Progress Bear

I'm in the business of reducing the process for you so that you can get to your results faster.

Efficiency, productivity and results.

Pain is a result of discovery.
If there's no pain, I don't do.

Hello, I'm Kevin Yang, the creator of Progress Bear. This is where I show you how to make progress that matters.

A little backstory

Born with the blood of creating, I've been running around in circles for a while now trying to build my ideal life with my own hands. I've used so much energy and time that led to burn out and misery. I've been working really hard, but the motion ended up going nowhere. I felt like pedaling the bicycle with no chains attached.

My mind was tired and my body exhausted. I felt nauseated and my stomach churned incessantly. The worst part? I was worried about everything - money, relationships, health, family responsibilities, and how to be a good person.

I thought I had a strong mind, because I had a strong will. I thought I was a superhuman, because I'd do whatever it takes to get what I wanted. But apparently I was neither of those. I was wrong about myself. I was wrong about my capabilities. I was wrong about what I really wanted to achieve.

After seeking for help online, which I deemed super unproductive at that time because I wasn't moving forward with my business, I had a moment of epiphany - I was actually making movements and not progress.

I've been spending too much energy and time on the micro tasks that I failed to understand why I was doing those. Coming up with tasks were easy. Doing them were easy. Solving problems along the way were easy too. But knowing the why to what I was doing was muddled. I wasn't specific enough about the why. I just knew I had to make something, but I failed to focus on what I wanted to achieve.

As I figured out the specific goal I wanted to achieve for the first version of what I was building, I realized not all tasks were created equal. I learned to ditch those tasks that could make the product better but could still be left out without departing from the main goal. I used to write them all down, because I thought I'd forget them.

I learned to take notes of whatever came to my mind, because inspiration didn't come freely. So naturally I had the habit of writing all the tasks down. But tasks didn't work like inspiration. Once they were written down, they were like the hands in the lake of fire trying to drown you. I ended up getting sucked in and working on the tasks one by one until I was drenched in the cloud of ash. I had no idea where I was going.

After battling myself against writing everything down, I came to embrace the minimal clutter of my todo list. Mentally, it was easier to digest. In terms of progress, I was more focused than ever. If a task was really that important, it'd eventually surface.

To combat my weakness, I created a set of rules to go by and built an app to help me visualize the progress I made and to award myself for having completed my goals. The app helped me to achieve more by working on the correct tasks and worrying less.

So this is where I am now - I created Progress Bear to share my success in making progress that matters.

Make progress, not movement.

Who it's for?

If you're trying to be better at what you're doing, or trying to take the leap into the impossible, you've come to the right place.

Life is too short to not take the leap. Conformity is a fake self assurance. Conventional way of doing things is what gets us into trouble.

Have a set of beliefs and stick to it. Don't get manipulated. Instead, get informed, understand, and form your own ideas. Be genuine. Don't follow.

I firmly believe that you don't need to be expert in anything to get things done. You just need to be resourceful, know enough and work hard to make progress. I think knowing too much can lead to the undesired state of analysis paralysis, which I was a prisoner of. You'd end up not doing anything.

What can you get out of Progress Bear?

Information should be open, education should be accessible. Every step I take that I find success with, I document them on this website.

I like to experiment with many things - usually in the form of creation (writing, video, design, making apps and building businesses). Experiment is where I give myself a reason to test the water. Progress Bear is a platform for me to experiment.

I'm currently focused on experimenting with solopreneurship full-time. I don't believe in working side projects while having a full-time job. I've done it, and it didn't work for me. You either go in full force or don't do it at all. Time is too little. Energy is too precious. Save all the breathing moment you can towards your goal. Don't even spare a second for something that's not helping you grow.

Therefore, everything I do will always tie in the concept of making progress. I only do work that gets closer to my goals, otherwise I've trained myself to take the hit and say no.

Give yourself a chance to try, and you'll discover secrets you've never dreamed of.

I like shortcuts, but I also like quality.

I'm obsessed with getting the quickest result possible without compromising quality. It's not easy. But I think it's doable.

If I can click a button and the result appears right in front of me, my job is done. Life will be perfect. Heck, I probably won't even exist. But somehow it doesn't work that way. And that's why I'm here.

If you're aiming for similar goals, please allow me to invite you along my journey as I embark the unachievable.

I write about progress - success and failure, with hints of design and technology. Yes,Design and Technology are my weapons of choice. There are no other tools out there that can short circuit any given process.

Design creates the journey, making sure that the experience remains the same when a process is shortened. Technology ensures that the shortcut is possible. One can't exist without the other. It's not one dimensional.

If you're fascinated about creation and striving to get to the next level, you can get my latest content on making progress that matters directly in your inbox.

You can even suggest content that you'd like to see. I'm an open book, so feel free to pick my brain. If email is a difficult commitment, you can always talk to me via Twitter @progressbear.

I hope to hear from you soon. Let's make progress together.

Final words on your privacy

This website uses HTTPS so your tracks are protected. I use Google Analytics so that I can understand how many of you are interested in making progress. Your IP address is anonymized by default.

I think disclaimer is also quite important

Information presented on this website is based on my experiences and understanding. They're just my opinions. I stick to what I say, but you should not take them as the absolute. Everyone's mileage will vary so please take what's written here with a grain of salt.

I do not claim to be the expert on any field. I just know enough to get to the place I want to be.

Please use the ideas and techniques presented on this website as one of the many ways of doing things. The best outcome is to experiment with them, create your own formulae, and enjoy making progress.

If you have any problems as a result of executing any proposed idea stated on this website, you can contact me and I'll try to help you as much as possible.