Founder of Actualization
I am Alex Chung.
Dad, husband, et al.
What do I say here? I mean, what's the point of this site? Do you really want to read about my life story? I doubt it.
So why are you here? And why should you keep reading? Truth is, I don't really care if you do, unless you believe in the stuff I believe in. Then I want you to stay and connect. So what do I believe in?
Actualization. And what is that? Well, now you are asking the right questions.
For most of our lives, yes I'm speaking for you, we have yearned for improvement, for growth, and for our first, say 25 years or so, most of us do just that. We grow. We develop. We mature. And society is kind of designed to help us do it. To a point. But when you reach adulthood, you're on your own. And no one really prepares you for the letdown. You learn and develop in spirit-breaking ways, like learning about the dark side of compound interest as it relates to your now due student loans. And how to function in a cubicle for 10 hour days without losing your sanity. All part of "growing up" but not exactly tip of the spear stuff.
So when that happened to me, this stagnation point, or points, because it happens from time to time, I took a concerted effort to learn its lessons and yet still develop in the ways of my youth. To take the beginner's mindset. And figure out, given the cubes and grad school debts, where do I go from here? I mean, I just want to be happy, right?
Eventually, I figured it out. The meaning we all search for in life is not, as it turns out, to be happy. I even tested it out on my too gracious family -- I moved us halfway across the country for an entire year in pursuit of happiness. And guess what? We were miserable with happy. It bored us to tears.
The truth is, the thing that gives us meaning is simple. We need dreams. We need values. And we need to pursue them. What we need is a constant pursuit of goals just beyond the edges of our fingernails. We must chase that fleeting, ethereal, thing that we're almost embarrassed to admit is there, the thing that never leaves us and yet we cannot seem to quantify let alone explain. The stuff we used to believe was part of our very best. That's what we need to grow again.
All that, I call actualization. This willpower to reach and transcend our full potential. I believe that's why we're here. You and me. And everyone else. But the truth is most of us have forgotten, ignored, or neglected this drive to actualize.
If you've made it this far, well maybe there's hope for you yet.
We can only champion mediocrity and applaud outrageousness and anger for so long. It's not a substitute for greatness. No matter how many followers or blue checkmarks it has. C'mon now, haven't you thought "nothing makes sense, anymore?" at least once a day? I think you know it's time for a change. A transformation. I'd talk of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies, but I'm getting to the end of my bio. Yeah, this is my bio. And if you're shaking your head, this is where we part. If you're nodding it, then please my brothers and sisters, keep on reading. Oh, and I lied earlier. I really do care what you think, even if you disagree. We are all here. So what shall we do?
It's about to get real.