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How to Save, Invest, and Grow Your Money as a Young Millennial

You asked. I delivered.

Many of my young email subscribers have asked about how they can learn more about how to save and invest money. Well, it just so happens that I’ve been an undercover fanboy of personal finance. In fact, it’s one of the ways I got into my love of Warren Buffett and self development.

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Why procrastinators procrastinate

The blog, Wait But Why, has a popular article on why procrastinators procrastinate. The summary of it is that people procrastinate because the long-term thinking part of your brain gets overtaken by the “Instant gratification monkey.”

This monkey plays in the “Dark playground” of unproductive activities, like watching pranks on YouTube, until you’re up against a deadline. Then, the “Panic Monster” arrives, which forces you to get back on track.

I loved the fun characters used to illustrate this, but I think it misses the mark on the core of why we procrastinate. The playful story may even be diverting your attention from the main cause of procrastination.

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12 Myths Debunked About Meditation from New Neuroscience Research

In the online self help and entrepreneurship communities, meditation and mindfulness have started to be worshiped as magic pills for success with wealth, happiness, focus, health, and more.

One of the drivers of this idea are podcast interview shows, like The Tim Ferriss Show and Eventual Millionaire. These shows interview tons of successful people and claim most interviewees practice some form of meditation practice.

But is it true? Can it solve every problem under the sun, from anxiety to procrastination? Or it is confirmation and fallacy of correlation proving causation? Maybe only 5% of them actually meditate, but they over-inflated how frequently it showed up based on their estimates.

One of the most respected scientists of our time, Daniel Goleman, author of books like Emotional Intelligence, stepped up to find out the truth by writing a whole book proving and debunking meditation myths based on hard, empirical research. The book is called Altered Traits. Here’s what he found.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover Book Summary & Review

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover Book Summary & Review (Plus an Exclusive Interview)

“There are no perfect relationships. There are no perfect partners. Relationships by their very nature are chaotic, eventful, and challenging.”
― Robert A. Glover, No More Mr. Nice Guy

One of the books that has had the most profound impact on my life is Dr. Robert Glover’s No More Mr. Nice Guy.

The book uncovers:

  • the truth about the stereotypical Nice Guy
  • why modern society has created so many of them
  • why they fail to get the relationships and career success they crave
  • how to take back your life in an honest, non-manipulative way without becoming a jerk

It also goes into detailed stories of many of his Nice Guy clients and specific steps on how to break free from this behavior.

Dr. Glover understands Nice Guys deeply, having coached thousands of them as a licensed psychotherapist. He adeptly addresses specific common questions like, “Why is it a bad thing to be nice?” and “How do I talk to a girl without making it seem like I’m hitting on her?”

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How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy Yang Book Summary & Review

So I read How To American – An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents by Jimmy O. Yang. Well, I read a good portion of it.

That’s right, I didn’t read every word of the book, but you can still learn a lot without reading an entire book.

If you’re not familiar, Jimmy is a 30-year old Hong-Kong American actor who plays Jian Yang on the hit TV show, Silicon Valley. He wrote a whole book on his life journey and Asian immigrant struggles. It’s a must-read for any Asian American because it hits on themes we struggle with unique to us.

It was fantastic and shocking at times. Here’s what I learned…

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Why Reading 251 Books Didn’t Help Me Get Richer (Yet)

In the last couple years, I’ve read a ton of books. In fact, I stopped counting at 251 because I was going through them so fast. In addition to that, I’ve consumed hundreds of podcast interviews of millionaires and even more hours of video interview content. Yet I’m still not much richer.

How could all this priceless information from wealthy individuals do so little?

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Crush It By Gary Vaynerchuk Book Summary and Review

Crush It was Gary Vaynerchuk’s first book. Since its release, Gary has become a superstar on social media, impacting many successful artists and creators as an inspiration. He has been one of the best at leveraging every social media platform out there to spread his message, amassing hundreds of thousands of fans, and building an 8 to 9-figure digital agency.

