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The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast

The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast

By Eric Chow
I believe in living life by design, not by default. It is for that reason my mission is to empower people to live life more consciously, meaningfully, and authentically. To live a life of joy, growth, and fulfillment, in whatever way that is for you. Each episode features a guest and myself sharing lessons, insights, experiences, and perspectives - in the hopes that you can take something from it that moves you towards that while listening to great conversation.

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A Life without Sight with Johnny Munoz & Brittany Embry - Ep 44
How many of us sighted people have seriously given thought to what it's like to live as a blind person? How many blind people actually run into a sighted person who is willing, able, and knowledgeable about how to support them? This episode features two guests, Johnny, who has been blind for his whole life, and Brittany, who lost her sight at the age of 16 due to a terrible accident. They'll share about their daily lives, address common misconceptions and questions, and impart their perspectives on life. Whether you are blind or sighted, listening to them will expand your perspective and understanding of the blind community, it will remind you to be grateful for the gifts you have, and it will ask you to take away your excuses for why you can't. October 8th: World Sight Day. October 15th: White Cane Safety Day. Follow Johnny on Instagram @deejaybindope and feel free to send an email to Brittany.
1:26:19
October 12, 2020
The Magic of Human Connection with Michael Johnson (aka Tea with Mike) - Ep 43
Mike is a dear friend and fellow podcast host of his own show, Tea with Mike. As a host himself, he allows so many other people to share their stories, so in this episode, I'm asking him about his story and his journey of starting and growing his show. Having talked to and interviewed many individuals with his show Mike has learned some simple, yet powerful lessons about people, human interaction, and connecting with others. Sometimes we run into people who aren't the most pleasant interactions. Or how often are we so caught up in our own lives that we forget to look at the people around us. We all seek connection, introverts and extroverts and everyone in between. Certainly everything with COVID-19 has helped many people realize that. I do believe if you can capture Mike's perspective, your perspective on the world will become more optimistic, and your ability to connect with others will increase. Check Mike out on his Instagram @teawithmike, connect with him on Twitter @tea_with_mike, follow his brand on Facebook @TeawithMikeJ and check out his show on his website teawithmike.com or your preferred podcast listening platform. If you want to watch or listen to the episode I did for Mike's show a few months ago, titled "Live, Love, Matter", check it out here.
1:28:32
September 20, 2020
"I Didn't See Myself As Beautiful" with Mikayla Seijo - Ep 42
For an episode quite a while in the making, the guest for this one is my friend Mikayla Seijo. In this episode we are diving deep into self-image and self-love. Some of the questions we're sharing our thoughts on include: Why is it sometimes so difficult to have a great self image and accept ourselves? How does our self image influence the way we see and treat our relationships with others? Is the idea that "you can't love others if you can't love yourself" true? How can we raise our self image? In part 2 of the episode, we're hearing about Mikayla's relationship with her boyfriend of several years before diving into her perspective on romantic relationships. That includes loving someone but not being reciprocated and getting rejected, being in a broken relationship, seeing someone else in a broken relationship, and more. Arguably most important, we share our thoughts on feeling unlovable, feeling incapable of being loved or loving. If you enjoy this episode, I'd appreciate if you could subscribe to the show, like the episode, and rate my podcast on whatever platform you're listening on. Also tweet me or tag me in an Instagram story of you listening to the show, and your thoughts on the episode! You can also follow Mikayla on Instagram @_meeekss_ or on her IG Food Blog @meeklymunchies and find her on Twitter @meeekss1 Also, one more thing. There's another 45-minutes or so of conversation that I haven't released in this episode between Mikayla and I all about living life to the fullest, making the most of our time here on Earth, traveling, and we share some fun stories and experiences. I'm thinking to release that as a bonus episode at some point, so if you want to hear that, let me know!
1:15:32
August 28, 2020
Healing A Victim of Life with Symphony Esqueda - Ep 41
This episode features my 6th guest from the Yes Fam community based around the amazing YouTube channel, Yes Theory. My guest in this episode also happens to be someone recently featured in one of Yes Theory's most recent videos. We begin with Symphony sharing the story of getting to meet Yes Theory and the experience of hanging out with them, and later on her passion for art, but the real reason I invited her on the show is because of her story. Symphony shares that for a while that she, along with her sisters and mother, would have to sleep in a car, or on people's floors and couches, and how she would consistently have to brush her teeth and get ready in a school bathroom because of a broken relationship between her mother and her mother's ex-boyfriend. In a situation like that it's natural to feel like a victim of life, to question "why is this happening to me?" and Symphony definitely felt that. But what amazes me about Symphony is how she started to face it, how she radiates so much hope, love and joy, and I can't wait for you to see that for yourself as you listen to her. Her strength is an inspiration. Follow Symphony on Instagram @symphonyviolet and Watch the Yes Theory video with Symphony.
