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Peace is my purpose.


Peace is my purpose.

I became a lawyer and politician with this goal in mind through the laws and programs I created or supported.

I enjoy business because #commerce can connect people when a great value is provided.

I love writing fiction because you can touch the souls of people by evoking their emotions through the struggles your characters go through. If you can make a reader have compassion and empathy for a character they would have disliked or even hated but for the story, then you’ve played a small role in bridging the division created by human judgment. Such stories can be adapted into audio and visual form such as audio books and movies to reach a greater audience.

Nonfiction writing can play a role in our self-development in not just our career but our personal development to attain inner peace. If all of us are at peace, the world will be at peace.

So what do you think about attaining world peace? If we break it down into bite size pieces and work on ourselves and help others every single day, it’s possible right!

May peace be with you! Sending you positive energy!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#selfdevelopment #personaldevelopment #selfhelp #innerpeace #motivated #determined #hustle #mindfulness #mindful #grateful #gratitude

I’m pictured here working with a former business partner for branding and marketing on 2/13/2019.

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I Dream of you. Do you too?


Love lost and love gained.

I dream of you. Do you too?

Love this kind of pain.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem No. 218, 3/14/19 –

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Want to be productive? Grow your hair long and/or closely watch children grow up.


Here’s two strategies I use for my productivity: (1) Grow your hair long and cut it when you finish some of your goals; and/or (2) Have your sibling or siblings or an immediate family member have children because you will watch very closely how fast they grow up, which will make you work harder to get things done.

We can grow our hair long anytime. I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager, even when I was a politician and government attorney. As for our loved ones having children, well, this is a bit more tricky. Have fun with this strategy!

Here are pictures of my 10-month old niece and I with our long bangs on October 20, 2018 in San Mateo, California.

Crush all your goals my friends!!!

#productivity #strategy #growyourhair #longhair #bangs #children #family #time #tracktime #hustle #grind #work #career #business #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur #attorney #law #job #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #happiness #vision #goals #dreams #execute

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Fade Out or Keep Going?


Fade out or keep going? What are we chasing after in this competitive and sometimes cruel world? Money? Power? Fame? When you reach it, you get attacked by others and punished more severely. Is it worth it? I think most of us want to be happy and at peace. There’s something beautiful in fading out from the craziness of society to be with your own soul in a peaceful and quiet life. Maybe live a simple life near the ocean or up in the mountains. It sounds so nice to meditate, read, research, write, create art, produce content that helps others, build a service for others using technology, and only hang out with those who lift your spirit. I’m not saying to completely cut ourselves off from the world. We could still continue our hustle to create value for others from afar, only coming back to society for our loved ones and for our most passionate projects. Do you feel this sometimes? If this was possible would you try it?

This is a picture of the sunset in Waikele, Hawaii on 2/19/19.

#fadeout #keepgoing #money #power #fame #peace #innerpeace #alonetime #meditate #happiness #simplelife #ocean #mountains #sunsets #clouds #family #lovedones #lifestylebusiness #write #read #research #fiction #nonfiction #poetry #art #music #content #contentcreation #technology #services

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Time with our loved ones is valuable


I was so lucky to spend time with my younger sister and my baby niece in February 2019 when they came to Oahu, Hawaii for my baby sister’s baby shower, which I helped to prepare! Here, my niece’s laughter and smile is so cute!!!

The speed in which a baby develops is a great example on how valuable time is. I dedicate every Sunday for my family in person and by video calling my family in the San Francisco Bay area. My parents, baby sister, brother-in-law, and I fly out about twice a year to be with my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces on the U.S. Mainland. We hang out in California or travel to different places. They also visit us in Hawaii. Further, I do my best to attend all of my extended family’s gatherings and events. I also spend some time with my friends.

We don’t know how much time we have to live. Neither can we predict how much time our loved ones will live. When I’m with my loved ones, I do my best to be present and absorb all I can, every moment. I love my family and friends. May you have joy with your loved ones as well. Take care!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#baby #niece #family #lovedones #friends #mindfulnes #mindful #grateful #gratitude #thankful #love #hawaii

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Dreams, Mentors, & Daily Practice


Since I was young, I would dream or have visions of what I wanted to achieve or experience. I observed people who were at a level I aspired to be. Then I would relentlessly work on my skills & knowledge everyday for hours. Over many years, usually at least 7 years, I would attain my dreams or at least a portion or variation of them. I would like to note that I had many failures too.

When I was about 9 years old, I was determined to become a better soccer player. I admired a skilled & speedy soccer player, Shane Uemoto who played as a wing forward on the Pearl City High School soccer team & had number 12 on his jersey. I loved the exciting way he played the game & how he was well-liked by his teammates. Shane was also a very good student, eventually becoming an accountant as an adult.

