William Liao @williamliao

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

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My piano teacher once shared with me what it was like to watch a former champion of The International Chopin Piano Competition prepare for their performance. 

For 6–8 hours each day in the week leading up to the competition, the competitor would pick apart different sections of music from...
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jumping at shadows

Every Scary Thing you avoid doing is guaranteed to stay scary. 

Every Scary Thing you choose to go through, for the most part, simultaneously becomes more rewarding and less scary. 

When you struggle, you learn; when you learn, you adapt. 

All of this is possible provided that...
2022-05-06 05:49:25

let it go

A couple of years ago, I was complaining to a family member about a frustrating situation that I couldn’t get over. 

About halfway through my complaining, this family member played “Let It Go” from the Disney film Frozen and we both burst into laughter.

All jokes aside, the exchange...
2022-05-04 05:11:09

your second life

About a year ago I came across this quote from the Chinese Philosopher, Confucious, that sent chills down my spine: “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” 

It’s easy enough to utter the words, “I have one life”, and a much...
2022-05-03 04:47:19

not lukewarm

When you decide to work, strive to achieve the kind of intensity that can only be made possible with 100% of your attention and energy.

When you decide to take a break, have the discipline to come to a screeching halt so that you can recover and conserve your energy. ...
2022-05-02 04:18:09

the rise and all of importance

It’s easy to overestimate the importance of a problem when it strikes which is why some problems can feel like the end of the world when you’re faced with them. 

It’s also easy to underestimate how quickly problems stop mattering given enough time, which is why we often don’t...
2022-05-01 00:50:58

you're allowed to make mistakes

Consider for a moment what it would mean to be forbidden to make a mistake. 

Would that actually stop you from making mistakes? No, because you’re human. 

Would the mistake you make be totally in vain? No, because there’s almost certainly a lesson to be learned that will...
2022-04-29 05:15:55

verse jumping

In the film Everything Everywhere All At Once, the lead character is able to unlock her potential by accessing different versions of herself from different universes.

In order to gain access to these different universes, she must envision the version of herself that she wants to become and then do...
2022-04-29 03:36:10

always wish others well

For someone that you have an uncomplicated and positive relationship with, it’s probably the easiest and most intuitive for you to want to wish them well. There’s nothing controversial about that. 

Conversely, for someone that you have an upsetting and difficult relationship with, wishing them well might be among...
2022-04-28 06:23:05


Take this moment as an opportunity to interrupt your regularly scheduled information consumption. 

Instead, try sitting in silence for just one minute. 

Sit with your thoughts. 

In the same way your body needs to recover after a workout, so too does your attention after a day of...
2022-04-27 05:51:50

stop chasing after the future

Some activities feel like stepping stones to some future state that seems better.

A difficult conversation with a friend or coworker might feel like something to “get over with” so that you can arrive at a resolution.

During a tough work week, Monday through Friday might feel like days to...
2022-04-26 04:07:49