1:23:30
August 10, 2020
Perspective of the People & Facing Doubts with Sam Gabriel-Deveau - Ep 40
For this episode, I bring in my 5th guest from the Yes Fam community based around the YouTube channel Yes Theory. Sam shares his journey of going from not knowing what to do in life to becoming who he is today which, among other things, includes being an aspiring filmmaker. Sam also shares how he overcomes doubts and fears in life, and his process for learning new things and creating. Sam and I also discuss the magic of creating friendships with people, and his new podcast (first episode coming soon), Perspective of the People which I will be an early guest on. Finally, Sam flips the script on me and picks my brain around workflow, setting deadlines, working on passion projects, and basically, getting things done. Especially in the context of passion projects or creative projects, where there are no set deadlines handed down by someone else, or perhaps a larger task with a deadline far away, figuring out your own workflow can be a challenge. Our discussion also includes finding the fine line between not trying hard enough and actually trying too hard on tasks. Sam ends this episode by sharing a few powerful lessons, which I'll save for him to share. You can find Sam on Instagram @sam_v_gd and on Twitter @SamGabrielDeve1. Also, this is the YouTube video Sam made about how we met. Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world!
2:02:39
July 4, 2020
"You Matter" A Testament by Kyle Deaver - Ep 39
The 4th episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, features Kyle Deaver, a US Army Combat Veteran dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kyle is a walking testament to my belief that "vulnerability is strength" because he is one of the strongest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. As you listen to Kyle's story - from a difficult childhood, to the horrors of war, to losing friends on the battlefield and to suicide, to terrible relationships, and the everyday challenge of PTSD - I'm sure you'll see that strength. Despite everything Kyle has been through, after sharing his story, you'll hear Kyle talk about what keeps him going, and his reasons for continuing to wake up in the morning. Kyle believes that everybody matters. Kyle says that there are billions of stars in the universe, but it is the Sun that we need to light up the Earth. There may be 7 billion people in the world, but it is you, reading and listening to this, that is bringing light to someone's life. In the words of Chester Bennington, "Who cares if one more light goes out? Well I do." The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States: 1-800-273-8255. Please call it if you ever need it. You can find Kyle on Instagram @wondernut666. Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world!
1:28:12
June 24, 2020
"I'm Sorry Mom" Seek Discomfort Travel Stories with Caitlin Durnbaugh - Ep 38
This is the 3rd episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In it, my guest Caitlin shares her experience engaging with the community, what makes it such a great community, and her personal take on the Yes Theory motto of "Seek Discomfort." Caitlin also tells a ton of incredibly entertaining travel stories that include interacting with random strangers, hostels, Tinder, and even eating termites. She also has me share some of my stories which include getting stranded alone in Japan, hiking on a glacier in Iceland, eating a piece of a dried fish head that was hanging on a clothesline, and more. Sharing these stories lead us into a couple discussions on meeting strangers, being safe while traveling, and more. If you love traveling, or you love great stories, or you love people - this is a great episode to listen to. Also, Caitlin has just started a project where over the course of the next year she wants to meet someone from every country in the world. If you're interested in becoming a part of it, message her on Instagram! You can find Caitlin on Instagram @caitlin_nicole2248. She is also on Twitter @caitlinnicol3 Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world!
1:39:29
June 18, 2020
Love Loudly & Be You with Raiha Zainab - Ep 37
Welcome to the 2nd Episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, a community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In this episode, my guest and I talk about some of our experiences around two Yes Theory mottos - "Seek Discomfort" and "A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" and our experience with the incredible Yes Fam community. We also dive into some powerful topics, that also happen to be some of Raiha's personal values. Empathy & Being Understanding - Why is it so important to empathize with people? How can we develop empathy for others? Authenticity - How can we be authentic when people don't accept us? Why should we? Community / Family - What happens when you engage with a community of people based around similar values? What does it mean to be part of a family? Love & Self-Love - How can we bring Love into our daily lives? What about the idea that self-love is narcissistic and selfish? Why is it that it's so hard to be kind to those closest to us, especially ourselves? If you want to connect with Raiha, follow her on Instagram @_raiha_z Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world!
1:12:06
June 12, 2020
Seeking Spontaneous Discomfort & Meeting Strangers with Lemai Vo - Ep 36
In this episode, my guest Lemai shares how she overcomes the challenges of majoring in Chemistry, and her hobbies of knitting & crocheting. Lemai and I also talk about my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory, that Lemai also loves. We talk about the message of the channel to "Seek Discomfort" and that "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet." That leads us into a conversation about engaging with the Yes Fam community, and later, the story of how Lemai created and organized a "Speed Friends" event on Zoom for the Yes Fam, which is actually how she and I met. Lemai's experiences show that while planning things out can be great for certain situations, sometimes, the best experiences are the ones that come across spontaneously, the ones that push you out of your comfort zone, and involve a little bit of risk. Figure out for yourself the balance of planning and spontaneity that works for you. Lemai's experiences also show us the value of engaging with people, even strangers, in pursuit of meaningful connections from around the world. Thanks for coming on the show Lemai! Announcement: The 3rd Speed Friends Event is happening Saturday, May 30th from 10 am - 1 pm, and 5-8 pm PST. If you'd like to join, DM me or join the Zoom Time or Official Yes Fam Facebook Groups to see the event. Follow Lemai on Social Media! Personal Instagram @Lemaicvo Knitting/Crocheting Instagram @Lemaiknits Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! Join the Yes Fam USA Facebook Group to interact with Yes Fam in the United States or visiting the United States!
