Why Youth is No Barrier to Greatness


  1. Thank you for sharing this with your audience!

  2. What a great story Yongho!
    It’s a pleasure to meet you.
    I think your name is totally cool too~!
    You are definitely a positive role model for people of all ages.
    Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition’ latest post ..Developing Intuition, Identifying Intuition and Getting Unstuck too!

    • Thank you Angela, I’ve visited your website and look forward to reading more from you!

      (I’ve been interested in intuition for a few months now, from learning about Erin Pavlina and Silva)

  3. Thanks for the mention, Arvind. I had a great time interviewing you and can’t wait to get the interview up in a few weeks. You are great.

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  4. Wow, what a great interview. You have just shone light on an issue that has been plaguing me for a while. Sometimes, when you are young, the expectations of the society can be downright limiting. It’s encouraging to see that it all depends with how I react not what is said out there. Thanks for sharing.
    VeehCirra’ latest post ..A True African Man

    • Veeh – This was one of the most difficult things for me to understand. When I first got mugged in the street when I was in junior high school, I spent the entire week after that complaining about how unsafe my neighborhood is, and how that person was a knucklehead. I blamed my parents, my neighborhood, other people because I thought they were the problem.

      It makes sense, right? If a stranger started frisking you and threatening to take your money, it’s tempting to rationalize feeling angry by saying “well, it’s HIS fault.”

      Okay, it might be. But here’s the most important question:

      What are you going to do about it?

      You can either complain about the situation, or choose to give it an empowering meaning. At the time, I interpreted the situation as “I need to learn self-defense” and enrolled in Taekwondo classes.

      Life became so much more fun and peaceful once I realized that I always had (and have!) the power to react to a situation the way I want.

  5. Fabulous post! Inspiring to stay the way I was in passion when I was young.

    I’m always struck by how when we are young we are so gung ho, and how sad it is to lose that because of age. Gung ho is cool. Gung ho gets to aspirations. Gung ho had little fear.

    Livin like I am young! πŸ™‚

    Aloha wags!
    Jt Clough | Big Island Dog’ latest post ..Walking on Clouds a Mauna Kea Perspective

    • Hey JT – from your website, it seems you’re living life as an adventure! I love the spirit of “creating your own paradise”.

  6. πŸ™‚ Very inspiring. I am fully with you on age being just a statistic.

    In 2010, the “International Congress of Mathematicians” which takes place every four years, and where the Fields’ Medal is awarded (the highest honor in the field) – they had invited Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster and current world chess champion, who played with 40 chosen chess enthusiasts. Of these 40, one participant, Srikar, was 14 years old (he is a student of Sury’s in the Math Olympiad circuit). Well, Anand almost lost the game with Srikar and somehow managed to steer it to a draw.

    πŸ™‚ Age certainly does not matter. This is a great interview with Yongho – there is some wonderful wisdom tucked in there! And I wish him the very best!

    With love, Vidya
    Vidya Sury’ latest post ..The Power of Positive Posture

    • Thank you Vidya!

      I played a lot of chess when I was younger. I thought I was hot stuff because I won almost all tournaments in my school, but lost to kids younger than me once i got to the city/state level.

  7. thanks – loved that. esp when he talked about depression. what i’m suffering now. helps to know there’s hope

    Noch Noch
    Noch Noch | be me. be natural.’ latest post ..letter to my 16-year-old

    • Noch Noch,

      I just visited your website – I admire that you gave your past an EMPOWERING meaning and a way to learn. Most people never reach this stage.

      I just want you to know, that as someone who went in and out of that state for months at a time, you have the ability to “snap” out of that state immediately.

      Tony Robbins explains it much better than I can:


  8. Yongho and Arvind,

    Thanks for the interview! Some great inspiration to start my day!

    Yongho it’s nice learning more about you and seeing you from the other side of an interview! Great job!

    Have a great rest of your week guys!
    Joe @ shake off the grind’ latest post ..Are You Going to Cope or Mope? How to Bounce Back from Nearly Anything

    • Hey Joe – thanks for your comment. I’m excited that all 3 of us are part of the “life purpose” program coming up!

  9. Cathy | Treatment Talk says:

    Hi Arvind and Yongho,

    This was a wonderful interview to read as did not know about Yongho and it was great to learn more about him. I love your answer about how words can just be dust on the floor and do not necessarily have any meaning, unless we choose to give them meaning. Life is short and it is enlightening to be aware that we have power over our emotions and our reactions. Thanks for sharing this interview!
    Cathy | Treatment Talk’ latest post ..Let Go of Your Bad Habits and Find Your Passion

  10. What an amazing story! I love reading about younger people who “get it” and do all they can to help others of all ages. I always wonder if these are the “old souls” who have been around long enough to understand the Universe sooner than others. Bravo Yongho!!
    Paige | simple mindfulness’ latest post ..How to Deal Effectively With Difficult People (and Some Other Secrets)

    • HA! I laughed out loud when I read the part about “old soul”.

      Everything I see is because I’ve “stood on the shoulders of giants” and people who’ve been generous enough to teach what they know.

      Paige – it’s great to see people like you helping others live their best life!

  11. Arvind, Thank you for this introduction to Yongho.
    Lots of inspiration packed into these words. I love his kaizen style advice os small improvements – “START SMALL! Don’t try to change your life, just change one meal. Or walk half a mile. It’s small but it’s doable, and it’ll get you moving in the right direction)”

    Also loved the story of the rowing team! Sometimes we see an end, when there’s a pathway to continue forward. He saw the pathway – keep training and no one stopped him. Many people would have assumed that was the end.
    LOVE it when people go beyond limitations.

    Thank you both Arvid & Yongho πŸ™‚ loved reading this

    • I’m a big fan of Kaizen – inspiring to see that Kaizen is built into the name of your blog!

      I always used to seek out the anti-Kaizen, the magic bullet or fantasy that would solve everything, but I find it’s so much easier (and more satisfying) to improve one step at a time.

      Thanks for your comment, Aileen!

  12. Hi Yongho and Arvind,

    Thank you for the excellent interview.

    Yongho, you shared such great words of wisdom regarding how we can change the meaning of anyting we experience. Thank you so much.

    The story about your beginnings and your journey to change reminded me of mine. It’s like we reach a desperate point and life just doesn’t seem right. Then a powerful, conscious decision is made that we just have to do something about it.

    • I’m glad it resonated with you Hiten. Changing the meaning of words is something I never would’ve agreed with, 5 years ago. I thought I had to feel angry or sad when certain things happened because… everyone else responded the same way. But change the meaning, and you change how you respond to it!

  13. Hi Yongho & Arvind,

    Thanks for the great interview! I am so inspired and feel so empowered!

    Yongho, I love what you said about how we give meaning to everything that happens to us. If WE are the ones giving meaning to everything, well then we have the power to create whatever we want! I am pumped with energy!!
    And oh yeah, your name is badass πŸ™‚


  14. Hey Claire! I’m glad Arvind and I inspired you.

    I’m looking forward to the posts on your blog. πŸ™‚

  15. Quiet a nice read and an inspiring and enjoyable interview with the dragon and tiger personified. And yes love the small but valuable tip “Decide what you are NOT going to do”
    Lakshmi Rajan’ latest post ..The Visions


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