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Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons from a life worth living
5 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 77: holding on to resentments
4 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 76: Compassion and forgiveness
3 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 75: Davidson Hang Reflections: Update on our jointed Book Project Redefining Masculinity
Thanks, everyone! So far on Amazon, we’ve sold 33 paperbacks and had 203 Kindle Downloads! It’s been a team effort! Mark Hunter, MCC, Edwin Aristor, MBA, Christopher Paige, Alex Terranova, PCC, ACCC, CHC, Elizabeth Hill, MSW, ACC, Ryan Hall, Peter McLean Let’s help us climb up the Amazon Best Sellers List! “Man up!” “Be a man!” “Are you man enough?” Well… can you? Are you? Are you sure of who you are as a man? Maybe you’ve given it a lot of thought and struggled. Maybe it never occurred to you to explore this topic! Either way, it is now time to think deeply of who we are and who we want to be in the world. And that includes expressions of our gender identity. The concept of what makes a man, what really defines his masculinity, has been the topic of much debate, exploration, and controversy in recent years. In this compilation of insightful essays, our group of thought leaders and men reflect on what shaped their own masculinity. Dream with them of a future where masculinity is no longer a topic around the battle of self, but instead embraces a vision of healthy strength and balance, and a strong sense of who you can be as a modern man in a constantly changing and challenging world. We explore topics such as: Defining the word masculinity – both its negative and positive uses -Moving beyond toxic masculinity -Self-expression -Vulnerability -Intimacy -The role of ethnicity and racism -Relationships -Expressions of faith -Ego -Relating to the same and to opposite genders Men, if you’re ready to explore your sense of self, if you’re ready to take the next step and begin to define a healthy sense of masculinity for you, if you’re ready to cast off society’s toxic expectations … then this book is for you. I want to acknowledge everyone’s contributions! Thank you for contributing and lets us know if you are interested in purchasing a signed copy. I just bought 100 more physical copies that are coming in the mail this month. (Donating a portion of it to the
6 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 74: Davidson Hang Reflections on a Life Worth Living Closing Out Mental Health Awareness Month
I wanted to discuss and closeout Mental Health Awareness Month with this message. I just finished a Peloton ride about it's okay to not be okay all of the time and wanted to discuss this critical topic with you all. It's okay to show that you are struggling and that you've had a tough year. I've been guilty of only highlighting certain aspects of my life, for instance, when I get married and just purchased our first home, but the reality is that life is full of ups and downs. I've been better at showcasing some of the downs in my life, but I could do a better job sharing with you all during these down cycles.
7 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 73: Next Level Trainings Discovery
Here are my takeaways from Next Level Trainings Discovery an Emotional Intelligence 3 day experience with Christopher Hawkins. 1. Getting over my fear of looking bad. 2. Having a growth mindset. 3. Love is the answer to everything. 4. Being able to create a vision for my relationship with my beautiful wife. 5. Law of attraction-related lessons. https://www.nextleveltrainings.com/ Next Level emotional intelligence leadership trainings draw on theories from psychology, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, sociology, and organizational development to support participants in unlocking their full potential. These are not boring classes, they are sophisticated, intensive, experiential workshops. The experience of them is fascinating, powerful, provocative, and undeniably valuable. They are for people who are ready to create extraordinary results in their lives.
18 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 72: The Asian American Experience by David Chang Founder of Momofuku
Lessons from an Asian American perspective. These passages really stood out to me. For those of you who do not know who David Chang is. He is one of the most famous restaurateurs out there and I enjoyed his book on overcoming adversity from the lens of being an Asian American. "The downside to the term tiger parenting entering the mainstream vocabulary is that it gives a cute name to what is actually a painful and demoralizing existence. It also feeds into the perception that all Asian kids are book smart because their parents make it so. Well, guess what. It’s not true. Not all our parents are tiger parents, tiger parenting doesn’t always work, and not all Asian kids are good at school. In fact, not all Asian kids are any one thing. To be young and Asian in America often means fighting a multifront war against sameness." Imposter syndrome is real for many Asian Americans who don't feel like they will ever fit in white Society because of the color of their skin but stick out like a sore thumb in Asian because of their American tendencies and ways. Asian names that could be misinterpreted as swear-words in English. The EPA tried to shut us down because they were getting complaints of pork smells emanating from the restaurant, which is not an uncommon grievance leveled against Asian establishments in gentrifying neighborhoods. PETA picketed the restaurant on the few occasions that we served foie gras. When we started getting complaints about the noisiness of our HVAC unit, I swear it was the vegans trying to bleed us dry. We spent thousands changing the fan belt and proving that the noises coming from the exhaust were inaudible to human ears. I’m tempted to blame han. Throughout this book, I will argue against the validity of various cultural truths, but I believe in han. There’s no perfect English-language equivalent for this Korean emotion, but it’s some combination of strife or unease, sadness, and resentment, born from