I would often practice soccer by myself for many hours in addition to the practices with my team. I would train by myself at parks or in my yard until dark & run up & down the hill of my street or at parks to build up my speed. I played with the ball in the house & watched soccer videos over & over on ball handling & strategy. I ran several miles from my house to Pearl City High School to get a peek at Shane & his teammates practicing. I remember riding a school bus on a field trip & I had a vision of Shane running alongside of the bus. Funny right! 😅 Anyways, after a number of years, I ended playing as a right forward on the Pearl City High School soccer team. I scored a whole bunch of goals & assisted others in scoring goals. I proudly wore the number 7 on my jersey & was so elated to live my dream!!!

As an adult, I continue to work hard daily on my dreams & observe amazing people in public service, business & the arts, areas I have a passion for. I’m just as relentless & obsessive as I was when I was a kid in love with soccer. I may not be wearing number 7 on a soccer jersey but it’s in my soul everyday.

#dreams #vision #goals #mentors #virtualmentors #soccer #sports #publicservice #politics #politician #attorney #business #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #art #writing #fiction #nonfiction #passion #habits #dailyhabits #practice #dailypractice #consistency #determination #tenacity

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Keep Reading & Learning!


My niece and I at the library. Kids love reading and learning, and so do we. Keep going and crushing it!

#family #children #kids #library #libraries #reading #learning #writing #knowledge #knowledgeispower #mindset #desire #vision #drive #tenacity #keepmoving #hustle #grind #life #career #business #health #everything

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One Percent Improvement Everyday


Entrepreneur James Altucher @altucher , author of “Choose Yourself” and Podcast show host of the James Altucher Show, encourages us to improve ourselves by at least 1% everyday. Whether we are learning, producing content, and/or building relationships, our improvements will compound over time! Here, I’m at Starbucks @starbucks at Waikele Premium Outlets @waikelepo in Hawaii on this awesome Saturday, December 1, 2018!

Keep going my friends! Crush it!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Step by Step


Step by step and we’ll get there. My 10-month old niece crawling up the stairs with me on 10/21/2018.

#stepbystep #smallgoals #goals #consistency #dailyhabits #habits #practice #dailypractice #hustle #grind #patience #family #baby #niece #sanmateo #california #mindset #positivemindset #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #happiness #joy #love

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Stranger, I Want You.


Your smile, your look.

The way you dance to the beats.

Stranger, I want you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #140, 7/4/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting

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Hard to say goodbye.


No matter what challenges we have, there are always many things that are good in our lives. Hard to say goodbye. My niece and I.

#niece #sister #family #mindfulness #gratitude

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The Worlds In My Head


The worlds in my head.

Stories, scenes, people, and things.

So I let them out.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #120, 4/4/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness #books #novels #fiction #stories #scenes #people #things #motivated #inspired #gratitude

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Working @ Coffee Talk!


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Chaired my board of directors meeting for Jodo Shu Hawaii earlier and now working at Coffee Talk in Kaimuki, Hawaii while my mom attends a meeting for wellness products. I’ve been in the zone for the past week, pulling off nonstop writing and learning sessions of up to 10 hours straight at coffee shops. I snapped out of a low and depressive energy period caused by stress and anxiety – partly because life and death became very real when I had to save my cousin-in-law from choking on food. There’s so much I want to accomplish before I die. I want to play a small role in providing value to others, especially in products and services that can help others find peace. So excited to work!!!

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Count Your Wins!


I counted 1,400 wins in 2017, the latest practice within my self-development system, an ever-evolving program I’ve used since I was about 10 years old. We’ve written our always-changing plan for our life, New Year’s Resolution, and our daily goals scheduled in our calendars. On top of these plans, I enjoy counting my daily wins, which keeps me moving towards my life goals and annual resolutions, boosts my happy chemicals of dopamine with every accomplishment, and keeps me mindful of all the good that is happening in my life daily, critical to show me that life is good, even during my darkest times. So count your wins – Time with your loved ones, win! Several hundred words for your document, win! Cooked a meal, win! Learned a new topic, win! Exercised, win! Kind gesture to another person, win! And on and on. Life is not just life, but an adventure.

#goals #wins #personal #career #entrepreneurship #life #relationships #love #mindfulness #gratitude

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Task by task, day by day, we will eventually get there.


My office tonight, the dining table at my sister Mia and brother-in-law Mike’s beautiful house. Task by task, day by day, we will eventually get there. It may take years, but it’ll be worth it!!!

#office #business #entrepreneurship #law #aviation #mindfulness #gratitude #quote #quotes #apple #macbookpro #macbook #bose #boseheadset #tenacity #determination #goals

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Happy New Year! 2018!


