But reinventing yourself can be very hard. You can face a lot of resistance at times.
When I was nearly done with my PhD, I got bitten by that entrepreneurial bug.
I was in Silicon Valley, and so writing a thesis in the basement didn't seem as interesting as starting my own company.
So I went to my very traditional Korean parents, who are here today,
with the task of letting them know that I was going to drop out from my PhD program.
You see, my siblings and I are the first generation to go to university,
so for a family of immigrants, this was kind of a big deal.
You can imagine how this conversation was going to go.
But fortunately, I had a secret weapon with me,
which was a chart that had the average income of all of the graduates from Stanford PhD programs,
and then the average income of all the dropouts from Stanford graduate programs.
I must tell you -- this chart was definitely skewed by the founders of Google.
But my mom looked at the chart, and she said, "Oh, for you -- follow your passion." Hi, Mom.