About me.



Are you trying to figure out the art of leadership?

Are you looking for learning insights and hacks?

Are you working your way through this thing called life – and wondering if there’s more than what you’re experiencing so far?


Me too.

My name is Ed Oyama.

I’m figuring this all out too, wrestling through the issues, failing, questioning, and sharing what I learn with you here on this blog. I’m looking for like-minded people to learn together with – and I’m glad you came!

I’m a Japanese-American husband, teacher and writer from California.

I’m also the director of the Central Asian wing of a small but international volunteer teaching agency. As I write this, it’s the end of my fifth year here in Kyrgyzstan. Two projects that I pour my heart into are our Saturday talking club at the International University of Kyrgyzstan and the Future Leaders of the World club at the American University of Central Asia.

Life here in Central Asia is an adventure, but I love it.

I also love football (the real kind), playing the guitar, Jimmy Fallon skits, Pixar, photography, and grilling meat.

I’m fascinated by the idea of tribes, platform building, startup culture, entrepreneurship, life planning, the power of habits, storytelling, and self-publishing – and I’ll be writing around these subjects.

awesome book cover

I also wrote my first book this summer, The Pursuit of Awesome: The One-Season Guide to Awesome Life-Change, 70 pages on my last year of personal experiments on habit formation. I posted it on Noisetrade Books, and to my surprise, I ended up on their New and Notable list the very week I released it. Thus launched my fledgling writing career. It’s still available HERE for free download – tips are accepted! 😉


Here’s some of my most popular posts so far:

Can you stop a revolution?

Want to live in paradise? Here’s one simple principle to make it happen.

How to change the next five years of your life in five minutes.

One simple insight that will help you overcome distraction.


I love comments, and if you drop me a line on Twitter, I’ll be sure to reply!

Hope to see you around!

– Ed


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