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I can tell when I lack sleep. I feel a bit disoriented, crave sugar, and start noticing random details around the room instead of focusing on what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, as a full time, bootstrapping female entrepreneur this scenario is far too familiar. Being a great entrepreneur takes effort, dedication, and persistence and it comes at a cost.   When we choose to do something we are choosing not to do something else. When we say yes to everything we set...

Simple but mindful steps to overcome the bias that we might not be resilient. Our Assumptions about Resilience When you think of resilient people, who comes to your mind? People whose perseverance led them to make it against all odds? Or those who went through all kinds of trials and tribulations and got awarded with sweet success? Are you thinking about those who are able to bounce back, failure after failure, mistake after mistake? Does it remind you of outliers (Malcolm Gladwell),...

Somedays I feel a bit anxious about all the things I have not yet completed. About that project that took longer than I thought. Or that delayed decision that cost us time and money. Or that product that didn't sell fast enough to balance out the cash flow. The list goes on. When I seek fault, I am good at seeing it everywhere. The optimistic side of me says there is always room for growth. The other side of me...

How do you draw a mountain? When I was growing up in Washington DC, I did not know how to draw it. However, my parents tell me that I started drawing mountains as soon as I moved to South Korea, and they’d be in every illustration I drew. What was different? Education? It was most likely the exposure and experience. DC landscape is mostly flat. To see any curve of a mountain, you have to drive out 2 hours to see the first glimpse of Shenandoah...

#Seoul Reflection Thank you Chosun Ilbo for inviting us to be a part of the 9th Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul last week! I am honored to have shared our vision to build a creative global workforce at the most prestigious international conference in Korea. Thanks to this opportunity, I even got to connect with the U.S Embassy Seoul’s American Center Korea to speak with a group of college students as a guest speaker about my entrepreneurship journey. I am humbled and reenergized. Participants’ questions...

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your teenage self about the future you are living today? Are things as you had expected them to be, better, or worse? I’ve been thinking a lot about this as I speak with students and young professionals. Their expectation of life, career, and love reminds me of the dual effect that expectation has in shaping our realities. On one side, it’s true that when things do not turn out the...

No matter what you do or say, it is unlikely that everyone will side with you. Someone is going to adore that movie you thought was awful. Someone is likely to disagree on the new project idea you and your team thought was the most brilliant solution to this crisis. And sometimes someone may disagree with you because your opinions might be wrong. At first, this realization can sound harsh but on second thought, it can be liberating. Whether one is a...

"Let’s start brainstorming." "Give me a new idea to do this." When was the last time you started your team ideation session with those statements? As harmless as they sound, this can be the very cause of getting your team stuck due to the expectation you set. An expectation that you want your team to be creative right now at this very moment and to generate ideas to help you do something right now. You may think, 'well, I'm welcoming others' ideas. Isn't...

When I was young, I did not think much about what my role model looked like until Disney’s Mulan came out. I was glued to the movie. I loved that I shared so many similarities with her: tomboyish personality, daring to dream big, daydreaming, sneaky, and long black hair. I was especially moved by the scene when she left her family to join the army in place of her father disguised as a boy. I also felt connected to Mulan...

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