1:04:08
May 28, 2020
Rising Above the Past with Julissa Gonzalez - Ep 35
This episode is all about examining the past to see how it has affected our present life, and how it will continue to affect us if we do not make the conscious effort to be a better person and rise above the past trauma we all have suffered from. Examining the past, as this episode's guest Julissa shares, is a difficult and scary process. But it is our mutual belief, Julissa and I, that it is well worth facing it in order to move forward into the future. Listening to this episode, you'll find some very personal stories & experiences, as well as discussion of them. It is my hope that listening to us share will give you insight into yourself, and encourage you to start digging into your own patterns of behavior to unpack them. Growth isn't easy, but it is rewarding. You can find Julissa on Twitter @julissag97 (https://twitter.com/julissag97) or on Instagram (@gulissa_g97) https://www.instagram.com/julissa_g97/
1:13:49
May 12, 2020
How To Spend Your Quarantine with Roxanne Ramos - Ep 34
A lot of people feel that right now is a time to be productive and spend time wisely. But in this episode, Roxanne and I share how that's not really the case. Roxanne had a very busy schedule prior to the stay-at-home order, so for her it was important to relax for a while. For me, it meant I could dive deeper into the things I enjoyed because I had more time. This is a game of self-awareness, knowing what is best for you. The conversation Roxanne and I have in this episode attempts to cover many of the challenges, thoughts, and beliefs that might be making our lives more difficult than they need to be - and it is my hope that listening to it can help you to unpack some of them.  We also talk about Roxanne as an aspiring content creator. We talk about content creation as an industry, a medium of expression, a platform, and Roxanne's belief of making "content with a purpose". We talk about challenges that many creators, both upcoming and established, face in the industry as well as some of the biggest positives of being in it.  You can find Roxanne with these links: Instagram - Roxramz_  - https://www.instagram.com/roxramz_/ Twitter - Roxramz_  - https://twitter.com/roxramz_ Tiktok - Roxramz_ Youtube Channel - RC Queen - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChioFgqKCOqbjNfAJk_htQ Wordpress - https://theauthorspostblog.wordpress.com
1:10:32
May 8, 2020
Dance as an Expression & A Guide to Personal Freedom with Danielle Galvez - Ep 33
This episode's guest Danielle calls herself "an artist first and foremost, and a researcher." Dani conducts her research through teaching - teaching yoga, dance, meditation, and movement. We talk about dance as much more than an art form done with skill, but as a means of self-expression through movement. Dani's perspective on what Dance is, I think liberates us all from the limited definition a lot of us have. We discuss a book Dani recently read, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz, and discuss some very powerful concepts from that book. We also talk about workflow, emotional regulation, and the sense of guilt that we feel when we're "supposed to work" but aren't. You can join Dani at Village Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd, for a weekend of wellness, teachings, art, music, and communication skills. The line-up and registration is at freedomyogauc.com/villagefest. If you are so inclined, you can also consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign to provide healthcare workers with masks at https://www.gofundme.com/f/freedomyogaforwehavemasks.  You can connect with Dani on Instagram @danigalvez.444 (https://www.instagram.com/danigalvez.444/). You can also find Freedom Yoga Union City at @freedomyoga_unioncity (https://www.instagram.com/freedomyoga_unioncity/).
1:12:35
May 1, 2020
Be Around the Right People with Alexa Sass - Ep 32
This episode's guest Alexa Sass is in her second-year at UCLA, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Global Studies. So in part 1 of the episode, we're talking about understanding people, the impact and experience of international travel, and hearing about Alexa's amazing experiences professionally and personally involving those topics. That leads us into some of the main themes of this episode - how the people  you are with shape any experience, and how important it is to protect and surround yourself with the right kind of people, and the right kind of energy. Alexa extends that social media as well. As she says, our minds are like a sponge, soaking up information that leads us to believe certain things. We speak on the impact what we intake mentally can have on the way we live our lives. You can find Alexa on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alexaraesass/ and also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/osnapitzalexayo.
1:04:03
April 28, 2020
World Domination and Being Grandiose with Jiayao Xu - Ep 31
This episode's guest is the extremely expressive Jiayao Xu! In an episode full of excitement, analogies, and nuggets of wisdom you'll find topics ranging from Geography, to World Domination, to Communication, Quarantine Strategies, Accents, and more! Of course, the major theme of this podcast is not only discussed in the episode, but it is also demonstrated throughout the conversation - Be Authentically Expressive, or as Jiayao puts it "Be Grandiose!" Put yourself out there, even if it might seem boring, or eccentric - because someone will find it exciting and intriguing.  The following is a message from Jiayao: "Salutations, fellow entities! I was told that I can promote ANYthing I want here! Thus, I vocalise (actually, type) my endorsement of the notion of "genuinely caring for another human being." Its a grand feeling to know that someone cares about you no matter how insignificant you feel at that moment, knowing that somehow, in some way, you matter to someone if only for the moment. I'd give you a free octopus plushie(your choice of species and coloration and whether it makes sounds or not) for being such a splendid citizen once I become overlord of the world. It ain't bribery; it's conditioning! Anyhow, stay snazzy. Stay jazzy. Stay pizzazzy!" You can find Jiayao on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/deuteryium/
1:21:13
April 23, 2020
The Arts, Quarantine, and Self-Esteem with Johan Casal - Ep 30
We're back with your regular podcast episodes after a month-long hiatus with an amazing guest, Johan Casal. In this episode we're talking about... The Arts - Johan has experience dancing, singing, choreographing, writing, and directing! Being Under Quarantine, How It's Impacted Us, and How We're Staying Sane Curiosity & Exploring New Things Communication & Difficult Conversations Self-Esteem in the context of Love & Relationships, And Always Being a Work in Progress Striving to Be Better I'm excited to be recording podcast episodes again, and I think this one is a great first episode back. Shout-out to Johan for coming on the podcast. You can find him on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/johancasal/) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/JohanCasal). Go give him a follow and let us (@_choweric) know what you think of the episode!
