Improving lives and Ikigai with Henry Seals
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We all want to instinctively move away from pain, it’s in our DNA. My guest today is Henry Seals, a man who spends his time helping people to do this and to live better lives. Henry gives us an open and honest account of how he navigated divorce in Japan to achieve the best outcome for everyone - a philosophy that can apply in all areas of life and work. 

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:

  • How Henry navigated divorce in Japan and the philosophy that helped him 
  • His mother’s sage advice that helps him to lead his life
  • The question that helped him to decide when it was time to make a change and how letting go of someone helped them to find their own way in life
  • How we can help people with visualisation instead of just venting
  • Henry’s final advice for us when it comes to how we deal with our own problems

About Henry

The author of Making It in Japan, Henry has spent over 25 years in Japan helping companies and individuals find success, overcome obstacles, and make a difference in society. 

Born in West Virginia USA, Henry attended Harvard University where he majored in East Asian Studies.  After studying at Kyoto University during this time, Henry Graduated and began his career as an IT consultant in Japan.

Supporting numerous Silicon Valley companies as the IT lead and CIO for Asia, Henry also provided his services to Dale Carnegie, where he became a Trainer and Coach.  

In 2009 he focused talents on helping address the impact of the financial crisis on companies and their staff by providing his insight to transform Human Resource approaches in such global companies as NN and AIG.  

He has held executive positions in several cutting edge technology start-ups with a focus on infusing engagement as a tool for building high performance and dynamic work environments.  

In his spare time Henry continues to provide coaching and training through his Seals Improvement Seminars, as well as volunteering to provide outreach to the disabled in Japan and together with his wife, continues to publish books and articles on how to achieve financial, spiritual, and professional success in Asia, while chairing and participating in NPO activities to raise the profile of the disabled and other minorities in Japan.

A naturalized Japanese citizen, in 2020 he was appointed as the first naturalized Japan Human Rights Commissioner.

A father of 5 daughters, in his free time Henry enjoys spending time with his children, gaming, investing and volunteering.

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