As I trained with Dr. Kim my mind got sharper and I became more creative. My energy increased, my body became fit, and I started to realize the potential I had inside of myself. My career advanced and I did very well at IBM. Her teaching applied mental discipline to integrate the mind, body and spirit. In 1982, she had her vision for starting a technology company. She didn’t know anything about technology, but she had a view of building a company that would help people. She wanted to make a difference in the world.
At first, I thought she was crazy – why did she want to start a company in a field she knew nothing about? But she had an incredible energy and a positive mission that was contagious. We trained rigorously physically and mentally. We never practiced breaking boards or bricks in class, but during testing, Master Tae Yun Kim would challenge us with objects that we thought would be impossible to break. But due to her disciplined training, increased belief in ourselves and the building of an indomitable spirit, we were able to break boards and bricks with our bare hands. Then, she emphasized how we can apply that same energy and confidence to other areas of our life.
She taught her students the power of spirit and willpower. So, when she asked me if I thought we could start a successful company, I considered our training, evaluated the possibility for a few weeks and said, “Yes, let’s go for it.” I felt like I could do anything. I also felt I was in the right place at the right time.