54:55
April 15, 2020
The Value of Active Peer Learning with Susan HayesCulleton - Ep 29
In this episode I am joined by Founder and CEO of Active Peers at BECKSearch, author, and speaker, Susan HayesCulleton. From my angle as a student, to her perspective as a business professional, we tackle the concepts of Active Learning & Peer Learning. Starting with why the both of us are interested in those topics and our experiences with them, we delve into the different strategies, issues, and environments that are involved with them. This conversation functioned as a two-way interview, with both of us asking each other questions and bouncing off of each other.  This is a very different topic than what I have previously discussed on the podcast, but it is no less empowering. I believe that Active & Peer learning have fundamentally and significantly been beneficial for me and for everyone else, whether you know it or not. In fact, without some of the active peer learning strategies I have implemented, I believe that not only would I have performed significantly worse in high school, I also would have been absolutely miserable. Fortunately, that wasn't the case - and this episode will hopefully help you be more conscious about using this. Linked below are two blog posts I wrote for BECKSearch about these topics. http://activepeers.becksearch.com/my-first-experience-of-peer-learning-eric-chow/ http://activepeers.becksearch.com/how-to-maximize-ones-learning-with-peer-learning-eric-chow/ The following is a video Susan made about what BECKSearch does. https://youtu.be/mnY-Yf5YDYI You can find Susan on the BECKSearch blog and YouTube channel that are already linked, or on Twitter @susanhayes_ https://twitter.com/SusanHayes_
1:02:02
March 25, 2020
A Talk on Reframing Time, And Answering People's Greatest Weakness - Ep 28
This episode is a little different than usual because it wasn't originally done for the podcast, it was a talk that I was giving for two classes of high school Juniors & Seniors. In the talk, I share a personal story and a solution to many of the issues I believe young people struggle with often. We all get anxious and afraid of something, or we get upset and disappointed at how something went. We suffer from anxiety and depression at alarmingly high rates. While much of this is beyond our control, I do believe that we either sometimes cause anxiety and depression in ourselves, or enhance it with the way we frame our lives. If someone spills a cup of coffee, what will come out? Similarly, if someone causes the cup of your mind to overfill, what kinds of thoughts come spewing out? This talk is about how we can begin to stop this destructive and painful process by beginning with a simple, yet vital concept: recognizing that we cause suffering in ourselves. From there, the question becomes why we do that, and how we can stop it.  In the second clip I also talk about college acceptances, rejections, and picking where to go - which I feel can easily be applied to being accepted or rejected for jobs, business ventures, internships, going out on a date, or other opportunities. I add an insight from a book I'm reading which is relevant to the talk I gave - the biggest weakness for a lot of people and how to overcome it. Enjoy.
55:37
March 18, 2020
"How Do I Bring Value to Others?" A Reflection with Eric Chow - Ep 27
This solo episode is the result of when I was reflecting on the year of 2019. In particular, it looks at the evolution of my social media & my content on it. As I was reflecting on that journey, I realized that it featured a powerful 3-step process that helped guide me to some of the things I do today. If you ever wondered how I got into podcasting, writing articles, thoughtful Instagram captions, my Friendship Appreciation posts - this is the episode for you. If you ever wondered how I came up with the ideas for content, how I made decisions when it came to content (and life) - this is the episode for you. Most of all, if you are wondering what your unique gift to the world is and how you can find out - this is the episode for you. Friends, 2019 was full of lessons and growth for me, and this episode is a glimpse into that. It speaks to the power of experimentation, listening, open-mindedness, positivity, gratitude, creativity, thoughtfulness, and more. It shares the simple 3-step process that was behind every step of my content-creating journey, from how I knew what to post on Instagram, to how I started my Friendship Appreciation Post series, to how I built the podcast, my articles, and my IGTV videos. I hope that sharing this reflection brings value, ironically, by helping you figure out how you can bring value.  This episode is based on an article I first published on LinkedIn on December 24th, 2019 that is linked here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-do-i-bring-value-others-eric-chow/. 
