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

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


The desire for a situation to be different has a way of making us feel conflicting things:

On the one hand, this desire can be an excellent source of motivation and energy.

On the other hand, it can be an overwhelming source of angst and frustration — especially when certain...
2022-04-25 03:44:30

do what you can

In his book The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient, William Irvine says “do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.” 

Some days you’ll have an abundance of resources; other days you won’t. 

Some days you’ll feel like you’re...
2022-04-24 04:49:28

a beautiful, ordinary power

I started this post with acts of kindness in mind — marveling at how being kind to people in our lives can leave a tremendously positive impact. 

At first, I called it a ‘superpower’ because what else do you call an awesome ability? 

But then it occurred to...
2022-04-23 00:28:06

dolce far niente

Dolce far niente is an Italian phrase that directly translates to “sweet doing nothing.” 

Depending on which dictionary you reference, you’ll find other translations like “pleasing inactivity” or, my favorite, “pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness”.

You get the gist: dolce far niente is about doing nothing while having a...
2022-04-22 04:23:04


One of the most important questions anyone can answer is: “when?”

More specifically, when will you do the thing that you’re wanting and thinking about doing?

If you’re not careful, you can spend months, years — a lifetime even — stuck wanting, thinking, and preparing, but never actually making something...
2022-04-21 03:59:01

the moment

Everyone wants to wait for The Moment.

The Moment when the timing is just right. When everything makes crystal clear sense. When there are no inconveniences in the way. When we’re 100% ready. 

And as long as The Moment isn’t here, we allow ourselves to conveniently, comfortably, and confidently...
2022-04-20 00:32:21

a reminder

You get one life.

But you already know that.

The relationships you cultivate and the impact you make will likely matter more than anything else in the long run. 

But you already know that. 

Doing is often more helpful than thinking about doing. 

But you already know...
2022-04-19 05:58:48