the many historical injustices and indignities endured by our people. It’s a term that came into use in the twentieth century after the Japanese occupation of Korea, and it describes this characteristic sorrow and bitterness that Koreans seem to possess wherever they are in the world. It is transmitted from generation to generation and defines much of the art, literature, and cinema that comes out of Korean culture. "I will not deny that there are benefits to being part of what is often described as a “white-adjacent” or “model” minority. I grew up trying my damnedest to integrate into white society. But among the many problems with the myth of the model minority is that it erases the nuances of the Asian American experience. It also sows division, both within our community and with others. Now, if you will forgive a little bit of self-directed racial discrimination, I am what you might call a “twinkie.” Yellow on the outside, white on the inside. There are various factions within the Asian American population, and I definitely reside in the one that looks Asian but lives like a white person. When I visited Korea as part of a program with students from multiple colleges, I found myself excluded from all of the Korean-born, Korean-speaking, and generally more Korean social groups that formed. Then, once we landed in Seoul, the locals knew immediately from my size that I was a gyopo, or foreign-born Korean, so I gravitated to the other twinkies. I didn't yet know how to embrace my Korean heritage, which, ironically, only deepened my experience of han." Check out my blog post for all of the quotes. https://davidsonhang.com/2021/04/01/david-changs-memoir/ 9. By confronting failure, you take fear out of the equation. You stop shying away from ideas just because they seem like they may not work. You start asking whether an idea is “bad” because it’s actually bad or because the common wisdom says so. You begin to thrive when you’re not supposed to. You just have to be comfortable with instability, change, and a great deal of stress. "These were the same guys who had said things like “I need to take a shower to wash the gook off” after hooking up with Asian girls in school. Now there was a class reunion coming up and they were inviting me to hang out. That sort of interaction really screwed with my head. I didn’t become famous for being handsome or athletic or musically gifted. I was just a cook." My takeaways from the book is he was able to take advantage of the internet and all of these rising bloggers and realizing the importance of building a community and treating them right where against did not respect them and the power they had. He discussed very vulnerable about a lot of the microaggressions and straight-out racism he has experienced in a eurocentric dominated industry with how fine dining is considered to be European and more recently he has seen that Asian restaurants are starting to be more respected but we have a long way to go in America.
18 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 71: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: Thoughts on Anti Asian hate crimes
I woke up at 6am this morning feeling confused and had the urge to share my thoughts on Anti-Asian Hate crimes. I am just speaking for myself and do not represent all Asian Americans but I am just sharing some of my experiences as an Asian American Male who despite being born in America will never viewed as an American even though I've never been to Asia just because of the color of my skin. Reading Michelle Kim’s article inspired me to want to share openly in hopes of educating a few what many people don’t know about Asian American hate crimes. "They show a 91-year-old Chinese man being shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown on Sunday, January 31st, just two days before an 84-year-old Thai man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was pushed and killed in San Francisco, and multiple accounts of robberies targeting Asian-owned businesses in Chinatowns. In New York, a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed across the face from ear to ear on Feb 3rd, and on the same day, a 70-year-old Asian woman was assaulted and robbed in Oakland." I would like to share with you all some stories from my past that I know have made me who I am. 1. Working at a previous company where I called racist comments as my nickname. 2. At a team outing that traumatized with the Men's Cross Country and Track at Cherry Hill West. 3. With one of my best friends back in High School 4. A hurtful comment with a formal manager of mine 5. Random moments walking around Queens/Brooklyn/New Brunswick being called Jackie Chan. 6. A story about my wife’s younger sister sharing that she was walking to Target and had a bus of kids say go back to China… 7. My mom was afraid of going to Costco because of the racial comments fearing for her life. In the US, there were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year. Asian women report hate incidents 2.3 times more than men. The founder and director of demographic data and policy research nonprofit AAPI Data have said that a confluence of factors, including the effects of poverty and financial struggle exacerbated by the pandemic, as well as opportunity, could have played into the heightened anti-Asian sentiment. How can you be an ally and take action? Educate yourself. These articles and learning more about these incidents will give you some more awareness of how we have been feeling but Asians typically don’t have a voice in mainstream media. These 5 articles are a good place to start. 1. Vincent Chin-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Vincent_Chin 2. Chinese Massacre of 1871-https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/blogs/lapl/chinese-mssacre-1871 3. Read this article by Michelle Kim- https://medium.com/awaken-blog/on-anti-asian-hate-crimes-who-is-our-real-enemy-207ee7354926 4. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth 5. Learn more about the Model Minority Myth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txbtTCckp_k It wasn't easy creating this video to share openly about how I feel about the Anti-Asian Sentiment but Thanks for listening.
