By now, you may have browsed through my site and read a few articles. You may be asking, “Who is Alex Ding? What qualifications do you have to tell me about success?”
Well, my curious friend … I am:
- Doctor (almost)
- Don Juan
- Taekwondo fighter
- Varsity athlete
- Voracious reader
- World Traveler
That’s quite a list, huh? Why did I list all of these?
Because at one point or another, I have been each and every one of these.
The list may seem long, but I’m not trying to brag. I wanna tell you:
I’m nothing special. I’m no prodigy. I’m no precocious kid.
I’m just an average guy with above-average looks, above-average intellect, above-average confidence … Ok, I’m just kidding. (Not really.)
I Could Not Even Speak a Lick of English
I came from a disadvantaged background. I am a first-generation immigrant — when first I came over to the US, I could not even speak a lick of English.
I grew up dirt-poor, in the ghettos of NJ. I still remember the common scenes of my run-down neighborhood: the vandalism, the police cars, and the stray animals. Broken windows, gangs, and death.
My family wasn’t on welfare. My parents didn’t even know about it. They were busy busting their butt to make sure we had a roof over our head and food on the table.
There weren’t enough money for luxuries. My grandpa had to buy me a cheap-ass bicycle. It was a Huffy. (My parents just couldn’t afford it.) I didn’t get my first video game system until high school. And my first computer until college.
Later on, my parents did quite well. They were able to send me off to college. I slacked off all the way to a diploma. (I got kicked out of a college somewhere along the way though. It was not a pleasant experience.)
I Quit! Unchain Me!
After college, I tried to start my own online company. I wanted to sell weight-lifting gear. I was into weight-lifting and being swole. (I had to look good for the ladies. You know what I’m talking about.) I spent about 6 months and hundreds of dollars to build up my website.
First, I had to teach myself how to program. Then I actually programmed the whole site from the ground up. It was hardcore. I pretty much used Notepad. Dreamweaver was for sissies. My site had a shopping cart, a merchant account, and whatever else necessary to have a legit online company. I even registered my business with the state. (Looking back, I was such a newbie.)
I thought that once I got the site up, people would flock to it and buy a lot of crap. Then I would retire to the islands and collect my millions every year. It didn’t quite work out that way. Yeah … I failed. I fell flat on my face. I don’t think I sold a single thing. I took down my site.
I no longer program (except in easy HTML codes, which isn’t even a real programming language according to most programmers). But because of my failures, I get closer to success. I also learned that I hate programming.
I got up, swallowed my pride, and got a job. In fact, I got a few jobs. Probably 4 jobs in the span of a two years. It was easier to get a job back then, before the housing bubble blew up.
But, I still had to hustle my butt to get the jobs. I cold-called countless of companies. I sent out numerous resumes and cover letters. I asked people I know to hook me up. I attended a few interviews. Most people blew me off. One time, I was even laughed out of a hedge fund. But eventually, my efforts paid off.
- I got to work with a start-up. (It didn’t last.)
- I got to headhunt / poach quality people from one company for another. (It didn’t last.)
- I got to advise business owners on their finances and taxes. (It didn’t last.)
(My college degree didn’t help any.)
I quitted every single job I have ever had, because it was just too boring. I felt like I was bound in chains. I was going nowhere fast, with no future. Sure, I was making good money. But I wasn’t growing.
And if I’m not growing, I’m dying. And I really wanna live.
Eventually, I became super ambitious and stupid enough to try to get into medical school. (I only took one science class throughout my 4 years of college. What chance did I really have?) I got in by God’s grace. And after 1 year, I starting to yearn for something more.
(Don’t worry. I didn’t quit medical school. I’m still on track to graduate. But even being a doctor isn’t enough to quench my ambition.)
So after a long day of school, when I’m dead-tired from learning all that medical stuff, I would crack open my other books. The non-medical ones. The ones that are not assigned by any teacher. And I would teach myself on business, psychology, technology, and whatever else I thought was interesting.
I tried again with the online money-making venture. It was the only option flexible enough for me to fit into my day.
To my surprise, my online venture did well — a lot better than I thought was possible. After 1 year, I was going to get 1,000 unique visitors every day. I reached out to businesses to make a deal where we both could make good money. Then Penguin and Panda happened. Traffic dropped drastically. The deals fell through, but not before selling five figures worth of my “partner’s” products in a few days. (Of course, I got jackcrap for my efforts.)
I did not give up. I kept learning. I tried to make money from my Google-slapped site. It worked. I actually sold my first product within 24 hours. It felt nice, but I wasn’t excited. I didn’t jump up and down for joy. I said to myself, “I could do more.”
And I will do more.
To be continued as my life progresses …
What Sets Me Apart from the Average Joe?
Looking back, I did more and experienced more than 99% of my peers, in spite of a disadvantaged background.
There’s one thing that separates me from the average guy on the street. I would like to say its my good looks and my smarts, but they’re not it.
My ambition. I am never satisfied with the status quo.
I’ll tell you right now what my plans are.
I’m going to graduate from medical school. Afterwards, I’ll do my an expedited residency and get my medical license. Then, I’ll start my medical practice, focusing on primary care and weight loss.
Meanwhile, during my transition from medical school to my own medical practice, I’m going to start an online herbal supplement / medicine shop that will eventually be integrated into my practice.
At the same time, I’m going to allocate my returns (from the money I have saved up when I worked) into other profitable investments.
Oh yeah … I’m going to turn Alex Ding into the premier site for power, wealth, and success. Look out for my books down the road.
I am the man who cannot be contained. My ambition knows no bounds.
Do you want to join me and become limitless?