Steve Wu

A collection of thoughts, ideas, people, and things that have had the biggest influence on my life and perspectives thus far.

        Updating on a regular basis...

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Hi,

I'm a 28-year-old product leader currently living in San Francisco. I studied Business Economics at UCLA and started my career in finance before quickly transitioning into technology. I love having conversations about all aspects of life and understanding perspectives that differ from my own and I'm passionate about building products that empower people to form meaningful relationships, engage in meaningful work and participate in meaningful experiences on a global scale.

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My goal is to live a fulfilling life by bringing at least one truly great product to life through a better understanding of self (my interests and passions) and fostering meaningful relationships with others. I'm constantly striving to live with greater joy and gratitude, be more thoughtful in how I make everyday decisions, and have better clarity and conviction about the choices that I make. 

 

In my spare time, you can usually find me playing basketball, hanging out with friends, exploring the city, or reading/working at your local coffee shop. Let's chat!

🏑  Home

Gardena          Palos Verdes          Los Angeles          San Francisco

🍼  Upbringing

I grew up as a 2nd generation half-Taiwanese, half-Chinese American in Gardena, CA. My parents were small business owners who started a telecommunications company and ran it together for over 15 years, giving me an early dose of what it meant to start a business and work hard / sacrifice for what you believe in. They taught me both to be grateful for everything I have, and also not to expect or feel entitled to anything in life that I didn't earn on my own.

I was always super curious about things as a kid, and I distinctly remember being very proud when I won the (first-ever) Albert Einstein award for most questions asked in a single session during summer camp. I also really enjoyed experimenting, and some of my most vivid childhood memories included taking apart all of my parent's electronic devices to see "how they worked", sticking the same copper wire into both ends of an electrical outlet "just because" and shooting a water gun into a brightly lit chandelier just to see "what would happen".

☝🏼Lessons learned: People get upset when you can't put things back together, you can short-circuit a house, and it causes light bulbs to explode. πŸ€·πŸ»‍♂️

 

The rest of my childhood was a blur of Legos, Knex, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Kumon Lessons, Violin, Halo, Chinese School, Basketball, Boy Scouts and Michael Jordan videos. Such is life.

πŸ™πŸΌ  Life Principles

"The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of your relationships"

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"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today"

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"The best way to be highly influential is to be human to everyone you meet"

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”

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"A good life is a well-storied life"

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"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear"​

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"The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare"​

πŸ“š  Favorite Books

🐐  Heroes

Rafael Nadal

Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant

Albert Einstein

Eminem

Elon Musk

πŸ₯‡  Lifelong Hobbies

πŸ€ Basketball (started playing at age 5)

 

🎾 Tennis

 

πŸ‚ Snowboarding

πŸ—Ί  Favorite Places

Tokyo

 

Kyoto

 

Hong Kong

 

Oahu, Hawaii

 

Taipei

 

Rio de Janeiro (Olympics 2016)

 

Barcelona

 

Rome

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πŸ’¬  Favorite Quotes

"The goal of human life is to live with joy and purpose, and our greatest joy is lived in deep, loving and generous relationships with others" - Dalai Lama

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"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

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"Life is the process of finding your loves and testing your loves. All of us love certain things: certain friends, certain dreams, certain professional goals. But you really don’t know the nature of your love until you’ve tested it with reality...After ten years, I could write out a priority list on a piece of paper of the things I loved, and I could rank them and I could devote my best energies to my highest loves…When you have the ability to write that list in order, you’ve achieved your agency moment. You have your own criteria. You’re not relying on the opinions of others. Your own standard and your own ability to judge your own life" - David Brooks

πŸ“½  Influential Videos

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

2015 Commencement Address by David Brooks

Overnight Success: Gary Vaynerchuk

How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek

Why we do what we do | Tony Robbins

πŸŽ₯  Favorite Movies

Remember the Titans​

Good Will Hunting

Training Day

8 Mile

Love Actually

Catch Me If You Can

Crash

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Ip Man

The Wolf of Wall Street​

You made it to the end! Let's grab coffee sometime. Feel free to reach out at stevewu22@gmail.com or via any social media below

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