Life

I Sold My First Business

Earler this week, I sold 3 products to a PE firm based in San Francisco.

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Life

Failure Doesn't Matter, Success Matters

Aim to fail 1,000 times until you succeed.

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Life

Having Enough Liquid Cash Is Important

Trying to find a balance between having money invested and having cash on hand.

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Audience-Building

What Need Are You Filling For Your Audience?

I listened to the latest episode of the Morning Brew CEO's podcast. It made me rethink how I'm providing value to the people that read my stuff.

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Random

I Just Want To Post And Not See The Results

Joe Rogan voiced something that I've felt for so long: I just want to release things and not look at the results.

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Random

Podcasts With Jason Fried

From time to time, I take interest in an entrepreneur and their ideas. Then, I go on an listening frenzy of their recent podcast appearances. Recently, that person is Jason Fried — CEO & Founder of Basecamp

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Random

How I Built This: Tony Xu (DoorDash)

A great podcast episode I listened to today — Tony Xu talks about how he built DoorDash.

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Life

Don't Look At Your Stock Price

Today I saw that my newsletter count dropped a bit. For a second, I felt bad. But then I remembered that Jeff Bezos doesn't even look at Amazon's daily stock price.

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Business Strategy

How To Get Your First 10 Customers

I found some good resources on this topic - bookmarking them here!

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Random

Just Post The Damn Tweet

Every time I hesitate on publishing a new tweet, I think of this tweet.

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Life

Pick A Method & Stick With It

Practicing code is like practicing baskatball. There's a dozen ways to do one thing. Eventually, you realize you really only need to know one good way to do any specific thing.

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Product

A Lesson From GameStop

A lesson from GameStop's explosive stock rise applied to teams.

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Life

Monopoly (The Board Game)

I played my first full game of monopoly yesterday. Its allusions to real life investing principles are poetic.

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Life

School Starts Tomorrow

School starts back up tomorrow. It'll be my 2nd semester of my senior year at NYU.

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Random

GameStonks

GameStop's stock ($GME) is up over 1,600% in the past 3 months. It's up over 450% in the past week alone.

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Life

Oculus Quest 2

Guess what I got in the mail today.

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Life

Goal For Tomorrow: Eat Better

Haven't been eating the best lately. But I'm going to start fighting temptation and get back on my healthy eating habits.

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Life

Money In The Bank

Life has been great lately. I've been aggressively long-term investing (stocks and art). And I have more money in the bank than ever before. And it's done wonders for my mental wellbeing.

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Life

Today I Became An Art Investor

I invested in my first art piece using a new platform called Masterworks. Super excited about this!

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Product

Two Lessons From Shape Up by Basecamp

Lately, I've been reading (and loving) Shape Up by Basecamp. And there are 2 simple, yet powerful, concepts in it that I think will help you create better products.

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Self-Improvement

Newton's First Law & Self-Improvement

A person in motion, stays in motion.

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Writing

Reader's Block

Chris Rock said something in a Netflix interview that I really agree with. He said he doesn't believe in 'writer's block' but he believes that there's 'reader's block.'

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Life

Crawl, Walk, Run

The best way to go big is to start small.

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Life

Favorable Winds

I've been thinking about this tweet for the past 24 hours. It's about the need for having a direction in life.

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Life

You Won't Get Rich Renting Out Your Time

This Naval tweet has echoed in my head for the past 3 years.

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Relationshps

You're Not Allowed To Call Me Bro

Today, I started a fun 7-day experiment with my girlfriend.

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Life

Vision Big, Progress Small

Keep your goals big. But, expect progress to be small.

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Product

Landing Page Hero

Here are a few tips on how to craft your landing page hero.

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Life

A Must-Have Leadership Trait

A core part of leadership is being able to take an unclear task and make it clear.

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Work

How to Beat Parkinson's Law

This is a method I use to help me stop procrastinating on work.

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Random

Lots of People Have Visited This Blog Lately

Someone on Twitter pointed out to me that if you Google “The meaning of the Fish story from Soul” then I’m one of the top results!

