All posts filed under: Inspiration

Violins, shampoo, and inspiration

This clip is a shampoo commercial from Thailand back in 2012. I’ve seen this a couple of times over the years but it never fails to touch me when it resurfaces somehow in one of my social networks. Perhaps it is her courage in spite of her disability, her inspiring mentor, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, or her stunningly heartfelt performance at the end that draws me in all the time, but this ad hit it out of the ballpark for me. And that hair! :)

Smiling kids in Cape Town

This video is bursting with excitement and smiles, you’d think the kids won a trip to Disneyland…  but the children are orphans from Cape Town, South Africa and they are simply excited. To say that they do not have much is an understatement, yet they really are just THAT happy  to see a friend/volunteer whom they’ve missed in the past six months. Captured from a first person’s point of view via GoPro, it is hard not to smile back at the lovely faces.   Read about Intsikelelo’s story. Really impressive, you guys. I am so inspired by your kindness, motivation, optimism, and heart.

Arthur’s transformation

Although this video mentions a fitness program, Arthur’s story is true and utterly inspiring nonetheless. His journey is not just about weight loss — it shows a person’s inner strength, earnest perseverance, and having faith in one’s self against all odds. He demonstrated that the human spirit knows no bounds, and it motivates me in a way that only inspiration could. The clip is less than five minutes but if you’re anything like me, you’re in for an emotional ride. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending. Yay Arthur!!

Homeless coder launches ridesharing app

I caught this story late last year and I’ve forgotten about it until recently, since I’ve been thinking about building another mobile app with friends. Although we launched our app a couple of years ago, I still remember the commitment that our tiny team had to make and the challenges we had to overcome since it’s the first time. All that pales in comparison however, next to Leo Grand’s achievement. You see, Leo Grand is homeless. Yet when Patrick McConlogue gave him the choice between $100 and coding lessons, Leo chose to learn.  In less than 4 months, Leo learned how to code and successfully launched his ride-sharing app, Trees for Cars, in December. Impressive, inspiring, and all around awesome. Congrats, Leo! Read the full story on

Grandpa Dobri

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria is not a typical 99-year old man. In the past couple of decades, he has been walking 15 miles from his home to the city of Sofia daily, so that he can beg for money. He doesn’t keep the money however; he donates every single penny  to the city’s churches and orphanages. In this video clip, the church officials noted that Grandpa Dobri has given an equivalent to $52,000! I’m not saying that we should give away all of our income to causes we are passionate about, but I am sharing this story because I’m very inspired and humbled by this man’s perseverance, kindness, generosity, and greatness of heart. May love and light be showered upon you every day, Grandpa Dobri! Source: Humans are Free

Positive Effects of Body Language

This video highlights the potential for a positive effect in one’s life through (really) simple behavioral changes in our body language that I believe we can all learn. I’ve always been a fan of studies on nonverbal cues in human interactions as it reveals so much more behind what is being said. Amy Cuddy, the brilliant Ted speaker featured here,  goes deeper than person-to-person communication, and encourages everyone to use body language on ourselves to help shape our disposition for that day, or for the rest of the year even! She also shares a personal story that was very touching, and that reminded me of the raw power each person has to improve one’s self.  The video is 21 minutes but it is well worth your time. I promise. For more info on Amy Cuddy, please visit

WEBSITES I LIKE: Humans of New York

I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference,  and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Humans of New York. The concept is simple: Brandon Stanton goes around New York, taking pictures of strangers while asking them about themselves, soliciting a piece of advice, all of the above, or neither — some just strike a pose.  The result of all of his efforts was brilliant and his blog (which I discovered earlier this year via Tumblr!) led to a book that even recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller!  As a person who loves people-watching and speculating on everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and potential history, I found myself  spending several hours on HONY as soon as I learned about it. I loved getting to know these strangers who reveal so much in a single poignant phrase. There are some striking individuals whom I would probably never meet in my life, …

A 97-Year Old Microsoft Paint Artist

These are samples of Mr. Hal Lasko’s art pieces made pixel by pixel via Microsoft Paint. This story blows my mind in more ways than one: 1. Mr. Lasko is 97 years old. Almost 100! 2. At his age,  he is using a computer to draw. That’s pretty neat. 3. Microsoft Paint. 4. Ridiculously cool drawings. 5. He served in WWII. 6. He was a typographer in a past life. 7. He is legally blind. 8. It’s Microsoft Paint. For the full story, check out

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Spreadsheet Art

  The artwork above were made via Excel spreadsheets. Who would’ve thought this was even possible? Maybe it’s just my corporate-life-trained head, but  spreadsheet art did not even cross my mind until I read about 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi recently. He saw other people build pretty graphs thirteen years ago, realized he can use it as a medium (since a standard graphics software was expensive) … and he turned it into these unbelievable masterpieces. What a beautiful thing. Photo Credit: Spoon & Tamago