Tim Ferriss – teaching me to dream big, appreciate what I have, and create what I don’t starting with “The 4-Hour Workweek” to “The 4-Hour Chef”. You really shaped me, during my high school years, through your blog posts
Richard Branson – making the world more fun, cool, business-friendly, accepting, and proving that businesses can have heart and swag. Thanks for creating the Virgin brands and writing amazing, thoughtful, and helpful blog posts!
Elon Musk – creating a sustainable, more environmentally-friendly future through Tesla, Solar City, and Boring Company
Jeff Bezos – giving an A-Z of a long-term perspective and creating an online bookstore that turned into Amazon prime, made e-books cool, and bought Whole Foods
Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger – living modestly, teaching about how to identify great employees, defining circle of competence, helping others, and creating “The Giving Pledge”
Bill Gates – eradicating diseases like polio and malaria
Derek Sivers – being humble, genuine, and sharing your experiences through “Anything You Want”
Ellen Degeneres – spreading kind humor, dance, and compassion through “The Ellen Show”
Macklemore – spreading love and kindness through “Same Love”, “Make the Money”, and “Ten Thousand Hours”
Taylor Swift – for creating love stories such as “Delicate”, “Getaway Car”, and “Dancing with Our Hands Tied”
Maroon 5 – for creating good sunday morning tunes such as “She Will Be Loved”, “Wait”, and “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Paul Graham – teaching me most of what I needed to know about startups through Y Combinator blog posts
Tony Hsieh – sharing his journey in “Delivering Happiness”
Dave Ramsey – teaching about why the borrower becomes slave to the lender, explaining why to live like no one else now so that you can live like no else in the future, explaining the importance of why we’re living better than we deserve, and calculating the importance of buying things in full through your podcast and also “Total Money Makeover”
Ramit Sethi – teaching about automated money management in “I Will Teach You to Be Rich”
Noah Kagan – coming to colleges and giving awesome talks about tacos and sumos
Randy Pausch – defining the positives of brick walls in “The Last Lecture”
Dan Graham – giving a college student a chance to learn from the best. creating an empowering company that gives back to its employees, its customers, and its community. Proving that introverts can lead too.
Megan Edgeller and Jerry Sun – teaching me the ropes of marketing and showing me how to be amazing UT Austin alumni
Shana Russell – cheering me on with the spirit of a thousand cheerleaders when it came time to apply for colleges
Donna Crewe and Cody Hamilton – counseling me on how to lead, listen, and care. encouraging a team to experiment, make mistakes, have fun, and support peers.
Chrisanne Roseleip – mathematically, teaching me what a lifelong learner is and helping me appreciate math
Robert Bruce – economically, teaching me to leave the world a better place than I entered it.
Candace Aiani – bookishly, guiding me on improving girls’ education
Dr. Richard Hartzell – expanding our knowledge on books, critical thinking, and communication – “Candide”, “Master and the Margarita”, and “Waiting for Godot” still put a huge smile on my face. Convincing me to recite “Ulysses”
Patricia Jones – proving the pen is mightier than the sword, and instilling the class with a sense of wonder. Introducing me to “Blade Runner”, “Hamlet”, and numerous pieces of poetry.
Gene Magill – coaching me to dribble towards what I’m passionate about
Caroline Hsu – teaching me to learn, enjoy, and appreciate new languages.
Glenn Wolfe – introducing to me to the beauty of film and helping me get started on creating my own shorts
Sam Siner – teaching me the meaning of mentoring, ideas in psychology, and sharing his love of music
Dr. Betsy Berry – helping me chase world-record dreams and introducing me to “The Things They Carried”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”, and “Death of a Salesman”
Professor John Mckiernan-Gonzalez and Dr. Moore – teaching me the history of various cultures
Sensei Louie Cardasis, Sensei Glenn Macias, and Peter Hoang – teaching me how to break a fall and flip people over
Professor Michael Scott, Dr. Alison Norman, Professor Downing, Dr. Anna Gal, Professor Philip Cannata, Dr. Bob Metcalfe, and Professor Josh Baer – teaching me about software engineering and startups
Hayden Tang – stringing together how to systematically learn the bass guitar. making it the first time I learned an instrument and worked hard to perfect an art.
Dustin Carlino – treating life like an adventure. encouraging me to work on programming projects
Grace Shiau – being the wise owl and saving my life thousands of times
Angelo Saucedo, Terri Tennant, Russell McCabe, Amanda Neuf – for giving me the opportunity to work at one of the world’s greatest companies
Liz Dominguez – helping me achieve my life-long goal of learning how to use my eyes and ears to understand people
Dustin O’Brien – making the masterpiece that is fu$e, teaching us about financials, industry-knowledge, and business
Dr. Edwards – for teaching me how to ride life’s waves and master my thoughts and feelings
Dan Murphy – for teaching me how to become a code samurai just like you and for posting pictures of Bo and Unicorn Princess
Jeff Fry – for being the world’s best supervisor, coach, and mentor
Brother – challenging me to be better, changing my life with books, and teaching me how to learn.
Mom – loving me unconditionally, teaching me the value of getting to know people, and always being there to listen
Dad – for showing me what it’s like to never give up, work hard, and use the internet