Grateful For Old Friends

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Sunday, March 19th, Shanghai This morning, I met with Wilson and Crystal in a lovely bakery house for brunch. They are two old friends of mine, and our friendship has been about 17 years. We got to know each other…

What Keeps You Up At Night?

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There are nights when we stay awake and put our brains to work. For the first time in a long time, I lost sleep last night. Not a lot, probably 2 hours or so. But it was enough for me to reflect on…

Reframing Failure

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“Failure is the mother of success!(失敗是成功的母親!) How often do you hear that? As a child growing up in Hong Kong, I heard that catchphrase almost every day at home, at school and from friends. I was led to believe that…

Breaking Up with a Friend?

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We live in an age when we can “friend” anyone in a nano-second. Facebook, Linked-in, and a worldwide web of networks have accelerated our ability to make and break up with a “friend.” What has empowered us to connect with…

Being Busy Isn’t the Way to Fulfillment

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Last semester, I was taking 5 classes, starting a new club, recruiting simultaneously with over 10 companies for two different roles and as a result flying everywhere for final rounds. Stressed isn’t even an intense enough word to describe how…

The Two Sides of Rage

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Rage is usually ugly. When we get mad, we turn bad. We act out our anger, we kick and scream to get attention. But often as our voices get loud, our message gets lost. Rarely do I find rage rationally…

Is it un-Chinese to speak English well?

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“Am I abandoning my Chinese identity when I’m speaking better English every day?” I was stunned. I hardly knew her. She was among a group of college students standing in a semi-circle waiting to talk to me after I spoke…

When the Going Gets Tough

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I have become a bit obsessed lately about forming a non-profit educational media company to become the home for my podcast “One in a Billion.” Obsession is kind of my work style. Whenever I’ve decided to do something challenging, I often…

A Stranger In My Own Country

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  When I went back to China two years ago after living in the U.S. for four years, I experienced profound culture shock. I was born and raised in a small city in southern China, but somehow I never felt I…

Turning 29

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I turned 29 last week. This will be my last year in the 20’s age bracket. So what does this mean for me? Checking a new box in marketing surveys/questionnaires? Become a new statistic? Looking back, my 20’s has felt…

Find Your Edge

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We love pushing our limits, juggling many balls in the air and finding our edge. But how do you find your edge? It’s too late if we overshoot and fall off the cliff. We could do ourselves grave danger. During yoga practice…

The Color of Love

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Do you fantasize true love as romantic and passionate with little or no conflict? Do you fear fights and dread flaws? Do you flinch from differences that could bring you discomfort? My father once tried to make me promise him…