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What Makes You Happy?
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May 29, 2020

What Makes You Happy?

Figure out what makes you happy.

That means constant change and evolving.

What I’ve learned over the years is to never stay in a situation that isn’t helping you grow mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

Growing up in an Asian household, I didn’t have many options when it came to my career.

It was to go to college, get an expensive degree, and get a “prestigious” job as a doctor, lawyer, engineer or a good ol’ stable corporate job.

Like many, I have to go through the motions of things to figure out if something is for me or not.

So that’s exactly what I did.

I loved business. So I majored in entrepreneurship with a minor in global innovation.

Figured out very quickly that it wasn’t for me.

What they taught was so outdated that by the time you’re ready to apply, the digital landscape is already years ahead of you.

There was also no real life experience… anything remotely close to what I needed to succeed.

So I started to invest in outside mentorships and masterminds.

The last summer of college, I ended up landing an internship at a local company.

Also figured out very quickly that a normal job wasn’t for me.

I loved marketing. I loved growth and scale. I loved creating.

But I couldn’t stand the fact that I was going to stick to the same routine for the next 40 years.

So I broke out of it.

Fast forward 3 years from the time I graduated, everything changed.

Because I realized that every time I did something that was “expected” of me, I ended up miserable.

But I wouldn’t have known what I was passionate about unless I went through the motions.

Little by little, I started to figure it out on my own.

I’m nowhere close to where I want to be, but I’m definitely the happiest I’ve ever been.

From time to time, I just take a step back to re-evaluate where my life currently is and where it’s heading.

It’s as dead simple as, “If I’m not happy anymore… what changes do I have to make to get there?”

It’s OK to change. It’s OK to evolve. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to want more.

You hold the pen to write the story of your life. And I implore you to live one that’s worth telling. 📝

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