Since April 7, 2015, I’ve been working quietly on a few start-up companies and taking in business clients once in a while that need legal or government affairs services. I often joke to my friends or acquaintances who wonder what I’m up to, by telling them that I’m training quietly at a planet in the outer rim called Tatooine where Obiwan Kenobi and Luke Sywalker were in hiding, and rebuilding the way of the Jedi. On the eve of 2018, I reflect on the things I’ve done in 2017 such as spending time with my family on 83 occasions or days; being with my sister Mia and her family who lives in the Bay Area, California for 12 days, and when apart, video conferencing them 27x with my parents and sister Lara; exercising (running, lifting weights, and swimming) 144x; running 550 miles; finishing the Honolulu Marathon and Great Aloha Run; writing 68,979 words for my 2nd novel; receiving a finalized land deal just before the end of the year that I will sign on behalf of one of the companies I’m building; working on 3 other start-up projects in the preliminary stages that’s slated for launch in 2018; and traveling to Beverly Hills, California in February 2017 for work and San Mateo, California in December 2017 to share the Holiday Season with my immediate family. Excited for 2018!!!

Here, I’m pictured in San Mateo, California as I enjoy my time with my family. I wish you a happy, healthy, and succesful 2018!!!

#newyear #happynewyear #2018 #newyear2018 #family #business #entrepreneurship #law #mindfulness #gratitude


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Anything is possible when you have dragons!!!


Anything is possible when you have dragons!!! Let’s keep attacking our goals like a dragon on fire!!! Oh, and a nice lover to share the experiences with, would be a bonus. 😍

#goal #goals #tenacity #determination #persistence #dreams #business #entrepreneurship #law #writing #creativewriting #books #novels #haikupoems #poems #love #romance #peace #exercise #quote #quotes #hawaii #gameofthrones #georgerrmartin #mindfulness #gratitude

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“Just try!” Got it mom!


Sports, activities,

law, politics, business, love.

“Just try!” Got it mom!

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #82, 11/16/2017 –

( I dedicate this Haiku poem to my mom whose birthday is today, November 16, 2017.  Since I was a little kid, my mom got me and my two younger sisters to try so many activities and experiences.  Since I was a child I’ve been telling her my plans, like “Hey mom, hey mom, this the plan!!!  As a middle-aged adult, I still do this, and she has the same answer, “Just try.”  My mom is my greatest support.  I love her so much!)

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #mom

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Excited for Every Day!


Even when I’m tired, I get up excited to be working on a few projects that I’m passionate about that have the potential to positively impact Hawaii and the Pacific rim with more revenue, jobs, services, and products – maybe even the world. I fear failure, but I learn and develop relationships from both, success and failure, which continues to build my ideas, skills, and network, so like a music producer/DJwho mixes different sounds and talent, I can mix my ideas, skills, and friends across different sectors of our economy to create a different service or product for people to enjoy. When I was a politician, I did the same technique to create or better programs and laws. Building things through entrepreneurship and lawmaking is much more fun than fighting and breaking apart things through litigation, which I also do once in awhile. I recently got an arbitration case closed, which I’m so happy about. Here I am reviewing about 750 pages of documents for one of my projects. Notice I have my good friend, my Macbook Pro. I have so much gratitude for all the things we’ve done together. Have a great weekend my friends!!!

#excited #gratitude #mindfulness #business #businessdevelopment #entrepreneurship #law #businesslaw #transacrionallaw #writing #reading #creativity #macbookpro #apple


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Oatmeal as part of my Health Strategy


I used to be in the top 1% with my health examinations, but a year ago, my LDL or bad cholesterol went up into the high-risk zone. Stress from my high-risk endeavors and eating out with not the healthiest foods so I could keep working on my projects may have contributed to this. My HDL or good cholesterol has always been high, which helps, but I wanted to improve, so I’ve been eating oatmeal regularly, as well as brown rice, other grains, and vegetables to get the fiber I needed to take away the bad cholesterol. I also increased my exercise to help raise my HDL. This year, my doctor and I were happy I’m back in the healthy zone. Here I am on the morning of October 14, 2017, about to cook my oatmeal. May good health be with you! The longer we live, the more we can do!

#health #healthyfood #nutrition #oatmeal #quakeroats #cholesterol #goodhealth #effort #habits #determination #tenacity #goals #mind #body #soul #honolulu #hawaii


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Help me to find it


Help me to find it.

Maybe it is not out there.

Look inside of me.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku #70, 9/9/2017 –

#poems #poem #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #quotes #quote #sadness #sad #mindfulness #gratitude #motivation

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Girl Power!


“My love, you’re riding me so hard.”

“Whatever you do, I can do better,” she replied.

I laughed. “That’s why I love you.”

