William Liao @williamliao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)

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Psychobiology researcher Samuele Marcora defines endurance as “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”.

Most things worth doing are going to test your endurance, which is to say that there are going to be days where you will want to stop. 

Maybe you have specific reasons, maybe...
2021-06-14 00:22:15

Good taste

Having good taste is about being able to tell the difference between good and bad work.

Being able to tell if a song will be a hit or not is good taste. 

Being able to tell if a book is a Pulitzer candidate or not is good taste. 

2021-06-12 16:58:37

Baby steps

If you’re new to running and try to run a marathon, it’s unlikely that you will have the stamina and strength to complete it. 

Better to make sure you can run a mile (or less) first. 

If you’re trying to develop new software, it’s unlikely that integrating a...
2021-06-11 19:02:48

A better way to gauge effort

It’s easy to think of effort in terms of its immediate implications: 

Oh that’s going to take me a day. 

I can do that in 5 minutes. 

That’ll take months. 

But that’s not’s really the best way to gauge effort. 

Consider this example: 

2021-06-11 01:28:55

You're human

Not every day is going to be a home run. 

Not every project is going to proceed effortlessly. 

Not every encounter with your family, friends, and colleagues will be delightful. 

When bad days happen, when challenges arise, when contentious interactions occur, it’s easy to default to being frustrated...
2021-06-09 22:13:28

Try again tomorrow

Sometimes things go well; sometimes they don’t (welcome to being human). 

Some days you will make great progress on your projects; other days you will run into one frustrating roadblock after another. 

Some days you will be bursting with joy & energy; other days you will feel exhausted. 

2021-06-08 21:54:25

No, not right now

Very few things, short of a building literally being on fire, require your immediate attention.

Despite this, it can be easy to fall into the trap of false urgency — seeing every e-mail, every meeting, every item on your task list as a matter of life and death. 

When you...
2021-06-07 22:08:05

The discipline of pursuing novelty

Try new things.

Visit a city you’ve never been to.

Take a different route to work. 

Learn a new language. 

Switch careers.

Not because you necessarily have to. We rarely have to try new things. 

But because you can. 

Because you’re curious.

Because you’re capable of changing...
2021-06-06 15:45:02

Even the safest options fail

Murphy’s law is a popular adage that states that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

It’s important to minimize risk, but even the lowest-risk options are susceptible to failure. 

When things go according to plan, celebrate. 

When things don’t go according to plan, learn. 

Don’t fall...
2021-06-05 23:16:58

Be kind

It’s possible to direct your focus towards the well-being of others, and in doing so cultivating a sense of fulfillment and happiness for yourself. 

This isn’t some woo-woo, new-agey take on life. This idea also passes the sniff test in the academic realm as well (here’s a great article with...
2021-06-04 20:53:22