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

you can figure it out (really)

Marie Forleo wrote a great book titled ‘everything is figureoutable’.

I love the title because it captures the punchline of the book perfectly:

However intimidating or confusing something might be, you can figure it out. 

When you can approach a problem with full confidence in your ability to find...
2022-06-18 04:28:52


We have some foresight. 
We can think about and anticipate some problems and address them.
We can’t, however, anticipate everything. 

Trying to do the latter is easily one of the top reasons why a) we take too long to try something or b) worse — we never try at...
2022-06-17 05:13:30

decide and act quickly

It’s good to be back. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect this last month, and will be making some decisions about what and where my content will be moving forward. Updates coming soon. 

In the meantime, here is today’s Daily Spark on June 15th — as promised.

2022-06-16 05:36:15

taking 30

I’m going to spend the next 30 days away from writing.

Instead, I will use the space I normally hold for writing to do some much-needed reflection on foundational questions like: 

how do I want to put myself out in the world?

what do I want to express? 

2022-05-17 06:34:15

New Day's Resolutions

It’s more useful to think of a New Year’s resolution as 365 daily resolutions. 

In many cases, the first slip-up in the pursuit of a goal can feel like a pass-fail situation. And when we think we’ve failed for good, it’s very hard to get back up. 

2022-05-14 21:24:55

the point

On the last day of one of my classes in college, the professor offered the class some life advice by way of his own life story:

He had a law career that, by many accounts, was very successful.

He was on track to become a partner at his firm, he...
2022-05-14 03:21:13


A colleague that I’ll never forget working with was known amongst his peers for his exceptional work ethic, levity, and joy. 

He always worked hard but never took himself too seriously. 

He would fail spectacularly in one moment and then reflect, laugh, and learn the next moment. 

2022-05-13 04:57:02


In 2008, John Cook shared a powerful example of queuing theory: 

If you have one bank teller, an average of 5.8 customers per hour, and an average of 10 minutes required to serve each customer, customers will have to wait almost five hours — an entire afternoon — before...
2022-05-12 05:10:19

the forest

One of my favorite adages is “see the forest for the trees.” 

The ‘trees’ are the finer details, the ‘forest’ is the big picture — what all those details amount to. 

This adage seems useful for thinking about how we spend our time. 

The ‘trees’ are the...
2022-05-11 02:54:28


There’s no such thing as perfect decision making — there are just the decisions we make with the best knowledge and judgment we have available to us at the time. 

If you’re spending what feels like too much time deliberating about what to do, it’s because you’re trying to...
2022-05-10 04:17:09