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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failure dynamics

In 2019 Dr. Yian Yin and colleagues published a paper titled “Quantifying the dynamics of failure across science, startups, and security” in Nature, one of the most prestigious academic journals out there. 

In the paper, Yin and his team analyzed massive data sets capturing the successes and failures of...
2022-03-11 22:01:44

human first

Before becoming a colleague, a customer, or a competitor, we were human first.

We are human first.

And we deserve compassion, love, and kindness. 

From you to them; them to you;

And you to you. 
2022-03-11 04:21:21

your future self

The person who procrastinates today is the same person who will eventually need to scramble to finish their work last minute. 

The person who has a few too many drinks tonight is the same person who has will have to endure a hangover. 

The person who impulsively buys...
2022-03-10 04:11:59

your strongest excuse

Your strongest excuse is a compelling story about your limitations that you are willing to get on board with at the expense of your own growth. 

Your strongest excuse is so convincing that it will say “you can’t possibly do that”, and you agree. Repeatedly.

Any strong excuse can...
2022-03-09 00:43:33

today with fervor

While on a walk this afternoon, I saw an 80- or 90-year-old sitting on a chair facing a pond. 

For whatever reason, the scene was a poignant reminder of the aging process and the somber prognosis that it presents:

Over time, we have less energy. 

Over time, our...
2022-03-08 03:42:18

you were whole before you started

Some days you will feel unstoppable; other days you will want to stop.

Some days you will have clarity; other days will feel lost. 

Some days you will take steps forward; other days you will take steps back. 

When your journey stretches you, sometimes the most meaningful source...
2022-03-07 00:43:24


When you exercise, your body endures several forms of stress — thermal, metabolic, hypoxic, oxidative, and mechanical. But it’s not all bad, of course. These stressors actually activate pathways in the body that help it adapt to withstand greater stress in the future. 

This process of being exposed to...
2022-03-06 03:09:07

How can I help?

Every notion of meaningful contribution, community, progress, and success is predicated on being able to clearly and precisely answer three questions: 

Who am I aiming to serve?*  What’s the solvable problem?  How can I effectively help? 
Everything else is a distant — even misleading at times — proxy.

2022-03-05 00:41:24

Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses — better known as Grandma Moses — lived quite an eclectic and illustrious life. 

By the age of 12, she went to work for a nearby farm. 

At 27, she relocated with her newly wedded husband, Thomas, to start a farm and raise children. ...
2022-03-04 02:27:02

playing & spectating

Players routinely build, fail, and learn; spectators watch.

Players have a stake in the outcome; spectators do not. 

Players create opportunities; spectators do not. 

Despite how it might sound, there’s nothing inherently good or bad about being a player. 

Whether it makes sense to be a player...
2022-03-03 04:59:17