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I’m Samorn Selim. 

I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy. As the daughter of poor Lao refugees, I was told to pay my dues.

After coaching over 1,000 clients, I now realize that the idea that you have to pay your dues and work in a toxic place is a myth. 

We can face our challenges head on, do work we are passionate about, and work with good people with kind hearts to make a big impact. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.

Sep 13, 2022

Do you want to make a career change?  But you’re not sure how to do it?  Thomas shares:


- How he made multiple career pivots from government to tech to VC.

- What qualities to look for when founding a startup.

- Why having a vision will help you with rejections.

- How he manages his depression and suicidal ideation since age 8.

- Why it’s important to not struggle in silence, and how to find support.

- Why life is too short to work with a sucky team.  


Since the recording, Thomas has now transitioned to be Co-founder and CSO of Derapi.  Connect with Thomas on twitter @thomastlee and at


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