Kongō Gumi was founded in 578. Don’t worry about doing the math. It began a century after the fall of the Roman Empire. So a really long time ago.

It operated for more than 1,400 years as an independent family business before becoming a subsidiary of Takamatsu Kensetsu in 2006…


We all have that relative who, against all odds, has managed to live long enough to tell us all about their life. It’s usually after a few, around a dining room table littered with pie plates and crumpled napkins.

Their stories, mostly true, about both good and terrible choices, can…

My latest book is now available, here’s the first chapter…

The chase to lead a productive life is extraordinarily misguided and, for many people, downright disheartening.

It might be because the way we define productivity today is a holdover from a time when Japanese management terms like Kaizen, Kanban, and…

My very first memory Is not a good one.

I was five years old. I was in Puerto Rico, vacationing with my parents. My father and I went swimming in the ocean and got caught in a riptide. It felt like hours. …

I’ve discovered a way to scale one on one coaching

Do you know what word I hate these days?

Gamechanger. No, actually it’s two words. Gamechanger and resonate. That one also really bugs me.

The problem is I’ve been conducting my latest venture in a way that is really, what’s…

Not me

Do you know what you miss out on when the singular focus of your company is scaling?

Life. You miss out on life.

So I’m getting out of the scaling business. It’s time.

My expertise helped many people and grew my business fast and well. I’m damn good…

Ari Meisel

Founder — Less Doing /The Replaceable Founder/ Overwhelmologist/Serial Entrepreneur / Ironman / Author / Inventor

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