7 Courageous Posts That Motivate Me (And Will Motivate You Too)

Whenever I need courage to continue on my journey, I look to these posts to keep me going in the right direction. These posts help me immensely and I know that they can provide help to you as well.

1. The Million Dollar Question by Sebastian Marshall. This post stands out as my favorite post of all-time. Sebastian writes a beautiful, honest piece about how he feels different from the people in Japan’s suburbs. He feels that slight sense of isolation because his ambition is incredibly more vast than most. He wants to make a difference in the world and because of that, he won’t have the luxury of living a comfortable life. Very few people will understand him because he wants to change the world with millions of dollars and relentless production in his career. I can relate because I’m doing something that not many people will understand.

2. Loud. Arrogant. Rebellious. Asian. by Jason Shen. As a fellow Asian-American, there are social stereotypes that we have to face. Jason Shen wrote an amazing piece of wanting to break that racial stereotype. I want to break it as well so I feel similarly to what Jason writes here. It’s a reminder that I need to make that noise, be assertive, and be absolutely confident in my ability to take chances.

3. Random Acts of Courage by Niall Doherty. Niall has been a huge supporter of consistently going out of your social comfort zone. His random acts of courage experiment is to show the steps to find your social courage. Some of his challenges are hilarious, others are strange, and all of them challenge the notion of going out of your comfort zone. I have personally done some of these challenges and I enjoy how he presents the outcomes of these challenges. Almost always, nothing bad happens. It’s another reminder to keep taking risks.

4. The Microchange I Want to be in the World by Mark Robertson. Mark writes about being unable to make a huge difference in the world. Rather than be sad about that, he advocates an alternative strategy to living a life with purpose. Create the microchange you want to see in the world. Make small changes to yourself to better your attitude. Make a difference to the few people around you. Make a huge difference to one other person. Do something random that impacts your local group and community positively. Be that microchange.

5. Have You Accepted Passion as Your Personal Savior? by Chase Night. This post really changed my attitude towards my blogging changes in the past couple of years. I used to be passionate about wanting to do all sorts of magical things on a particular bucket list relating to social activity. Then I realized it was starting to hinder my development in other facets of my life. Allowing my passion to be fluid enough to change at a moment’s notice while keeping a particular theme underneath it all helped me. I felt scared that I had to ride out my be epic by 30 idea. However, I changed it to wanting to meet interesting people, which is more manageable to me currently.

6. Friends are More than Contacts by Raam Dev. It’s a fantastic article about how he keeps sight of his close, intimate friendships while balancing the ability to create new ones. While I didn’t delete my personal Facebook like he did, he shared a great discussion as to keeping quality in your personal relationships rather than adding more numbers to your Facebook count. The balance to allowing new interactions while maintaining closeness with close friends is extremely important.

7. First Impressions by Ken Bernock. First impressions are extremely important. However, this post reminds me to stay open about people even after their initial impression. Sometimes people have a bad day. People are not perfect and they will mess up. Giving them some flexibility is a valuable skill to learn because it allows people to get a better understanding of one another. While first impressions are a huge factor, allowing yourself some flexibility in your judgments can provide a better measurement of others and yourself.

These seven posts have helped me clarify my personal journey. Whenever things got tough, I looked to these posts to help me get an alternative, more positive outlook in life. Even if one of these posts helps you, then I’ve done my job. Enjoy.


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Ask (Small Stories with Small Victories)

An old friend liked one of my recent statuses on Facebook yesterday.

I asked myself, “What is holding me back from catching up with this friend?”

Nothing is holding me back.

I wrote a Facebook message and asked to hang out. The old friend agreed.


The vending machine ate my two dollars. I waited for a couple of minutes to decide what to do.

Someone else put their two dollars in the vending machine.

They ended up receiving their drink of choice and my drink.

I quickly asked to get the other drink since it was actually mine. They gave it to me right away.


I was at the bookstore and one of my favorite books had $7.50 written on its inner cover. I looked at my wallet and there was only $5 inside.

I brought the book up to the cash register and the cashier rang it up. I asked him politely, “Hi, I’d like to buy this book for $5. It is the most I am willing to offer and I feel it is reasonable enough to gain a profit. I know you got this book used and I know you’d like someone like me to buy it. I need to drive home as well.”

The cashier stared at me for a couple of seconds and told me, “If you sell your soul for the other $2.50 then we have a deal” as he changed the price to $5. I gave him the $5 and thanked him. He smiled back.


