Live Your Dream with Celina Lee
How I Got Into MIT Against the Odds

How I Got Into MIT Against the Odds

July 11, 2019

I share with you a story about how I got into MIT when the odds were very much against me.

I went to a public high school in a bad school district (so bad that a lot of parents in the neighborhood changed their addresses to send their children to another high school nearby). I had been learning English for less than 5 years when I was applying to college, and my parents didn’t speak English well and didn’t know anything about the education system in the US. So I had to navigate the college admissions process all by myself.

Even my teachers told me to not get my hopes up because no one from my high school had ever been admitted to college at the Ivy League level. I felt like my goal of getting into a great college was like an impossible dream. And then something happened that made my seemingly impossible dream a reality.

This episode is dedicated to all of you who have dreams that seem impossible now, and I share with you how your gifts and talents that you may not even be aware of may help you to make it happen. 

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m launching my very first group coaching program! www.celinalee.co/cha/

Wondering how my coaching can help you? Here is what my clients have said about their experiences of working with me. www.celinalee.co/testimonial/

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program. I'll be taking people through an inspirational journey of transforming career and life using my LOVE framework. www.celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore & Take Action 

By joining, you will be able to meet and develop friendships and build relationships with successful people from different industries. The group dynamic will offer mutual support, accountability, and a space to share ideas and challenges.

If you are ready for a big change, I invite you to join me to transform your career and life, so you can finally take action and achieve what you have always wanted, whether that is a career transition, starting a side project, writing a book or whatever your goal or dream may be! https://celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thought about my podcast?  Send me a message!

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you! :)

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode36

What I Learned From a Bestselling Writer About How to Create Work That Moves People

What I Learned From a Bestselling Writer About How to Create Work That Moves People

July 4, 2019

I have been fortunate to have had many mentors in my life who encouraged and helped me to achieve my dreams.

One of them is Kyung-sook Shin, one of the most famous writers from Korea. I have been grateful to have known her for many years, as my mentor and a friend.

She is widely known for many of her bestselling novels including “Please Look After Mom,” which sold more than 2 million copies in Korea and has been translated into many different languages and published all over the world.

In this episode, I share with you a story about how I met her, and what she taught me about how to create work that touches and moves people. 

If you ever wanted to create something but worried about what other people will think about it, if it will be good enough, if people will pay money to buy it, etc. you will want to listen to this episode.

This episode is dedicated to all of you who have the aspiration to share your creativity, talents and gifts with the world!

Other episodes mentioned in this episode.  Third Step Towards Career Happiness: Take Action

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m launching my very first group coaching program! www.celinalee.co/cha/

Wondering how my coaching can help you? Here is what my clients have said about their experiences of working with me. www.celinalee.co/testimonial/

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program. I'll be taking people through an inspirational journey of transforming career and life using my LOVE framework. www.celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore & Take Action 

By joining, you will be able to meet and develop friendships and build relationships with successful people from different industries. The group dynamic will offer mutual support, accountability, and a space to share ideas and challenges.

If you are ready for a big change, I invite you to join me to transform your career and life, so you can finally take action and achieve what you have always wanted, whether that is a career transition, starting a side project, writing a book or whatever your goal or dream may be! https://celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thought about my podcast?  Send me a message!

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you! :)

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode35

How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams - Dennis Hong’s Journey to Becoming the Leonardo da Vinci of Robots

How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams - Dennis Hong’s Journey to Becoming the Leonardo da Vinci of Robots

June 30, 2019

Dennis Hong is the Professor and the Founding Director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) at UCLA. When Dennis was seven-years-old, he saw Star Wars for the first time and he was absolutely mesmerized by the robots he saw in the movie. He knew that one day, he will grow up to become the person who makes these robots. And now as he is living his dream.

He has invented many incredible robots, and the world’s first car that can be driven by the blind. Washington Post Magazine called him “the Leonardo da Vinci of robots.” Becoming a robot scientist was only one of his dreams and he talks about his three other childhood dreams, and how he is achieving them.

Like any other successful people, Dennis also had some really tough times in his career and shares what he has learned from these experiences. (Original broadcast date: September 12, 2018)

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m launching my very first group coaching program! www.celinalee.co/cha/

Wondering how my coaching can help you? Here is what my clients have said about their experiences of working with me. www.celinalee.co/testimonial/

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program. I'll be taking people through an inspirational journey of transforming career and life using my LOVE framework. www.celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore & Take Action 

By joining, you will be able to meet and develop friendships and build relationships with successful people from different industries. The group dynamic will offer mutual support, accountability, and a space to share ideas and challenges.

