Hello world. My name is Phil Tieu, and this is my 8th attempt at starting a blog over the past 8 years. This time however, I’ve forced myself to pay for a domain (using my own name… no turning back now), so maybe I’ll actually stick to it.
The issue I had with my previous attempts of writing a blog was that… Well, I simply had nothing to write about that anyone would really want to read. Now that I’ve learned some things, seen some things, and done some things, I feel like I can bring enough value to the table that makes this blog worth writing.
The next step should be introducing myself, I guess. That’s probably a good idea. I’m a building engineer. That’s my stable (as stable as it can be) source of income. That’s how I make sure I have a roof over my head and food on the table. Benefits are cool too. It isn’t the most glamorous job, but I work for an awesome company and don’t think I could ever quit. As secondary sources of income, I’m a part of some other projects: I co-own a doggy daycare, I consult for businesses, I ghostwrite, I’m working on a clothing line, I manage a music artist, I’m a session singer, and apparently I’m now writing this blog. I’m often labeled as a workaholic, but I don’t like that name. The -aholic part makes it sound like it’s a bad thing. Work just happens to be a hobby for me. I would easily choose working on any of my projects over playing sports or getting hammered. It’s not really a money thing, either. It’s more about being a part of something you enjoy, something you believe in, and building something that has the potential to become a part of people’s lives.
No, it’s really not a money thing. Studies show that when you make over a certain amount in annual income, your level of happiness does not increase in direct proportion to any more money made beyond that amount. And that amount? 75k a year. Well, maybe around 85k now. Inflation and stuff. But still. A lot lower than one would think. Link to the article. I couldn’t agree more.
I devour books, love animals, and drink unsafe volumes of coffee. I skateboard. I suck. It’s all good. I sold a patent to a sports nutrition company. I wrote a book a few years ago that got picked up and dropped more times than a dumbbell. I was a part of many different music projects ranging from singing in a pop boyband to singing in an alternative metal band. I backed out of a record deal, and I’ve also been fired as a student by one of my vocal coaches.
So what am I trying to accomplish with this blog?
In the recent past, I noticed more and more friends and friends of friends reaching out to me and asking for advice on various topics. Not so long after that, more people would reach out and ask me similar questions. So I figured, why not start a blog that provides information to anyone else out there looking for answers? By no means do I consider myself an expert, but what I can claim is that I do have experience in certain areas. The non-fiction addiction I have probably doesn’t hurt either.
So to answer the question, my goals for this blog are to provide information and entertainment, to connect with people, and to have a place to barf out random thoughts.
Hope you enjoy it.