Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Ken Honda
On today’s episode, Erik sits down with money and happiness expert, Ken Honda, as he shares insights on money and emotions.
Money and happiness expert, Ken Honda, is a best-selling self-development author in Japan, with book sales surpassing eight million copies since 2001. His latest book is called “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace With Your Money” (June 4, 2019, Simon & Schuster). Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor. Ken’s financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, a management consulting firm, and a venture capital corporation. His writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Ken provides ongoing support through mentoring programs, business seminars, therapeutic workshops, and correspondence courses.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Ken Honda
“You have to know where your gifts are, you know, you may be good at speaking, writing cooking, you have to identify what is like two or three things that you’re super good at. So just start finding what you’re super good at. And the second system. The second is to build your own business model big business system. For example. The reason why my publisher prints 50,000 copies at the beginning is that I have so many fan bases, you know, I have about half a million people on my list… So if you have that long, strong foundation, and also have a subscription system, it’s one of the largest online salons we have about 12,000 members, each paying $10 a month. Oh, and I started out the same one in English. It’s called the Arigato living community. We have the beginning 500 people, but I think it’s gonna grow. So if you have the base, set up a system so people can support you, like say, people could be in Azerbaijan or Congo or in China, whoever likes my material, they are going to buy my books, and also they’re going to become a community member. So if you have a business model, you have a strong base, and people start paying you. And if you have a strong connection with the members and people they’re gonna keep supporting you. And if you don’t betray them, they’re gonna come back as a real customer. So for me, I published many books, right? So when I publish my next book, people are going to order preorders without knowing what it’s in it. Yeah, it’s like a chef. You know, Chef is gonna cook something. You don’t know what but you trust the chef enough to just order food in advance. So chef special if you Do us chef special in your own area, how many people are going to buy? You know, is it like your friend, your best friend, and your mom, that’s not enough, right? So just start improving your gift, build a business model, and just build a strong, deep connection with PayPal. Some of my readers are like 20 years old, and they are now passing down my books to their two children. So if that happens, you have the next generation of people coming in, right? So the stronger the base, the higher your income. So if your base is like, say 100,000 people, or 10,000 people, or like 50 million people, no doubt will decide how much you’re going to make. So how have a strong, trustworthy relationship with your customers and friends? And that is the beginning to your first million dollars.”
“Relate to this, when we spend money, we will lose money. You know. So, for example, when when we pay, kids’ tuition, school tuition, if we do that out of gratitude, that becomes happy money, but what we feel like, we are losing money for tuition, which is an unhealthy attitude, you know, the money we spend, enriches somebody’s life, and then it’ll circle back to us. So it’s almost like food when we eat. And if you don’t want to release it, you’re not healthy, you know, because you hold on to the food, I don’t want to let go and I don’t want to go to the bathroom. I want to hang on to what I ate, which is not a healthy attitude. So we have to eat well and release. Well, that is the basics of health. And at the same time for your financial health. receiving money well, and releasing money well, is the attitude. So when you take a look at your financial life, you’re in the flow of money. So to make your money, flow, happier, more steady, more steady, is a key instead of holding on to the money we spend.”
“It does, it does. Tell us about that. The money itself is a neutral energy. But if you think money is God, money becomes God. If you think money is a monster who hurts people because we would be all often hurt by money. We think when we are small, our parents deny us summer school because of money or certain dreams or crafts because of money. So money turns into the thing we think it is. So unless you deal on healing our money wounds, our concept and beliefs, his belief about money does not change.”
“You really have to figure out what you want in your life? Do you want to make it? Do you want to be a success socially, but you could become you could end up being a loser personally? So do you want to be a happy person? Or do you want to be a wealthy person, you can take both. But the way to happy and wealthy people only has an opening through aiming for happiness first, and then if you’re lucky, or if it’s your destiny, I would say you may be rewarded with money. But you know, there are many lives that necessarily money will follow. But you can still enjoy life and stay very happy. Because if you go after money, he will you could you’re likely to lose everything, your peace of mind. And those people who put money first. Your clients love that. You know, just think about two Florist by the way, I always carry flowers like this, you know, in front of me. So, there are two florists for example. Just nearby your house one florist always thinks of the cost instead of 10. Roses. I should give nine roses, you know, instead of good roses, maybe smaller ones. So they can cause right. The other florist always just brings in the best flowers and always takes good care of them. So they equal last in their house houses. Where would you go? You know so if you are good at math and good at business. In the short term, they will lose long term. So people who love flowers and then he or she can talk about the roses for hours, those people really care that you just, they care about the roses on in your house, you know, they’re just praying for their kids to stay longer. So you know, people can enjoy, you know, they’re not, they might think about the cost, but the love of the flowers is bigger, you know, do the business. But those people, the ones that I think are the clients would go to. So eventually, they will succeed.”