If you are ready for a big change, I invite you to join me to transform your career and life, so you can finally take action and achieve what you have always wanted, whether that is a career transition, starting a side project, writing a book or whatever your goal or dream may be! https://celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thought about my podcast?  Send me a message!

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you! :)

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode34

Goal-Setting, Time Management, Building Relationships, and Happiness & Unhappiness –  Michael Kim (Part 3)

Goal-Setting, Time Management, Building Relationships, and Happiness & Unhappiness – Michael Kim (Part 3)

June 23, 2019

Today’s episode is Part 3 of my conversation with Michael Kim which we have been continuing for the past two episodes.

In this episode, Michael is answering questions many of you have sent about goal-setting, time management, building meaningful relationships, and about happiness and unhappiness.

If you haven’t listened Part 1 (episode 31) or Part 2 (episode 32) of this interview, please go back and listen them and since this is a continuing conversation.  

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m launching my very first group coaching program! www.celinalee.co/cha/

Wondering how my coaching can help you? Here is what my clients have said about their experiences of working with me. www.celinalee.co/testimonial/

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program. I'll be taking people through an inspirational journey of transforming career and life using my LOVE framework. www.celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore & Take Action 

By joining, you will be able to meet and develop friendships and build relationships with successful people from different industries. The group dynamic will offer mutual support, accountability, and a space to share ideas and challenges.

If you are ready for a big change, I invite you to join me to transform your career and life, so you can finally take action and achieve what you have always wanted, whether that is a career transition, starting a side project, writing a book or whatever your goal or dream may be! https://celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thought about my podcast?  Send me a message!

And, if you haven’t listened to Michael’s first interview, “How to make yourself happy,” I highly recommend you listen to it!

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you! :)

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode33

How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 2)

How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 2)

June 15, 2019

Today’s episode is Part 2 of my conversation with Michael Kim which started last week in episode 31.

We are continuing to talk about what kinds of situations lead to feelings of unhappiness and different ways of approaching them.

We can learn a lot about ourselves from our emotions including negative ones, like the feeling of unhappiness, if we pay attention to them and think about why we are feeling a certain way and what it is telling us about what we want.

In this episode, Michael talks about how some very unhappy moments led to some very happy memories of his life, and how a very painful experience taught him the importance of loving himself and being kind to himself.

I’m so excited to share with you I’m launching my very first group coaching program!  I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program to take people through an inspirational journey of transforming career and life using my LOVE framework. www.celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore & Take Action 

If you are ready for a big change, I invite you to join me to transform your career and life, so you can finally take action and achieve what you have always wanted, whether that is a career transition, starting a side project, writing a book or whatever your goal or dream may be! www.celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thoughts about my podcast? Send me a message! www.celinalee.co/contact/

If you haven’t yet, check out Part 1 of this interview and Michael's first episode,“How to make yourself happy.”

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you!

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode32

How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 1)

How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 1)

June 7, 2019

Michael Kim’s first interview, “How to Make Yourself Happy,” has been one of the most popular episodes on my podcast. Many of you wrote to me asking for a second interview with Michael.

Therefore, I had another conversation with Michael, and this time, we talked about “How to be unhappy” as a companion to our first conversation.

This may not be a topic you expected. Many of us resist feeling any negative emotions. Yet, as you will hear in our conversation, all of our emotions including negative ones like the feeling of unhappiness are signals from which we can learn more about ourselves and about what we want.

Michael talks about what kinds of situations lead to feelings of unhappiness and different ways of approaching them, rather than just saying we want to avoid unhappiness.

He talks about two different types of unhappiness. First, when the sources from the outside such as situations and people around us are making us unhappy. Second, when we are unhappy with ourselves. Michael shares honest stories and unique insights learned from his own life.

Our conversation was so much fun and it went a lot longer than I had expected. I will be sharing it 3 different episodes, so please tune in to all 3 episodes! 

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m launching my very first group coaching program! I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program where I’ll be guiding you through an inspirational journey of transforming your career and life through the LOVE framework I have developed. https://celinalee.co/cha/

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore and Take Action

If you ever felt stuck and needed some help in figuring out your next step, and want to live a life with more purpose and joy, this program is for you! https://celinalee.co/cha/

Any questions about coaching or thought about my podcast? Send me a message! www.celinalee.co/contact/

If you haven’t yet, check out Michael’s first interview, “How to make yourself happy.”

