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I gave up dating, friendships, and salary when I started my company. When I explained to an investor that I was starting to feel sucking into the company, he told that his best entrepreneurs were obsessed with their companies too. I felt vindicated. But that’s exactly the wrong framework. It’s the path to burnout. “Burned […]

Preventing Burnout: The Founder’s Work Contract

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On the dance floor at Esalen, with my hair tumbling down my face, I decided to let go of something big. I took a workshop last week in a conscious dance practice called Open Floor with the incredible instructor, Andrea Juhan. It’s in the family of Ecstatic Dance and uses movement as a tool for […]

It’s OK to be a Hot Mess

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There’s a beautiful Native American story of a grandfather talking to his grandson. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, […]

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

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I’m a second generation immigrant. I’m proud of my Chinese heritage, but I’m also learning to shed unhelpful beliefs about work. I have a vivid memory of watching my mother working in bed on a Sunday. She was a designer for her own fashion line, and she was going through magazines for inspiration. I remember […]

Good Work Should Feel Inspired