Author: Masa Gong

What do you want to do?

One of my favorite coaching questions. Some clients fill our sessions with a detailed inventory of what they heard in the break room, what their friends say they should and shouldn’t do, myths about how to get promoted, myths about who gets promoted, myths about the next step to take, business school dos and don’ts….

Have the fear and do it anyway.

I’m not talking about jumping off any bridges mind you. When I was 15, I started a summer filing job with the casting office of the New York City Joseph Papp Public Theater. As a nerdy, four eyed kid from the provincial land of Chinatown just 2 miles away, I was ill equipped to function…

Follow your nose.

Over the last few years I made a tremendous professional transition from media sales to learning and development.  I found my calling and purpose. Or was it so tremendous? Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. When I look back at the twists and turns of my career, I can see the through lines, the story…

Books that shaped me.

I am a reader. I don’t tweet. I like old school, printed, bound, three-dimensional, paperback preferable, books. I like biographies (auto and other), Oprah Book Club books, pop fiction, social science, self-help, neuroscience, adult learning, coaching, leadership, management, history books. Some books that shaped my mind: Anything Shakespeare. I pulled my first all-nighter at 12…

Invest in your own learning.

Pottery. French pastry. Stand up comedy. Bikram yoga. Ukelele. Hebrew. SQL. HTML. Start up pitch night. How to create a C corp. Failcon. Certificate in hospitality. Basic accounting. Basic management. Kickboxing. Spinning. Spanish. Agile. PMI. NYU. General Assembly. New School. Columbia. Harvard. I can’t stop. I don’t remember who exactly said this to me or…