12 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 70: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons Learned on Alicia Key's Biography
These are some of the passages that really stood out to me. "I’m often asked where my melodies and lyrics come from. I may never fully comprehend how a song sprouts from nothingness into existence, and truthfully, I’m not tempted to decode the mystery. I hope to be constantly surprised, in amazement of how the tiny seed of a possible chord or lyric miraculously springs to life. That unexplainable process, that alchemy, is part of what separates art from logic and reason. I don’t create from a set of rules or formulas. I tap into my true feelings and experiences and allow them to guide me." "Life’s current was so obviously carrying me in the direction of music, and rather than trying to swim back upstream, I simply let the tide carry me forward. At the time, I wouldn’t have described it that way, nor did I truly understand that there was a flow with my name on it. But from this side of life, I can see how every moment, every experience, every pivot, even my supposed missteps have been life’s way of getting me where I have always been meant to go. Rather than resisting the current, I’ve learned to surrender." "a mother whose very presence gave me a deep sense of stability, the solid grounding I felt each time I walked through our apartment door. In essence, I longed for two mutually exclusive realities: inextricable connection and full-fledged self-reliance." “It saddens me that most of my heart is bitter towards you,” I wrote. “It’s only that little part that feels sad that’s not bitter … all I want is for you to mind your own business. I don’t want the phone calls. I don’t want the letters. I don’t want the fake acts you pull to try and make me think you care. I don’t want anything.” By the time those words rolled from the tip of my pen and onto my notebook paper, my longing for my father had hardened into resentment. My mother still recalls the many times when Craig said he’d fly in to see me but, for reasons unknown to me then, he did not show up. I’d sit beside the window in our living room, looking down over the terrace to see if I could glimpse him arriving. An hour or so after the appointed time, the phone would ring and I would overhear my mother, in hushed tones in her bedroom, saying, “Okay, I understand.” Moments later she’d emerge into the living room with disappointment etched on her forehead as she announced, “He can’t make it.” That was it. Conversation over. Expectations once again dashed." "became my people. And yet through every age and stage, I kept my mask in position. The less others really knew about me, I reasoned, the less ammunition they’d have to make me look foolish. Only if I revealed my tender spots could they wound me. My true self, the one I kept so deeply concealed, only emerged in my diaries. There, I could unveil. If Mom got heated and I got tongue-tied, I could escape to sort out my thoughts and gather my words before the two of us spoke again. And alongside my musings and misgivings lived my poetry, my unfinished lyrics, my schoolgirl crushes, my feelings about Craig. On cotton pages scrawled with purple ink, I didn’t have to be tough or brave or capable or strong. I could just be me." "My ballet teacher, thin and lanky, ordered me to “tuck in” my thick behind after I’d already tried to do so. With her second request, I became acutely aware that my butt was never going to “tuck in” as tightly as those of my classmates with smaller backsides. I suddenly felt self-conscious about a curvaceous figure that I’d been mostly happy with up till then." "My mother had to be strict as a matter of my survival. I grew up near Times Square before it became Disneyland, during a time when Hell’s Kitchen lived up to its name. The kitchen, in most homes, is the place where the action goes down, where everyone passes through or congregates. It’s hot. It attracts dirt. It’s often loud and odorous—all accurate descriptions of my old stomping grounds." "Chopin was my homie. His compositions were poetry for the piano: layered, measure by measure, with the dark passion and poignancy that still speak to me. Ms. Pine believed, as I do, that great music is not confined to one style. As she guided me in studying the greats in every genre, she also encouraged me to add my own flair, to play from my heart. If I heard a song I loved on the radio, like Brian McKnight’s “Never Felt This Way,” she’d have me create and perform my own composition. Her approach wasn’t traditional, but it was genius because it kept me tuned in." "In my mother’s gaze, I see grace. I see her profound love for her only child, a baby she once bravely chose to keep. I see a woman whose father was gone too soon and a mother determined to protect her own little girl from life’s sharpest edges. I see someone who, on a prayer and a paralegal’s meager paycheck, called on heaven to help her firmly ground me." "Craig never knew his own biological father. His birth certificate listed only his dad’s name and occupation: policeman. “Do you want to meet him?” his mother had asked a few times when he was a boy. Craig had no interest. Between his mom and his stepfather, Michael, he had all the love and nurturing he needed, he’d tell me years later. Yet I’ve often thought about how the absence of Craig’s father must have impacted his relationship with me, perhaps in ways he was not conscious of. I can only imagine how Craig, fatherless himself, must have felt on that summer afternoon when my mother sat across from him and said she was expecting me, and that, yes, he was the father. He was just twenty-seven then and, as he recalls it, still trying to find himself. As far as he was concerned, things had turned out well enough for him even without his dad around. The child my mother was carrying was undoubtedly his, but as he told her on that day, he wasn’t prepared to put on the heavy mantle of fatherhood. Only now, as a parent myself, can I understand what may have been true: Craig was living out of the template he’d inherited. In the empty space left by Craig, my nana and fafa stepped in..." Overall I found her writing to be quite deep and a lot of what she is saying resonates with the pain of not having a father and growing up and how much that impacts your motivation and gives her the depth to make such powerful music.
