Aim high, your aspirations may not be as unrealistic as you think

In the 1980s, educator Jaime Escalante taught calculus at one of the worst schools in East LA, with a dropout rate as high as 55%. Escalante and his calculus class turned the reputation of the school around, with a high percentage of his students passing the AP calculus exam.

When…


This Is All Your Body of Work Is: A Collection of Details

Practically a decade before I wrote the words you’re reading now, I wrote a series of op-eds for HYPEBEAST. I had pitched a few that didn’t make the cut, my favorite of which was entitled, “God is in the Details.” …


Read this if you’ve ever told yourself you don’t have enough time to write

Every day, you and I write. We write emails, text messages, letters, birthday cards, and search queries. This is a practical guide on how to write faster, because we spend so much time writing. This isn’t about touch-typing faster or handwriting faster, but the process of getting what you’re thinking…


Warm your brain up by typing out other people’s words

I often write in very broken chunks of time: during the 20 minutes between meetings, with hard deadlines, or late at night (not by choice). In these moments, there’s a lot stacked against me: distraction, despair, and time pressure—it hardly looks like the author Neal Stephenson’s “four quiet hours.”

I’ve…


3 truths about life that you just can’t hack

I’ve been writing about productivity for close to a decade now. I learned things, piece by piece, and owe whatever career I have in large part due to my research on psychology, motivation, and getting things done.

Putting my learnings into practice has paid off. I’m working on a full-time…


When I was leaving high school, I knew why I was going to college: I wanted to get a good job. In spite of Kanye West’s The College Dropout, it was an assumption consistent with the one my parents had. Their generation either worked with a college degree, or without…


“If you’re 15 minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, don’t even bother showing up, because you’re not going to get the job.”

These are the words my high school co-op teacher said, which really made an impression on me and my…


Best of Books

How to Find Time to Draw, Write, and Create Every Day

In Make Your Art No Matter What, Beth Pickens writes, “The most frequent issue with time for artists is the belief they don’t have enough time for their art practice or as much time as they would like to devote to it.”

Artists with all sorts of different schedules, habits…


My latest at Fast Company started with venture capitalist Jordan Kong’s tweet that rocked the Twittersphere, “Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends.”

If I were watching myself from, let’s say, a security camera, I’d look like I…


A polarizing tweet led me to examine the best ways to advance your professional life without obliterating your actual life

Her words soared across the Twittersphere, inciting thousands of reactions: “Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends.”

If we wanted to be pedantic, we could call venture capitalist Jordan Kong’s tweet more of a hot take. But still…

Herbert Lui

I write about personal and collective growth. Author ‘There Is No Right Way to Do This’ herbertlui.net/reps/

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