Have you ever heard of a really amazing opportunity you could apply for but don’t feel like you have what it takes to get it?
That’s what happened to my friends, Josh & Jenine, the creators of the hit Instagram comic, Tubby Nugget.
One day, Josh’s uncle called him and told him about an opportunity at Snapchat for creatives to win a $150,000 investment.
The problem was that the applications were due the NEXT day.
They managed to scramble together all the information needed to apply and then found out they made the cut to try and pitch the investors.
I’m going to be vulnerable for a moment here.
These past few months, I’ve been wanting to give up.
Even though a lot of great things have happened for me and my work, sometimes I still feel a little uncertain and lost.
But one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years is HOW to give up.
Let me explain.
I often explain my journey of how I left behind a high-paying 9–5 job, the nice sports car and a brand new apartment to go pursue my dreams and then finally achieved it.
While it’s true that I…
Believe it or not, research shows the part of your brain that has some amazing skills like critical thinking, great decision making, and creativity is shut OFF for about 70% of your adult life.
The reason this is true is because we experience stressful emotions like anxiety, fear, and frustration on a daily basis.
As an entrepreneur, the amount of uncertainty you have to navigate through is a continuous activity that keeps you concerned.
But what if I told you that with the latest research we now have through neuroscience, you can learn how to activate the most powerful parts…
My daughter’s preschool is now closed until the end of the month.
My wife works as a nurse in a hospital that has one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country.
People camp out at stores hours before they open, then run the shelves empty by mid-day.
Everyday, we’re flooded with more information in our feeds about this pandemic.
And it’s all pretty scary the more you think about it.
I was contemplating if I should voice my perspective on this or not.
But it’s way too important not to.
Wherever you are in the world, you’re hearing about…
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”
It’s interesting how as kids, we are super passionate, but not the most practical.
And as we become seasoned adults, we are much more practical and not nearly as passionate.
The reality is that life can hit us hard and something like pursuing your passion just has to take a back seat.
You have bills to pay, people to support and work to do.
But one of the most painful feelings is living a life that you know deep down isn’t the one that you were meant…
There’s something I know about you even though we haven’t met yet.
Somewhere inside of you, there are amazing ideas, passions, and talents just waiting to be unleashed.
The problem is that most of them are imprisoned behind the walls of one great enemy.
Maybe you’re stuck in a dead end job and you’re too afraid to leave it because you’re barely getting by as it is.
Maybe you have a good job, but it’s not great. And the security is enough for you to be willing to sacrifice passion for comfort.
Maybe you really are trying a lot…
Has a great idea ever crossed your mind?
Sure a lot of ideas do, but many times they come and go.
But once in a while, you get one that sticks. And you begin to dwell on it a little bit more.
You start getting excited about how this great idea of yours might change the world.
So after a few weeks, you finally decide to pull the trigger. You’re going to do something to make this dream come to life.
You want to start up something of your own.
You hype yourself up. You do research. You decide that…
You’re sick and tired of all the false promises being thrown at you.
People make it sound so easy to achieve the life of your dreams if only you work hard.
But lets face it, there are plenty of times you did work hard and you failed.
And you’re probably familiar with this usual formula:
Work hard, get into a good school, and then get a good job that has benefits and a retirement plan.
Then you spend each year trying to make more money than the last. …
How many times have you regretted not doing something?
You come up with a great idea and then your brain always tells you to hold on.
By the time you hesitated and started thinking things through, you somehow talk yourself out of doing it.
What if you’re wrong?
What if you fail?
What if you look stupid?
And next thing you know, nothing you wanted for yourself gets done and you’re left with a steaming pile of regret.
This happens way too often and the crappy part is this is actually the way your brain truly things it’s helping you…
If you’re an Asian American like me, you’re probably very familiar with the Asian American Dream. It’s the promise that studying hard to become a prestigious professional such as a doctor or lawyer will be the solution to all your problems.
You followed the rules. You studied like your parents told you to. You got into the good school. You got the stable job with the nice benefits and now you’re an adult doing what all responsible adults should be doing.
You followed this well known formula, but something is still missing.
On the outside, things look great.