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...
My name is Steve and I'm a product manager currently living in San Francisco. I studied Business Economics at UCLA and started my career in finance before quickly transitioning into technology. I enjoy having conversations about all aspects of life, learning new perspectives that differ from my own, and building products that help people create a better life for themselves and their families by improving how they work and live.
On the personal side, 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 find me playing basketball, hanging out with friends, exploring the city, or reading/working at your local coffee shop. Let's chat!
Gardena Palos Verdes Los Angeles San Francisco
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. 🤷🏻♂️
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.
🙏🏼 Life Principles
"The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of your relationships"
"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today"
"The best way to be highly influential is to be human to everyone you meet"
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”
"A good life is a well-storied life"
"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear"
"The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare"
💡 Influential Articles
💬 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
"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
"Life is about asking questions. If you think about it, life is just a collection of questions, or at least the ones we choose to acknowledge. Within those questions we choose to acknowledge, we answer them for ourselves because we feel the need to. And in those answers, I believe we find our own meaning, we find our own definition, we find what it is we stand for, and who we are as people. And that’s how we celebrate our individuality"
"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
"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
📚 Favorite Books
🎙 Favorite Podcasts
🥇 Lifelong Hobbies
🏀 Basketball (started playing at age 5)
📽 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
🗺 Favorite Places
Rio de Janeiro (Olympics 2016)
🎥 Favorite Movies
Remember the Titans
Good Will Hunting
Catch Me If You Can
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Wolf of Wall Street