The Top 3 Things I Learned at the 2nd ACE Conference

The top 3 things I learned at ACE.
  1. What’s your why?
  2. Figure out what you’re good at
  3. “Do only what you can do and outsource the rest”

Continue reading for my review of ACE and more extensive notes. Continue reading The Top 3 Things I Learned at the 2nd ACE Conference

Summer 2016

I am finally launching this blog because I have just started the Founder Institute this summer. I will be blogging about my journey here.

Through this blog I hope to cover:

  • Founder Institute Updates
  • Book Reviews
  • Personal Essays
  • My Personal Photography Collection Released Via Creative Commons
  • Thoughts and more!

How Breaking My Arm Taught Me the 40% Rule

The 40% rule is the idea that when you think you’ve reached your limit, you’re actually only 40% done. It’s one of my favorite concepts right next to the 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto principle.

Last month I decided that walking was too slow and I needed a more portable mode of transportation than a bike and a faster mode of transportation than my two feet. I settled on the pennyboard. Casey Neistat looked badass zipping around it in the city and I always wanted to learn how to skate.

I got the pennyboard and broke my elbow on my first fall. The chances of that I would like to say is Murphy’s law or the idea that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

I learned later that pennyboards are actually the hardest to learn because they’re so small and that my injury was a very common skateboard/snowboard injury. In that sense, safety gear is not a joke. No matter how uncool it looks, now I really know that the cost of a broken bone far outweighs looking stupid.

Breaking my arm was a great experience. I spent a couple weeks in decent pain, underwent surgery, got to try opiates, and discovered that not everyone can get addicted to prescription drugs.

I learned what it was like to only have one functional arm (it sucks). I met many kind and not so unkind people and I got an inside look at the health care system. I learned to adapt to my situation. I realized how important it was to slow down and focus when I spent a couple days bedridden in pain. When I experienced my first oxycodone high after my surgery, I realized that it’s all mental. After my surgery, the nerves in my arm were still numbed and after I took my first oxy, all the pain decreased. I felt so much better that I actually worked a little opposed to the horror I had experienced earlier that day- an IV poking my vein and having a completely paralyzed limb. The next morning, the nerve block wore off and the pain hit me like a brick. It taught me about stress, the different kinds there are, and how it affects my mind and body.

I discovered that I was absolutely more capable and stronger than I thought I was. I learned how to cook with one hand. I learned to adapt. I finally invested in a wireless charger– one of the best investments I made this year opposed to the pennyboard which may be debatable. I investigated patents as I came up with product ideas to make my life easier.

You could probably say that losing one arm would decrease your productivity by at least 50% or even more thus making you disabled. I argue that it just makes you disabled for a society that has all limbs and actually enables you to get creative to change your environment to one that suits you.

I used to think if I ever became permanently crippled my life would not be worth living. My broken arm helped me realize that I could lose my entire arm but I could still make do with my life. It helped me realize what I thought was my 100%, being able-bodied, was actually only 40%.

Breaking my arm made me stronger on so many fronts and it happened as I tried to learn something new. I urge my readers to try something new and discover the 40% rule in their own lives.

This applies to many things from fitness, age, intelligence, courage, and more. What holds you back?

3 Reasons Why I Became an Entrepreneur

I am a 23 year old Korean-American millennial. However, unlike most people my age, I mostly sit at home all day working from the computer in my pjs which some people might consider as doing nothing (if my little sister can attest). A lot of people don’t know what I do, and to be honest, I’m still trying to figure it out too. However, here’s a blog post about my journey into entrepreneurship. If you want to skip the intro, scroll down till you hit the 3 Reasons.  Continue reading 3 Reasons Why I Became an Entrepreneur