About 5 or so years ago, my friend (an attorney who I knew since Boy Scouts and soccer during elementary school) told me, “You’re a Renaissance Man.” I took it as a compliment, although, I never fully understood that term. I’m an ordinary person who is curious, enjoys learning, is tenacious on figuring challenges out and executing on my ideas, does my best to work well with others, and relentlessly works hard to improve myself. As a result of these traits, I love to try different things in my life. My parents encouraged my two younger sisters and I to try many things since we were born. My dad taught me discipline. My mom taught me to try anything I desire. The combination of these two disciplines have played a huge role in my personal growth practices up to this day. So, thanks to my friend, I looked up “Renaissance Man” online on my smartphone soon after he mentioned it and found a great article that is my favorite of all-time: “What Makes A Renaissance Man? | Renaissance Man Journal” https://gainweightjournal.com/what-makes-a-renaissance-man/. I re-read it every now and then to inspire myself. The article says, “A Renaissance Man strives for perfection, in mind, body and spirit.” It lists the following traits of a Renaissance Man:
“A Renaissance Man uses both left-brain and right-brain type of thinking. He is:
4) has perseverance and self-discipline
5) has a thirst for knowledge and new experiences
6) excellence in physical, intellectual, artistic and social fields, which includes deep expertise in at least one field and is exceptional in other fields
7) and most importantly, is always learning
Again, I’m an ordinary person who works hard on different disciplines. It’s a mindset that I do my best to maintain. Thanks to my parents, it was taught to me since I was born. When I was kid, I experienced the following: soccer, baseball, Aikido, ice skating, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, music, and arts and crafts. As a teen, I engaged in social clubs and community organizations, and acted for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and TV commercials on top of playing soccer and band. During college, I was Vice President and Senator of the student government, student teacher for Ethnic Studies 330 (history of Americans of Japanese ancestry in Hawaii), actor for University of Hawaii theatre and TV commercials, a member of Sigma Lambda fraternity, member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Pearl City Neighborhood Board, employee of DFS Hawaii as a warehouse worker and service representative delivering merchandise to customers at Honolulu International Airport, volunteer and staff for Hawaii State Representative K. Mark Takai, campaign volunteer for Governor Ben Cayetano’s second bid for Governor of Hawaii, campaign volunteer for Honolulu Councilmember Arnold Morgado’s bid for Honolulu Mayor.
As an adult I expanded my experience: attorney, politician (Vice Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Chairman of the Judiciary and Business committees), founder and owner of Island Style Home – an e-commerce business selling Hawaiian themed products, president & board director for Jodo Mission of Hawaii, member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, member of the Hiroshima Fujinkai, member of the Yamaguchi Fujinkai, founder and chairman of Peace Day Hawaii, events producer and promoter, founder and part-owner of AV8 Partners – an aviation company, founder and owner of Positive Masters – a multimedia company, writer of articles and poems for my personal blog since 2002 and Positive Masters’ blog since 2019, writer of novels (2 unpublished novels), writer of screenplays (4 screenplays that have not been produced), Internet marketer for clients, graphic designer for my Positive Masters company, podcaster for my Positive Masters company, and founder and owner of JRK Enterprises LLC – a law, business development, branding, and holding company.
Right now, I’m scared about the future. I’m not sure if I’ll make it out this time. Then again, I always feel this every time I pursue something new that’s scary and exciting. Succeed or fail, I believe the most important thing is your personal growth. Titles, entities, services, and products come and go, but your knowledge, skills, and relationships are still with you. Mix and match them and you may come up with your next moves. Also, failure is our teacher. Keep iterating and improving.
My friends, strengthen the Renaissance Man or Woman in you. Like the article concludes, “Deliberately put yourself in situations which will challenge you, give you new perspectives and teach you something new. In this way you will gain a wide variety of experiences, which you can learn from and apply later. You always need to be curious and work on improving yourself. The most important aspect of this is to always be learning new things. Never stop.”