Girls, you already face more than us boys such as inequality, the pain of bearing children, and a higher risk of being abused or sexually assaulted. So go hard and beat us guys in anything: school, skills, network, business, and whatever you choose. Plus, you don’t need to take our last names – we just want your love.

#girlpower #feminism #girls #females #dreams #ambition #goals #love #robotech #veritech #veritechfighter #creativewriting #writing #writings #fiction #novel #novels #quote #quotes #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki

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Aim High!


“How high can we go?”

“As high as we want!”

#aimhigh #dream #plan #strategize #execute #veritech #veritechfighter #robotech 

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We All Get Lonely Sometimes


We all get lonely sometimes. Whether you’re brokenhearted, on your own, a single parent, or trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents, we’re experiencing the same quiet nights together. Sure it may be dark but when we look out at the black sky, those stars keep twinkling at us and that moon keeps giving us light as if they are all telling us, “Everything will be alright.”

#creativewriting #writing #quote #quotes #lonely #loneliness #brokenheart #single #singleparent #singlemom #hardship #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki

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Keep that child in us alive!


We must always keep that child in us alive to fuel us with imagination, curiosity, and playfulness that will help us in our projects for others to enjoy!

Aloha attire worn for Aloha Fun Wear at http://www.alohafunwear.com on 5/19/2017 at Waimanalo, Hawaii. Aloha Fun Wear has a lot of fun and comfortable Hawaiian style clothing. 

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We too must strive to become a Buddha.


One of my influencers, Shakyamuni Buddha, a human who chose the path of love and compassion, and one of the greatest teachers of self-development who wanted all of us to be happy and peaceful as we face our difficult feelings of sadness, fear, and anger. Gratitude, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion can quell the dark side in all of us and bring out the light. We too must strive to become a Buddha. #buddha #siddarthagautama #siddartha #siddarthabuddha #shakyamuni #shakyamunibuddha #peace #innerpeace #love #compassion #gratitude #mindfulness #empathy 

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Consistency is key in our journey.


Consistency is key in our journey towards making a dream a reality. Upon getting an idea, we act on it by planning, strategizing, and executing. We work at it day after day, and year after year, achieving all the little goals in order to attain the big ones. #quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #consistency #journey #idea #ideas #plan #planning #strategizing #strategy #executing #execute #work #habits #habit #dreams #dream #patience #tenacity #relentless #pursuit #drive #goal #goals #reality #achieve #positivity #desire #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki

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Success is a journey, not a destination.


Past midnight on April 22, 2017, I re-read Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for the Way book.

 #brucelee #quote #quotes #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #success #successquotes #journey #gratitude #grateful #mindfulness #mindful #philosophy #motivation #motivationalquotes #motivationwave

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Watch “109-Year-Old Veteran and His Secrets to Life Will Make You Smile | Short Film Showcase” on YouTube


This video on Mr. Richard Arvin Overton touched my heart. He’s someone I would love to have as a friend. Some of Mr. Overton’s traits reminds me of my late friend and mentor, Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga who served in the 100th Battalion during World War II, became a lawyer, and served in elected politics in Hawaii for 20 years from 1954 to 1974, changing much of our discriminatory laws, making healthcare and education more readily available, and supporting economic development. Najo passed away on December 29, 2009 at age 90.

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How Super Can I Become?


Trembling without love.

How super can I become?

Losses become wins.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/23/2017, Haiku #54 –

Here’s a song “Forever in Silence” by Solstis that helped to bring out my emotions and words to this Haiku poem, which I was able to write in seconds.

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Tim Ferriss on Depression and Thoughts of Suicide.


Linked below is an article on depression and suicide by Tim Ferris, an entrepreneur, investor, author, and podcast host who has studied and practiced self-improvement strategies and techniques that we can all incorporate into our daily lives in our quest for happiness. He is well known for his book “The Four-Hour Workweek” and his latest book “Tools of the Titans” is in the market.

All of us from time to time will face challenges that will make us sad, hurt, disappointed, and even angry. However, Tim Ferris, like my other favorite entrepreneurs/self-improvement coaches James Altucher and Marie Forleo – they encourage us to practice daily habits that make us positive and productive human beings.

In this article, Ferris wrote: 

Most “superheroes” are nothing of the sort. They’re weird, neurotic creatures who do big things DESPITE lots of self-defeating habits and self-talk.

Here are some of my coping mechanisms for making it through the day:

1) Wake up at least 1 hour before you have to be at a computer screen. E-mail is the mind killer.

2) Make a cup of tea (I like pu-erh like this) and sit down with a pen/pencil and paper.

3) Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. Most important usually = most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.

4) For each item, ask yourself:

– “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
– “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”

5) Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.

6) Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.

7) TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2-3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.

8) If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.

