With her hit Netflix show Tidying Up, affinity for all things organization, innate ability to find what sparks joy, and the KonMari empire burstingfrom under her belt, Marie Kondo seems like she has it all. But, just like the rest of us, she's hit plenty of bumps in the road.
This week, Kondo opened up to Inc. about the one piece of advice that changed her life forever—and for the better. It all happened after she was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People back in 2015—before her big break with Netflix. Japanese TV was doing a feature on the star's life and career, and part of it involved interviewing her father for his opinion on her newfound fame. What he said stuck with her forever.
He said, "When you receive recognition from others for what you've accomplished, it is a reflection not only of your own efforts, but also those of the people who have supported you along the way."
Marie said that realization in the moment had shocked her.
"At that time, I had established a thriving business in tidying, had written a best-selling book, and was working internationally," the Tidying Up author said. "I felt I had done it all by myself—that I was capable on my own."
She didn't realize that during the time she rose to fame, had a best-selling book, and was working internationally, she had forgotten about the one thing that matters most—family.
The powerful advice from her father sparked something else besides joy for her—gratitude. Marie made it her mission to stay in better touch with her family, visit the graves of her ancestors—a Japanese custom—and to always show thanks.
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