1:10:58
February 26, 2020
The Nature of Impermanence On Technology, Relationships, History, and Daily Life with Sam Lin - Ep 26
The first repeated guest on the podcast, Sam Lin from Episode 15, joins me again on this episode to talk about Change & Impermanence. Under that broad umbrella, we discuss the impact of smartphones, the internet, and technology on human psychology. For example, how we miss things going on the real world because we become so enamored with what's on our screens, losing touch with the people around us physically, and even developing social anxiety.  We talk about dealing with people changing, and as a result, changes in relationships & friendships that we have. Sam points out that we often mess things up by being in denial, or pushing some "should" onto the person, holding onto the past & how it "used to be" - when that is no longer the case, what is the alternative? How can we move forward in a productive manner? Sam & I expand further into the nature of change & progress in the grand scheme of the world and its broader history, before taking that and applying it back into the lives of the individual. (Just me, or did that sound really smart?) We discuss the mistakes people make when it comes to dealing with any kind of change in their lives - from why the phrase "good is always around the corner" is misleading, to the importance of coming to terms with the past, present, and future. We end this nearly one-hour long conversation with the topic of dealing with hardship and emotions from the perspective of our previous topics of change, acceptance, relationships, and more. That includes ideas like the difference between fixing someone's problems and being there for them, or the difference between controlling and helping someone. You can find Sam on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/sam.l.photo/
1:03:09
February 19, 2020
Self-Care in College, Negative Self-Talk, and College Relationships with Daniella Evangelista - Ep 25
Daniella's first quarter at UC Davis was "one of the most mentally and emotionally challenging" times in her life. She struggled with a lot. Homesickness, serious test anxiety, being able to balance and prioritize her mental health with her collegiate studies, to name a few. Negative self-talk that told her "I don't deserve to be here. I'm not smart enough. I'm not good enough. All these people are better than me" were at the forefront of her mind. She felt that she was the only person struggling, the only person who didn't understand, for example, what was going on in a lecture. She had to deal with her high expectations of herself being disappointed. But as Daniella started to shift her attitude and mindset towards college, started to talk to the people around her, started to prioritize self-care, started to be kind to herself - she became equipped with tools that are helping her move forward. In this episode, she shares her journey with us, as well as the lessons she's learned along the way. We are also joined partway through the episode by her boyfriend of 2.5 years, Alan Duong, to talk about the long-distance relationships, although their experience and advice are solid for any relationship in general. If you're in college or going to be, Daniella gives practical and real advice to the lifestyle and mindset that will help you succeed, but even beyond that, you will find that many of the struggles Daniella went through and the tips she suggests apply in all stages and ages of our lives. I hope you enjoy the episode! ~ - Guests on Social Media - Daniella on Twitter https://twitter.com/daniellaxjoy; Daniella's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/daniellaxjoy/?hl=en. Alan on Twitter https://twitter.com/DuongAlanT;  Alan's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alantduong/?hl=en.
1:43:05
February 12, 2020
Making Music, An Artist's Message, and the "Dark Times" EP with Diggy Derk - Ep 24
Diggy Derk is a musical artist I had the pleasure of interviewing in this episode. We talked about topics like how he got into making music both from the perspective of pursuing it as an idea and the actual event of it happening, how he thinks about the evolution of his sound over the years, his overall message as an artist as well as the message of his last EP "Dark Times", and more. If you're interested in hearing the behind the scenes of a musical artist, whether you're interested in music and artistry, or you don't know a lot about it (like myself) and are curious, this is a great episode to listen to. This episode was part satisfying my own curiosity to Diggy's thought process when it comes to his music and his story, and part finding the interesting lessons from hearing all of it.  You can find Diggy's links below. Diggy Derk's Website https://linktr.ee/DiggyDerk Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/artist/diggy-derk/1479769597 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3jXv56qTnShOtdjp3pBhVO?si=70tpasqkS0SnQkTQitGyww Instagram https://instagram.com://DiggyDerk Twitter https://twitter.com/diggy_derk
1:03:55
February 5, 2020
How Life is a Journey of Constant Challenge & Growth with Kailani Ponti - Ep 23
In this episode, Kailani (or "Kai") shares her story of going through depression & burnout, and how finding a community around a passion for breakdancing was an instrumental part in her decision that she wanted to get better. Kai and I hardly knew each other before recording this episode, in fact, we had only briefly met once before for about 7 seconds. As I listened to her journey post-depression-diagnosis, I see that it has been a difficult one, but I have come to deeply admire and respect the attitude, perspective, and thoughtfulness that Kai brings to life that, I believe, anyone of any age can learn from. This was also the first time I felt like I didn't have to say anything about it, perhaps because, in some ways, her story and views very much reflect mine.  Kai and I also talk through her journey of developing the self-confidence to put herself out there, as she has been afraid and shy when it comes to sharing videos of her dancing on Instagram, her thoughts on issues going on, and talking to people she doesn't know. We also talk about balancing the different parts of our lives (e.g. mental health, social life, hobbies, school, family, etc.) and so much more. Absolutely thrilled with this episode, and I know you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it. You can find Kai on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ilykaiii/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/ilylanii. You can also follow Hip Hop Elements on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jlhs_hhe/.
1:16:38
January 29, 2020
Turning Pain into Purpose & The Problem with Qualifications with Sunshine Joyce Batasin - Ep 22
In part 1 of this episode, Sunshine shares a personal story of turning pain & hardship into purpose & meaning - where a close family member suffered from a stroke and breast cancer when she was 14 years old, and how that experience has impacted Sunshine and led her to pursue a career in nursing. We discuss stereotypes, as she is becoming a Filipino nurse, and how by deriving real meaning from her life she takes control of that narrative. We talk about the importance of self-awareness, honesty, and vulnerability with oneself to, as Sunshine says, "refrain from distancing ourselves from past experiences and use it to empower us towards meaningful decision making."  In part 2 of the episode, Sunshine asks me about what makes me qualified to speak on some of the things I speak about, and why people should trust my opinions. That sparks off into a discussion of qualifications and how the lack of having them sometimes scares us away from pursuing something we want to do.  You can find Sunshine on Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/sunshinejoyce_/ or you can contact her via email: sunshinejoycebatasin@gmail.com.
