Book of the Week 8: Pour Your Heart Into It

An exciting business memoir yet still an easy read about the origins of Starbucks. Just gonna jump into it.


626601Rating: 5/5

Verdict: Fantastic read for anyone, really: future CEOs, anyone in the business industry, for those who are interested in the history of Starbucks, or for those who simply want to better themselves.

CEO and author Howard Schultz talks about a myriad of life situations that had shaped Starbucks into what it is today. This book is seriously a gold mine; I’ll have to reread this book soon to make sure I truly get everything downloaded.

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Smash in the Northeast 1/3: New Jersey

On the first weekend of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the east coast for the first time!

I had signed up for an international Super Smash Bros tournament (and if you’ve been following for a while, this isn’t new haha) in New Jersey, but having flown into Newark I also took advantage of exploring New York for my first time as well. In this post, I’ll be writing up about the tournament, as well as the places I checked out within a mere three days.

New Jersey

Day one always takes a huge toll on me. I always end up taking a red-eye if the flight is long enough, this case definitely so being a nonstop flight from San Diego so almost 6 hours. Sleep on the plane is always iffy so I never leave completely rested, but I surprisingly got better rest than most of my other red-eyes. The key to the best rest you can possibly get includes the following: a neck pillow, ear muffs/plugs, and an eye mask. The entire set may cost quite a bit, but it is definitely worthwhile, especially in the long run if you travel often.

No matter how sleep deprived I am however, the sheer fact that I’m in a foreign land for the first time gives me the second wind I need to keep going. And this trip definitely did not disappoint!

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Smash in the Northeast 2/3: New York

On the first weekend of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the east coast for the first time!

I had signed up for an international Super Smash Bros tournament (and if you’ve been following for a while, this isn’t new haha) in New Jersey, but having flown into Newark I also took advantage of exploring New York for my first time as well. In this post, I’ll be writing up about the tournament, as well as the places I checked out within a mere three days.

New York

What makes New York so special? The “Big Apple” brings in so many people from across world… why? From Broadway to Wall Street to the Metropolitan, there’s so many things to do, places to see, cultures to explore, for anyone and everyone. Everything is within walking distance, and the energy within New York City is so alive!

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Smash in the Northeast 3/3: The Tournament

On the first weekend of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the east coast for the first time!

I had signed up for an international Super Smash Bros tournament (and if you’ve been following for a while, this isn’t new haha) in New Jersey, but having flown into Newark I also took advantage of exploring New York for my first time as well. In this post, I’ll be writing up about the tournament, as well as the places I checked out within a mere three days.

The Smash Tournament

This tournament, “Shots Fired,” marks my fifth (inter)national Super Smash Bros. tournament, so I was finally getting confident with placing well this time, at least top 32 out of about 162.

When I was dropped off by my Uber driver to the location, it seemed as if I had the wrong location. There weren’t many cars in the parking lot, and Google said that this building belonged to a technology corporation called Sita Corp. I walk in, and it completely looks like a professional office building, but with pieces of paper along the walls saying “SMASH” with arrows. It felt completely sketchy. A few others were walking around with a similarly confused look on their faces. I arrive there in a separate room however and all is good!

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1 Year in Software Engineering. 7 Lessons.

Early April marks the first full year of my engineering career. Having already received my annual review, I decided to start this topic early. There are SO many fundamental skills that I’ve learned that I hadn’t picked up in school or any of my past engineering jobs, and I definitely want to share them out here in the open.

Lesson #1: Explaining Design

I’ve been learning that my main flaw is trying to both understand and explain software design beyond the surface level.

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Book of the Week 7: The Only Pirate At The Party

It’s been too long, a full three months! I’ve been keeping up with my weekly readings, but not so much at all with these reviews, ahhh! I’ll be trying to make it a priority as I catch up with the books I’ve read throughout the past months.

This week, one I had been waiting on for quite a while. I’m excited to get this review started!


25330544Rating: 5/5

Verdict: Fun, inspiring, genuine. Her personality shines so strongly through her words, similar to the way she speaks on her social media and interviews. A quick autobiography that’s definitely worth the read!

Lindsey Stirling has always been one of my top role models ever since the first year of her inception on YouTube. Dancing violinist playing EDM and dubstep, as well as video game covers? EASILY sold. The fact that her sheer introduction crosses the boundaries the creativity already had me sold. I pre-ordered this book as early as last summer, and it finally got to my house last month on its first day of release. I was so excited!

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Everyday Traps To Never Fall For

Everywhere I go, I see these signs of people doing things so often that inhibit their maximum potential. At work, with friends, social media, anywhere. They are so commonplace that they are approved in signs of being relatable, and because of that it may be incredibly hard to change our ways. Here’s my list:

  1. Complaining about Mondays and getting excited for Fridays. I never had that mindset of dreading Mondays to come. I’ve been fortunate enough to be such a nerd to want to go back to school, even in grade school, even in all of my college classes. I’ve been able to appreciate all the jobs I’ve had (having said that, I avoided jobs in the food industry or retail at all costs). Every Monday is the beginning of a new week, a new chance to reinvent yourself, to learn something new whether or not you’re in school, to meet new people if you work in some kind of service industry. Likewise for starting a new day and wanting the day to be over.
  2. Waiting for a new day, week, month, etc. to start. Despite what I just said about Monday being a new week, why wait until then? If it’s because you’ve already got a set schedule of things you plan to do until then, that’s more than fine. But if this is just because it’s an easy-to-mark block on a calendar, don’t wait for it! Just go for it!
  3. Searching for approval. Never search for approval. The only thing that should be looking for approval is your work itself, not you. From things as simple as Facebook statuses saying “I finished my homework!” for the sake of approval, to working on something up to a point where your teacher, boss, etc. approves. Posting statuses for the purpose of sharing your happiness and accomplishments with others or to inspire them is more than acceptable, but definitely double-check your motives before so. Looking for approval is basically saying that because of an external influence, you’re at a good enough of a stopping point to improve. Extend your horizons and go as far as you can in anything and everything you do.
  4. I need it. You don’t need a drink after a long day or week at work. You don’t need that dessert after every meal. You don’t need that dream car, that Friday night out, that Sunday just to unwind. It’s nice, and definitely important, to make room to unwind and take a break, but at the same time don’t forget to always be grateful for what you already have. The key word is always! It’s easy to be grateful during Thanksgiving, during the holidays, after something tragic appears on the news, but don’t forget even during the most humdrum moments you are able to do what you do, and you have both the potential and resources to be where you want to be. And with gratitude on your mind, these “necessities” won’t be distracting you from this potential as you keep doing you.
  5. You’re so lucky! Almost everything one accomplishes is based on perspiration and aspiration. If you win the lottery or a raffle, then they’re definitely lucky! But if they aced an exam, got a new job, or even booked a vacation, all of that is from hard work. While we can feel lucky for avoiding a situation where we wouldn’t even have an option of reaching our dreams (read: we should be grateful), don’t give them any less credit by saying they’re lucky, as if they got what they wanted because God played dice. Don’t discredit the hours, days, months of hard work they put into what they’ve worked for.

Just keep grinding and be grateful no matter where you are.

Any other things people do all the time but shouldn’t? Agree or disagree? Let me know! I’m definitely interested in hearing what others think about this!