28 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Episode 69: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: Book Launch coming soon!
Reading a teaser from my chapter with you! If you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy send me a Venmo @DavidsonHang for $25 with your address and that will pay for shipping.
4 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 68: Ending Your Work Week in a Powerful Way
I wanted to share with you all tips for completing your work week powerfully so that you can build awareness around the activities that gave you the best results. For the Visually inclined: https://youtu.be/-JfIHuDVk1I
17 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 67: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons:Dale Carnegie's on How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie These were the top ten passages that stood out to me when reading Dale Carnegie's book on how to stop worrying and start living. "Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars. “I read those two lines over and over. I was ashamed of myself. I made up my mind I would find out what was good in my present situation. I would look for the stars. “I made friends with the natives, and their reaction amazed me. When I showed interest in their weaving and pottery, they gave me presents of their favorite pieces which they had refused to sell to tourists. I studied the fascinating forms of the cactus and the yuccas and the Joshua trees. I learned about prairie dogs, watched for the desert sunsets, and hunted for seashells that had been left there millions of years ago when “What brought about this astonishing change in me? The Mojave Desert hadn’t changed. The Indians hadn’t changed. But I had." ‘You think now that spending a year in bed will be a tragedy. But it won’t be. You will have time to think and get acquainted with yourself. You will make more spiritual growth in these next few months than you have made during all your previous life.’ I became calmer, and tried to develop a new sense of values." “How many of you have ever sawed wood? Let’s see your hands.” Most of them had. Then he inquired: “How many of you have ever sawed sawdust?” No hands went up. “Of course, you can’t saw sawdust!” Mr. Shedd exclaimed. “It’s already sawed! And it’s the same with the past. When you start worrying about things that are over and done with, you're merely trying to saw sawdust.” "Worry is like the constant drip, drip, drip of water; and the constant drip, drip, drip of worry often drives men to insanity and suicide." ‘Look here, Jim Grant, how many fruit cars have you handled over the years?’ The answer was: ‘About twenty five thousand.’ Then I asked myself: ‘How many of those cars were ever wrecked?’ The answer was: ‘Oh maybe five.’ Then I said to myself: ‘Only five-out of twenty-five thousand? Do you know what that means? A ratio of five thousand to one! In other words, by the law of averages, based on experience, the chances are five thousand to one against one of your cars ever being wrecked. So what are you worried about?’ “Then I said to myself: ‘Well, a bridge may collapse!' Then I asked myself: ‘How many cars have you actually lost from a bridge collapsing?’ The answer was-'None.’ Then I said to myself: ‘Aren’t you a fool to be worrying yourself into stomach ulcers over a bridge which has never yet collapsed, and over a railroad wreck when the chances are five thousand to one against it!'" "Do I tend to put off living in the present in order to worry about the future, or to yearn for some “magical rose garden over the horizon”? 2. Do I sometimes embitter the present by regretting things that happened in the past that are over and done with? 3. Do I get up in the morning determined to “Seize the day”-to get the utmost out of these twenty-four hours? 4. Can I get more out of life by “living in day-tight compartments”? 5. When shall I start to do this? Next week? .. Tomorrow? ... Today?" Ask yourself,' 'What is the worst that can possibly happen?” 2. Prepare to accept it if you have to. 3. Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst. "I recently had some correspondence with Dr. Harold C. Habein of the Mayo Clinic. He read a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association of Industrial Physicians and Surgeons, saying that he had made a study of 176 business executives whose average age was 44.3 years. He reported that slightly more than a third of these executives suffered from one of three ailments peculiar to high-tension living-heart disease, digestive tract ulcers, and high blood pressure. Think of it- a third of our business executives are wrecking their bodies with heart disease, ulcers, and high blood pressure before they even reach forty-five. What price success! And they aren’t even buying success! Can any man possibly be a success who is paying for business advancement with stomach ulcers and heart trouble? What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world-and loses his health?" Keep a diary-a diary in which you ought to record your triumphs in the application of these principles. Be specific. Give names, dates, results. Keeping such a record will inspire you to greater efforts; and how fascinating these entries will be when you chance upon them some evening, years from now! "Just For Today 1. Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals. 2. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them. 3. Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding. 4. Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. 5. Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise. 6. Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone. 7. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime. 8. Just for today I will have a program. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry, and indecision. 9. Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life. 10. Just for today, I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me. If we want to develop a mental attitude that will bring us peace and happiness, here is Rule 1: Think and act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful." Here is the link to all of the passages that I highlighted. https://davidsonhang.com/2021/02/03/how-to-stop-worrying-and-start-living-by-dale-carnegie/
