What do you know about Shinichi Takatori, the founder and CEO of Kyash? If you aren’t already familiar with his name, you’ll probably be hearing a lot more about it in the future. For now, here are 10 things you might not already know.
1. He loves cultures from all over the world
He was lucky enough to grow up in an area where there were people from all walks of life and different cultures from all over the world. That's something that gave him a relatively unique look into things at a fairly young age. It's also something that has driven his love of cultures from all over the world, something that has had a dramatic influence on the way that he looks at things from both a personal and a professional standpoint.
2. He believes that the only thing that limits you, is you
He tends to believe that the only thing that truly limits a person is their own view of themselves. He's always quick to point out that if a person believes they can accomplish something, they can typically do exactly that as long as they're willing to put in the work and the effort to make it happen. By the same token, he's just as quick to point out that if you don't think you can achieve something, you're essentially already beaten before you even begin. When you believe that you can do anything, you see bumps in the road as challenges to be overcome. When you don't believe that something is possible, everything seems like a monumental obstacle and you end up getting overwhelmed before you even get started. As a result, you have a tendency to give up on things as soon as things get a little bit rocky.
3. He always wanted to do something that would help others
Even when he was a teenager, he wanted to do something that would help other people. Like many other teenagers, he really wasn't entirely sure what that would entail. What he didn't know was that he wanted to do something that would help other individuals in their day-to-day lives. He wasn't looking to change the whole world with a single act, but to make daily life easier for the people that he'd grown up around.
4. He grew up in Tokyo
He considers it a plus that he had the opportunity to grow up in Tokyo. As far as he's concerned, it's a very diverse city that always has something going on. As such, he was exposed to a lot of different cultural ideas and they gave him the opportunity to live a more well-rounded life as a child and as an adult.
5. He learned not to take things for granted at a young age
He learned that it was important not to take the things that are right in front of you for granted when his parents would host foreign exchange students. They were absolutely enamored with Japanese culture but because it was something that was always right in front of him, he took it for granted until he realized that other people didn't have the ability to do so. It taught him an important lesson, one that he still holds on to quite tightly even today.
6. He tries to bring diversity to everything he does
As a result, he still makes an active effort to bring diversity to everything that he does. He realizes what a gift he was given by being raised around a great deal of diversity and it's something that he is keen on including in virtually every aspect of his life.
7. He didn’t go to college for finance or technology
Despite the fact that he operates one of the most prevalent fintech startups of his generation, he didn't go to college for finance or technology. In fact, he actually attended college for a Liberal Arts degree, something that was very important to him at the time. Despite the fact that he didn't go into the field that he had thought he would end up in, he still values that degree a great deal and doesn't have any regrets about his chosen field of study.
8. He got his first banking job straight out of college
He was given an opportunity to go to work for a bank immediately after he graduated college, and he took it. There was no looking back from that point forward. He found that he really did enjoy the world of finance, so much that he decided to create his own company that centered around that particular field.
9. He’s all about making things better for the people around him
There's no doubt about it, he's a man on a mission with the purpose of making things better for the people around him. He realizes that he can't change the world in one fell swoop, but he also realizes that if he makes his little corner of the world a better place by helping individuals with the things that they are struggling with, then there is a ripple effect that eventually helps more and more individuals. As a result, he's very keen on doing his part and he encourages other people to do exactly the same thing. As far as he's concerned, it's the only way that things are ever going to get better in this world and it has to start somewhere with someone.
10. He loves doing things he’s never done before
He admits that he has a very adventurous spirit. In fact, he routinely says that he loves exploring places he's never been to before and doing things he's never done. From his perspective, this is something that keeps life interesting. He's also quick to point out that you might find something that you genuinely love, something that you never even knew about, but only if you're willing to try those things that are unfamiliar to you. He believes you must do this even if they scare you a little bit.
Written by Allen Lee
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