9) Physically MOVE for at least 20 minutes each day. Go for a long walk, lift weights, take a free online yoga class (YouTube), anything. Ideally, get outside. I was once asked by friend for advice on overcoming debilitating stress. The answer I repeated over and over again was: “Remember to EXERCISE daily. That is 80% of the battle.”

10) Follow a diet that prevents wild blood sugar swings. This means avoiding grains and refined carbohydrates most of the time. I follow the slow-carb diet with one cheat day per week and have done so for 10+ years. Paleo also works great. Don’t forget to eat plenty of fat. High protein and low fat can give you low-grade symptoms of rabbit starvation.

11) Schedule at least one group dinner with friends per week. Get it on the calendar no later than 5pm on Monday. Ideal to have at least three people, but two is still great medicine.

12) Take a minute each day to call or email someone to express gratitude of some type. Consider someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time. It can be a one-line text or a 5-second voicemail.

Congratulations! That’s it.

Those are the rules I use, and they help steer the ship in the right direction.

Routines are the only way I can feel “successful” despite my never-ending impulse to procrastinate, hit snooze, nap, and otherwise fritter away my days with bullshit. If I have 10 “important” things to do in a day, I’ll feel overwhelmed, and it’s 100% certain nothing important will get done that day. On the other hand, I can usually handle 1 must-do item and block out my lesser behaviors for 2-3 hours a day.

And when — despite your best efforts — you feel like you’re losing at the game of life, never forget: Even the best of the best feel this way sometimes. When I’m in the pit of despair with new book projects, I recall what iconic writer Kurt Vonnegut said about his process: “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

Don’t overestimate the world and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

Tim Ferris’ link to his article is here: https://www.google.com/amp/tim.blog/2015/05/06/how-to-commit-suicide/amp/

“Failure” and “success” are both wins because we made an effort to embark on a journey by working on an opportunity. What makes “failure” and “success” both a win is when we appreciate what we’ve learned, the skills we’ve developed, and the people we’ve built relationships with. So even on our hardest day when we feel worthless, like Ferris wrote, we can list the things that are making us anxious, and choose to work on that one thing that would make us feel accomplished for the day and make all the other things on our list less important or easier to knock off later. Exercise, meditate, write our goals down, listen to music, take a walk, spend times with positive friends, or do an activity that will boost our happy chemicals and make us feel more accomplished. The small wins and accomplishments mean a lot, because when we achieve many of these small wins, we will eventually achieve the huge wins! On our goods days, we could rack up a dozen or more wins a day, but on our toughest day, even if we just make an effort to accomplish one very important task, that is a super huge win – huge! 

Sincerely,

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama


Yesterday President Barack Obama made his farewell address. I’m very proud to see history being made in that President Obama is the first African American U.S. President, and also the first U.S. President from Hawaii.

My favorite moment from President Obama’s farewell speech was when he thanked Michelle for being his best friend and wiped away a tear from his eye.  I admire the love between the two of them.  Having a loving, smart, and compassionate partner like Michelle is what many men yearn for, including me.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of Barack and Michelle, clearly showing how much they love each other.

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My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as I play a set.


My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as my friend DJ G-Spot and I play a set. This fun song “Recess” by Golden Coast would be one of the songs in my set. I’m not sure who you’ll be but I got a target date of 2017 or 2018!

Love Festival Hawaii 2014

Picture of the high technology and special effects stage at the 16th Annual Love Festival Hawaii on 9/27/2014.

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2017 New Year’s Jodo Mission of Hawaii President’s Message


 

2017 New Year’s Jodo Mission of Hawaii President’s Message

Dear Members,

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! Wishing you a Happy New Year! For 2017, my wish is for you to be filled with happiness a great majority of the time.

In a perfect world, we could wish for happiness all of the time, but when we think about it, without some suffering and challenges, life would become boring and we would not have the experiences that make us appreciate life even more. When we fail, we appreciate our efforts and all the ups and downs, so when we do succeed, it’s oh so sweet and wonderful. Even the impermanence of life, the fact that our time is limited in this living realm, encourages us to appreciate the present moment, so we cherish our time with our loved ones, work passionately on projects that excite us, and absorb the beauty of nature such as the sun setting into our beautiful blue ocean. We develop a deeper gratitude through our understanding of impermanence so even when we lose a person we love; we are able to generate positive energy by all those wonderful moments we shared with that person, and it’s this energy that encourages us to live life the best that we can with the precious time we have before us. Thus, suffering and challenges can be a fuel for our happiness through our practice of gratitude. When you combine gratitude with all your positive practices of the Eightfold Path – Right Understanding, Right Purpose, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Endeavor, Right Thought, and Right Meditation, you will be filled with joy.

