Hi everyone, my name is Derek, also known as 'Strong Goat'. I'm from Ipoh, Malaysia.
Today I would like to share with you how I used the Diamond Cutter Principles to increase my income by more than 10 times.
In 2007, I started a business for the first time with a few friends. Shortly, in 2009, the company had to close down.
In 2010, I set up a business for the second time. I didn't have any cash then, only 8 credit cards. I used my credit cards for my business, and in less than 1 year I have lost all the money.
I was left with debts from my 8 credit cards.
That was the time when I started to take flight, to escape the problems of my debts.
I took a job. I spent 3 years as an employee, but I didn't give up, and started a business again for the third time. But this time was different, I applied the Diamond Cutter Principles in my business.
In the beginning, I felt that since I worked in an Internet company previously, I had a good grasp of Internet knowledge and strategies. But my revenue was only $4000, almost the same as what I made when I was working.
So I went to ask my teacher, 'Teacher, why is my income like this? That's impossible!' And my teacher said, 'Whatever it is you want, you have to give it to someone else first.'
Then I remembered the 4 Starbucks Steps, which we have discussed in our Study Group. I practiced it on my business. I went to look for my friends, to find out which one of them would be interested to sell their product or services online.
I don't know where it came from, but all of a sudden my revenue increased. Although this whole process actually took half a year.
My teacher taught me about the 4 Starbucks Steps, and the last step is Coffee Meditation. I used this diligently, and constantly thought about the joy that I derived from helping my friends, plus I started participating in charitable activities since 2007, I constantly thought about these things, everyday.
Within 6 months, my revenue increased 20 times.
In January of this year (2016), I bravely faced up to my credit card debt problem. I checked with the bank, and found that I have chalked up more than RM 200,000 in debt.
Throughout this whole process of my credit card debt, not only was my family worried about me, I also received boxes full of legal letters.
After I did a lot of Coffee Meditation, when my good seeds ripened, I used this money to pay off my credit card debts. Between January and April of 2016, I managed to pay off 85% of my debts.
Thus I am very happy, and hope that my friends can also use the Diamond Cutter Principles to change their lives.
So I encourage my friends to go to class. There is a huge difference between attending and not attending class. After my attendance, I have had my revenue hit more than RM 100,000, in November of 2015.
When I achieved more than RM 100,000 in revenue, I got worried and scared. I asked my teacher, 'Teacher, will I be able maintain a consistent monthly revenue?'
My teacher replied, 'yes, you can!'
So I asked, 'how can I do that?'
My teacher said, 'its simple, go reinvest, go plant new seeds.'
So, now, I use this method - the Diamond Cutter Principles - with more and more confidence. That is because it has already been realized in my life.
So, I hope more people in my life will attend the classes.
Thus I am very grateful to Geshe Michael, for introducing the Diamond Cutter Principles to Asia, and I am also grateful to the teachers from Singapore and Malaysia, who gave generously, and consistently helped us with our revisions.
Thank you, thank you everyone!