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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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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2022-06-26 03:30:00

crazy ideas

In his 112-page manifesto titled Do the Work, Steven Pressfield writes “when an idea pops into our head and we think, ‘No, this is too crazy,’… that’s the idea we want.” 

A perfectly reasonable person might ask the perfectly reasonable question: “why on Earth would someone pursue an idea...
2022-06-24 03:57:27

practical questions versus curiosities

A few years ago during an interview with a marketing executive at a medical device company, she asked me: ‘what product color sells the most? Is it green? Is it blue? What about purple?’

Using my background in data analysis I proposed how we could find out, but before I...
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2022-06-23 04:38:13

what's the problem really?

The problem isn’t how to build a model, it’s figuring out how to keep your customers happier so they’re less likely to churn. 

The problem isn’t poor prioritization or a cluttered calendar, it’s figuring out how to achieve a result or level of performance that you aren’t achieving yet. ...
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2022-06-22 04:51:05

agitation

agitation isn’t always a negative trait; acceptance isn’t always a positive trait. 

the kind of person willing to move mountains to make a change isn’t going to be the one comfortable sitting still — it will always be the one who physically can’t. 

your restlessness may not be...
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2022-06-21 04:26:15

attention

the value of your attention depends on where you spend it.

the number of things that compete for your attention at any given moment is constantly growing: you can pay attention to the phone in your pocket, the e-mail in your inbox, the friend who is calling you right now,...
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2022-06-20 04:40:20

a few things at most

In an investor panel that I recently attended, every panelist emphasized two pieces of advice on succeeding in an endeavor:

Don’t try to do all everything at once: when you have 20 things to do, figure out how to pick 10; from 10 figure out how to pick 1 or...
2022-06-19 02:04:18

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...
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2022-06-18 04:28:52

foresight

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...
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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.

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2022-06-16 05:36:15