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Victor Ung

A healthy ‘you’ would have a mix of wellness practices, just like a healthy dish with a mix of ingredients.

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Whether you’re a medicinal cannabis consumer or casual cannabis enthusiast, you might have heard of the Entourage Effect. But did you know emotional intelligence and mindfulness can amplify the benefits of that effect?

Combining weed with meditation might feel very new-age, but this synergy has been practiced for millennia. Many historical texts in India and China indicate the use of hemp as medicine and sacred plant for spiritual celebrations. …

Don’t wait until there’s a problem

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Have you felt judged for talking to your friends about mental health?

The stigma against mental illnesses closes most of us off from talking about it, especially within my Asian-American community, and among those who’ve absorbed narrow definitions of masculinity.

The first step to breaking the stigma is making the distinction between mental health and mental illness. The former is about the overall health of our minds. The latter is a diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychologist. Most of us are not trained medical professionals, but we can have conversations about our overall well-being.

The World Health Organization defines mental…

Retaining top talent in the cannabis industry will be difficult with strict policies.

As the legalization of cannabis continues its momentum through US states, HR leads and business owners in the cannabis industry are adapting to how they enforce drug policies. The next decade is going to be a pivotal time for companies who want to attract and retain skilled, knowledgeable workers.

According to a 2021 Leafly report, job growth in the industry has grown 32% year-over-year. And 2020 was a demanding year, with Americans purchasing $18.3 billion worth of products.

The issue is that 40–60% of those employees leave within the first 2 months, including those at the top levels. …

Now more than ever, our community need more resources.

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For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness month, let’s talk about weed, social issues, and feelings!

Let’s be real, everyone needs to be more educated on both the benefits and harms of cannabis, not to mention its impact on our mental/emotional wellbeing, the War on Drugs, social and economic equity, and the health of our planet.

But isn’t it interesting that the Asian community has such a huge stigma against cannabis even though hemp has been used as herbal medicine, fiber, and a food source for millennia in Asia?

Today, there are a total of 36…

It’s being assertive with how you feel, even if it won’t please others.

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One of the common misconceptions I get is that emotional intelligence is about how to be nice to people.

It’s actually the opposite of that. Not in a mean or destructive way, but in a more assertive way that doesn’t allow others (or your own emotions) to take advantage of you.

It’s the ability to not let your emotions distract you from what you want to communicate. It’s the skill to manage conflicts both within yourself and with others to have a productive influence. It’s about aligning your words and actions with your feelings so they are congruent.

What it’s…

It’s time to slow down, and say “no”

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The world has simultaneously hit the pause and fast forward button for so many of us.

Whether you’re taking time to explore your soul, lost in a transitional time, grinding in the hustle, or your relationship is accelerating faster than normal, it’s easy to get gung-ho about it all.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or unfulfilled, you’re probably saying “yes” to too many things. It’s time to “swipe left” on life for a minute.

The “Shotgun Approach” Left Me Unfulfilled

I’ve been a big “yes” man most of my life. I love accepting party invites, doing things for people, feeling wanted. …

Life doesn’t happen for you

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My dad was 30 when my mom had me.

So you already know I’m feeling all types of ways looking at my life, single as f***.

I thought by 30, I’d also have my life altogether. I’d be safe and secure enough to be married, to have a kid, to feel confident in my career path.


It’s also almost the end of 2020 and we still have so many social, political, economical, mental, emotional, and spiritual instability in the world right now.

You’d think we’d have this shit figured out by now, right? Nope.

Needless to say, I’ve been…

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You know that feeling when you haven’t been able to work on your craft for far too long?

I feel like there’s been a huge gap in my soul not writing as much in the past few months.

If you’re any type of creator, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ll share my story and struggle through my transition into a more creative career after burning out from the tech industry. Hopefully, this will shed light on your life and creative journey as well!

Reconnecting To My Creative Passion

Writing was my first love and still is a core creative outlet for me. Way back…

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Can you actually improve creativity? And what does emotional intelligence have anything to do with it?

The answer to these questions depends on whether you view your mind as something that’s fixed or available for growth. If it’s fixed, you might think, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If it’s growth, you might think of creativity and emotional intelligence as a muscle that can be strengthened.

But how does an understanding of emotions relate to creativity?

Humans are emotional creatures and are driven by emotions. When we can better understand those emotions, it can impact the actions we…

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Do you ever look back at your work and realize how far you’ve come?

After recovering from all the cringing at your awkward, younger self, of course!

But then your existential embarrassment settles, and you become grateful for your younger self for taking the physical and emotional risk to put yourself out there. For me, it was committing to releasing one podcast episode a week, no matter what for the past year.

It’s awesome now to be able to say I have 50+ episodes out now. And I’ve learned so much along the way, both in the podcasting industry, in…

Victor Ung

Helping men (hu)man up their leadership and communication through emotional intelligence and conscious cannabis use |

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