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Tokyo-based restaurateur and investor Tim Renat shares his daily routine for success and ways to deal with e-mail overload.

Tokyo-based restaurateur and investor shares his daily routine for success

Tim Renat

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When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What gives you energy?

Tim Renat: My passion and the fact that I love what I do. My family. Constant strive for improvement.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?

TR: Even though it may sound like a cliché these days, but find your passion and you won’t have to work a single day ever again.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.

TR: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?

TR: I try to use it as little as possible, so I don’t get distracted from it during the day. And at night it definitely sleeps in another room.

TG: How do you deal with email?

TR: I have developed a habit of replying to emails as soon as I get them. This way they don’t stack up at the end of the day. Plus I make sure I read and clean up my inbox folder, so there are no notifications pending.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?

TR: Call my parents or read a book. Such a luxury these days.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?

TR: I haven’t felt burned out since maybe high-school or university days. I enjoy my work life on a daily.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?

TR: When I failed to recruit one of the top chefs in the city for one of my newest projects. (I am in the restaurant business).

TG: How did I overcome that?

TR: I found an even better one!

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.

TR: Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Tim Renat is a CEO at Tenbury Capital

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