William Liao

August 30, 2021

Reserve your judgment

The next time someone doesn’t show up to a meeting, or someone doesn’t respond in what you think is a timely manner, or someone seems frustrated, angered, or unenthusiastic, Do yourself and that person a favor: pause your judgment and seek to understand first. People’s lives are complex and we rarely know the full extent of what they m...
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August 29, 2021

Consistency

Many outcomes are the byproduct of accumulation rather than defining moments or activities. There isn’t a specific moment where you become healthy; you achieve a healthy status through the cumulative effects of consistently eating well and exercising. There isn’t a specific moment where you build a thriving company culture; you achieve...
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August 28, 2021

Your worth

Your worth is not determined by the approval of others. Your worth is not determined by your education. Your worth is not determined by your salary. Your worth is not determined by what company you work for. Your worth is not determined by how many likes or impressions you get on social. Your worth is not determined by your relationshi...
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August 27, 2021

Be kind

Be kind. You can be kind anywhere: at home, at work, among friends, and among strangers. It’s not hard, and it will make the people around you feel better, which will make you feel better. Resolve to be kind, make it your default — it’s a virtuous cycle worth being a part of.
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August 27, 2021

You will never be 100% ready

I’ve always been enamored and conflicted by Nike’s slogan: “just do it”. On the one hand, I admire the simplicity and conviction that emanates from the three words. On the other hand, it always felt a bit rash: What do you mean just do it? What if I’m not ready? What if now isn’t a good time? What if I need more information? Recently I...
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August 25, 2021

What matters

The act of meeting is not as important as what you’re meeting for. More important than a product is the problem it is intended to solve. “Keeping things moving” and “hustling” doesn’t mean anything if it’s not clear what end you’re moving and working towards. Progress is best measured in the form of meaningful outcomes; not in the widg...
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August 24, 2021

It's possible

It’s possible to acknowledge other people’s opinions without being beholden to them. It’s possible to go on vacation, never check your e-mail, and have your job and projects intact when you return. It’s possible to have productive discussions about points of disagreement. It’s possible to be compassionate towards everyone (yes, everyon...
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August 24, 2021

It's the going that's good

One of my all-time favorite classes in college was a course taught by a professor from the Kelley School of Business. On paper, the course was about negotiation tactics. In reality, it was a series of lessons on how to live a good life. The professor who taught the course was the perfect role model for such a subject: 1. He was very in...
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August 22, 2021

Routinization, then intensity

I started taking a software engineering course two weeks ago — this is my 4th or 5th attempt to acquire new software engineering skills. The Launch School has a useful graphic that breaks down the experience of learning a new skill into 3 phases: 1. Exploratory phase: you experience initial high — you’re very eager to begin learning. O...
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August 21, 2021

7.1e-9

The universe is about 14 billion years old. Your life as a percentage of the universe’s existence is approximately 7.1e-9, or .0000000071%. Life is short. In the grand scheme of things it represents a mere spec — if that — in time. There is no time to waste. There’s barely any time at all. So: Be honest about what you want. Be mindful ...
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