Hello and welcome to my website. Somehow you arrived on this page today and I want to thank you for that. I hope you will enjoy reading my blog posts and learning a bit about me.
I created this website to share my thoughts, ideas, and lessons learned. When time allows, I enjoy writing blog posts on a variety of topics focusing on technology and business.
A bit about me…
I was born and raised in Southern California with 3 brothers and sisters. Soon after graduating from California State University, Fullerton, I decided to move to Japan for a new challenge and adventure. I spent the past 15 to 20 years working in the US, Asia, and Europe primarily with US and Japanese companies.
I have had the honor and pleasure of working for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Wells Fargo Bank, Walt Disney, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Apple Computer, and Deloitte throughout my career.
Early in my career, I was an ambitious entrepreneur and started a few technology-focused companies. I ran an IT services business which included providing services in website design, infrastructure project/implementation support, web application development, and IT support. I also created a web hosting and SEO marketing company.
I always enjoy a good challenge and have gained invaluable experience by taking on a variety of roles and stretch assignments across several industries over the past 20 years. I’m equal parts technologist and business strategist. I’ve always had a love and passion for technology, from a very early age.
Since the age of 9, I have been fascinated by computers, technology, and how things work. It all started when my mother brought home an IBM 5150. I spent my afternoons, reading through the IBM BASIC user manual and teaching myself how to program BASIC. It was this that sparked my love for technology. I was fascinated by the amazing things one could do and create with technology. Those were the days of 5.25 inch floppy disks with a whopping, wait for it…1.2MB of disk space. It’s crazy to think about that now, given that home PCs have hard drives in the terabytes of data and we carry mini computers in our pockets with gigabytes of data. Technology has become so common place that I think people forget how far we have come.
I enjoy the beaches and the mountains, perhaps that’s the Californian in me. I spend my summers at the beach either fishing, scuba diving, spear fishing, surfing, or just enjoying the sun and beautiful view with friends. During the winter, I often spend my time traveling to warm places or taking the occasionally trip to the mountains. I tend to use winter as a time to stay indoors and learn new things. And of course, I always enjoy spending time with my children and sharing the above activities with them.
I do enjoy staying indoors as well…learning new things, catching up on the latest TV series/movies and composing music (more like playing around, experimenting with my many musical instruments). However, my all-time favorite hobby is traveling and eating! I have traveled to more than 40 countries; most of Western Europe, Asia, and North America, and a handful of countries in Central/South America and the Middle East. I am always thinking and planning where my next travel destination will be! I love to explore new cultures and new foods!
I also enjoy teaching subjects I have a passion for, and there are many. I maintain this website with the hope of sharing information with people around the world. I’m a fan of TED Talks and Khan Academy, please check them out if you haven’t. I think it’s extremely important to continually challenge oneself…learning and challenging oneself is to live! I live life with a continuous improvement mindset…how can I make myself better today…and I ask that question everyday.
My Goals and Ambitions
I strive to be the best at whatever I set out to do. I’m an extremely passionate person and I have always been self-motivated, even at an early age. I am driven by challenges and complex environments, and I am always looking for something new to master. I have a tradition of starting each year with a new goal. This is not only to keep me constantly learning new things, but to reinforce the thinking that any goal can be achieved with dedication and time invested. My goal for this year (2018), is to teach myself how to play the drums. I have always wanted to learn, so I picked up a Roland TD-4K drum set, and I’m really enjoying it thus far. It’s amazing what you can learn from Youtube videos!
In addition to this year’s goal of teaching myself how to play the drums, I always look to constantly challenge myself, and to share my experience and knowledge with others through this website, Linkedin, and offline human interactions. I never view a challenge as unachievable, and I feel anyone can achieve their goals, no matter how unobtainable they may seem. Believe in yourself…continuously improve!
– Joshua Bellendir