Blog - Dustin Lien


Posted on September 3, 2018

Blog moved to Medium

I decided to start hosting my blog posts on instead of here on the website for two reasons: Distribution (more eyeballs on the posts since it’s sort of like a social media site for blog posts) It looks nicer / is more fun to use The posts are still free to read, and you […]

Posted on July 20, 2018

Are you ever actually going to start your business?

This is a piece of “tough love” content, because I care about what happens to you. If you’ve been pondering starting a business or a side project for more than 3 months, and you haven’t even started yet, it’s time to check yourself. There are people who have been consuming my content (which is almost […]

year in review
Posted on January 15, 2018

2017 Year in Review & 2018 Goals

This is my 4th consecutive year doing these year-in-review posts, and I always start with this disclaimer: Just so you know, these reviews are really for my own introspection and reflection on what went well during the year, what didn’t, and what I want to accomplish the next year. I’m making it public because I […]

Posted on January 15, 2018

Why I Don’t Believe in Work-life Balance

I work a lot, sometimes too much—you can probably relate. I also have a healthy amount of fun—hopefully you can relate. With a busy schedule and ambitious goals, most people start wondering how to achieve a better work-life balance. Tens of thousands of people google that term every month to get ideas on how to […]

Posted on January 4, 2018

Decisions—The Proof is in the Pudding

Which door do you choose? Should you take the blue pill or the red pill? Decisions will make and break us as entrepreneurs. Scratch that—decisions will make and break us as humans. Notice I didn’t say “make or break” us. Decisions do both, because humans are flawed and we don’t always make the right decisions (or always […]

skydiving dudes
Posted on January 4, 2018

Authority: Where Trust & Business Intersect

Scenario 1 You’re in a guitar shop trying to decide which guitar to buy, and a random person you’ve never met and know nothing about walks over to you and offers his advice on which guitar you should get and why. You half listen to what he’s saying while silently wishing he’d leave you alone […]

Posted on December 27, 2017

The Power of Wonder

Why are we so obnoxiously hell-bent on needing to know all the answers? I’ve thought about this before, but it wasn’t until I was at a conference a few months ago that I was reminded of how much it stunts our growth. One of the speakers at the conference, Harris III, mentioned in his talk […]

Posted on September 11, 2017

When a Juggler Drops a Ball

I tried juggling the other day and it didn’t go well. It’s weird though, because when I throw one ball up in the air it’s pretty easy to catch. Even when I throw two, it’s still pretty easy. Admittedly I have to focus a little more and not let my mind wander too much, but all […]

Posted on September 5, 2017

You are the Silversmith, and the Silver is You

In biblical times, a silversmith would have to go through an extremely intricate and sensitive process for purifying silver. Particularly when making jewelry for a wealthy customer, quality was of the utmost importance. We have all kinds of tools and technology now that make the process much easier and predictable, but back then it took […]