When I was 14 years old, I had low self-esteem.
I felt I was not talented at anything.
One day, I bought a yo-yo.
When I tried my first trick,it looked like this:
I couldn’t even do the simplest trick,
but it was very natural for me,
because I was not dextrous,and hated all sports.
But after one week of practicing,
my throws became more like this:
A bit better.
I thought, the yo-yois something for me to be good at.
For the first time in my life, I found my passion.
I was spending all my time practicing.
It took me hours and hours a dayto build my skills up to the next level.
And then, four years later,when I was 18 years old,
I was standing onstageat the World YoYo Contest.
And I won.
I was so excited.
“没错 我做到了 我成了英雄
“Yes, I did it! I became a hero.
I may get many sponsors, a lot of money,
无数采访 还能上电视” 我想
tons of interviews,and be on TV!” I thought.
(Laughter) But after coming back to Japan,
totally nothing changed in my life.
(Laughter) I realized societydidn’t value my passion.
So I went back to my college
and became a typical Japanese workeras a systems engineer.
I felt my passion,heart and soul, had left my body.
I felt I was not alive anymore.
So I started to consider what I should do,
and I thought, I wanted to makemy performance better,
and to show onstagehow spectacular the yo-yo could be
to change the public’s image of the yo-yo.
So I quit my company and started a careeras a professional performer.
我开始学习经典芭蕾 爵士舞 杂技等
I started to learn classic ballet,jazz dance, acrobatics and other things
to make my performance better.
As a result of these efforts,and the help of many others, it happened.
I won the World YoYo Contest againin the artistic performance division.
I passed an audition for Cirque Du Soleil.
Today, I am standing on the TED stage
with the yo-yo in front of you.
What I learned from the yo-yo is,
if I make enough effort with huge passion, there is no impossible.
Could you let me share my passion with you through my performance?