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

President of Jodo Mission of Hawaii

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Vanessa Hudgens Would Be A Top Choice For Lead Female Character In My First Novel


If I were ever so lucky to get my first novel published and made into a movie, a paranormal romance and suspense based in Hawaii, my top choice for the lead female role would be actress Vanessa Hudgens because the lead female character in my novel is Asian and Caucasian like her.  Moreover, she would play the personality of the character nicely who is loosely based off of someone who was once a small part of my life.

To change popular culture in the United States to be more reflective of its diversity, it is very important for writers, producers, and entrepreneurs to develop stories, novels, movies, products, and services that share the unique cultural and ethnic diversity in our country rather than what we mainly see in popular culture in the United States today. It has gotten better, but it still isn’t truly reflective. I’m optimistic that commercialized story-telling will become much broader.

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Love and Peace Between Christians and Muslims


Amazon (AMZN) has created a very heartwarming commercial that shows how multi-religions can live together harmoniously, especially between Christians and Muslims where there has been conflict between leaders and members of the two religions for hundreds of years. This positive message can be applied to unify all conflicting groups. We can all make a difference in making our world peaceful by spreading love and compassion to everyone we interact with.

The commercial features a priest and imam having a pleasant conversation over tea. As the the imam prepares to leave, both men remark at their sore knees, share a hug, and part ways. Afterward, they both take out their smartphones and buy the other knee braces through Amazon Prime.

The commercial ends with both the priest and the imam kneeling to pray while wearing the knee braces they received from the other via Amazon Prime.

I love this. So touching. Wonderful work Amazon!

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Haiku #23 – Find the Little Spark


Find the little spark

to lead you out of the dark.

Good is still in you.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/30/2016-

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Haiku #22 – Treat Life Like a Game and Play


Games are fun for us.

Treat life like a game and play.

Drive, create, and love.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/15/2016-

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James Altucher


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James Altucher, an entrepreneur, author, and podcast show host has helped me in my life and career since my friend Ryan Sanada told me to listen to his podcast in April 2015 after my life took a slight downfall.  Altucher’s advice: Generate 10 ideas a day if you can; Idea sex or mix various ideas together; Work with others who have skills and ideas that compliment yours; Take care of your health; and most importantly, “Choose Yourself” – pursue all areas of your passions and dreams.

What makes James Altucher so appealing is his openness to not just his success, but his failures.  He has mentioned how he made millions of dollars and then lost it all; going through divorce; and feeling depressed to a point where he wanted to die. Yet through it all, he comes back and make millions of dollars again, evolves with new business ideas, and networks with other amazing people.

Here’s a link to James Altucher’s website: www.jamesaltucher.com

Also, download his podcast show “The James Altucher Show” and another podcast show that he co-hosts with entrepreneur Stephen J. Dubner called “Question of the Day” where they answer questions and give advice.

 

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I Love My Mom


When I was a baby, my mom would talk and read to me.

As a toddler, she made me do math and English workbooks by rewarding me with a penny for every page I accomplished.

As a kid, my mom drove me to soccer, baseball, Aikido, cub scouts, and many other activities until my dad could meet us after he finished work.

My mom and dad attended all my soccer games and watched me progress from an average player to one of the State’s highest scorers.

While I struggled to find out who I was during my teenage years, my mom helped me through it.

On the day I graduated from high school, my mom and dad that was there.

When I broke up with my first girlfriend and saw my college grade point average drop, my mom comforted me.

When I made my college comeback by raising my GPA and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Political Science my mom and dad was there.

My mom and dad flew to Washington State to see me graduate from Gonzaga University School of Law, and later that year they saw me sworn in as a lawyer under the Hawaii State Bar Association in the Hawaii State Senate.

A year later, my mom and dad witnessed me get sworn into the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

When I was in jail for DUI, my mom and dad was there to be bail me out.

When I got attacked by the media, political opponents, and haters, my mom and dad stood by me.

Every time I was feeling down from angry people, power hungry politicians, tyrant and tantrum-filled judges, and selfish business persons, my mom was there to listen.

With every plan and goal I came up with for my business and political endeavors, my mom always told me to give it a try.

Even now, my mom is alway there to cheer me on. Through her I’ve learned that when we strive for what we want, anything is possible, and that having empathy and compassion is the best way to live.

I dedicate this song “Be As You Are” by Mike Posner and remixed by Jordan XL to my mom and to all of you mothers out there.

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They Move in Sync to the Thumping of Our Hearts.


We crawl to the edge and peek over.

The dark blue waves far below us,

crashing against the rocky walls of our cliff.

They move in sync to the thumping of our hearts.

This is how I felt when I first met you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, August 10, 2016 –

This song matches my poem.  It’s called “So Good To Me” by Chris Malinchak.