I found out about Gary when he first transitioned from his family wine business, which he 10xed in sales, to becoming a social media expert and digital agency CEO.

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Ben Franklin's Autobiography: A Quick Book Summary & Review

Ben Franklin’s Autobiography: A Quick Book Summary & Review

Ben Franklin is one of the most influential people of American History. Hundreds of years after his death, he’s still seen as a role model by many, including the billionaire, Charlie Munger.

He was a successful inventor and businessman. He helped build the great American government and economy. His foresight into the power of compound interest helped turn his $2,000 donation to the country at his death into $6.5 million.

Ben’s philosophies in life are still influencing many people today. His concepts of pursuing health, wealth, and happiness even impacted Tim Ferriss to structure his best-selling book Tools of Titans around these concepts.

Here’s a busy man’s book summary of Ben’s autobiography, a book I’ve been wanting to read for year that I finally got to:

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The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Bros Give Advice to Asian Americans on Success, Excuses, Dating, and Social Media Growth

The Fung Brothers are a Chinese-American duo consisting of comedians and rappers, Andrew Fung and David Fung. They have a successful Hip Hop foodie and streetwear YouTube channel, with almost 2 million subscribers.

Here’s my interview with them. We talk Asian American obstacles, overcoming excuses, social media growth tips, dating & wealth advice, and more.

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How To Choose A Career You Love As A Young Millennial

Finding a job you love is not easy. But it is possible. And it’s worth it. Imagine getting paid to do what you’d do for free everyday.

If you’re willing to put in the work, you can get there. Unless you’re lucky, it’s not going to fall in your lap. First, realize that it’s normal that it won’t be your first job. Next, do some research.

You’re about to unearth the secrets to finding your dream job in this podcast episode. But why should you listen to me? I’ve read all the books on finding your passion and done more research than anyone on earth on successful people who found their passion.

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How To Deal With Typical Strict Asian Parents

How To Deal With Strict Asian Parents (Even If You Can’t Change Them)

So you have strict Asian parents.

They over-controlling. They have unreasonable rules. They set ridiculous expectations and talk down to you. Maybe it doesn’t even end into adulthood.

How do you deal with this?

We all want to be happier. But when we’re young, it seems impossible to deal with. Here are some tips I’ve learned from studying successful communicators and experience:

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How to find your dream job

How Asian American Millennial Men Can Find Their Passions

How to find your dream jobThere are hobbies and passions that can be turned into your dream job.

Sometimes, you are either just unaware of them or have not discovered them yet. Today, I wanted to share with you 10 things that might help you discover your passions and turn them into a career.

I have learned these from highly successful people in the books and interviews I have consumed.

1.Experience beats thinking

I want to start with the most important tip. I was told to do this, I didn’t listened, and learned the hard way.

It’s better to learn from experience rather than pondering. I spent dozens, if not hundreds, of hours creating charts and Venn diagrams to draw out my interests and skills t see where they intersected with jobs that paid.

Although it wasn’t completely useless, it didn’t help as much as I thought.

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NEVER Feel Like A Failure and NEVER Give Up - persistence and perseverance

Why You Should NEVER Feel Like A Failure and NEVER Give Up

I was watching a trailer for Usher’s Masterclass course and he said that he’s successful because he’s failed much more often than he’s succeeded.

Isn’t that curious?

If I could go back to my younger self, one of the first lessons I would pass on would be that failure is good.

Nowadays, this idea seems obvious because I’ve studied thousands of successful people and seen it as a common theme. In the book Getting There, dozens of successful people explain how they celebrated failure in order to succeed. When the billionaire Sara Blakely was a child, her father asked her how she failed every day at dinner and celebrated it.

But the teen version of myself would’ve been flabbergasted at this idea. It’s not common in Asian American culture. If anything, it’s the opposite. Failure is frowned up and results in bad feelings, including disappointment and outrage from your parents.

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