082: Cross-Cultural Entrepreneurship in Japan and World Record Setting w/ JD Speaker

podcast Jan 03, 2021
 

On this episode of the Small Business Japan podcast we get entrepreneurial advice from JD Speaker from his entrepreneurial endeavors in Japan and his world record setting adventures.   

A chance speaker to high-school students changed JD’s life forever. He decided to defer University to live in Japan for a year as a YFU exchange student. From that amazing cross-culture clash experience, he became a local TV celebrity in Japan, trained in table-tennis for the Olympics at Waseda University, became the first non-Japanese to graduate from the World’s only Donut University, and was recognized by the Guinness book of World records in a unique feat.  

JD went on to establish multiple food franchise chains to a national #1 and a few successful tech startups as well. He set longstanding athletic records in race-walking, is an author of “Your Time, Your Life”, a judge at startup conferences, a trilingual TV talent, and an inspirational youth speaker. 

JD is a serial entrepreneur, author of 2 books, youth entrepreneur coach, sportsman, and was a TV personality "gai-tare" in Japan. 

He speaks fluent Japanese having lived in Tokyo since high-school, is a serial entrepreneur, internet visionary, & now helping youth entrepreneurs kickstart their business.  

He trained table-tennis for the Olympics at Waseda Uni, & climbed Mt.Fuji backwards & down barefoot in a rare Guinness Book of Records attempt. 

It starts with a love of learning.  

The fastest growth businesses before was in food franchising so that’s where he focused his attention.  

He stopped working in the corporate world when his entrepreneurial flare built up. He made some mistakes along the way, put too much money in patents and trademarks instead of marketing.  

All of his ideas were bootstrapped. And it starts with an idea when you’re sitting around in the jacuzzi.  
Plusses and minuses of working in Japan. On the one hand they are very unproductive and slow, but on the other hand they are very trustworthy and fun to work with.   

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You are always going to be an outsider if you don’t speak Japanese, or are at least making an effort.  

Double check when you are wasting down time and find those small spots to fill with something productive.  

The Japanese are always striving for perfection. It’s unobtainable but the effort made to find it is remarkable.  

Don’t be scared to fail, as long as you can learn from it.  

 

Resources 

https://welcome.ly/p/JDcoach

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