippines which will employee around 80 VAs, launching new brands and projects, creating an positive impact.
So now what is it that I am missing in life when I am so fortune and blessed for everything I have? A meaning? a deeper meaning in life. A purpose. Maybe life doesn't need a purpose. Can you truly have a purposeless life? Maybe I have a purpose and I just need to figure it out.
Recently I met up with an old friend of mine and he mentioned to me how I am so humble. He said this is what he likes the most about me. That no matter what, I am very humble and do not act cocky. This got me thinking. This isn't the first time someone has said something like this to me or us. In the past people have said things like 'you guys are so down to earth', 'no one would guess how successful you are', 'when i first found out, I was interviewing you guys, i thought you guys would be some overconfident/cocky guy in expensive suites, you guys are just like normal guy'.
So why are we humble?
Why would be not be. There is nothing different about us. I don't understand people who think they are better than other people because of materialistic things or fame. At the end of the day, all the possessions, the toys, the fame will not matter. What will matter is how to treat people, the impact you leave on people's lives. To be honest, I don't know how to act any other way. There are times when people have told us that in the past, they are like you are too nice. You need to act more cocky and more arrogant. I never really understood that and I can never act like someone I am not. I come from humble beginnings and all i know is to be humble, courteous, understanding and helpful when possible. That's why majority of the things we do, we look at how we can impact the world in a positive way, whether its through donations or personally getting involved and doing charity work. We are currently working on a project called She Believe, which is essentially a woman empowerment concept where we will use 100% of the profit from this initiative to build a school in India. We have raised around 50K so far and are looking to raise around 1M.
Believe it or not. Most people are humble. I have met with CEO of major companies, dragons from the den, individuals that manage billion dollar funds and guess what they all had in common? They were all humble. They treat you with respect. They are understanding and listen carefully with what you have to say. They are not insulting. They do not act better.
Honestly, its the perception and what you see on TV and media.
The more successful you get (when I say success, I am using the definition of success as defined by society - having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction), the more humble you become. You do not need to prove anything. You just focus on growing yourself. You appreciate the things you have in life. You want to help other succeed as well.
Also one of the reasons I am humble is because of my brother. The way he treats people and the way he talks to people (strangers, friends) is one of the most admirable qualities about him.
So my friends, I will give you a piece of advice that someone else gave me along time ago. Its very simple really.
'Stay Humble, My Friend'
Here is what the reality is and I learned this along time ago. People do not like weak people. People like to around people who are confident, driven and ambitious.
Everyone has a story. You shouldn't think your too special. Everyone has their ups and downs.
No one in this world is going to pity you. You should not even seek attention through pettiness. For example, you go to an interview and you are recent grad or an immigrant, don't talk about your struggle or how hard you try or how much you NEED this job. No one cares. You should instead focus on the attention on the value you bring and the values you stand for. I did that ones, I went to an interview and talked about how hard it was to graduate school while working two jobs or growing up in low-incoming housing area. You know what happened? Nothing - I didn't get a job. I changed my approach, I was more confident but humble, showed I was I was talented, hardworking and will do the job at hand. Showed I was a go-getter. I didn't talk about how hard life was growing up. You know what happened? I landed every single interview I took. My success rate was at 100%, every interview I gave, I got the job. Everytime I wanted to switch to a different company I had multiple offers. After my first stint at RBC, I had an offer at BMO, Loblaws, Deloitte. When was switching again, I had offers from BMO again, TD, RBC, CIBC. Employer saw something in me that made me stand out from the other candidates, maybe it was my ambition. Also I listened to Tupac and Biggie, before the interview :)
This applies in business as well. Say you are start-up - no one wants to know that you are start up and you will work extra hard and you really need this contract in order to survive. Instead companies want to work with companies that are competent, confident and professional. They want to ensure that if they gave their business to a particular company, that it will be taken care of.
So don't try the sympathy and pity approach. Yes I do feel bad for people sometimes. It human nature too but I don't pity anyone. Your energy tells alot about you. People don't like being around negative people. Make sure you glass is always half full and not half empty. :)
Everyone has a story.
