Hey there, my name is Misha and thanks for visiting my site.
I’m a Tokyo-based ex-recruiter, author and blogger.
In the past 5 years I’ve helped companies like Facebook and Amazon build their hiring strategies, started (and shut down) my own company, learned Japanese, and quit my job.
Nowadays I travel, build stuff, research and write about various topics. Some practical, some just for fun. My interests fall into a couple of categories:
Interviews, Careers…and the Future.
We live in an amazing world that our ancestors could only dream of. Our choices extend beyond the freedom of travel to every thing else in our lives. We can get an education online in multiple fields. We can move across the world all the while staying connected, without abandoning our loved ones. We can change our careers and industries several times. We can choose our own beliefs about the world.
We’ve gone through revolutions — scientific, industrial — and now digital to get here. We have literally come all of this way in the name of continuous progress and discovery.
The world is a product of what our ancestors fought for.
To then tell someone, “Just keep doing what you’re doing. Go to law school like your father and his father. Don’t give up, it’s in your blood!” can be really bad advice in today’s world.
You don’t have to feel bad because you have a weakness, but you could be depriving the world of something great that you can offer if you don’t find out what your true strengths are.
Perhaps you could be a good lawyer, considering your family history doing so, but you could be an even better painter or programmer or entrepreneur.
The difference now is that you can discover what that is. It’s absolutely in your power. There are no more excuses to be made. For every excuse, I can point to a 1,000 people who have done it.
I believe it’s never been easier to be a Renaissance Man or Renaissance Woman.
We’re all a bunch of baby Leonardo’s running around in a crazy world.
I believe it’s almost an injustice NOT to find out what skills you have and what you enjoy in life. Yes, you can have the best of both worlds. That doesn’t mean you need to only have one passion — you can have many passions. That’s ok. You can make a career out of more than one thing.
You can have a good job and you can excel in your work and you can be happy, simply because you have the knowledge at your fingertips and the opportunity to actually try out a variety of jobs and professions. Whether that’s starting your own business, moving up in in your current role, or discovering your true passion.
I’m excited when ideas are spread, converge and concepts “click.” I try and focus all of my writing with this in mind.
My fascination with Japan stems back to when I was a pimply 12-year old boy that croaked at girls in hallways at school. I was living in France at the time and had to take an extra language class, on top of taking French (which I didn’t speak). My choices were Italian, German or Japanese.
Out of an act of rebelliousness, I chose to learn Japanese (instructed in French…) in hopes of setting myself up for failure and getting some pity from my parents. This should give you an idea of how mature I was at the time. Surely, learning one of the hardest languages in the world in a language I didn’t even understand would be impossible…
Instead, I ended up learning French and Japanese. Then I fell in love with France and Japan, moved to Tokyo and the rest is history.
Japan has always been interesting to people. People flock to experience the used underwear vending machines, snuggle cafes, robot restaurants, drunk salarymen and all of the other weird shit gets all of the attention.
Of course, the country is much more than that. People know that. Japan knows that. In fact, Japan is opening up its borders to foreigners. Visas are easier to get. Tourism is booming. Study abroad applications are flowing in.
So you want to live here?
It’s not hard as long as you have the right mentality. My theory is that people that have drive and determination are going to be successful most places they go. Japan is no exception. It’s not a particularly easy place to live sometimes, but once you figure out the basics (it might takes 2-3 years…), then you’ll find that there aren’t too many surprises.
If you’re just traveling here, studying, or curious about Japan, you’ll also find a lot of relevant articles.
So, here’s what I do…
I cover all of this and more across my blog, videos, articles, and books.
- I write about all of these topics on Quora.
- I post frequently on the blog.
- I make Youtube videos occasionally.
- I write books available on Amazon.
You can get started with reading some of my top picks below!
Smiles from Tokyo,
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My Favorite Posts:
- What 10 Things Should I Do Everyday to Become Smarter
- When You Should Say “Yes” and “No” in Your Job
- How to Reduce your Social Anxiety
- What’s Your Greatest Weakness?
- Why are so Many Graduates Unemployed?
- How to Use the 80/20 Rule To Get the Most out of Networking
- How Being Radically Open Minded can Get you an Awesome Job