His charm is palpable. You feel it with the entirety of your senses. A magnet you are futile towards. It penetrates through your shield of logic, one that you uphold to understand the world. The shield withdraws. No sense of reason explains why you feel the way that you do. You’re engrossed by the grip he has on you in a way that’s beyond mesmerizing — it’s hypnotic. His intelligent, his charisma, his strength of character. You have no control over why this is the way it is. Your freedom doesn’t yet feel like it is in captivity. You think…

Is it a gift? A curse? Well… it’s probably not mutually exclusive.

As a test-identified, but predominantly self-prescribed INTP, to describe my relationship with choice as inseverable may still be a light choice of words. You can probably tell that within this past statement itself, the possibility of infinite word choice has already got my mind running. Or rather, striving, for accuracy of shared dialect to reflect personal thoughts. An impossible mission, in my opinion.

This incessant need to wordsmith for accuracy is not just within the context of language, by the way. …

…and other great learnings experimenting with dropshipping

There was that one time I experimented with dropshipping.

The whole concept of dropshipping is that you sell goods from the supplier directly to the customer without going through the usual distribution channels. Essentially, by building up your brand and marketing you form a position for yourself to sell products at a higher price than the supplier price.

With every year that passes, I grow to discover a side of myself that finds professional freedom irresistible. Working remote, being location independent, and never having to step foot inside the shell of an office are all ideas that appeal to me.

Okay? Cool.

It makes me uncomfortable when you do this

Seeing a moment and living a moment are two very different experiences.

I came to this basic epiphany one day while working on set. When you stand for 10+ hours and see the same scene played by the same actors repeating the same lines over and over again… somehow this kills the movie magic. Viewing a film from behind the scenes is an interesting and underwhelming experience all in once.

Interesting, because the true value of production is so glaringly apparent. Its value absolutely necessary to dramatize any mundane scene that’s shot (which by the way, are all scenes that…

Seriously, why not?

I try a lot of things that don’t have foreseeable purposes. I dressed as a giant banana and went crowdsurfing at an opera house one summer as a side gig. I took up corporate jobs while simultaneously being hypercritical (…on the weekends) of the system. I launched a dropshipping business selling ideas of sexy when in reality I eat tuna over my sink (by choice, thanks). I attend casting calls when I have no formal training in the art of acting.

None of these individually define me as a person. Collectively, they are who I am. The common denominator is…

Spoilers: I Approve.

Look ma, no hands typing at 90 WPM.

I purposely got up earlier than my natural rhythm today, a Monday morning of all days, to attend a Women in Technology Networking event hosted by the City of Toronto. The event featured a panel of reputable female leaders in the industry who shared their unconventional tales of how they got to be as awesome as they were today (my words not theirs, rest assured).

Most had come from a background in the Arts and lived a good 5–10 years as an adult in the workforce before waking up one day and deciding

“I’m going to check out what this…

Unpacking the ultimate buzzword of ‘Digitization’ Into Actionable Ideas

By: Chi Lee

“Digitization” (aka Digital Transformation)
If ever these was a buzzword of our time, this might be the one.

Every major business has been using the term for years now. It’s what employers say to employees to inspire them during a process of change. What recruiters say to prospective candidates to excite them to join their journey. What customers hear companies are doing to keep them engaged. Wherever you look, it’s the concern of any stakeholder involved in the buy/sell process.

What’s The Truth Behind What It Actually Means?

Common Answer: “Using technology to transform one’s business”

Real Answer: Technological advances are increasingly advancing people’s understanding…

Unpacking the ultimate buzzword of ‘Digitization’ Into Digestable Ideas

By: Chi Lee

“Digitization” (aka Digital Transformation)
If ever these was a buzzword of our time, this might be the one.

Every major business has been using the term for years now. It’s what employers say to employees to inspire them during a process of change. What recruiters say to prospective candidates to excite them to join their journey. What customers hear companies are doing to keep them engaged. Wherever you look, it’s the concern of any stakeholder involved in the buy/sell process.

What’s The Truth Behind What It Actually Means?

Common Answer: “Using technology to transform one’s business”

Real Answer: Technological advances are increasingly advancing people’s understanding…

The truths about travelling that no one admits to.

On the hunt for some Polish food.

Last year I spent, on average, every week living in a new city/village around the world. It started when I gave my two week’s notice, packed a bag and bought a one-way ticket to Barcelona. From there, my journey organically evolved based on travel deals, volunteer opportunities and whimsical fancies.

I kept it up for six months until my body accumulated so much distress that it finally gave up on me. To be fair, I had lugged around a 15lb backpack every other day while surviving in constant exploration mode, blazing through each new place I set foot in with…

Don’t Blow In My Direction

Proper concentration requires all digits present on temples.

I’ve recently realized that successfully sustaining a good habit is all about consistently building momentum. I liken myself to a ball rolling downhill. If I continue with good habits, I’m creating an obstacle-free path. The longer I can do this, the longer the hill will last and the further I will go. But once I momentarily cease the habit or forget to follow it, all of a sudden, the hill shortens and I’m moving slower. I lose kinetic energy, I lose acceleration and I lose motivation.

At any given point, I am running about a dozen experiments on myself. Write…

Chi L.

I share creative stories about innovative tech, the absurd life & personal development.

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