Put me anywhere, and I will succeed

That’s what my dad told us when we were kids. It is not the cards you are dealt with, but it’s how you play the cards you have. You see, my parents and their parents grew up in a time when there were a lot of fighting and changes of government in Vietnam. We were occupied…

Leadership biases #MeToo

I ignored the #MeToo movement on social media. I labeled it as just another social media hype that would rise and fall in a few days. Even though I was a survivor, I rarely spoke of my experience or mentioned it to anyone. Why? Because just thinking about it brings back painful memories, and because…

No Mud, No Lotus

Everyone knows we need to have mud for lotuses to grow. The mud doesn’t smell so good, but the lotus flower smells very good. If you don’t have mud, the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. Without mud, there can be no lotus… If you know how to make good use of the mud, you can grow beautiful lotuses. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Hey, I like Pink Too.

I saw a little girl today, about 5 years old. She has a couple pinky hair clips on her hair. She has some missing or angled front teeth and a really bright beautiful smile. She covered her face pretending to be shy to me, and yes, still talked to me to tell me how her…

Whatever beautiful, think about such things.

Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford is the founder of Ford Motor company, and the person who is credited for making a car affordable to the middle class with his automatic assembly line. There are many stories about how…

Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

If you are ever afraid of public speaking, you are not alone. In fact, the fear of public speaking is often rated as the #1 phobia, even higher than the fear of death which is rated as the #2 phobia.  Three out of four adults experience anxiety when they have to present or speak publicly. …

Lift Off

If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now Last night, our whole family went and watched the movie “Kung Fun Panda 3”. There are quite a few lessons blended in with the jokes and humorous scenes. One of lessons is when Master Oogway says “If you only…

How to get out of the rat race!

Are we, the working professionals, in a rat race? Recently, someone I met mentioned about being in a rat race. As a non-native English speaker, I didn’t quite understand what being in a rat race means. So, I looked up the phrase “rat race” on dictionary.com (Dictionary.com, 2015). Dictionary.com defines “rat race” as “any exhausting,…