1:23:47
January 22, 2020
Normalization of Issues, Nature of Arguments, and Auditing Attention with Mhylia Castro - Ep 21
In this episode I'm joined by my friend Mhylia Castro. We share some wild stories, including one where Mhylia got separated from her friends during a shooting that occurred at Great America on Halloween. We also discuss people's behavior around serious national and global issues, including the normalization and lack of empathy for others, and the culture of headlines and attention. We talk about the nature of arguments being based on ego, and my 3 Key Elements to a Strong Relationship. Even politics and controversy were topics in this episode that you don't want to miss.  You can find Mhylia on social media here: Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/its_nicole.castro/ and Twitter @ https://twitter.com/Mhylia_Castro
1:49:09
January 16, 2020
Parent-Child Relationships, The Ideal Career, and Living A Life For You with Kimberly Giangtran - Ep 20
The first episode of 2020, and it's a guest I have been wanting to have for a long time. Kimberly and I talk about immigrant parent-child relationships, the tendency of people judging and jumping to conclusions about others, the idea of "smart people", and flaws in education around standardized testing. We also discuss removing people from one's life and social feeds to protect your energy and time, the need to express gratitude for those positively impacting your life, wanting to be of service to others, and the challenge of not seeing results of one's work and having to continue to put in time and effort. Kimberly and I also share a ton of stories, both hilarious and meaningful. I am super excited about the podcast in 2020, and this was a stellar episode to start with. You can find Kimberly on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kimberlygiang/
1:46:23
January 8, 2020
The Kaizen Philosophy, Optimism, and A Meaningful Life with Allen Santamaria - Ep 19
In this episode, I'm sitting down with my childhood friend Allen Santamaria. We talk about the process of comforting others and how we sometimes feel we aren't doing enough. We talk about the different passions we've had in our lives, and the importance and power of finding communities around one's interests & passions. We discuss the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, some lessons from a book I was reading at the time, and a few general principles for how to best spend one's time, and more. I hope you guys enjoy and get value from this episode. Allen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/all.sant/. Allen's Photography Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/all.sant.photosandfilms/. The band Allen plays in on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moonstewband/. Allen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/allsntmra.
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December 26, 2019
Chronic Depression, Mental Health Culture, and Random Questions with Lacee Feik - Ep 18
In Episode 18, I'm on a call with Lacee Feik, a former swimmer, future CS major and intel analyst, and someone who has been diagnosed with several mental health issues like chronic depression, psychosis, and a lack of ability to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin (one of the "happiness hormones"). In the episode, we begin by talking about why Lacee stopped swimming, and her interests in the context of subjects and careers. We then transition to talking about her diagnoses, how people around her reacted, what she has to deal with, what she found helpful for her, etc. We also talk about the culture around depression, suicide, mental health, and some of what we think is important for people to understand when it comes to the nature of these issues and how to treat those dealing with them. Personally, this was a very interesting conversation because Lacee comes from a perspective I am not used to seeing. We end off the episode with a couple of random but interesting questions and discussion. Hope you enjoy. Lacee on social media: https://www.instagram.com/lovinlaceeee/ and https://twitter.com/laceee_marie
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December 20, 2019
Act of Giving, Time is Money, Making Mistakes, and Listing Values - Ep 17
In Episode 17, I'm sharing some thoughts from the past week in two clips. First, on how our search for purpose, giving with expectations, and how special (and not special) we all are. In the second clip, I'm talking about how time is the currency of life, about making mistakes and how to respond to our mistakes, and about how powerful it is to list out your values. Enjoy!
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December 13, 2019
Eric Chow's Personal Stories of Burnout & Depression - Ep 16
In the last episode of the podcast, Episode 15, my friends Christian & Sam shared very personal stories of their experience with burnout & depression. I shared a little bit of my own experience in that same episode, but it is here in Episode 16 that I am going solo to go even deeper. In this episode, I share three deeply personal and vulnerable experiences I have had with burnout and depression. This is the most personal and vulnerable I've been on the podcast, or on social media in general, and to be honest, logically it makes no sense at all to me to be posting this. But as was discussed in Episode 15, there is power in sharing these stories, and that's why I'm doing this. So I'm excited to be sharing this vulnerable, but authentic, part of myself with all of you. Enjoy.
1:57:46
November 27, 2019
Stories of Overcoming Burnout & Depression with Christian Chen & Sam Lin - Ep 15
In episode 15, I sit down with my childhood friends Christian Chen & Sam Lin. We talk briefly about Christian's new YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzybKJG_A1gwcE3sYdFWHPg), then transition to the topic of how our mindset greatly influences how we feel about our own lives, regardless of what is actually going on. We then get into the centerpiece of the conversation - each of us shares our own personal stories of burning out. The term, for those who don't know, means feeling mentally exhausted, lack of motivation & hope for positive change (more on this in the intro).  Christian & Sam's experiences included depression (not clinical) so we talk about that too. After sharing these individual stories we talk about takeaways and lessons we've gotten from our experience. This is a topic that applies to everyone, and I applaud these two gentlemen for being so open and honest. I think this is a very valuable discussion to listen to. You can find both Christian & Sam on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrischen.chen/ and https://www.instagram.com/mochi3sam/. 
