651: Life Is Too Short With Cristine Chen

Cristine Chen is an Entrepreneur, International Trainer, and TEDx speaker. Her mission is to support entrepreneurs in achieving Life Is Too Short With Cristine Chentheir business and lifestyle goals using tools in Psychology. She is a speaker and trainer for technology communities such as Women Techmakers and Google Developers Group. She is currently based in Los Angeles and is pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology.

Cristine shares how caring for her terminally ill mother made her realize that life is too short to waste time and gave her the confidence to go after her dream life.



Cristine Chen is an entrepreneur, International trainer and TEDx speaker.

Cultural Background

Cristine is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is the ability to detach from things you can’t control. It stems from the courage to be yourself.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

In terms of career and achieving goals, Cristine has always been a confident girl.  She trusted her capabilities to learn fast and that has kept her going since she was young. However, what she was not confident in was what others would think her.  She was overly attached to the notion of being liked by everyone.  She was a chameleon.  She agreed on what everyone said.  Cristine was afraid that by being herself, she would lose people. This also manifested in her fear of sharing her biggest dreams to her friends.

The “AHA” Moment

The transformation began after Cristine took the role of primary caregiver for her terminally ill mom.  That experience showed to her that life is too short to waste time on things you can not control such as people’s judgment.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

After Cristine’s epiphany at the cancer institute, she decided to step in her power.  She quit everything she was doing in Asia and flew alone to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams in Psychology and Personal Development.

What hinders people from achieving self-confidence is a belief, a fear, or a certain past memory.  We can bypass all excuses when we are faced with the only certainty in life: that our life on Earth is limited.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Surround yourself with people who share the passions and drive as you.  Remove the energy vampires.  Take it day by day and remember, You are doing the world a disservice if you don’t lean into your unique strengths.  You got this.

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