16 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Episode 66: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons on a Life Worth Living: Kamala Harris' Book
These were my top ten quotes that resonated the most with me from her biography. "For as long as ours has been a nation of immigrants, we have been a nation that fears immigrants. In the mid-1850s, the first significant third-party movement in the United States, the so-called Know-Nothing Party, rose to popularity on an anti-immigrant platform. In 1882, an act of Congress banned Chinese immigrants to the country. In 1917, Congress established a host of new restrictions on immigrants, including a requirement that immigrants would have to know how to read. In 1924, the number of newcomers allowed into the country from Southern and Eastern Europe was cut dramatically. In 1939, nearly 1,000 German Jews fleeing the Nazis in a ship called the St. Louis were turned away from the United States." "Children of immigrants also faced a new kind of torment: bullying. Kids are being taunted by other kids, told they will be deported, told their parents will be deported, told they should go back where they came from. The cruel words and actions of one prominent, powerful bully in the White House have been mimicked and adopted as the rallying cry of bullies everywhere. But how do you handle a bully? You stand up to him." "Whenever I travel to a country for the first time, I try to visit the highest court in the land. They are monuments of a certain kind, built not just to house a courtroom but to send a message. In New Delhi, for example, the Supreme Court of India is designed to symbolize the balancing scales of justice. In Jerusalem, Israel’s iconic Supreme Court building combines straight lines—which represent the rigid nature of the law—with curved walls and glass that represent the fluid nature of justice. These are buildings that speak. The same can be said of the United States Supreme Court Building, which, to my mind, is the most beautiful of them all. Its architecture recalls ancient Greece and the earliest days of democracy, as though you are standing in front of a modern-day Parthenon." "For most families, buying a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make. It’s a really special moment in your life, proof of all your hard work. You trust the people involved in the process. When the banker tells you that you qualify for a loan, you trust that she’s reviewed the numbers and won’t let you take on more than you can handle. When it comes time to finish the paperwork, it’s basically a signing ceremony that feels like a celebration. When the bankers put a stack of paper in front of you, you trust them, and you sign. And sign. And sign. And sign." "But the real reasons lie deeper in our complex financial system, of which mortgage lenders are just one piece. Lots of powerful people bent the rules and built elaborate schemes to make money off these bad loans. Even though most Americans didn’t realize it, our entire economy had grown dependent on these scams. But it was like building a tower of blocks on top of a balloon, and when the balloon popped, the entire economy came crashing down, and we ended up with the Great Recession." "But in the 1970s and ’80s, corporate America—the owners of big companies—decided to go its own way. Instead of spending the money the company earned on workers, the corporations decided that their only real obligation was to their shareholders, those who bought company stock and therefore owned a piece of the company. From big business’s perspective, it was those owners who deserved the lion’s share of the riches, not the people who made the company run. So while productivity kept improving—a whopping 74 percent between 1973 and 2013—workers’ pay rose just 9 percent. In the 1980s, President Reagan made that idea core to the Republican Party’s view of economics. Cut taxes for corporations. Cut taxes for shareholders. Oppose minimum wage increases for workers. Oppose the very idea of a minimum wage. Crush organized labor—unions—the most powerful force fighting for workers’ rights to fair wages and decent working conditions. Roll back government regulation of corporations. Ignore the human cost." "Second, I choose to speak truth. Even when it’s uncomfortable. Even when it leaves people feeling uneasy. When you speak truth, people won’t always walk away feeling good—and sometimes you won’t feel so great about the reaction you receive. But at least all parties will walk away knowing it was an honest conversation." "In the spring of 1966, Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile march of Latinx and Filipino farmworkers from California’s Central Valley to its state capital in an effort to draw attention to the mistreatment and terrible working conditions of his fellow farmworkers. That summer, the United Farm Workers was formed, and under Chavez’s leadership, it would become one of the most important civil rights and labor rights organizations in the country." "When I travel the country, I see that optimism in the eyes of five- and seven- and ten-year-olds who feel a sense of purpose in being part of the fight. I see it, and feel it, in the energy of the people I meet. Yes, people are marching. Yes, people are shouting. But they are doing it from a place of optimism. That’s why they’ve got their babies with them. That’s why my parents took me in a stroller to civil rights marches. Because as overwhelming as the circumstances may be, they believe, as I do, that a better future is possible for us all." "In fact, in 2016, researchers found that more than half of Silicon Valley’s billion-dollar start-ups were founded by one or more immigrants."