I am glad trump banned immigrants from certain nations. I wish trump can continue to ban immigrants. Isolating America. Than USA will see the actual impact of immigrants and immigrants will not be taken for granted. Immigrants built nations, create jobs and are least likely to be on welfare or government support programs. I am tried of seeing immigrant doctors, engineers, lawyers driving taxis, working as labour in factories, flipping hot dog at hot dog stands.
Immigrations are scape goats and blamed for everything. It's our fault, they don't have a job. It's our fault, you were living above your means and couldn't pay your mortgage and as result you defaulted on your mortgage. Yes, it's our fault that they went bankrupt.
Personally, I have seen this first hand. I have seen my parents leave a very comfortable and prestige life and struggle to find employement. Seen both of my parents workijg at factories coming home at night with hands scared and with red marks all over. I have seen them work job that many would classify to working in a sweat shop.
There are plenty of opportunity available in your country. Trust me the western world is not as glamorous as it is shown on Hollywood movies. If you wanna be treated like second class citizen sure come. If you want your children to face racism and be bullied, go ahead. If you want come to a country where you wil not be credited for the hard work you out in and treated unjustly, go ahead. A country where you will have to work harder, study longer and struggle like you never did before, just so you can get the same job as a non-immigrant. Go ahead.
Go ahead. To be honest you deserve it. You deserve this for abandoning a nation that took care of you. You deserve it because instead of taking care of the country that took car of you, you abandoned it.
Sorry for any mistakes/grammar mistakes.
Every year I like to set New Year's goals.
"BUT AMAR WHY ARE YOU SETTING GOALS ON NEW YEARS, I DONT UNDERSTAND, SHOULDN"T YOU BE SETTING GOALS EVERY DAY? YOU SHOULDN"T WAIT FOR NEW YEARS TO SET GOALS" I understand many people feel that way and you are right we should set goals every day and not wait for new years to start on them. To the same people, I would to know the goals they set throughout the year. The reality of things are most people may or maynot do that. That doesn't mean setting goals on new year a bad thing. Its actually a very good, healthy and motivation. I suggest everyone set new years goals. Even if the person does not pull through. It shows willingness, it shows the person wants to change themselves for the better. It shows theirs goal and what they want to strive for. So my friends or atleast people who read this blog. Please dont hate on people who set new year's goal if you don't want to, that's fine.
Got a new puppy named Bombay
Sent three kids in India to school
Sponsored and Donated to Autism in Mind
Sponsored and Donated to Canadian Mental Health Association
Adopted An Elephant
Got invitation to Amex Black Card
Bought 4 Houses
Got ranked the 5th Fastest Growing Company in Canada based on revenue
Quit smoking (1 year and 2 months)
Got a new car – BMW 428 Convertible
Got dad a new car – Mercedes Benz S550
Became the largest social media spender in Canada
Launched over 20 various brands
Buy A New Family Home
Send 10 Kids to School
Built A School In India for underprivileged woman
Publish a Book
Become the Fastest Growing Company in Canada
Get a 6 Pack Abs
Hit 1 billion dollars in sale
I am glad to be home this Christmas and be with people I love more than I love myself! That's some deep love because everyone that knows me knows how much I love myself.
Truly I am glad...happy... and very grateful. I am going to focus on the last part of how I feel - 'grateful'. I truly am grateful. Grateful to be surrounded by Family. Grateful to have a family. Grateful to have someone to spend Christmas with. Grateful to have somewhere to be this Christmas. Grateful for a wonderful year and more wonderful years to come. Greateful for all the new and interesting people I met. Grateful for the old friends. Grateful for 'Bombay' (Bombay is my dog's name). Many people don't understand or realize how fortunate they are for everything they have. I hope you can take a moment to count all the positive things in life and I hope you pay less attentions to the negatives.
There are always ups and downs in life. You will be placed in positions where you would be uncomfortable. There might be times where you would question 'hope', 'your dreams', you 'path'. Its at this time, you need to realistic face the situation that you are blessed. You are alive. Do you realize how important that is. Start to appreciate life. Appreciate the fact that you are alive, that you are breathing, that you are in good or relatively good health. That you are breathing oxygen. Many of our fellow bothers who share similar DNA as you were not. They did not make it you did.
Be grateful this year that you are alive.
But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!
Amar Gandhi, 28