Still Curious S4E1 - Lawrence Yeo
    Lawrence Yeo

    there's like this nascent fear of someone asking you, what do you do? Because I do so many things, but I guess I'm a writer. And then it's like, well, oh, what kind of stuff do you write? And then I'm just like, uh, . I dunno how, how exactly to answer this. Like, every time. so if anything, I would say that fear that you have of that particular question is actually like a good thing The unique threads of everything that you pull together is gonna result in some sort of mishmash is so specific to you.

    And like it's really hard to describe the end result to anybody really. if anything, your inability to answer that question is probably your greatest asset as a creator. I don't have any neat way of saying what I'm curious about or interested in think that it's something to be quite proud of something to lean into instead of push away.

    You're listening to the still curious podcast with me, Daniel pointer. The show where I met people who insist on relating to the world with curiosity and care and talk to them about the red thread that runs through their life story and which ultimately empowers them to flourish as their unrepeatable selves. The voice you just heard belongs to my guest today.

    Lawrence yo. I've writer, illustrator, storyteller, and the creator of mortar that an illustrated long form blog that delves deeper into the things that make us who we are. Lawrence creates stories that navigate the nuances of the human condition. I'm a long time reader and admirer of his work as someone who consciously puts curiosity at the center of what he does and who points people towards finding freedom and acceptance in pursuing the things they find meaningful while emphasizing that practical realities of pursuing a life of creativity. Including money and mindset.

    Lawrence Yeo

    if you really had all your time and attention that you wanted to dedicate to what you think you wanna dedicate your time to. Is that actually gonna be as blissful as you think it is? with my music, I quit my job to pursue it, thinking that I needed 40 hours in a week to do this. And then when I had 40 plus hours all available, I'm like, I don't wanna do this for that long. I actually don't wanna make music for 40 hours a week.

    Lawrence describes more to that as a grand exercise in reframing. It's about giving people different lenses to view familiar situations. This superpower to take any situation and view it through

    a different perspective is something Lawrence remembers having from an early age. He says that while he grew up poor, he never felt poor because he had the kind of family situation that made him feel he had everything he needed.

    And as a result, he always had a great sense of abundance. Lawrence always knew he wanted to be a creator of some sort. But wasn't sure how he was going to go about it. He took five years to graduate college and was still an undeclared major in his senior year. Eventually selecting international economics and landing a job in investment banking. Can you finance?

    Wasn't what lights his fire, but he saw it at the time as a way to purchase his freedom and direct his attention to his creative pursuits, such as making music.

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