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Tam Pham

Tam Pham

I’ve optimized my life around two things

Learning: I love the entire process of sharpening my craft. The feeling of challenging myself and growing 1% every day makes me feel alive.

Community: An amazing day is when I spend quality time with my people!!

I’m obsessed with bachata

Partner dance has always terrified me. So I made it my New Year’s resolution to take an intro Bachata class in 2019 and luckily, I survived. Fast forward to today, I've danced all over the world, learned from the best teachers, and even became a teacher myself.

I created Bachata Library, a complete system to help you learn bachata fast and shine on the dance floor. Say hi to me on Instagram @tamphambachata. 😀

I’m a writer, marketer, and community builder

I'm the author of three books. Most recently, I was a Writer and Experience Designer for Hustle Fund VC. You can see my full work experience here.

While I’m proud of what I do for work, it’s no longer the one thing that truly defines me. I believe we should all be ruthlessly honest about why we work.

I’m based in CDMX and Toronto

I grew up in San Jose, California and I couldn't wait to leave the boring suburb life. I've tested out the intense "digital nomad" life but constant travel wasn't for me either.

I tried slow living in just a few places that I loved and found this to be a much better lifestyle. I get the best of both worlds: community + adventure/novelty. 🌎

I spend most of my time in CDMX and Toronto, with pit stops back home in California or short trips to other parts of the world. But I always come back to my home bases.

I used to be a chess expert

I played chess in high school but peaked at 1400 ELO (average player). It wasn’t until I embarked on a chess sabbatical that catapulted me to expert level at 2000 ELO (top 4% in the U.S).

That sabbatical pushed me to my absolute limit and I loved it—easily a top 5 life experience. But I don't play much nowadays as I'm too focused on dance.

I publish a life reflection every year

Every year on my birthday, I reflect on my highs, lows, and everything in between.

Past editions: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

This tradition is an amazing way to measure backward and appreciate how far I've come.

Here's what I'm up to right now. ✌️

My blog has a new direction

This blog used to be about a lot of things: networking, career advice, business, personal growth, crafting a meaningful life, etc.

But my motivations and curiosities have changed over the last decade. Moving forward, I decided my little corner of the internet wouldn’t have any niche.

This site is purely about the life experiences and ramblings of Tam Pham.

I’ll write whatever I feel like, whenever I want, with no goal of turning this blog into a full-time business. You know, like how blogging used to be back in 2008.

Changing this mindset has made me feel happier, lighter, and actually more motivated to write. So if you want to follow my adventure, subscribe for more.

Or don’t. Life is short – make the most out of your wild and precious life.