People often ask me what sparked my interest in personal development and how I got started with the idea for The Happiness Planner. Several years ago when I was just a young teenage girl who wanted to experience life to the fullest and explored all parts of me, I found myself struggling to grow up as an independent young girl because my mother and I are very different - I am very independent and liberal, however, my mother is very strict and conservative - the ultimate of a Tiger mom. Hence, we argued a lot. Luckily, my father helped me get through the emotional turmoil I had. Whenever I had an argument with my mother, I'd turn to him because he's the only one who understands.
"Your mom has been that way for over 40 years. It's almost impossible for her to change or to even understand your point of view. But you're only 14. You can learn to change your attitude and how you look at situations that are outside of your control. Whenever you feel upset and frustrated, remember that the only thing you can control is what you focus on and what you think about. See this as a opportunity to train and strengthen your mind."
This was just one of the things he said to me which taught me to realize that I am in charge of my happiness because I am in charge of my attitude, of the way I think, of the way I look at things, and of my conscious and unconscious patterns.
My father also introduced me to several self-help books. Some of my favorites are Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Magic of Thinking Big, Staying OK, and Rich Dad Poor Dad. Besides marketing and business, I also took psychology subjects like Developmental Psychology and Personality Psychology which got me hooked on human psychology even more. Whenever I read something, if it's not business, then it's motivational, self-help, and psychology books. Personal growth has become one of the things I highly value in my life that I feel like your life stops the minute you stop growing.