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How a Stroke Changed This Entrepreneur’s Mindset About Work and Life

Keith Yamashita’s “Meditative Story” reminds us all to slow down and focus on what matters most.

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When we’re running through our workdays at a mile a minute, it’s easy for our focus to become depleted. But sometimes taking a short break to get lost in a story is the most effective way to reset our frame of mind, refresh our energy, and get us back on track to performing at our best.

In this episode of “Meditative Story,” Keith Yamashita, entrepreneur and co-founder and chair of SYPartners, tells the story of the devastating stroke that nearly ended his life — taught him to slow down and live in the present moment. 

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