I asked a girl on Twitter if her soul animal was a tiger. She had that feisty personality. She also had Tigers all over her social media accounts. I was curious to see what would happen when I asked based off of curiosity.

She replied and sent me a Tiger picture. We continued talking and she asked me in return to help me with a particular project. Who knew asking about Tigers creates an opportunity.


I asked a friend about one of their friends who ended up going to my university. She was writing on her friend’s page. I figured I could network and sent a message over to the other friend who was going to my university. We still keep in contact to this day because I asked.


Every single event happened because I asked. The world isn’t going to hand you small victories. Just like any vision or cause, the small victories take some effort as well. Asking is a small task that allows clarification, opportunity, and fun. It lets positive randomness in. Go out and ask. The benefits can be small or large. Asking lets those benefits happen.

Share Your Honest Intent

March 08 2012 1:30PM

I’m sitting at the cafeteria sipping on my black coffee. I usually open the lid for a couple of minutes to let the heat get out for a little bit.

The moment I throw the lid onto the counter, I noticed a girl out of the corner of my eye.

She is sitting to my right and reading a book about beliefs and how those beliefs shape people in cultural and societal context.

After brainstorming what to say for a minute, I say, “Hi. How is that book?” [This is proof that it doesn’t really matter what you start with. Just start the conversation.]

She turns to me and smiles. “It’s really interesting” she says.

We talk about that for 10 minutes. She is a Sociology major which totally fits with how she has to read and annotate the book for her 3:10 class the same day. We chat about how beliefs are greatly influenced by society and its acceptable beliefs.

She is an incredibly fiery character: A wave of fire and ice blended into one another. She has passionate points that make her sound like she is preaching to me and other points that are given deep thought. She shares deep interpersonal conflict with relative ease and trust. She tells me how frustrating it is to have pressure from her family but at the same time, I feel her love for them. She’s full of complexity and a gifted conversationalist.

We continue for half an hour until I ask her about her necklace. She states that a close friends of hers gave it to her. It was a darker shade of blue. She told me how her close friend gave it to her because he really cherished her as a person.

I asked her, “Did he want anything romantic with you?” She said she wasn’t sure.

[It seemed like she talked about him with intriguing fervor and passion that I had to ask this. Unfortunately, it seemed like the guy didn’t know how to express himself based on what she told me.]

I nodded. I shared a lot about myself to her as well.

I was into all sorts of ideas, philosophies, and dark music. She told me that I reminded her of the same guy who gave her the necklace. She couldn’t stop talking about him and that I was the only other person she talked to that has the same sort of depth when it came to talking about all sorts of subjects.

This continues on for 90 minutes until 3:00, 10 minutes before her class.

I tell her it was great meeting her, get her number to keep in contact, and go on my way.

[Looking back, I realized something funny. I paralleled that guy she talked about. I never told her my intentions. She seemed really interested but since he didn’t directly share his intent, she wasn’t sure what to think. I fell into the same problem. She wasn’t sure what to think and therefore made it difficult to keep in contact after this initial meeting. This is why you must share your honest intent. If you want to make friends, tell people you want to make more friends. If you want to get a date, tell them they’re attractive. Share your honest intent. Deliver it confidently and 99% of the time, it will be welcomed and appreciated.]

Learning to Lead

March 08 2012 3:40PM

I enter into the cafeteria and I see an intriguing looking girl that catches my eye. She is wearing tall black boots, a black sweater, and a black shirt.

She looks at the sushi stand and figures which type of sushi she’d like to have.

This is where I ask her about her pink hair and if she goes to Burning Man.

She looks at me weird and tells me that she isn’t someone who goes to Burning Man. She laughs and says, “So many people ask me that!”

We chat about where both of us are from. Then she tells me, “I’ll be eating this outside. You can follow me if you want.”

[I didn’t realize that I was being a follower. Being a follower is not always a bad thing. However in this situation it seems like an act of weakness.]

After talking for another ten minutes at the tables, she finishes her sushi. We walk onto the field while she smokes a cigarette.

On the field, the conversation gets sexual and tons of flirting ensues. We’re both one another. I tell her that she is a troublemaker. She looks and stares at me relentlessly. The tension builds. We continue to stare at one another for a minute.

[I could have went in for the quick kiss here or something else. If you build it like this and don’t make a move, whether that is a kiss or a peck on the cheek or taking her hand, you’re falling behind. You’re not leading anymore.]

But I didn’t. I left it awkward.

You must take the lead if the girl wants you to advance. If not, the magic moment flickers away.