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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Parkinson's Law

Imagine it is 10 years from now and ask yourself these 3 questions:

What challenges and changes will you have embarked on?

What contributions will you have generously given?

Can you do these things in 12 months instead?

In 12 months it’s unlikely that you’ll check every item off the list, but in endeavoring...
2021-01-24 15:36:32

The problem

Not to be confused with the infinite backlog of issues you call problems.
The problem is the unequivocally particular and urgent predicament you cannot stop thinking about because it routinely interferes with thriving.
The easiest way to not solve any problem is to engage in a free-for-all forging of paths where everyone...
2021-01-23 15:18:36

Change is your invention as reply to Hail to the Six

The New Year began on January 1st (Gregorian calendar), it begins again on February 12th (lunar calendar), and again on April 14th (Sinhalese tradition) — the list goes on.
We invented the symbolic day of new beginnings.
If you committed to making an important change on New Year's day, it’s not the...
2021-01-22 15:50:57

Go for it

The idea you have for how to make a meaningful contribution to the people you aim to serve deserves your attention and action.


And before you commit to the conclusion that you’re not ready or today is simply not the right day, consider these things:

The inertia will always be there: whether...
2021-01-22 15:06:24

The foundational question and when to pause

Despite what the positive connotations of quickness or ‘getting shi* done’ suggest, swift execution does not guarantee that the work will get better.

Understanding whether it makes sense to do something right away (or to pause) therefore requires we ask this foundational question: “does the action offer a distinct possibility to...
2021-01-21 15:04:16

On being in and out of line

Being in line is about the mastery of replication: performing the same acts with the same tools to produce the same things.

Being out of line is about regularly starting from scratch: it’s an iterative and sometimes clunky process that experiments with different tools to produce different things — some more...
2021-01-20 14:39:13

It's okay and here is why

There will occasionally be times when the work and the manner in which it is done will appear to fall short of expectations:
The mission gets slowed down by a colossal road block that you and your team could not have foreseen.
Bad information is received from a trustworthy source.
The first several...
2021-01-19 15:55:51

What is a rock worth?

At what point does a rock become worth over 200 times more than another one[1,2]?
Maybe one is more attractive than the other, though as Washington University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will note, ‘both visually and computationally’ the rocks look the same[3].
Maybe, then, the stark increase in value can...
2021-01-18 16:35:33

hidden in plain sight

Nothing in the laws of forward motion suggests that the forces that slows us down should be clear and obvious.
Some opposing forces are unwittingly nurtured when we choose to do things because they’re the most familiar thing we know, not because they are necessarily the best thing to do.
Some opposing...
2021-01-17 15:59:02