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I love a success story. I think we all do.

Success stories give us inspiration and hope. Who doesn’t need that?

This week’s “New Blog Of The Week’s” (NBOTW) author wrote a post of how she left the comforts of her homeland and came to the United States. She wasn’t running away from anything. In fact she had a good life.

To quote her, she says:

I wanted to become the person who I believed I could be. A stronger, wiser person. I felt I wasn’t really living if I just stayed in the superficial comfort. I wasn’t sure if I could make it, but I just had to try.

The post is titled “Is Becoming An Entrepreneur Harder Than Surviving In A Foreign Country?”

Another eye-opening post of hers is: “True Life Purpose Goes Beyond The Illusion Of Self”. She dares to ask some thought provoking questions for those who think money will make them happy.

The blog author shares what she’s learned about entrepreneurship. Her business is “life coaching”. But for those who take time to read it, her blog may life changing.

For a new spin on how to become an entrepreneur, from someone took a leap of faith by coming to a foreign land, this week’s NBOTW is a real gem.

This blog was “born” on February 2, 2008.

The author is Akemi Gaines. Her tag line reads “Life Purpose, Passion, and Entrepreneurship” and her blog is “Yes To Me”

Join me in welcoming Akemi to the BWAB community!

Konnichiwa Akemi.

Many thanks to Catherine Lawson for nominating Akemi.

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  1. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I’m glad you chose Akemi. Her blog is really inspiring. I love the way she compares moving to the US from Japan with becoming an entrepreneur.

    She writes some wonderful posts and I’m guessing that she’s a wonderful business coach.

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..Are You Sick of The StumbleUpon Freaks?

  2. I know who she is, but I had no idea she was a new blogger. She seems to already be famous in the blogging world from what I see. Congratulations, Akemi!

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..A Change In Format, By Popular Demand

  3. Wow, thank you for choosing me! It is such a surprise and I feel so honored.
    The two articles mentioned here are critical pieces for me. I started Yes to Me thinking I want to focus on entrepreneurship (I had another blog before . . .you most likely don’t know. . .), and then realized the inner working is just as important as the practical business issues. These two posts are my way of redefining my approach and the scope of the blog. I see it as an inter-disciplinary blog, about entrepreneurship and personal growth.

    Again, thank you. Nice to meet you all.
    And hello to all the readers here!

    Akemi – Yes to Me’s last blog post..Price vs Value, How I Make Buying Decisions And Determine My Pricing

  4. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for sharing Akemi’s blog with me. Her writings should motivate many others to “take a leap” too. She proves it can be done with a little determination.

    Hi Hunter,

    I hadn’t seen Akemi’s blog prior to Catherine pointing it out to me last week, but I have seen she is an active commenter on several blogs I read.

    Welcome to BWAB Akemi,

    I, too, like those two posts, and like the quote I included in this post. It had to be difficult to make such a big change in your life. I’m guessing your family is now very proud of you.

    I was not aware you had a blog prior to this one. For me, your “Yes To Me” blog is the one I will be watching via my reader. You are providing very valuable information, and it holds a lot of weight, as you have “been there”.

  5. Hunter,
    Thank you for your kind words, but I really don’t think I am famous . . .yet. I strive to write informative and inspiring articles and would love to be recognized for it.

    Barbara,
    My old blog, which lasted just for a few months, is now closed, so please do watch Yes to Me. I think the failure of my old blog is due to the nature it started as personal (some call it hobby) blog . . .I didn’t put in enough thoughts about my readers when I started it, as I had none, and consequently it attracted few readers. When I started Yes to Me, I was very aware that this is my contribution to the world, and also one of the several ways I generate leads for my coaching business, and this awareness is making all the difference.

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Akemi,

    Have no fear….keep blogging the way you do, and you could very easily become famous, plus…grow your business.

    I like how you look at the topic of entrepreneurship from a different viewpoint. Your perspective is what makes your blog an interesting and informative read.

  7. caleb milesNo Gravatar says:

    All that the photo needs is some white headphones and I think apple would be willing to hire! I agree with you about inspiring stories inspiring, they let others see that what may seem impossible can be achieved!

    caleb miles’s last blog post..48in Modern Art

  8. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Caleb, and welcome to BWAB!

    Good eye. You’re right about the white headphones and Apple. 🙂

    As for what seems impossible, some see it more as a challenge, than something that can’t be conquered. It’s interesting when we realize how people think/see differently.

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