860: Take The Leap With Amy Wang

Amy Wang is the founder of Wayo Ventures, a company that specializes in buying, managing, and selling medical and retail properties, and other essential businesses.  Her background is a rare combination of product leadership at major tech firms, startup advisory and consulting, and also real estate development. She has over 20 years of proven success launching innovative products and leading product and cross-functional teams for Cisco, Adobe, Ingram Micro, Oracle, IBM, HP and Yahoo. Over the last 16 years she has also built her own successful business investing in and managing commercial real estate properties. Amy received her undergraduate business degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA.

Amy shares how she was able to the take the leap to leave her successful corporate job to become the confident entrepreneur and trailblazer that she is today.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Amy Wang is the founder of Wayo Ventures.

Cultural Background

Amy is of Taiwanese American descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Step into the unknown and learn as you go. Walk through fire and come forth refined as gold and journey on. You have been made new, and you see nothing is ordinary.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is about living without fear of being fully authentic for your own sake and your own truth but also to the world around you without apology and knowing that you do have a tremendous amount to offer. It’s also about being okay not knowing how everything in life will turn out, being bold to take a leap of faith sometimes, as it becomes a stepping stone to another chapter of your life that unfolds.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Amy had a relatively successful path in life, well at least on the surface it would definitely seem that way. Ever since she was young, she was checking those boxes in academics, college, and career. She wasn’t consciously aware of what it meant to have self-confidence or not. Now she reflects back to plenty of times where she would hold back her thoughts and opinions whether it was in college, grad school, with extended family, or in the corporate world. For a long time, Amy was concerned in certain situations about how she would be perceived or if what she said was the right thing to say. She would care too much about those external opinions. She also thinks she didn’t give herself the chance to fully discover who she was earlier in life, to be enlightened enough to become fully self confident about who she was and what she is capable of.

The “AHA” Moment

Amy would say she came to more clarity when she was working from home for the first time in her career due to the pandemic.  She really had to take a pause and internalize where she was in her life. It was a journey to that point when she started realizing the impact of all her efforts in life and her career. She started also going deeper and defining what truly was meaningful to her, what made her happy, what made her sad as well. Also having gone through some personal challenges in life can really change you and shift your mindset towards more transformation.

All of these things propelled her and gave her the courage to walk away from a successful corporate career to start her own business and become an entrepreneur. She made the step forward and the decision that it’s her life to define and it was time to take a bigger leap. She knew she could never be fully ready but she wanted to see what was on the other side.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

For Amy, it’s eye opening to see the kinds of opportunities that present themselves when she broadened her horizon. The growth she had in learning new things and stretching herself and being able to take more control of your time and energy. It’s also knowing that nothing is permanent and things are still evolving and that is okay. It gives her confidence, and that inner voice is telling her to keep moving down this journey and it’s not a straight line path, which really does make life more interesting and multifaceted.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

It’s about courage combined with self confidence. It’s still better to take that step and fail than not to have taken that step and continue to wonder what could be possible. Amy would like to end with this quote from her brother who said:
“Start before you are fully ready. Because you never will be. Course correct along the way.” and “Master your myth. Our story becomes our history. Edit the script as often and much as needed.“

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