If you got any value or joy from my podcast, I would be grateful if you can write me a review and give me a rating. Thank you!

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode31

How to be Happy in Your Career and Life

How to be Happy in Your Career and Life

May 31, 2019

I have learned so much over the years about how we can be happy in our career and life. I learned them through my career transitions, coaching many professionals, and giving talks in front of thousands of people, and also interviewing many successful people for my book and on this podcast.

I have discovered the common themes of successful people, and the difference between people who achieve incredible amount of success and live fulfilling lives, and those who don’t.

I also learned why so many people are stuck, and unhappy in their careers and life, and realized we never learned in school or from our families how to figure out our career and life. So if you are feeling stuck, you are not alone and it’s not your fault! 

True fulfillment in a career is possible only when what we do is aligned with who we are. I have developed the LOVE framework to help people transition out of jobs they hate and into careers they love, and live happy and fulfilling lives.

LOVE

Learn About Yourself

Overcome Internal Obstacles

Visualize Your Success

Explore and Take Action

I’m so excited to share with you I’m launching my very first group coaching program! I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the years and designed a powerful program where I’ll be guiding you through an inspirational journey of transforming your career and life through the LOVE framework. https://celinalee.co/cha/

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode30

How a War Orphan Became a Successful Inventor, Entrepreneur, and a Philanthropist- Thomas Park Clement

How a War Orphan Became a Successful Inventor, Entrepreneur, and a Philanthropist- Thomas Park Clement

May 23, 2019

Thomas Park Clement is the founder of Mectra Laboratories, a company he started in his attic in 1988. He is a successful inventor of medical devices and holds 41 patents.

Thomas was born during the Korean War, as the son of an American military man and a Korean woman. He was abandoned when he was about four and a half years old, and lived on the street for about two years until he was taken to an orphanage.

Thomas was eventually adopted by an American family and moved to the U.S.  A biracial war orphan who was once considered “stupid” grew up to become a very successful inventor, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, and achieved his childhood dream along the way. His story is about love and hope, and the resilient human spirit that serves as an inspiration for so many people. (Original broadcast date: August 16, 2018)

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode29

The Person Who Changed My Life

The Person Who Changed My Life

May 15, 2019

I share with you a story about the person who changed my life, Mr. David Weiss, my 8th grade English teacher.

As I shared in my last episode (www.celinalee.co/episode27), I was born in LA, and moved with my parents to Seoul, Korea when I was three-years-old, and came back to Southern California ten years later. I had to learn English and adjust to the American culture as a 7th grader. All I wanted to do was fit in, but other kids made sure I knew that I was different. I was constantly bullied at school, and it was one of the most painful times of my life.

I share with you what Mr. Weiss did to change the way others saw me, and also how I saw myself. He reinforced my belief that I can achieve my dream. I grew up and realized my childhood dream of writing a book, all because one teacher believed in me when nobody did.

He lifted me up and held me up like a champion when everybody else put me down. It takes just one encouragement at a critical moment to make all the difference in a person’s life.

Thank you Mr. Weiss and all the teachers for your hard work and all the lives you have touched and changed!

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode28

What You Think Is Your Disadvantage May Be Your Greatest Strength

What You Think Is Your Disadvantage May Be Your Greatest Strength

May 10, 2019

I am sharing a personal story about how growing up to become bilingual and bicultural has made a profound impact on who I am today.

I was born in Los Angeles and moved with my parents to Seoul, Korea when I was three-years-old, and came back to Southern California ten years later. I learned English and adjusted to the American culture as a 7th grader. All I wanted to do was fit in, but other kids would go out their ways to tell me that I was different. I was constantly bullied at school, and it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life.

Being Korean-American and speaking Korean meant that I was different and it has given me a lot of pain when I was younger. After I grew up, however, my bilingual and bicultural background actually made me be unique, and turned out to be one of my greatest strengths and blessings in my life. I ended up writing a book in Korean, which led me to start my community, Give One Dream, inspiring many people around the world to pursue their own dreams, and also led me to start this podcast.

In this episode, I also share with you a story about Howard Koh, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health during the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard School of Public Health, about his experience of growing up as a Korean-American in 1950s.

You will hear about why Howard and his siblings (his younger brother is Harold Koh, who served as the Legal Advisor during the Obama administration and teaches at Yale Law School) became so successful against all odds, and achieved seemingly impossible dreams.

Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode27