December 30th, 2016 I started blogging and 3045 views later I am so happy that started something that I am not very good at. I always like to challenge myself to do new and exciting things. English and writing was something I never thought I would be good at. In high school, middle school going to school in relatively competitive Cherry Hill school district being apart of the IB program. I always compared myself to others and relatively speaking I did not excel in school. It all started when I went to private school during the elementary school days from 2nd to 4th grade. I was actually held back. It was a pretty intense program and my reading comprehension was not as high as the other students. It was an all Chinese school too. My confidence was not very high growing up because of this. I have made significant progress writing about my self-development journey and sharing it with the world.
Thank you so much for the support and all of the people that have read it and told me they got something from it.
I am so blessed to have such a strong support system considering I felt like I did not belong. As many of you know I moved around a lot from New Jersey to California back to California and now NYC. I realized that most of my life was spent comparing myself to others. Why are other people so successful and get to go on vacations, etc.
Over the last couple of years, I started to see the opportunities that you can create from within. Instead of coming from a scarcity mindset. I see the opportunity in connecting with anyone anywhere. The internet is such a powerful platform where I can connect with people from Seattle, Singapore, and all another world through something like blogging and Reddit.
I have been able to meet people whom I respect and appreciate so much.
Both my podcasts and blogging been able to reach thousands of people as well. I do get a little bit emotional whenever someone reaches out to me to tell me how I am doing a great job with both my blog and podcast. The power of something greater than yourself and giving back to the world gives me so much energy every day.
It’s crazy how every moment and every single interaction lead me to this moment. From all of the dark times to the wonderful memories I have created with many of you. I am so happy that I get to be able to have a platform and to live in a country where I can have the opportunity to reach such a wide audience.
I am in the process of writing a book about 1000 things to be grateful. I have found that when I publicly announce my goals. I have a much higher chance of completing them. The power of support can be tremendously useful if you just put it out there for the world to see.
It’s interesting to see how one’s identity changes so much over the years but at the essence of it all, we are all the time. The hardships, the battles, the tears, and joy. It’s been a magical ride with you!
I know with social media there is a lot of noise out there but thank you for helping me develop who I am by offering feedback whether I liked it or not. It still shaped who I am today.
These are the top 10 things I learned about myself from blogging.
- Even if you think you will never be good at something, maybe that is something that you should try. At the end of it, it will be so worth it.
2. Consistency and maintaining a routine until it becomes a habit is something that this really pushed me to do.
3. Taking more chances will lead to failure but will also lead you to so much more than what you have right now.
4. The power of social, I cannot understate how emotional human beings are and how the power of a movement can really change the world.
5. Any idea can be a reality if executed upon.
6. Being a lifelong learner, after picking the brains of high performers, they have a childlike fascination with everything. Never lose your curiosity.
7. Challenge yourself every day and have goals. The people that do not have goals are the least happen because most people do respect and love challenges. The bigger the challenge, the more rewarding the end result should be.
8. Respect the journey and appreciate the process. I have learned that it really isn’t about the end result. It’s about the every day because if you are counting down the days until the weekend. Maybe that’s not a good sign. Maybe you need something more fulfilling or more challenging.
9. Coachability. That’s something that anyone can work on always. You will never be an expert. The moment you think you are an expert. That is the moment you should watch out for.
10. Surround yourself with greatness. Reading the news and certain things can really hinder your growth. Read more inspiring news about how people are creating a cure for cancer or just accomplishing truly amazing things. That is going to be more fuel for your brain, than watching sitcoms all day.
I hope this is helpful for you all. The TLDR version is you just never know until you start. I just started blogging less than a year ago and I am so happy that I did. Vulnerability can be scary but it is something that builds a leader. I have found that through my shares, people have gotten something out of it and most importantly I have gotten a ton out of it.