Writer, author of Connect the Dots, a portrait and fashion photographer. Editor of Motivated Mastery. Former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA and 6x coach. 'Boom' aficionado. My essays have appeared on Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and more.
Creativity, content marketing strategy, community building, writing a book, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, thinking clearly, adapting, fitness, snowboarding, and asking good questions.
Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, coding, personal finance
"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." — Seneca
Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Martha Graham, Temple Grandin, Steven Pressfield, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus.
Where something is, but not the street name.
How to set up a digital commonplace book.
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
Yoshie Akiba Connecting through Music after War
Because when they put me in the dirt, no one is going to care about my Instagram likes or the Addie's I've won. I want to be remembered by the people I lifted up, the stories I supported, the space we created; that I did right by my mom, raised two little soldiers, and that I love my wife fiercely.
Folks come into my office scared, excited, empowered, confused, confrontational, and I have to meet them there emotionally. I'm not a designer; I'm a servant with a sketchbook.
Michelle Ortiz Familias Separadas: Inspiration
I intentionally place my art in public space to say, 'We are here. We have been here. And this is what we contribute to our society and to this country.'
I see my work as an artist as cultural currency that I used to invest back into the communities I connect with.
After hitting a sort of creative wall in my life, I had to break through it and realize that I needed to self-assign. I'm responsible for my creative life. I'm responsible for the stories I tell. And I can't depend on other people to hand those to me.
Your energy is currency, spend it well, invest it wisely.
Phil Toledano Death Is a Start, But It's Not The End
Desmond Mason From NBA Player to American Artist
I don't know when exactly I stopped being "that Asian girl" and became Miss Info. But I wouldn't have lasted long enough to find out if I was checking my retweet counts or my Instagram comments.
If your passion can protect you, and if it can also shield you from judgment, then I would say use it by really exploring all of the different aspects of whatever your passion entails because then you're more worthy of that protection and you will contribute better to that creative community.
Nobody could deny that I loved what I did, even the little tiny menial parts of it, and I knew my shit backwards and forwards. I think that was the ultimate thing, that passion, and the work behind it is what broke people down. That's how passion protects you.
When I found hip hop, that was it—that was the great love of my life. I knew I couldn't rap or sing. I don't want to dance. I have stage fright all the time. But I knew that I could document hip hop for the artist and for the people who were involved, the fans. I could find the truth, the fact, spread it and mark it down for history.
I was never driven by ambition or financial reward; I don't think you go into hip hop journalism thinking that you're going to then get the hip hop lifestyle. Those two things do not meet.
I never had a clear idea of where I wanted to go, but I think that's actually an advantage.
You don't necessarily set out to be a pioneer, you go out and you get lost.
Being a pioneer sounds like such a romantic term, it sounds like a great achievement, but I think it only exists in hindsight because when you start out pave a way, that's not what you intend to do. You're just running into the dark, solo, no flashlight, no plan.
What also helped me was isolation—the freedom to be odd, ridiculous, unwanted, and resilience.
Any of the tools that I have have been from my parents, and I use them all of the time: work ethics, attention to detail, respect, devotion, books—so many books—and music.