I completely forgot my speech when I stood in front of my high school 10th grade English class. During the five seconds of silence, my face became increasingly red as the judgment of my classmates’ eyes seared my confidence.
I felt alienated, incompetent, and humiliated.
I understand why public speaking…
I hated standardized testing. The only thing that was cool was that my name was short and took less time to bubble than the rest of my class.
It’s natural to dislike things you suck at. …
We all have this in common — we are masters at comparing ourselves to others.
We get upset when our peers do better than us. We scheme how we can make it up and be better. Sometimes we let the envy and jealousy sink into our souls and demotivate us.
Don’t have an accountability partner? You should.
My accountability partner motivated me to publish my first article. She also pushed me to decide on my freedom number and strategize how to get to early retirement.
I finally made meditation a habit. …
My mom always compared my younger sister and me: how my sister was easier as a baby; how my sister was better at drawing; how I was more responsible with money.
Whether positive or negative, the comparisons always pitted my sister and I against each other. …
I can’t stand people who are overly full of enthusiasm.
Every time I’m in a deep work mode in the office I get interrupted by the other more enthusiastic pod.
I’ll be deep in some analysis, then I’ll hear:
WOOOO! GO RAIDERS!
I CAN’T BELIEVE MONEY MAGAZINE PUBLISHED US!!
You know those job interview questions about your strengths and weaknesses? I had zero idea what mine were, so I made something up. I always felt like an imposter when anything involving self-reflection came up.
In the workforce, the biggest time of self-reflection is the annual performance review. In my…
“Grandma! I got into Harvard!” I gleamed.
My grandma’s eyes glittered for one second.
She responded, “What about Stanford? It’s ranked the best college in the Chinese newspaper.”
My world came crashing down.
I thought I was going to be free of her by ignoring her calls and at times…