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  • 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-yo is 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 day

  • to build my skills up to the next level.

  • And then, four years later, when I was 18 years old,

  • I was standing onstage at the World Yo-Yo Contest.

  • And I won.

  • I was so excited. "Yes, I did it! I became a hero.

  • I may get many sponsors, a lot of money,

  • tons of interviews, and be on TV!" I thought. (Laughter)

  • But after coming back to Japan,

  • totally nothing changed in my life.

  • I realized society didn't value my passion.

  • So I went back to my college

  • and became a typical Japanese worker

  • as 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 make my performance better,

  • and to show onstage how spectacular the yo-yo could be

  • to change the public's image of the yo-yo.

  • So I quit my company

  • and started a career as a professional performer.

  • 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 Yo-Yo Contest again

  • in 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.

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  • 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?

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When I was 14 years old,

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【TED】BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery (My journey to yo-yo mastery | BLACK)

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