Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on Plan A Magazine, a publication focused on Asian American issues and was written to promote the 2017 Asian American Man Study — which closes on midnight Sunday Dec 3rd!
The man in the middle of the maelstrom is small and slight, but as he whirls his legs enemies twice his size fall to the dirt. A horde of fifteen adversaries comes at him, but this David flexes his muscles and floods the group of Goliaths with a flurry of punches and kicks, leaving them squirming in agony around his feet.
I have watched this scene hundreds of times, and it never ceases to inspire me. Bruce Lee in the epic movie Enter the Dragon is something far greater than a demigod action hero stomping out lesser mortals: he is a scrawny, short man from Hong Kong, acting as though he believed himself a giant.
Just over a year ago, 66 million voters were stunned when their candidate lost the US Presidential election. The running meme at the time was that everyone couldn’t wait for 2016 to be over, because of the celebrity deaths, endless election coverage, and numerous high-profile murders of unarmed black men by the police.
This year has been in many ways, far more gut-wrenching than 2016, from the mass shootings to the white supremacist rallies to wide-scale revelations of sexual harassment and assault of women by powerful men to the devastation of natural disasters. Not to mention an administration that is deeply incompetent and self-serving, showing little regard for truth or anyone who is not a wealthy, white, and male. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This blog is about competitive advantage with an emphasis on business and technology, so this post might seem a bit out of place, but if you’re new, you should know this is not the first time I’ve written about race, gender, or culture, and it won’t be the last. Ignore these issues at your own peril.
It’s been a hell of a month.
First, there was a 10 page memo that went viral authored by a (now former) Google engineer named James Damore about what he saw as Google’s liberal bias, where he implied that biological differences between men and women might explain why there’s a 4 to 1 ratio of men vs women on the technical staff at Google. Continue reading
Let’s talk about the trade-offs between taking the time to do your homework on something and getting ahead through decisive action.
My father is running for a seat on the school committee of my hometown and I’ve been helping him put together his website. His initial list of campaign priorities emphasized broad themes: academic excellence, teacher quality, things that few would disagree with.
I’ve pressed him for details how exactly he plans to fulfill these priorities. More teacher training? New classroom technology? Overhauling the teacher hiring process? He would demur, not wanting to advocate for any specific policies before he has a better understanding of his constituents. Sure, the election is months away, but with a better known candidate also in the race, I’m concerned his nebulous platform won’t win him any new supporters.  Continue reading
The past week have been quite a rollercoaster for this country and the world. Many of us are still processing what this all means. While I’d like to get back to our regularly scheduled programming of technology, business, startup, fitness, and personal growth content here, I’m compelled to share my perspective on where we go from here. Continue reading