Texan living in Utah. Market Researcher. INFJ. 1st Gen Child of Refugees. Empath. 6x Top Writer. Obsessed with unlocking people’s potential. Pragmatist.

Utah. Market Research Director. INFJ. 1st Gen Child of Refugees. Empath. Globalist. Feminist. Equality/Mental Health Advocate. Struggling with BPD. Pragmatist.

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Bio

Welcome to my profile page! My name is Quy Ma (pronounced kwee maw, if you were curious).

I’m 32 years old and I’m a first-generation Vietnamese American, the oldest of three boys. My parents immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War to start a new life, away from an oppressive regime in the 1980s.

I was born in Oakland, California, raised in Houston, Texas, and now live in the beautiful state of Utah with my wife and two Siberian Huskies.


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The Publication: About Me Stories

Introductions

We spend our entire lives introducing ourselves to people in every situation possible. Why should Medium be an exception?

One of the most important things a Medium writer should do is introduce themselves to the world with their first post. Veteran Medium writers have also figured out an “About Me” story gives their followers additional details about who they are.

I figured a place like a publication that can host all of the authors’ introductory stories and learn more about each other would make sense!

The Publication

About Me Stories is a publication that is dedicated to hosting stories about the best…


Hey Mitchell, thanks for introducing yourself! Can't wait to follow your writing. Cheers!


You’re never truly prepared to deal with the slow and painful decline of a loved one’s mind.

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It was 2016 when my mom began showing signs of cognitive decline. At first, my dad didn’t think anything of it. My mom had been known to be erratic in terms of her memory and personality throughout her entire life. However, three incidents over the next few months forced him to begin taking things more seriously.

The first happened when Dad bought a digital photo frame, one that rotates through photos every few seconds. He set it up in the living room and uploaded photos from vacations that my parents had taken together.

One particular set of photos showed my…


Billionaire investor Mark Cuban offers insights to Reddit investors on how to take on Wall Street

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Source: Mark Cuban 2019 Arizona Tech Innovation Summit / Gage Skidmore

As you may have heard, an army of Redditors has been at war against Wall Street over GameStop ($GME) for the past few weeks. GameStop’s stock has been extremely volatile, seeing the price go from $17 a share in early January to a high of $347 last Thursday.

Some of Wall Street’s biggest hedge funds had been betting on GameStop’s stock to drop for years. In a normal world, the bets make sense. GameStop, a departmental video game retailer, had been struggling financially for years. The rise of online digital games among gamers had rendered GameStop’s business model obsolete. …


Customers value transparency and authenticity — Robinhood failed to deliver.

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By now, you’ve probably heard it’s been a crazy few weeks for the stock market. But in case you weren’t paying attention, here’s what happened:

An army of Redditors from the subreddit r/WallStreetBets took on big investors and hedge funds on Wall Street by collectively buying up massive shares of heavily shorted stocks like GameStop (GME) and AMC Theatres (AMC).

For years, many investors and hedge funds have participated in a practice called short selling, where traders “borrow shares of stock to sell and then buy back later so they can't return them, which lets them pocket the profit if…


Mad Libs

[Lonely] [gobbledygook].

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Disclaimer: This story is intended to be random and humorous. It is published in Fill in the Blanks publication, inspired by the classic game, Mad Libs. Blank words contributed by Elan Cassandra, Kayla Vokolek, Damon Ferrara, Ashley Seaman, Shain Slepian, Panos Grigorakakis, Sandra Grauschopf, and Christopher Kokoski.

I want you to do me a favor and try to forget all of the self-improvement guides that you’ve read on the internet. They’re [lonely] [gobbledygook]!

The key to being [scrumptious] at what you do in your life is through routines — [sarcastically], [tenderly], [long] routines.

Routines help keep you [tripping]on your goals…


Mad Libs

Seriously, so [extravagant]!

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Disclaimer: This story is intended to be random and humorous. It is published in Fill in the Blanks publication, inspired by the classic game, Mad Libs. Blank words contributed by Elan Cassandra, Dariuš Butkevičius, Julia Appa, Jamaal Ameer, Damon Ferrara, Mari Moore, and Amanda Clark-Rudolph.

This [luscious] recipe has seriously saved me when I’ve run low on [eggs] in the house [daily]. It’s seriously the best.

Why? First off, it’s [crazy] easy to make and requires only a few [bottles of alcohol]. Second, it has such a [merciless] flavor, thick & [eager] crust, and an amazing [secret] that fills the…


New and Interesting Writers

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Hey y’all,

Welcome to the second post of the year in About Me Stories for Twenty Twenty One. I had to make sure I typed out 2021 deliberately since last week’s post, I had put 2020. Oops! We’re good!

About Me Stories is off to a strong start in 2021! In last week’s post, I said we had 1,137 writers, this week we’re up to 1211 followers! What an incredible burst of momentum and it’s thanks to each of you.

Also, Jennifer Marie, my co-editor, is back from her hiatus! She’ll be planning to ramp back up her engagement with…


If the odds are stacked against you, just try anyway. You might surprise yourself!

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Like many people, I’m very introverted, naturally shy, and have serious doubts about my capabilities constantly.

Meeting new people drains me. I get anxious from cold-calling people even if it’s as simple as calling the dentist's office for an appointment. I hate networking events. I’m constantly questioning whether I made a good impression or not on others. I have depression issues and have low self-esteem.

Honestly, I think it’s a miracle I got anything accomplished in life. But here’s the kicker — I did. Many times over.

In the last 10 years, I’ve moved up the corporate ladder aggressively. I’ve…

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