Project BeYouToFull is a project that celebrates authenticity!!! It includes a series of photos and interviews from people that inspire either me or you. We live in a world where we are confronted in every direction we turn with things/people/situations telling us who we should or should not be. In reality the more we embrace exactly who we are the more we can vulnerably pour that into what we create, the more that will resonate with other people around us. Loving ourselves FULLY and then expressing ourselves vulnerably is one of the most courageous things a person can do. This project celebrates those who do just that!
Steve Harman interview
Steve Harman is one of the owners of Fusian. Childhood friends Zach Weprin, Josh Weprin and Steve Harman love sushi. It was during their college careers that they saw a need for a simple, fresh, and affordable sushi dining option. With this as their inspiration, they set out to create that experience. FUSIAN opened in May of 2010 as a place where discerning diners can customize sushi rolls in a fun, interactive, and energetic environment.
by Jenn Prine
JP - What makes you feel vulnerable?
SH - New experiences make me feel vulnerable. I feel like vulnerability is a condition that I seek out. I think that right outside my comfort zone is where I learn the most. New experiences make me feel vulnerable. I think you can learn a lot from stepping outside of what the norm is or what the comfort is. Opening a new store makes me feel vulnerable. Feeding people a product they’ve never had makes me feel vulnerable professionally. I feel like I’m kind of crazy like I’m okay outside my comfort zone. There are some things that take that extra step or push that I love. That’s why I love travel. When you go someplace you’ve never been before and you don’t know the people there and you walk down a different street. I always feel that you learn a lot about the local culture, the local ethos when you travel but it isn’t always the most comfortable thing to do.
I think that meaningful relationships arise from people who listen and from people who are willing to make themselves a little vulnerable. I think that when people make themselves vulnerable a lot of discussion happens and a lot of appreciation for the human element of the person comes into play which is what cements it in. We are all humans here - We all have something to learn from each other. Every person knows something that you don’t. Every person has had experiences that you haven’t lived and I just think that is fascinating.
JP - What are you currently working on that is pushing you out of your comfort zone?
SH - We are pitching to Steve Case. He is the founder of AOL. He’s very influential in the tech business and the entrepreneurial world. I can’t tell you how excited I am to go sit there in front of him. and tell him about our company. There is a tremendous amount of excitement. There is a certain pressure to deliver a good pitch but that’s where the excitement is but we are going to stand there for 5 minutes and tell him our story as wholesomely as we can. One thing I’ve learned is that there is always going to be someone that is doing it better. There is always going to be someone who is making more money or has more locations or is traveling further away. To me it’s a personal journey with our company. This personal journey is my craving, my yearning, my desire to never stop learning, never stop exploring and to continue to push on and not retrace my steps and keep moving forward. That’s where growth happens.
I love meeting new people. I think our business “sushi for everybody” as we call it - making sushi acceptable is such a catalyst to meeting new people and experiencing new cultures and getting outside of our comfort zone and encouraging other people to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.
JP - True - you are pushing other people past their own limits.
SH - Yeah - 99% of the time people will leave happy and touched. They have left having tried something they didn’t know that they were going to like but guess what they did! It wasn’t that scary and they had a great time and we put a smile on their face and created an emotional experience that is going to keep bringing them back.
I think we are moving into an era where people aren’t looking to go cheaper and faster. I think that people are looking for wholesome products that are worth the value that they pay. We try to deliver a sensory experience every day - hit on all 5 senses. That is our Fusian experience.
JP - What is love to you.
SH - Love to me is respect. I think it is a mutual appreciation for accepting people the way that they are. I think it is a partnership. Love in general is an action.
JP - You’re a smart dude. Smarter than I knew. LOL
SH - Love is to be loving. I feel like giving - time, resources, energy develops meaningful love. But what’s funny is that I don’t tell my girlfriend that much that I love her as much as I tell her “I’m loving you” because I think it is an active practice. It is a mindset. It is a desire. I think that the active love is a verb. It is something you practice and that you cultivate with time. I don’t think I can tell you that I love you just because I feel that way. I think it is something that I do. I’m loving things every day. I love my girlfriend - I love my parents - I love people - I love plants - I love sushi. I am continuously loving. I guess it’s an emotional condition of respect and genuine vulnerability.
I think that knowing why I am the way that I am shows emotional intelligence and that knowing and having self awareness allows me to take my best self into the world and show my love. It’s not about being perfect. Noone is perfect. If someone was perfect they would be the most boring person in the world. You love people for their scars and their warts and their bald head and smelly armpits. That’s why you love people - that’s what makes them different - that’s what makes them memorable. Our imperfections are what allows us to connect with other people. In romantic relationships there is a certain counterpart quality to it. She makes up for what I lack and I hope I do that for her.
JP - What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
SH - Travel - Respect - Innovation - New Hobbies - This summer I planted a garden. I watched this whole thing grow from seeds - they are like my little kids now. I took a real earnest interest in it. I learned as much as I could. I think personally my desire is to never stop learning. It helps keep me balanced.
Also surrounding myself with people that are smarter than me. That definitely inspires me.
JP - Do you have any passion projects you are working on?
SH - We want to go to Tokyo this Winter. We want to expand our minds. I feel like in a way we owe it to our customers to say we’ve been.
If you haven't tried their sushi you must! Find a location on their web site http://fusian.com/