Lessons from Women

In the spirit of Women’s Day, I want to pay tribute to the extraordinary women who’ve shaped my life and, in turn, influenced the way I approach my business. These remarkable women – my grandmother, my mother, my wife, and my unborn daughter – have each imparted lessons of resilience, love, and vision that have become my guiding principles.

✔️ My Grandmother’s Care in Times of Scarcity

My grandmother was a beacon of incredible strength, raising four children during a period marked by economic hardship in my mother country. Her story becomes even more awe-inspiring when I think of how she also stepped in to raise me at a time when my mother, a single parent juggling three jobs, was unable to. My grandmother’s care and perseverance during these times taught me the importance of resilience and unconditional support – qualities that have profoundly impacted my personal and professional life.

✔️ My Mother’s Fearless Determination

My mother taught me the essence of hard work, determination, and entrepreneurship. Her fearless approach to life’s challenges and unyielding courage have been a constant source of inspiration for me. Her example has taught me to approach my business ventures with the same dedication and boldness, ensuring that I put 100% into everything I do.

✔️ My Wife’s Unwavering Support

My wife, my cornerstone, has shown me the power of companionship and belief in one another. Her ability to see the best in me, even during our most challenging times, has enriched our life together and reshaped how I engage with the world around me, including my business. She embodies the essence of true partnership, and I carry this lesson with me in every decision and strategy I implement in my business.

✔️ My Unborn Daughter’s Future

Looking ahead, I dream of my daughter inheriting the collective strengths of the incredible women who preceded her: my grandmother’s caring heart, my mother’s courage and fearlessness, and my wife’s companionship and insight. I hope she will carry forward these attributes, shaping a kinder, braver, and more understanding world.

✔️ In Business and Life: Lessons Applied

These remarkable women have shaped me as a person and left a lasting imprint on how I conduct my business. Treating clients with the utmost importance, striving for honesty, transparency, and passion in my work, and always being prepared to listen first – these principles have been inspired by the women in my life. Every challenge in business and life has been met with a reminder of their strength and perseverance, pushing me to adopt a perspective that values kindness and fearlessness.

✔️ A Message of Recognition and Celebration

Reflecting on these women’s impact on me, my message to others is simple yet profound: recognise and celebrate the women in your life every day, not just on Women’s Day. Their influence transcends the personal, extending into every facet of our lives, including how we conduct our businesses. It reminds us of the importance of treating everyone with fairness and compassion, much like the unconditional support we receive from the incredible women in our lives.

Let’s honour the legacy of these women not just through our words but through our actions, in our personal lives and how we run our businesses. By doing so, we pay tribute to them and pave the way for a more equitable, understanding, and caring world.


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto.

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