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Donn Lee

I love to read and write. Professionally, data science, technology, and sales ops are my thing. In my non-professional life, I aspire quite simply to be a good person, and encourage others to do the same. For those who care, I test as INFJ/INTJ (55/45?) in the MBTI.

I am thankful I have it easy

Yes, sometimes I feel overwhelmed. How could I not when I have to juggle kids while going 110% at work thanks to Covid-19? Who’d think a pandemic could complicate our lives this badly? It doesn’t make it any easier that I also feel this invisible weight of fear for my […]

When the kids are home

An experiment of sorts: 2020 marked the year my two kids came home to stay (they were with in-laws previously). Looking at my writing output on edonn.com, mostly long-form writing, it’s markedly down. Short-form writing, on the other hand, on LinkedIn and Workplace has gone up. Play to your strengths, […]

Plastic Wrappers on Fruit

Reading When to Rob a Bank (by the authors of Freakonomics) and there was this little passage on plastic wrappers on fruit and food in general. In my mind, there was no doubt that that was a symptom of excess, and that it was undoubtedly a bad thing. But Levitt […]

Thoughts for a better world

I underwent surgery a few days ago. Since then, I’ve been in so much pain I have second-guessed my decision almost every single damn minute. But you know what’s interesting? As in the other times I undergo significant stresses, whether physiological or psychological, I’ve been forced to confront what’s really […]

The Curt E-mail and Hanlon’s Razor

An e-mail came in and it was brief. No pleasantries; no salutations; just straight-to-the-point. In many cases, that’d be fine. But in this case, it felt curt. There wasn’t a lot of history behind sender and receiver, and the main message wasn’t a particularly pleasant one. Still, having learned about […]

Good plan, poor execution

As some of you may know, I’m into the second year in a row of marathon training. During these two years, especially during the long runs, I’ve had many epiphanies: a-ha! moments and stories that I’m always eager to share with my readers when I get back. Problem is that […]

Following the crowd

herd mentality

Just the other day over coffee a colleague of mine told me about a fascinating video he’d seen. It was about a psychological experiment that showed just how much of a mindless, conforming species we were. 100% emotional; 0% rational. Just part of the herd. Though I’d seen similar ones […]

Health and wealth

This past week has been difficult. I caught a stomach bug. It was awful. I thought I was strong. I was wrong. Throughout the week, I kept thinking: I would pay quite exorbitant amounts of money just to feel healthy again. But alas, money don’t make the sick feel any […]