Own and Back Yourself as a Whole – Maiko Sakai on entrepreneurship and mental health


I’m Maiko Sakai, a transplant from Japan living in NYC. I’m a business consultant to creative entrepreneurs.


I am a huge advocate for creating & building a Zen business, where multi-passionate creatives build a solid business foundation first before overextending themselves with multiple interests.


This is why some know me as a “niche specialist.”



My Mental Health Story


My go-to identity has been a go-getter who embraces the underdog mentality and is not afraid to hustle.


Naturally, this tendency causes a large amount of resistance every time I hear the term, “mental health.” This led me to deal with my emotional ups & downs by channeling my inner grit. Over time, I have learned this has to change so that I don’t drive myself to the ground continuously, consistently.


As a result, I have made a decision to shift my focus on truly caring for myself. Obviously, this was not accomplished by a snap of my fingers. Meditation & observing myself to spot my emotional patterns and trends have helped me to care for my well-being more without forcing myself to do so.


To me, mental health is one of the top priorities to communicate with all business owners I encounter.


It matters more than ever to prioritize our mental well being if we are to create a fulfilling life through our businesses.




Meditation & education are my two mental health tools. I continue to learn about different ways of meditating & read up on a wide variety of mental health books without judgement.


Generational & cultural beliefs played a big part in building my belief system. I specifically chose past tense because once I recognized this to be a fact, I was able to analyze what they are from a place of neutrality.

The main mental wellness tip I have found useful is: Own & back myself as a whole person, including every flaw and every goodness about who I am.

The one thing I would share about mental wellness with women entrepreneurs:  Free yourself from all the “should’s” that you make up in your mind.

Instead of putting blame on external circumstances, work on owning & backing yourself as a whole person. It’s liberating!

Own and back yourself as a whole person. It’s liberating!


Maiko Sakai

W | maikosakai.com

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IG | maikosakaibiz

About the author 

Shulamit Berlevtov  -  Shulamit (she/her) is the Entrepreneurs' Therapist. She is working passionately to mitigate the entrepreneurial mental health crisis through keynote speaking and educational workshops and by supporting women entrepreneurs 1:1 to care for their mental and emotional wellbeing and their money psychology in an era of relentless stressors that can make you want to lose your crap on the daily.

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