We had the good fortune of connecting with Jack Chen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jack, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I’ve grappled with the idea of what make me happy for most of my life. There are so many momentary things, which includes travel, parties, events of all the sorts which is always added to a happiness reel of one’s life. Of course there are monetary things, which includes materialistic pursuits that can bring real sustenance to life or up standard of living that brings status and respect. Regardless the satiation for both can be a drug and bring genuine fulfillment in my happiness meter, but I realized it was always fleeting. What makes me happy now is the focus on self growth and self understanding. It’s not so much a pursuit, but a journey in understanding what will make me happy is being present within myself, which will ultimately reflect upon my relationships and experiences elevating. This is what makes me happy.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the host and creator of a podcast called “Right in the feels”. It’s a podcast centered around why men struggle with feelings and emotions. It’s purpose is to dive into what the pursuit of ‘being a man’ has meant in society and individually for myself and how we can break toxic masculinity as well as redefine masculinity moving forward. A lot of the content also revolves around story telling, bringing other people’s journeys and stories to life that dives into self growth in career, relationships, and most importantly oneself.

My journey to understanding creativity has not been easy. I was not brought up to lend myself to the idea of creation in the form of art. I tried to follow a path that made sense in the community I was bought up in and with the parental influence I had. Many Asians may understand this. I held a corporate job in finance for many years in the early part of my career after college. In time I pivoted away and started doing things that I genuinely had more interest in. The reason I decided to start a podcast is because deep within me I realized whatever form of struggle I felt I had in life I wanted to be able to articulate it and connect with others. That was the path I truly wanted to pursue because it would be the self growth I needed. On this path, like in business I knew I would be able to network with like minded people to help me succeed beyond my wildest dreams.

At the end of the day the story is about mental health, conversations, and connecting the dots through stories and perspectives to grow. The brand will always be about real authenticity. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My fiance, Christine Chen, a life coach extraordinaire hands down has been my biggest inspiration and support in my life. My mom and sister’s belief and love in me is unwavering. Three amazing women are the reason I have the strength I do.

Instagram: rightinthefeelspodcast

Twitter: jackzwchen

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