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Life

Silence

Lately, I much prefer silence over noise.

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Life

Give Yourself A Break Sometimes

You don’t have to be on “go” all the time. Today, I ate a huge breakfast and then I bought a game controller to play games on my iPad.

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Life

Writing Is A Superpower

Today, I gave a UX research presentation to my boss. I didn't have a slide-deck but I had some notes I took throughtout my research. They saved the day.

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Random

WTF?

Wtf happened today??

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Health

Drink More Water

Going to start drinking 100 oz of water a day.

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Life

Eat Your Greens

Going to start eating healthier to stay on top of my game. You should too!

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Productivity

How I Use My iPad For Work

I use an iPad Pro as my main work machine. It's great, but it's way too fun. Here are a few pro tips I've learned on how to not get distracted if you also use your iPad for work.

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Random

Grinding Stones With My Girlfriend

My girlfriend and I are 5,000 miles apart. Today we Facetimed and played our favorite mobile game together.

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Life

Happy New Year!

First day of 2021.

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Goals

2021 Goal: I Will Write Everyday

On Christmas Eve, I made a bet with myself: to write everyday. Since then, I've written 10 blog posts (including this one). With this momentum, I'm making it an official goal for 2021.

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Life

There Will Always Be Uncertainty

A big reason why people are afraid to start is because they're unsure of what will happen. There will always be uncertainty. The trick is to dive in and reduce the uncertainty yourself.

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Life

Doing Nothing Is Hard

Sometimes, when I set big goals, I get anxious when I haven't completed them yet. But I've learned that I have to be patience and wait and just stick with the plan. Action for the sake of action is usually not a good idea.

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Random

Blueberry Pancakes

I felt like taking a walk this morning. So I picked a random diner on Google Maps and went there. Then I had blueberry pancakes for the first time in years. (The little things in life are the sweetest)

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Random

This Still Surprises Me

It still surprises me that just sharing my thoughts on the internet can reach and touch anyone in the world.

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Life

Is It Okay To Hit Your Kids?

Earlier today, my youngest sister (8 y/o) was sulking and acting grumpy while we were out. I eventually gave her a whack on the head to make her behave. In that moment, I understood why parents hit their kids.

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Life

My Thoughts on The Fish Story from Pixar's Soul

In Pixar’s latest film, Soul, there’s a parable that I didn’t understand until I woke up this morning. (No spoilers)

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Life

Endings Are Okay

It's 7am and I just helped my girlfriend get into an Uber so she could get back home to Hawaii for Christmas.

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Work

Small Bets

I'm taking a 'small bet' on myself.

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Random

First Daily Blog

Writing daily starting today.

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Learnings

Learnings from my 1st B2B SaaS product

What I learned from launching my first SaaS product

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Sales > Marketing

In the early days of your business, sales is more important than marketing.

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Hinote

APIs, Roadmaps, and Newborn Babies

2nd post about HiNote's progress.

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Product

How to Write Great Microcopy

40 pro-tips for writing UX microcopy

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Hinote

Building HiNote

This is a brief blog post about the first 5 days into building HiNote

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Life

I'm More Lil Wayne Than Steve Jobs

After watching an episode of Netflix's Hip Hop Evolution, I've gained new heroes to look up to alongside Steve, Bill, Jeff, and Elon.

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Business Strategy

Run Your Newsletter Like A TV Network

On Thursday, I went to a Substack-hosted meetup for writers. One of these writers, Walter Hickey, gave an interesting keynote. He broke down how to run a newsletter like a TV Network. I've sharing what I've learned with you.

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Life

Create More Than You Consume

As an artist, as a creator, as a maker of things —You shouldn’t use social media less because it’s “bad” for you. You should use it less because there comes a point when you begin to consume more than you create.

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Business Strategy

How To Get Underpriced Attention To Your Products

A summary of a 23-page Harvard Working Paper titled “The Rising Cost of Consumer Attention: Why You Should Care, and What You Can Do About It” by Thales S. Teixeira.

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