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Sometimes “Doing” Does Nothing


Entrepreneur and Author James Altucher wrote a nice article, which is linked below my article. Mr. Altucher wrote, “The world doesn’t need more DO-ers.”  He also stated, “Stillness ultimately creates, Doing often destroys.”

Sometimes “doing” does nothing such as having meetings that have no new information or purpose, just rehashed things that were already in motion. There are times when “doing” is destructive such as having a meeting where people are offended or where we cannot commit to an action because we didn’t complete the preceding tasks yet. At times, waiting on action such as actions by the government or investors can be a good thing because new investors and opportunities pop up that could never have happened had things progressed faster. Patience is a key to success when “doing” does nothing.

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2016/08/i-miss-nothing/

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Like A Child, I Create Another Dream and Do It All Over Again.


My sisters are princesses. My nieces are now princesses. They rule the world. Since I was young, I’ve wanted to save everyone from evil. I keep coming up with ideas and mix them with other ideas – some good and some bad. Then I pursue them until I live my imagination. But every now and then, my fantasy comes crashing down. Like a child, I create another dream and do it all over again.

20160307_055024With my nieces Sophie and Elyse on the early morning of March 7, 2016, just before flying from San Francisco, California to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

20160308_140313My niece Elyse with Princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast at Disney World on March 8, 2016.

20160310_200315My sister Mia, Elyse, and Sophie with Princess Anna of Frozen at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_133238My niece Sophie in her Princess Snow White dress and younger sister Lara at the hotel in Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_185542My sister Lara holding my niece Sophie at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160311_111113My niece Elyse and I in the dining hall of Princess Belle and the Beast at Disney World on March 11, 2016.

 

A fun song fitting for this journal entry called “Crushin’ My Fairytale” by Celeste Buckingham.

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My R2D2 – JR5


My 2013 Macbook Pro is my best friend like R2D2 is to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I accomplish work through my Macbook Pro everyday and it comes with me everywhere so I can work anywhere. All my ideas, plans, analysis, documents, and agreements is in it and backed up in 2 or 3 locations. I do all my business and legal work on it. I also do my banking and investments online so I can play the world’s markets through my computer. Through my Macbook Pro, I can learn new things by researching writings and data on the Internet, watching educational videos, and listening to stimulating audio talk shows or music. I need to come up with a name for my Macbook Pro. I think I’ll name it JR5 – JR because it’s my first and middle initials, and 5 because it’s the fifth computer I’ve owned. Like Luke Skywalker and R2d2, we’re doing our best to play our part in making our universe more peaceful, loving, and compassionate.

I dedicate the remixed version of “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG located on the bottom of this article to you and your computer companion in your efforts to better our universe. May the force be with you.

Remixed “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG.

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You are Starlight, I’m Galileo


Ask me just how much I love you.

You are starlight, I’m Galileo.

 

“Galileo,” one of my favorite songs by Amy Grant.

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Death has always loved Life.


Death has always loved Life like a boy who knows he can never be with the girl he loves. Rather than being jealous of us for having Life, he wants us to appreciate her.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, June 30, 2016-

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Consistency


Since I was young, I’ve been setting goals and then practicing, studying, and doing whatever it takes everyday to achieve the smaller goals in order to reach my larger goals.

As a young soccer player in elementary school, I wasn’t big and strong like some of the other players.  I did have quickness and speed, but to better myself, I had to train everyday on my ball handling skills and playmaking skills.  I read books, watched videos, and practiced with the soccer ball everyday at parks, in my yard, and even in the house.  Eventually, over the years, when I reached high school, I made it to the select teams I wanted and was recognized with awards.

Likewise, to become a politician, I started training to be a politician from my teens by studying political science and then later law, volunteering for politicians at their office and for their campaigns, joined the Young Democrats, business organizations, jaycees, and even got appointed to the Pearl City Neighborhood Board.

When I ran for the Senate and then Vice President of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manao (ASUH), I would post my posters at 1 A.M. to 3 A.M. in the morning, go to sleep, and then wake up at 6 A.M. to pass out my fliers that had my goals for the university to student commuters walking onto campus from the parking lot and students walking onto campus from the dorms. In between classes I would pass out my fliers to students walking through the mall on campus, with some of them avoiding me by walking around me and onto the grass.  At lunch breaks or in the evening, I spoke to the various student organizations about my campaign and what I was going to do for them.  I went door-to-door at the dorms passing out easter eggs that my mom and I wrote my name and office on, and I posted my posters on dorm doors of my supporters.  I did this for months and was successful in winning a Senate seat in ASUH in 1996 and then the following year, the Vice Presidency.