5 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 65: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons on a Life Worth Living. Buying your First home tips and advice
Episode 65: Buying your First home tips and advice Sharing with you that it wasn't an easy process, and it took a lot to get me here, but I'm grateful for everyone who has helped contribute in some way. Tips for First Time Home Buyers 1. Start the research early. Speak with a mortgage broker early on. We started the conversation eight months before we bought the property. We bought a new construction, but I would recommend early on to know what to budget for so that you become knowledgeable about the whole process. 2. Make sure you don't work with too many mortgage brokers. I made the mistake of evaluating using three different brokers. Fortunately, I did get a pretty incredible rate, but it was quite stressful having to send so many documents. 3. Focus on getting your credit score up. Luckily, my in-laws and my wife were pretty good about holding me accountable for doing the best I can to get my scores up. I was able to get my score up by a whole 100 points which significantly reduced my interest rate. 4. Chat with your financial advisor to figure out what the new budget is going to be. This will give you peace of mind and allow you to be intentional about your range when working out your monthly costs. 5. Make sure you have all of your bank statements, pay stubs, W2s for the last three years ready. You want to be proactive about getting your statements early- create a folder with all of these. It will help expedite the process. 6. Stay in communication with your mortgage people regularly. If anything comes up and there is no such thing as a stupid question. I had so many questions because this was my first time and if you to be as knowledgable as possible. 7. Make sure you stay organized because you will be getting so many emails and documents. Make sure you organize them in a way that is easy because there will be many things and tasks for you to accomplish. This will make your life easier as you will be referring back and forth a lot. 8. Make sure you are throughout when going through the appraisal and check-in process. We are fortunate enough to have a new property, so there weren't as many issues, and we were relatively on time with the closing. There are so many nuisances, so make sure your real estate agent attends the walkthroughs with you. It's nice to have another set of eyes to look at everything. 9. Save up to 20% on the downpayment so that you don't have to worry about mortgage insurance. I know that not everyone has a 20% deposit, but this will make your life easier so that you don't have to pay extra money to take out a mortgage. 10. Have fun throughout the process. It's a learning process, and although the process can be quite stressful. I've grown so much, and I've become a much better person during this process. Hit me up if you ever have any questions, and I'll help you the best I can. https://youtu.be/90twdOmMyWg
3 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 64:Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: Buying our first home
Sharing with you that it wasn't an easy process and it took a lot to get me here but I'm grateful for everyone who has helped contribute in some way. Thank you, David Chang, Jack Ma, Stacy Wiley, Jaffe, Theresa Meyer, Louise, Tommy Tran, Tim, and Carl.
6 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Episode 63: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: What I've learned from a Tony Robbins Mastermind Group
I wanted to share with you all takeaways from a Tony Robbins mastermind that I was blessed to be a part of. I hope everyone has a beautiful day!
9 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Episode 62:Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons; Do this every morning Tony Robbins exercise
Tony Robbin's questions that will help transform your state questions into gratitude, fulfillment, joy, and love. Morning Power Questions 1. What am I happy about in my life now? What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel? 2. What am I excited about in my life now? What about that makes me excited? How does that make me feel? 3. What am I proud about in my life now? What about that makes me proud? How does that make me feel? 4. What am I grateful about in my life now? What about that makes me grateful? How does that make me feel? 5. What am I enjoying most in my life right now? What about that do I enjoy? How does that make me feel good? 6. What am I committed to in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel? 7. Who do I love? What loves me? What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel?
10 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Episode 61: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons from 2020
My Personal 2020 Year In Review Thank you, Bea for posting yours and inspiring me to share the same. This will be a reflection of my year. This year has been challenging for me- those of you who know me know that I am quite an extrovert. The beauty of this year is that we all got to focus more on family and had the opportunity to slow down. Although I miss the office greatly, I was able to read more books than I usually do because I now have the time to do so. Lessons & Themes 1️⃣ How do you describe this year in 3-5 keywords? 1. Solitude- This year brought reflection and has helped me analyze whom I want to be in the world. Reflecting on the moments that gave me the most fulfillment at work was when I was coaching SDRs to get promoted. I was so grateful to be a part of the process when my friends Emily and Ryan were promoted. That gave me so much fulfillment. Also, with my coaching practice helping many of my clients land promotions or with their career transitions gave me a lot of joy to know that I've helped them get SDR positions. Even though I enjoy quiet time from now to then, jumping all of the way to the other extreme was quite hard for me initially, but I am now enjoying time hiking with myself in the mountains and woods. It's helped me listen to some of my favorite stories through audible. 2. Relationships: This time has helped me double down on relationships as I got the time to start my own men's group. I've never forget how I cried when they put together a video of gratitude for me where each of the guys shared how I've made a difference in their lives. To be able to be someone who can help create communities is a beautiful thing. I was also able to zoom with my best friends in other states and cities. I'm glad that even though we are all so career-oriented, we could connect and hang out again. 