“Money can be either good or bad. So it’s, he showed me my father showed me a coin. And he showed me both sides, you know, money is interesting. One side, God, the other side, devil, you know, which, whatever you draw, becomes a reality for you. So if you want money to be God, God can do anything for you. But if you just pull out the worst part of the money, your life will be in hell. So it’s up to you. So he didn’t really mention happy money in the sense I’m using. But in his own way, he said, You have to make other people happy and receive money. Otherwise, if you say you can make money by taking advantage of other people. So you’re doing it out of greed, and that greed, energy, and anger, energy comes with money. So you feel restless at home, and you cannot feel so peaceful. So you have to have an alarm system everywhere. You know, you have to protect yourself. But if you’ve made everybody happy, and make a lot of money, you can have a very good night’s sleep. Which I’m doing right now. I just remember how many people I helped that day. And I just start imagining, who are my readers, my books sell about a few 1000 copies every day, all over the world. And so I must have helped at least a few 1000 people, with my books, and also with my YouTube and everything, I’m helping 1000s of people every day. So I just imagined the faces of the people who have whom I helped on that day. And just, I feel so blessed. And then in about five minutes or 10 minutes, I go to sleep with joy. But if you’re just taking advantage of other people and making money, they’re kind of haunting you energy-wise. So unless you kind of like shut them out, you cannot go to sleep. So if you just try to take advantage of other people and rob them of their money, it becomes a ghost who owns your money, which is not so fun. So it does all kinds of tricky things. You know, I’ve seen so many kids from gangster families suffer so much because of the messed up energy from money. So that’s why I call happy money laundering very important.”
“So she’s witnessed how I became successful in this book industry. So I always told her by sharing her gifts and by sharing what you love, money, you get rewarded financially. And so she and also she’s witnessed, so many people starting from scratch as my student and then they become they ended up becoming a millionaire. So they were just wearing, you know, shabby clothes. But a few weeks later, they’re in, you know, like a Chanel. And so she noticed the difference, right? And so she asked me all the questions that Daddy, what changed her so and you know, I talked about self-image and all that. So she’s starting out as a singer. And she’s just started, but her YouTube views more than 50,000 times over a few months. So, you know, she’s really enjoying her music career, and she’s making music and also, so she is good at helping people. So I guess she is going to be like a singer slash writers slash right? Speaker. So because that’s her awareness of her gift lies. So I, I’ve always told her, don’t follow the money, just find out what you can do, and share with other people, and they will just bring your money.”
“Yeah, I mean, you can, you can start either way, you know, you can start with gratitude, or you can start with money. So, if you receive money, that means that you did something, so your company or your neighbor, you may help do some chores with a neighbor, and then we say many, whatever that is, you did something. And as a result, we receive money. So they showed you their appreciation for your time and services. So you can start appreciating money first, or you can appreciate a roof over your head, or whatever the things you have in your house, whatever that is, is fine. So start from somewhere. But you have to change gears to more joy and appreciation because we are here to share our joy and gifts with other people. And that’s I think that’s what we’re here for. So you may have 30 years, 50 years, or 80 years. You know, it depends on the individual, you know, God loves somebody so much that, so they want to take them away when they’re young, you know, so I lost my friend a little while ago, and he is one of the most beautiful human beings, but God loves their favorite person to be just alongside. So sometimes God does an interesting thing. But I don’t know how long you’re going to be here. But do you want to keep suffering about money and life by complaining? Or I don’t know how many years left, you have left on this planet, but are you willing to enjoy every second of it from now? So I’m asking you, it’s up to you how you want to spend your time here. So if you want to be more excited and more curious about life, or if you feel like you’re just serving the sentences, that is a punishment, so you have to just keep working for a company that you don’t even like, you know, and surrounded by the colleagues that you only respect. So it’s up to you, if you don’t like your situation, you can start changing a little by little not just quitting your job tomorrow. So if you just start doing that, you will see a little bit of change so but you have to start from somewhere. So I think gratitude first and then more money comes so if you appreciate your money comes first and then have the money may come later.”
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