William Liao @williamliao

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

William Liao last shared their writing Right now will never happen again.
I learned today that a friend I lost touch with passed away a few years ago. 

She was a kind, brilliant, clever, and beautiful soul. 

For the last few years, it was simply a matter of having lost touch with someone I believed was out in the world. ...
William's Pantry
🍺 40 Beers
🥟 46 Dumplings
🧇 29 Waffles
🍪 29 Cookies
🍵 48 Teas
🍣 38 Sushis
☕️ 38 Coffees
🍫 41 Chocolate Bars
🍍 36 Pineapples
🥓 36 Bacons
🥚 36 Eggs
🥩 26 Steaks
🍊 45 Tangerines
🍓 25 Strawberries
🥃 28 Whiskeys

Making space for important stuff

In his book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, Oliver Burkeman presents a sobering reality when he writes, “the problem with trying to make time for everything that feels important — or just enough for what feels important — is that you definitely never will.”
Meaning: trying to Do It...
2022-04-18 06:10:46

untitled story

Periodically throughout life, we’re asked by our peers the strangely existential question: “who do you want to be?”

When my college counselor asked me this question during my freshman year, I felt for the first time an enormous pressure to have an answer. 

I responded with gusto, “a neuroscientist!”...
2022-04-15 17:20:50

bearing the how

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche 

The ability to take on challenges, and to be resilient and persistent often boils down to being able clearly to answer one question: why are you doing what you’re doing? 

A pursuit...
2022-04-14 05:16:27

who are you building for?

Today Canadian-Chinese actor Simu Liu posted ‘Happy April 12th’ on social media. 

April 12th of this year is the 10th anniversary of the day that Liu was laid off from his accounting job at the prestigious consulting firm, Deloitte, which ultimately sent him down another path filled with confusion,...
2022-04-13 04:03:19


The choices we make in life can sometimes feel like a balancing act between what we wish to do and what others expect us to do. 

When these wishes and expectations are in alignment, there’s no issue. 

But when we find ourselves pulling away from who we are...
2022-04-12 04:58:59

context, for better or worse

Have you ever taken a trip, gone to a concert, or participated in something that you don’t usually do, and walked away having a new perspective?

It could be a new perspective about the meaning of life (deep, I know), goals, values, work, relationships — anything. 

Have you also...
2022-04-11 03:55:55

no thanks

To anyone that tries to bring negativity into your life,

To anyone that tries to put you down or shame you for being you, 

To anyone that tries to mind your business in front of you without an invitation, 

Two words: “no thanks.”

Say it, think it —...
2022-04-10 02:48:07

Pay attention to what you pay attention to

Your emotional experience is closely tied to what you focus on.

If 90% of your attention is focused on a mistake you made at work that you feel embarrassed about, guess what? You probably won’t feel great. 

On the other hand, if 90% of your attention is focused on...
2022-04-08 23:30:28

a solution better than willpower

It’s much easier to remove a sugary desert from your pantry than to resist eating it every time you enter your kitchen. 

It’s much easier to delete a social media app than to consciously remind yourself to avoid using it every time you unlock your phone.  

It’s much...
2022-04-08 00:58:28

quality distractions

Cheap Distractions are things we generally know are distractions.

Despite how glued our eyeballs may be to these things at times, there’s very little controversy around how much of an unwanted timesuck things like social media, Netflix, and YouTube can be. 

Then there’s Quality Distractions, the better-dressed sibling of...
2022-04-07 01:29:04