3. Love: With engagement, marriage, and moving into our first home. Being a homeowner was one of the biggest obstacles for me because I labeled myself someone who loves to travel, and I never thought it was possible to do both. Self-love through leveraging tools like Lyra and having an executive coach is key to personal fulfillment. I realized how much external validation I needed and this time being away from the office helped me be much more comfortable with myself. I am still Amazing without all of the accomplishments and accolades, and that's a beautiful thing to own. Opening myself up to my wife has been challenging too because as someone who labeled himself independent, I saw being tied down as something that would hamper my travel goals but in reality, she's the rock and foundation that has allowed me to grow tremendously being someone who is about something more than just myself. 4. Gratitude: Some of the most memorable moments were when we Video called with a BuildOn Ambassador, and it showed how much the villagers in Africa appreciated us helping them build a school. That was such a touching moment for me, and again to be able to see the Orphans in Vietnam whom we've contributed to was heartwarming. Being able to still be involved with many of the non-profits through Streetwise Partners, IMentor, and Pencil has also been highlights to impact new grads, high schoolers, and students in college. 5. Eye-opening: One of the most life-changing programs I did this year was Tony Robbin's Unleash the Power from Within. Tony is such a great storyteller when he shared with us his story of being an imposter, being someone who did not have enough education, and the financial means. He went into detail with all of his insecurities that helped me realize how I saw myself. Not having to travel to Florida or California but still being able to connect with other similar minded people helped me grow and step into my greatness. Thank you to everyone who've I've met through the Sales Success Summit, Next Level Training, and Tony Robbins this year. You have all made a massive difference in my life. 2️⃣ What were my top lessons learned? 1. Compassion: There is so much wasted energy trying to change people or trying to be righteous about what I think is the right way to live life. There was so much mental energy into wow, the government is controlling our lives- if I wanted to live in a dictatorship, I would move to a different country. Realizing that there is no right or wrong and that my perspective is just one perspective is a huge lesson for me. I can only control who I want to be in the world. Yes, like with any other country, there are ways I believe America can improve, but at the end of the day, we have many more luxuries than most countries most of the time. Striving for perfection gets you so far, but there is something peaceful about acceptance that I can move on once I accept something. That doesn't mean resignation, but at least when I accept something, there is some opportunity to build on it. If you want to read the rest of it check out my blog post. https://wp.me/p8Gxir-1Fx
11 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Episode 60: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: Best Books of 2020 Recommendations
These are my favorite books I’ve read in 2020 that I would recommend. 1. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness- Eric Jorgenson, Jack Butcher, Tim Ferriss 2. I Can See Clearly Now– Wayne W. Dyer 3. The Magic of Thinking Big– David J Schwartz 4. Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land–Noé Álvarez 5. What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence–Stephen A. Schwarzman 6. The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone–Colin O’Brady 7. Time Travel: Through Consciousness and Advanced Technology– Frederick Dodson 8. The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything–Neil Pasricha 9. Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life- Tony Robbins 10. My Philosophy for Successful Living- Jim Rohn 11.Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart- Ram Dass 12. Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday– Apolo Ohno 13. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day– Jay Shetty 14. Conversations With God, Book 3: Embracing the Love of the Universe– Neale Donald Walsch 15. ADHD and the Edison Gene: A Drug-Free Approach to Managing the Unique Qualities of Your Child- Thom Hartmann 16. Built, Not Born: A Self-Made Billionaire’s No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs Tom Golisano, Mike Wicks 17. The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest Dan Buettner 18. The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance- Tom Brady 19. North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail–Scott Jurek 20. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life-Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman 21. Living an Inspired Life: Your Ultimate Calling–Dr. Wayne W. Dyer 22. Call Me Ted– Ted Turner, Bill Burke 23. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century– Yuval Noah Harari 24. Let Love Rule– Lenny Kravitz 25. PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story– Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin 26. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism– Robin J. DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson 27. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.– Clayborne Carson 28. The Brink: How Great Leadership Is Invented– Mark Hunter 29. Start Your Engines: My Unstoppable CrossFit Journey– Sam Briggs Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection– Brian Grazer 30. The Journey: Mastering the Art of Slowing Down into a Beautiful Existence– Cathy Trinh 31. As Many Reps as Possible– Jason Khalipa 32. How I Became The Fittest Woman On Earth: My Story So Far– Tia-Clair Toomey 33. Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity– Andres Pira, Joe Vitale 34. The Great Pause: Blessings & Wisdom from COVID-19– Elizabeth Hill, Dr. Barbara Milton, Dr. Davia H. Shepherd, Michael Robert Eck, Kathleen Troy, Elizabeth Hall, Melissa Molinero, Ryan Hall, Denise M. Simpson, Karla Archambeault, Jacqueline A. Baldwin, April Goff Brown, Anne Collin, Ian Charlery, Dr. Christine Rapp Dombrowski, Stephen Fowler, Davidson Hang, Michele Kean, Brittany Luna, Christine A. Mola, Caren Pauling, Gina Raposa Johnson, Kristi H. Sullivan, Mary Ann Waterman, Annamarie Wellington 35. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance– Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker 36. Carry That Quota: Sales Tactics and Stories By the Rep For the Rep– Jesse Rothstein 37. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design– Charles Montgomery What are some of the favorite books you’ve read this year? Biographies I enjoyed- Lenny Kravitz- the founder of Paychex. I enjoy reading biographies because you learn a lot from how deep into the human mind they go.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Episode 59: Davidson Hang Reflections: Review of Fitness Tracker: Fitbit, Whoop, and Oura
