Scaling Up

Tonight, I'm doing a new presentation in Nashville, TN about scaling up in the music business. It's based on an idea I've been developing for a new book. I believe that many artists get stuck in a rut and find themselves unable to achieve more (in terms of income, new fans, opportunities, or otherwise) because … Continue reading Scaling Up

Unmasking Our True Fears

It's hard to find a news source that isn't reporting about the coronavirus at the moment. Despite the fact that death and infection rates are fairly low (nearly 500 deaths at the time of this writing, compared to the 60,000 who died from the flu last year), fears over this disease are leading to a … Continue reading Unmasking Our True Fears

The Tic Tac Toe Hustle

There are specific tactics for winning Tic Tac Toe, or at the very least, to never lose. I took this knowledge by challenging restaurant regulars who were friends with our family to a friendly wager of fifty cents per game.

Help Me Clear My Bookshelf

At the age of 13, one of my mentors gave me a book, "Developing the Leader Within You" by Dr. John C. Maxwell. It sparked something in me: I committed to reading at least two books on leadership and communication per month, every month, for the rest of my life. The "Leadership Library" covers many … Continue reading Help Me Clear My Bookshelf

The Advice I Give Out Most Often

What's the advice that you find yourself always giving to the people around you? Mine is simple: If your closest loved one were in your situation, what would you tell them to do? Most people know what the right thing to do is - they just either lack the courage and discipline to do so … Continue reading The Advice I Give Out Most Often

Sprint vs. Marathon

Yesterday, I was thinking about how people train for a marathon. It seems pretty straightforward: you run a little more each day to build up stamina, you eat appropriate food to get more energy, and you get advice from other experienced people who have run marathons before. What you don't do is sprint short distances, … Continue reading Sprint vs. Marathon

The Next Day

If you've been in a long, deep slumber and looked outside to see the sun on the horizon, you would not be able to tell if the sun was setting or rising. It's the solar equivalent of the glass being half empty or half full: the only difference is what has changed from before and … Continue reading The Next Day

Shortcuts

When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts

The Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had

Everyone has a story about the worst job they've ever had. Working customer service at a call center. Housekeeping for a motel. Counting inventory for a big-box retailer. Sometimes these jobs are necessary for a start. Other times it's for survival. When I reflect on the worst job experiences in my life, the common theme isn't … Continue reading The Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had

You Are Enough to Make a Difference

A few days ago, I was speaking at UC Davis School of Law for an event that highlighted some moments from my journey to the Supreme Court. After the presentation, I spent some time with student leaders of APALSA, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, where we casually spoke about music, Joss Whedon's Firefly, … Continue reading You Are Enough to Make a Difference