I was interviewed by Loranda, an author and a speaker, at her podcast
She woke up at 6am to interview me. I am beyond thankful for the effort and this said a lot about her.
Here are some of the answers on the awesome questions she prepared for me.
Q: In a podcast interview you said you were labeled a loser in Japanese culture. What did you mean by that statement?
A: I wasn't a definite failure but at least that’s how I felt about it. I was an outlier and different kid. I felt like I could not fit in. The school and the society didn’t like that I had my own preferences on things and desire to express myself. To some degree, I feel that this is true in many cultures but in Japan I just felt this strongly.
Q: What was it like being a woman in a male dominated field?
A: And on top of this I felt more overwhelmed because I was a Japanese woman.
I felt that I let people walk all over me. But I also learned how to speak up in a true sense.
I am still in the process because I am not good at confrontation. I tend to be soft to people. But I am and did learn how it is important to say 'no' to things that do not fit in my priority without feeling guilty which is part of unapologetically being myself.
Q: I was watching your show on YouTube and you were talking about life seasons and being in a slump. Tell me more about life seasons.
A: I am still in the process of learning. But it all comes down to the free market. You can stop but you are just going to lose.
Q: I was intrigued when I heard you say, "There is no purpose in life, the purpose is only what you give it."
A:If there is a beginning, there is an end. It just doesn't feel so real but humanity could end. We could be doing everything we are doing today for nothing. When there is this ultimate vulnerability in our knowledge about why we exist, the best we can do is to live it the best we know.
Q: What was your turning point? What made you decide you were going to be great no matter what?
A: I haven't had a turning point and I still suffer every day but I don't have a choice because my ambition for wanting to have a great life is just that much bigger.