37 episodes

"How did you figure out what you want to do with your life? How did you have the courage to pursue your dream?” These are questions Celina explores with people from different walks of life. Their journeys reveal stories about dreams, courage, inspiration and creativity.

Live Your Dream with Celina Lee Celina Lee

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"How did you figure out what you want to do with your life? How did you have the courage to pursue your dream?” These are questions Celina explores with people from different walks of life. Their journeys reveal stories about dreams, courage, inspiration and creativity.

    How to Turn ‘No’ into ‘Yes’

    How to Turn ‘No’ into ‘Yes’

    One of the hardest part about pursuing our dreams is dealing with rejections, and persuading other people to give us a chance.
    The most difficult aspect of writing my book was that I had to convince successful and therefore very busy people to meet with me and give me a chance to interview them.
    I got more rejected trying to write my book than I had ever been until that point in my life. But I was persistent. I tried and tried until people said yes.
    It took a lot of cold calling, stalking, and flying to random places to meet and convince people I wanted to interview. If I had given up after the first, second, or the third rejection, my book would never have been published. Eventually, they all met with me not once but many times and became my greatest supporters.
    You will hear about some creative and crazy things I did to try to meet and convince people I wanted to interview, and how I turned a No into a Yes, and eventually achieved my childhood dream of writing my book.
    This is the last episode of the Season 2 of my podcast. I’m going to take a short break to work on new episodes for Season 3. Who should I invite as guests on my show, and what kind of themes and topics do you want me to talk about? Let me know your thoughts! www.celinalee.co/contact
    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! :)
    Other episodes I have mentioned.
    How to Pursue Your Dreams Even When Your Loved Ones Don’t Believe In Them
    What I Learned From a Bestselling Writer About How to Create Work That Moves People
    What You Think is Your Disadvantage May Be Your Greatest Strength
    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!
    Today’s show notes: www.celinalee.co/episode37

    • 35 min
    How I Got Into MIT Against the Odds

    How I Got Into MIT Against the Odds

    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

    • 10 min
    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

    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

    • 13 min
    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

    Dennis Hong is the Professor and the Founding Director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) at UCLA. When Dennis was six-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 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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    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)

    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

    • 40 min
    How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 2)

    How to be Unhappy – Michael Kim (Part 2)

    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

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

thebean74 ,

Ok I'm hooked

I heard about this podcast when I went to a panel on lawyers pivoting to business (Celina was one of the panelists). People were raving about her interview with a Michael Kim. Pretty common name. I didn't realize, until I decided to check it out, that I knew this Michael Kim! Not well. I had invited him to be on a panel several years before. It was fascinating getting to know him and his philosophy on work, life, and happiness. Choosing him as an interview subject was an inspired choice by Celina, and I was impressed by her easy and comfortable rapport, and there way she would distill and repackage things he said in a way that provided a compelling thematic organization. I'm looking forward to hearing more of her interviews, and I recommend all four episodes with Michael as a great gateway to this podcast!

Also, I love the opening theme music. It's very calming and happy. How did you choose it?

Cat in Philly ,

Good Vibes for your AirPods

Put this on your morning commute list! It is so positive and inspiring. The hostess has a great way of simplifying the mysteries of the work-life soul search. I love listening to the interviews with Michael Kim, and have re-listened to several of the podcasts depending on the day/week. I attended one of her talks, and her approach and advice have resonated with me while I was making a career switch to the job of my dreams. Listen, subscribe, read, and attend her talks if you. Huge fan. Thanks, Celina!

Ariazana ,

Insightful and really helpful advice!

So happy that the new season is here! I love how your podcasts are so great with inter-weaving personal experiences and examples. They are truly inspiring and comforting. Listening to this podcast is like having someone hold your hand through a really difficult task! It's been really helpful to have Celina's positive voice in my head and urging me on because starting a new thing comes with so much doubt and negative thinking. This podcast is like my positive affirmation. Thank you, Celina!!

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