What I own is an infinite supply of wealth of a different nature. Jewels in the thousands of karats of gratitude. Masterpieces of art in the form of hearty sinew and (back)bone, good health and the celestial fire of spirit. And a portfolio holding billions of shares of blue-chip grace and the enduring dividends of love. Now, it's my time to give back. But like this site, I'm a very much a work in progress. What, you too?
Speaking of you... If we took you, the you you are right now, and we took out all the stuff that really wasn't you, the stuff that was never you, just something you thought you had to be. What would be left? What would the real stuff look like? The real you. How far is the gap between who you are and who you should have been? How close are you to who you thought you'd be? How close are you to the dreams you had as a kid? How close are you to the dreams you have now? What's on your mind? In this input only world (consume, consume, next!), what's your output (give, give, legacy)? What will be left when you leave this place? What's the residue? Are you leaving it a better place? Do we have it all wrong? The things we are chasing. Stressing about. Growing older for. Do we have it all wrong? And what's it look like, when you are at your most beautiful?
Hey, Alex Chung here.
This is my story.
I own words. My favorite is actualization. Why? Because the pursuit of it has defined my life.
I've been a venture capital attorney in Menlo Park, vice president of an international mixed martial arts brand, and an economic developer with an award-winning nonprofit. Sleeping on a thousand vocations, looking for the goldilocks fit. Always seeking growth, challenge, and fire. Lighting it all up from time to time to start again amongst the ashes. To remember (and re-remember) the first principles. The virtues and values. To get back to my core.
The best things in life are worth waiting for. It takes time to mature. Ferment. Tenderize. Ripen. Peak. I play the long game now. Concentrating on the eternals. I'm a dad, husband, and entrepreneur. And I know me. It took a while. But I know me.
I am Alex Chung and my word, my why, is actualization. I write. I lift. I grow. And I'm trying, Ringo, I'm trying real hard, to be the shepherd.