For Episode #4 of Finding Good, host Andrew McCourt received a private sushi lesson from Taro Arai, the CEO of Mikuni Sushi, while talking about how life has been for a small business owner during COVID. During the discussion, Taro got honest and real about what it was like coming to the U.S., the challenges he and his family faced, how to stay encouraged during tough times, and how to stay positive under pressure.
Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Andrew: Has there been a time in this COVID season where you felt like, “I just want to give up”? Do you ever get discouraged? You’re always dreaming, but do you ever get discouraged? And if you do get discouraged, what do you do when you get discouraged?
Taro: I ask God to make me the most joyous man ever! I’ve got a bucket [of joy]; it’s overflowing, and I don’t know what to do with it, so the more I share, God gives me more joy. Every time a customer complains, that gives me joy. I go out to solve the problem, or I can learn a new perspective. Everything I go through is, for me, God’s blessing.
Andrew: [To] younger people watching this right now that have an entrepreneur’s heart, what would you say to them?
Taro: Well, you have to have hope, the confident expectation, right? So, you know, our mission statement is to be the most loving and loved company in the world. We don’t have to be the best. We just want to show loving, and love.
Want to hear the rest of the interview? Tune into the fourth and final episode of Finding Good below!