1:42:41
November 12, 2019
Life at Cal Poly SLO, Breakdancing, and Passion with Jathun Somasundarum - Ep 14
In Episode 14, I get on a call with my friend Jathun. He is currently a freshman at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo as a mechanical engineering major, so we talk about how he's doing there, how the transition has been, and what he's learned so far. Jathun has also been dancing, breakdancing, for four years and was part of a club at our high school called "Hip Hop Elements". We talk about how he got into breakdancing, how doing it has helped him, how he rebuilt a dying club as its President, and him breakdancing at SLO. From all that, topics like the value of technique, of community, and of focusing on progress. The latter half of this conversation is all about passion, finding something you enjoy doing. As we state in the episode, passion makes people interesting, relieves stress, creates communities, and can often be an emotional outlet.  You can find Jathun on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j_tunez/ The bboy club at Cal Poly SLO: https://www.instagram.com/cpslobreakers/ Hip Hop Elements at James Logan High School on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jlhs_hhe/ and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6pqfrP97URNEguBNoLftQ
1:41:06
November 2, 2019
Relationships, Respecting Culture, and Social Media Norms with Bianca Bucu & Eliza Andrada - Ep 13
In this episode, I sat down with Eliza Andrada and Bianca Bucu. We talk about relationships, such as monogamy vs polygamy, dating apps, finding "the one", soulmates, etc. We talk about culture, namely language, foods, norms, and beliefs - how important it is to respect other people's culture and surround yourself with people who respect yours (especially your partner), and the importance of and how to pass culture down to our children (as immigrants & children of immigrants). Our last major topic is social media culture, like how easy it is to share our thoughts & our lives with others, and the cause and impact of that (ie. haters). There are plenty of other mini-topics in the episode like card reading, superpowers, and celebrity crushes.  You can find Bianca here: https://twitter.com/bucubianca & https://www.instagram.com/biancabucu/ You can find Eliza here: https://twitter.com/Eliza_andrada & https://www.instagram.com/eliza_andrada/
1:53:41
October 26, 2019
Martial Arts, Confidence, Happiness, and Passion with Jhayden Calangi - Ep 12
Jhayden and I are both passionate about martial arts, so in this episode, we share the insights and lessons to life that we've gotten from our years of training. We're talking about putting our ego and pride in check during difficult situations, building confidence in yourself, prioritizing your happiness, working on a passion, pushing through discomfort/doubt/fear, and more. We also share what we've noticed about life after high school, like how we used to be concerned with the way we act around people, but now, we feel it's more important to be authentic. Martial arts has been a huge influence on how I've grown up to be who I am today. If there is anything at all that you admire about me, there's a pretty good chance I can trace it back to my time training. You can find Jhayden Calangi on social media here:  https://twitter.com/jhaydencalangi https://www.instagram.com/jhaydencalangi/
1:28:02
October 20, 2019
The Keep Rolling Campaign, Hope, and Dealing with Life Struggles with DeAndre Wilson - Ep 11
In this episode, I interview DeAndre Wilson, a man who rolls around a 230-lb tire for 2-5 hours around his home city because he was inspired by his father who passed away from cancer five years ago (may he rest in peace). We talk about that incredible story, how his father ended up rolling the tire, how it passed to him, and what the tire meant to them both. Later in the episode, we also talk about how the tire has come to mean so many different things to people all over the country! Perhaps most amazing of them all is that it represents hope. We also talk about mental toughness, goal-setting tips, dealing with haters. We give advice to those who are struggling with something in their life or know someone who is, which ironically starts with not getting advice. All that in the first 40 minutes of a conversation lasting over an hour.  You can find DeAndre on social media here: Facebook & LinkedIn: DeAndre Wilson https://www.instagram.com/deandredwilson/ https://twitter.com/DeAndreDWilson Read an article about his story here: https://t.co/xaUAayIxkb?amp=1
1:11:42
October 17, 2019
Discussing College Life & Lessons with Elizabeth Barton-Mattos - Ep 10
In this episode, my guest is Elizabeth Barton-Mattos (IG @renelizz), someone I've known for 10 years now. We talk about college classes, the dorm life, how friendships have changed since entering college, her life as a freshman at UC Berkeley, being involved in politics, public speaking, the importance of making decisions for yourself (like choosing a college/university to attend), seeking happiness, motivating yourself, and more! If you are planning to go to college, or are interested in learning about it, this is the episode for you! If you're already in it, there are tips and stories you might find entertaining, helpful, or interesting. 
1:20:19
October 11, 2019
Empower Yourself by Owning Your Life, Mindset, Habits, and Identity - Ep 9
In this episode, I present an idea from an amazing book "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. The idea of Extreme Ownership is a powerful idea that allows us to gain power in our own lives to be who we want to be, just like how we can use the scientific concepts of neuroplasticity and cognitive dissonance to shift the way we think (mindset) and behave (habits) to be the people we want to be (identity). This episode really is the perfect one for the Eric Chow Empowers Podcast, because these ideas are very powerful ways to empower ourselves to live more consciously with more joy and authenticity.
