What I’m Grateful for in 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, I’m incredibly grateful for the many moments of learning and growth I’ve had throughout the year.

Those moments came from friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers.

Because of you, I’ve learned to open up more, be more present, and appreciate the world in ways that I’d never before.

More than ever, I believe life is about the journey and not the destination. The best way I can think of to revisit 2015 is to capture all that I’m grateful for from the past year in this post. I want to share this post openly because the world has shared so much openly with me.

So here goes…


People I’m thankful for

  • Mom and Dad.  You gave me the start of this amazing life and you will always be at the top of my life list. To quote KD: “You da real MVP”.
  • Lu & Scott.  I’m glad we took that road trip together in October.
  • FF.  The best group of friends and brothers a guy can have.
  • Suzanne.  You are the most positive person I know.  Getting Lasik together would have sucked otherwise.
  • Johnny.  Looking forward to restarting LiHe Christmas Family Vacation, even after all the false starts and the fact it came together accidentally 😃
  • The Bump Team.  The best team I’ve worked with.  We are so diverse and each of you have taught me something. I’m proud of what we were able to achieve as a group. I wake up excited on workdays because of you.
  • Inder Singh.  I’ve never met anyone with so much passion for his work.  It’s inspirational and aspirational.


Rituals that shape me

Most enjoyable part of my day:

  • Morning work outs – yoga, gym, running, basketball.  Waking up early sucks, but for how great it makes me feel for the rest of the day, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Most important part of my week:

  • A review of my week and goal setting

Favorite new activity:

  • Listening to podcasts

Proudest new habit:  

  • Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a week


Media that influences me

Favorite professional blogger:

  • Fred Wilson (www.avc.com).  Fred doesn’t just write about technology.  He writes about social responsibility and his views on life.  His posts isn’t just for people in the tech world, it’s for anyone interested in understanding where the world is going.

Favorite life blogger:

  • Seth Godin (www.sethgodin.com).  Seth writes about marketing, but almost every one of his posts can be translated to life lessons.

Favorite book:

  • “Willpower”. It wasn’t just this book that made me rethink habits and discipline in my life, but this book brought all of my previous readings together.  The other books are in this post 

Favorite podcast:


Places I’ve gone

  • Shanghai, Guangzhou, Brooklyn (yes I live in NYC, but it might as well be a different country), Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego


I’m rooting for you

You have the hardest jobs in the world.  You are working long hours, making sacrifices, putting it all out there to try to change the world on your terms.  Keep going, don’t stop, and eventually you’ll succeed.  Let me know how I can help.  I won’t say yes every time, but I will try as much as I can.

  • Adam and Dan Rivette: BarrelBackers (http://www.barrelbackers.com)
  • Byron Hsu and Matt Wilkerson: Paragon One (http://www.paragonone.com)
  • David Lin: Stealth Startup
  • Eric Tang: Wildcard (http://www.trywildcard.com)
  • Ray Wu: Wynd (https://itunes.apple.com/ke/developer/wynd-technologies-inc./id990113674)
  • Robin Lyu: Stealth Startup
  • Rosa Li: Rosali Tea (http://www.rosalitea.com)
  • Shuo Zhang: ModernLend (http://www.modernlend.com)
  • Suzanne Xie: Hullabalu (http://www.hullabalu.com)
  • Tony Wu: Nomz (http://www.eatnomz.com)
  • Victor Wang: Teleport (http://www.teleportapp.co)


Looking into the future

Commitment for next year:

  • Win with positivity
  • Continue to learn and challenge myself each and every week
  • Give back more than I take from the world
  • Meditate more
  • Practice Mudita

Still trying to figure out:

  • How to focus on a few things, when there is so much out there in the world.  If anyone’s got tips, please let me know :)


There is so much good in this world.  The older I get, the more I realize how fortunate I am to be part of it.  To simply be alive and healthy is a gift, it means anything is still yet possible. On to 2016.


And if you connected with this post, write your own Gratitude List.  Share it, don’t share it.  Make it long, keep it short.  Do whatever is right for you.

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