Never Forget Our Values

Today kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month so I thought I'd share this experience from earlier this week. On Monday, I received over 100 hateful and racist comments from trolls, white supremacists, and far-right wing conspiracists on my Asian American band's page. More specifically, it was on a post announcing a new grant that … Continue reading Never Forget Our Values

How to Write a Book

It's easy to write a book, a song, direct a film or to start a business. Everyone with a pen or smartphone can do so. It's much harder to create something that is meaningful and can shift the culture. The difference between those two extremes seems stark: one seems like it could be mundane, rejected, … Continue reading How to Write a Book

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