"If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.... From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body."
Built upon the virtuous cycle of helping and being helped, American Dream is a whole lot bigger than individual success stories; at its core, it's more about enabling the dreams of others.
Unlike typical commencement speeches that tell students to find and pursue personal purpose, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took it one step further by encouraging 2017 Harvard graduates to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. "Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness." He outlined three ways to create such a world of purpose: 1. Take on big meaningful projects together. 2. Redefine equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose. 3. Build community across the world.
As I reflect back on this race, I realized I could only break through those self-imposed physical limitations after my mind did. Think BIG, Take ACTION, Think PROGRESS. I hope this experience can serve as a reminder for you and me that limitation is only a state of mind - we are much more powerful than we think.
We all want to become successful in life, but there is no set formula for success. Jim Rohn would tell you "Success is something you attract by the person you become." This insightful book by Philly-based UPenn psychology professor, Angela Duckworth, highlighted the why, how, and what of GRIT - a quality that can help YOU attract success!
I became very interested in the "glass ceiling" topic ever since I heard about this term as a freshman in college. This invisible career barrier is prevalent in Corporate America, politics, Silicon Valley, and beyond - it hinders minority professionals from reaching the top of whatever mountains they're climbing. I was a bit upset by it because I'm a firm believer of the American Dream, and this social issue seemed to contradict this splendid dream that many people have. At a 2015 conference at Harvard Business School, I asked the keynote speaker, Angela Chao, Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group, a question about glass ceiling. What Angela said that day still inspires me two years later. She recognized this social issue, but at the same time, she challenged me to think beyond the victim mentality. She asked me, "What can you do to be part of the solution?"
Jack Welch, one of America's most legendary CEOs of all time, increased General Electric (GE)'s value by over 40-fold during his 20-year tenure as the chief. From a chemical engineer in GE's plastics division, to the company's youngest VP and eventually the Chairman and CEO, his professional journey is the embodiment of growth. Some people love him with passion, some despise his views on many things, but I do believe we all can learn something immensely valuable from his professional success. As I'm reading this book, I constantly reflect on myself, and discovered so many pearls of wisdom. The following are my top takeaways from each of the four sections in his bestseller, Winning
Ronald Chang, President, UPS Capital; Chairman, NAAAP Board of Directors: "Busy people always find ways to do multiple tasks at the same time. That's what leadership and good management skills all about: you being able to work with others.. be part of a team to deliver results."
Success is never owned; it is only rented, and the rent is due every day. - Rory Vaden
An amazing memoir by Nike's co-founder, Shoe Dog chronicles Phil Knight's journey from a college grad doing soul searching to founding a company with a team of extremely talented misfits like him. Phil narrated his stories so well that I felt I'm reliving the moments with him. My top takeaways from this book: 1. Do what you believe in; 2. 2. Grow and compete with yourself; 3. Be fearless and fail fast; 4.It's more than business.