Introducing the 2016 Asian American Man Study

Note: the 2016 edition of the Asian American Man study launched October 19th. Click here to take it.

This summer, the meme #StarringJohnCho made waves through the media landscape. Dozens of movie posters were modified to portray Korean-American actor John Cho as the leading character and these images were shared widely across Facebook and Twitter. From James Bond to Jurassic Park to The Martian to 500 Days of Summer, Cho seemed like he could be the perfect fit for any Hollywood blockbuster. Continue reading…


How to Hit Harder

I’ve been taking boxing classes on and off for a few years, but got more serious this past summer, when I signed up for a membership at a nearby gym. They offer both group classes and semi-private training sessions, and my technique and skill have improved dramatically as I’ve worked more closely with the trainers.

There are a lot of lessons I’ve learned from boxing, but here’s one. Continue reading…


The Science of Practice — My Illustrated Story in Hardbound

As long-time readers of this blog know, training and practice are things I’m very interested in. I’ve gone in depth on the topic in my guest post on Buffer: Why Practice Makes Perfect and my interview with Professor Anders Ericsson, who conducted the pioneering study that lead to the so-called “10,000 hour rule” popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers.

For the past few months, I’ve been working with Nathan Bashaw and the team at Hardbound to create an illustrated story about how practice makes us better. It’s called The Science of Practice and you should go read it now. Continue reading…


Three Antipatterns That Sink Side Projects

I like to cook steak on my cast iron pan. It’s simple — you let the meat get to room temperature, coat it with salt and pepper, heat oil on the pan on medium, and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes.

I routinely still overcook my steaks. It’s very easy to do. I’m worried about the meat being undercooked or too rare, and half the time I end up making a medium-well steak instead of a medium rare one. Continue reading…


Training for the Clapping Push-up World Record

For the past few months I’ve been training for the clapping push-up world record. I first applied to challenge the record in March and complained to Guinness because it was taking a while to get cleared.

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