Sharing with you my takeaways from using Oura, Fitbit, and Whoop Fitness trackers. #AltaHR #Oura #Fitness #Whoop #Tracker I wanted to share the pros and cons of each of these fitness trackers with you and have I have leveraged these tools to stay fit and healthy through consistency accountability. I want to acknowledge that before COVID I was attending regular yoga, Meditation, Crossfit, and HIIT workouts. I miss those so much, but I have leverage YouTube to do free exercises to stay in shape since then. Pros and Cons of Whoop Pros: 1. You barely notice the strap, and it gives you the most data from Heart Rate Variability to Sleep Quality. 2. Whoop has a community. For instance, my friend Ian invited me to the Cayman Islands whoop group, and if I am feeling competitive, I can push myself. 3. They give you a strain score and lets you know how much you are pushing yourself every day. Depending on your goals, this can help you maintain an optimal level of fitness. For instance, yesterday I pushed myself, and it showed that I pushed myself more than I usually do. My heart rate was high, and I maintained the right level of optimal heart rate percentage. Cons: 1. It's the most expensive option out of the three options, and I would only recommend it if you are serious about your fitness, and you are trying to take it to the next level. It's worth the investment if you want to see how far you can push yourself. For instance, Jeff, Paul, Hayden, and I will do regular As Many Reps as Possible sets in 12 minutes where we complete five sit-ups, ten push-ups, and 15 squats. I was able to go from 21 sets to 31 sets completed in 12 mins over the course of the last few months. Whoop was able to show that I can put more strain on my body but breaking down my muscles even more. This helped me push my limits. Sometimes when I get a reading that I need more sleep- I already know that sometimes ignorance is bliss but can you improve something you do not measure, which is why I still want to get better. If it's a blind spot, then I should deal with it. Get a free WHOOP strap and your first month free when you join with my link: https://join.whoop.com/#/7FC83A Pros and Cons of Oura Ring Oura Ring is a ring that you put on yourself and it measures Sleep Score Lowest Resting Heart Rate Average Resting Heart Rate Total Sleep Restfulness REM Sleep Sleep Latency Sleep Timing Bedtime Deep Time Wake Up Time REM Sleep Light Sleep Awake Time Respiratory Rate All of this data is meant to help you to be able to prioritize sleep. It's an interesting time to experiment with all of this has COVID has enabled us to have more free time. I've been sleeping more than I usually have before the pandemic, so that's one thing I am grateful for. I have noticed myself functioning more optimally and being efficient. Pros: 1. The ring looks cool. I got the gunmetal black one, which I enjoy- It's barely noticeable. You get used to it, so it's not a big as the Fitbit, which I notice more, so I don't wear the Fitbit Alta to Sleep. 2. The data is clean and the ring charges quickly, and it has a very long battery life. Out of all of the three fitness trackers, Oura seems like it requires the least maintenance, but it doesn't have as many data points as Whoop. Cons: 1. You technically don't need any of this data. Sometimes I'm not even sure what to do with the data. They give me a pretty accurate readiness score. It seems to know the quality of my sleep, which will impact the quality of my day. Knowing that helps me able to want to sleep. Pros and Cons of Fitbit Alta HR Pros 1. I order the Fitbit because of the large community- because it integrates with Facebook. I was able to add so many of my friends who being able to attempt to be the #1 steps person every day has helped me live a pretty healthy life. Since I have moved to the suburbs it's been harder to get as many steps in and because there is a pandemic I'm a bit more cautious when I go to the park and things like that. 2. It lasts pretty long- I've had it for over three and a half years, and it works perfectly fine. It's never had any huge issues or anything like that. The battery life will last me at least three days, and I'm pretty active too. 3. You don't need to log anything. It will automatically track it for you, so it requires low maintenance in terms of being able to track data. For whoop, for instance, you have to track all of your activities, requiring more work on the front end. Leave a comment or if you want me to review more products- post below. Youtube: https://youtu.be/Bp8Dx53_6Fs Subscribe to my podcast for more content about how to optimize your health and mindset. Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/davidson-hang-reflections-lessons-from-life-worth-living/id1507691859
14 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Episode 58: Davidson Hang Reflections and Lessons: Davidson reading his chapter in his book The Great Pause: Blessings & Wisdom from COVID-19
I'm reading my chapter in The Great Pause: Blessings & Wisdom from COVID-19 Here is the link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Pause-Blessings-Wisdom-COVID-19/dp/0999197657/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+great+pause&qid=1606765052&sr=8-2 The Journal Companion guide is releasing in a couple of days- let me know if you are interested in purchasing those as well. if you would like to purchase a signed up copy for $20- please msg me or email me at DH@DavidsonHang.com It would mean a lot to me.
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