My Values

My Values

Intentional Living

Looking back on the last twenty-something years of my life, I now see just how lucky I was. Lucky to have the experiences I had. Lucky to exist. The people in my life who so blindly offered me their shoulders to lean on when I thought I wasn't strong enough and their ears when no one was listening were invaluable. I've had a good life so far, but as I've now passed a quarter century on Earth, I can't help but wonder, how am I progressing? I've written a great piece on status anxiety in this vein here.
I think a distinction has to be made between living to succeed and living to understand. We as humans create goals as measures of value, of success. When a box is checked off, is that enough? I've climbed an ivory tower (by my fingernails I might add) and suffered countless rejections over many years. My Dad's passing taught me that life isn't guaranteed and that every day needs to be valued. Our time here is finite and I think that presents a beautiful chance to reflect. Not just on each day, but how we spend our time, and the decisions that we decide to make. It's inspired me to make better choices and I've most recently dedicated my time to the service of making our world better.

Minimalism + Conscious Consumerism

I grew up with parents that gave me as much as they could. Every experience was carefully curated to paint the most wholesome, true, real image of the world. Experiences also included possessions - books, computers, and clothes. It also meant travel: I've now seen most of the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia by my mid-twenties, including a significant number of world wonders. Being a third-culture kid living in the Fourth Industrial Revolution meant that I was surrounded by human advancement. More stuff and more technology in even more places. In America, we're raised on mass consumerism, the era of upgrades, and the concept that anything old is trash.
Today, I focus on two key philosophies: 1. Spend your money once. Buy a high-quality, repairable good that you'll cherish and maintain over the course of your life with minimal upkeep. Declutter and donate what's been collecting dust in your closet. 2. Invest 30%-50% of everything you earn. Live below your means. Put it in the market, crypto, or some alternative investment.

Authenticity + Kindness

The importance of being who you truly are has never been more important. Read that again. In our world today, we're afflicted by social pressure. Be this, do that, accomplish this. How many Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Clubhouse, TikTok, and Pinterest followers do you have? Are you good enough? Rich enough? Smart enough? Capable enough?
It took me a really long time, but I've finally learned to admit to myself who and what I truly am in our world. I can sleep well at night knowing how hard I've worked for the things that I want to accomplish, placing zero weight on anyone else's opinions.
In the end, the battle is with ourselves. Not Mom, Dad, your spouse, your kids, your ancestors, grandparents, or friends. Just with you. Understanding that no one has it figured out in life should provide you with some peace.
We come into people's lives like a dog-eared page, somewhere in between. It's important for us to not judge them for the chapters we could never read.
Everyone is on their own journey to achieve their own happiness, and if we're lucky, we might get to help them.

Progress + Innovation To Seek Purpose

I've grown into an academic researcher, a tinkerer, and a lover of new technologies, all because of my own intellectual curiosity. I'm always on the hunt for new tools, methodologies, and strategies to improve a process, my work, and the human condition. I was told once that going into tech makes no sense - it's fruitless, it's too fast, too bleeding edge. I jumped in anyways and I don't regret it for a moment. That thrill gives me so much joy - to contribute, invent and shape the future of our existence. To work alongside people just as curious as I am. These opportunities have always caused me to refine my own purpose and goals, not just for personal knowledge but for the change I wish to see as a result of my work. I could not be more grateful.