While in college, in 1996, I typed out my campaign plan and gathered all the necessary information to run for a Hawaii State House seat or Hawaii State Senate seat in Pearl City that was so thick that I had to put it into a binder.  After campaigning a number of small political races and even mayor and governor races, by 2002, I was ready to launch my own campaign for the Hawaii State House, but all the Pearl City races had an incumbent.  However, the Waipahu, Waikele, Village Park, and Royal Kunia district had an open race due to redistricting.  I moved to Waikele and re-typed my entire plan to fit this district. Over the years, I had collected contact information from family, friends, and acquaintances and built a database, which I used to raise $16,000.  I mailed three mailers and walked the district 3 times, which is over 18,000 homes over a period of 7 months and lost 20 pounds and burned holes into my pants because of the constant rubbing of my bag that held my campaign material.  Like my college student government elections, people told me they voted for me because of my ideas and their respect for my hard work.  Over my 8-year political career, I walked my district over 10 times, which is over 60,000 households.

In soccer and politics, I consistently worked hard mentally and physically until I was fortunate to reach my goals.

As far as my career in law, consistency in my studies and efforts helped me to make a comeback after I received bad grades and was placed on probation while attending the  University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I had a 3.2 GPA but it plunged during a time when I broke up with my first girlfriend.  My college counselor asked me what I wanted to be, and I told her, “a lawyer.”  She looked at my grades and then looked back at me and asked, “Do you like helping people?”  I answered, “Yes.”  She continued, “How about being a social worker?”  I smiled, unable to agree with her.  After that I made my comeback by getting 4.0 grades for several semesters and if I did fall short, I had a 3.8 grade point average for that semester.

Now, after leaving the public sector in April 2015, and pursuing a number of projects in the private sector, either on my own or with business partners, I’m facing a lot of hardship.  Some projects had to end, while others keep moving forward.  Everyday, I make sure I work on tasks that will add up in helping me and my team in achieving a larger goal.  A couple of projects are getting close to fruition – just need to get past a few more walls.  It’s exciting and depressing at the same time.  Sometimes you’re enthusiastic, while other times you want to cry.

I try my best to surround myself with positive and inspiring people like my friend Brandon who is always upbeat and optimistic.  Basically, he’s my life coach.  My mom is my number one supporter who has encouraged me to try many things since I was a child.  My father’s tenacious style of work ethic has rubbed off on me as I relentless push forward despite my failures.  A girl I know who’s from Japan came to Hawaii to learn hula, and now has 4 halaus in Japan and performs and teaches in Hawaii.  That would be like me going to Japan to learn sword fighting and the Japanese language, mastering it, and creating schools back in Hawaii.  She’s an inspiration to me.  My business partners for my various projects always find a positive point even when things are going bad, just like how my mom taught me to look at a glass half-filled as half-full rather than half-empty.

Below is a video by Marie Forleo, an entrepreneur who I’m inspired by, and in it she recommends 5 things to do to stay committed on your goals.

  1. Keep your eye on the “why.”  Why you want to do what you do?
  2. Pick your battle.  Pick one thing and stick with it.  Don’t try to do everything at one time.
  3. Schedule it.  Schedule your priorities.  Build you life around your priorities.
  4. Ignore your feelings.  Ignore the voice in your head that cries and says, “I don’t feel like it.”  Override that voice because you know the power of consistency.
  5. Catch that wagon.  Don’t have an all or nothing mindset.  You will fall off the wagon.  Just run and catch that wagon.

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo.

 

Here is a song called “Try Everything” by Shakira to inspire you as you consistently pursue your goals, whether it’s for your career, health, or personal life.  My wish for you is to be happy in this life and the next!  I’ll celebrate with you at the finish line, no matter what place we come in!

 

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The Music Sector – I’m Going to Love You Inside Out.


Of all the sectors to be involved with, people ask me why I’m involved with the music events sector. After soccer, I acted in theatre and a few TV commercials, so the arts has always been in my heart. It’s where creativity floats at a high. That’s why I enjoy writing fiction. Like many of you, music is a part of our soul. It has a way of lifting us up. During college, while I was Vice President of the student government of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a member of the University of Hawaii American Marketing Association, a member of the University of Hawaii Pre-Law Society, a member of Sigma Lambda, a member of the Pearl City Neighborhood Board, a member of the Young Democrats of Hawaii, a member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, staff for politicians, volunteer for political candidates, and working in Flightline at Duty Free Shoppers Hawaii, my friend Gregory Dehnert, otherwise known as G or DJ G-Spot was bringing me to his music events and dance parties – now known as EDM, one of the biggest genres in the music industry. In 2014, G brought me into the the industry where I handled the logistics, government affairs, agreements, and media affairs. Now I understand the entire operations. For this, I will always be grateful.

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Haiku #13


Burn me to ashes.

Another me develops.

Rising up with you.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, June 13, 2016-

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I just closed my eyes and all I saw was you.


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