Life and Ikigai when you have cancer with Matthew Dons
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How would you react if the doctor told you your test results were bad, so bad that you only have months left to live. This is what happened to my guest Matthew Dons, five years ago. Since then he has been on a quest to find information and treatments that would save his life. Along the way, he has used his experiences to help others to do what he has done. Matthew has some fascinating insights on life that we can all learn about Ikigai and put into practice now. 

If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • His early interest in computers and introduction to the “other internet”
  • How not following the rules led him to establish a successful “unconference” that launched a tech community in Tokyo 
  • The actions that Matthew took when he was told he had less than a year to live
  • The importance of having things to look forward and things to reminisce from the past
  • Why a self-confessed cynic would take up marketing 
  • How you can support Matthew and his family through his gofundme page

About Matthew

Matthew Dons is a marketing consultant based in Tokyo. He specialises in Direct Response Marketing, the only form of marketing that can be measured, tested and tracked. He takes clients by referral only but can be contacted here:

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