59:28
October 5, 2019
Interviewing Singer-Songwriter Promise Rhodes - Ep 8
In this episode I interview Promise Rhodes, a singer-songwriting entrepreneur. We talk about her life story such as how she got into music and entrepreneurship, lessons from traveling, losing and developing trust, religion and faith, being authentic to yourself and prioritizing yourself. I didn't know much about Promise before this interview, but we both enjoyed this conversation and got value out of it, and I hope you feel the same way.  We connected through Isaac Mashman's (Episode 5 of the podcast) Facebook Group called Team Legacy. If you want to meet people who have side hustles, have a great attitude, want to live authentically and leave a legacy check it out. Promise recently started her own podcast, which you can check out here: https://anchor.fm/promise-rhodes Her music on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePProm/videos Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/PromiseJRhodes Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/promiserhodes/ Her cat's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mety_metyfloof/
1:11:05
September 18, 2019
Where Confidence Comes From, Following Our Own Timelines, and more - Ep 7
In this episode I dive deep into where my confidence comes from and how you can implement it into your life, I talk about why and how we should be following our own timelines, I discuss external noise & internal voices, clarify my thoughts on society, and end with a merging of confidence & timelines into one quote. At the start of the episode you'll hear a 30-second clip from the song "Face to Face" by Kayla Marie, you can find her on Twitter @kaylaberinreyes. To listen to the song you can use this link: https://song.link/s/5Izk8gHKoU7Zw5WnulXk7H
41:44
September 7, 2019
Social Pressure, Receiving Advice, and My Biggest Fears - Ep 6
In this episode I go solo to talk about some ideas & insights I've gotten recently. Particularly, I discuss pressure placed on us by society to have our lives figured out at such a young age, how and why we should apply self-awareness when considering advice from others, and sharing my biggest fears, how they've changed, and the insights I've gotten from them.
34:02
August 30, 2019
Interview with 19-year old Entrepreneur Isaac Mashman - Ep 5
In episode 5 I got on a call with Isaac Mashman, a 19 year old entrepreneur who moved out of his hometown in Florida to come to California on his own to pursue his dreams. We talk about the move, his story, and many powerful ideas that have influenced both of our lives. This episode features topics like hard work, faith, humility, dedication, taking leaps and risks despite not knowing the outcome, self-awareness, and so much more. You can find Isaac on Twitter (where I connected with him initially) and on Instagram @isaacmashman. His website is isaacmashman.com, and he has his own podcast called "The Hustler's Choice." He also runs a Facebook group "for movers and shakers who want more out of life" called Team Legacy, which I am a part of.  cI7mvGjzCoxRMVYYfCxg
1:24:10
August 25, 2019
Discussing Travel, Self-Love, and Time-Management with Annie Lai - Ep 4
In this episode I sat down with my good friend Annie Lai to talk about experiences & lessons from traveling, the power of self-confidence & self-love, our tendencies to waste time and ways to combat them, concepts like "The 5 Second Rule for Action" and "The $86,400 a Day Analogy", and having a task system that helps you manage your time. Huge thanks to Annie for joining me on this episode to share her experiences & knowledge with the rest of us. You can find Annie on Twitter & Instagram @nnielai. 
45:24
August 22, 2019
Discussing Presence, Masking vs Authenticity, and Energy with Samnang Lim - Ep 3
In this episode I sit down with my good friend Samnang Lim to discuss energy & presence. First, we discuss what presence in a moment entails, the two ways to do it, and why one should utilize both ways. Second, we talk about how people tend put on masks & allow the judgment of others to limit the persona they portray, and how it can be so powerful to create a more authentic persona of who you are. Finally, we dive into understanding communication based on energy, how to deal with and treat your negative emotions (ie. anger & sadness), the impact of your environment (ie. at home) on you, and more. This was a super fascinating conversation that goes pretty deep into some ideas, so I hope you learn something valuable from this episode!  Huge thank you to Samnang for joining me on this episode, you can find him @samnungsung on Instagram & Twitter. As always, let me know what you think about the topic, and this episode as a whole! If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to hit me up about it. Thanks for listening!
49:07
August 16, 2019
Discussing Art, Music, Film, and Dance with Nadia Laswi & Rom Rivera - Ep 2
In this episode I sit down with my good friends Nadia & Rom to discuss Art, particularly in Music, Dance, and Film. Rom has been dancing for many years and participates in local competitions, Nadia is our resident expert on films, and well, everyone listens to music. We also expand to discuss what art is, the appreciation of art, animals & their relationship to art, the meaning of colors, and so much more.  This was my first episode with guests on, and I'm super glad Nadia & Rom agreed to come and join me for this one! Check them out on social media. Nadia can be found on Instagram @nadia._ and on Twitter @4parzival. Rom can be found on Instagram @rom_riveraa.
38:22
August 14, 2019
7 Key Tips to Good Decision Making - Ep 1
In this episode I read an article titled "Seven Key Tips to Good Decision-Making" that I published on August 12th. If you want to know how to make decisions quickly and effectively I hope these tips will help.
11:40
August 12, 2019
Introduction to the Eric Chow Podcast!
Hey everyone! This is an introductory episode where I discuss why I'm creating a podcast and my thoughts on where I want to take it! Hit me up on Instagram & Twitter (@_choweric) or text me if you have my number to let me know your thoughts. Thanks for listening!
13:05
August 9, 2019