A Passion for Success (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/4
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IS A SINGLE-MINDED PURSUIT OF PROFIT REALLY THE BEST WAY TO RUN A BUSINESS?
Imagine a secular corporation in which profi t has spiritual overtones … where the
corporate motto is “Respect the Divine and Love People,” and where passion and
vision have supplanted the long-term business plan … most tellingly, a corporation in
which employees have a unique slogan: “What we like to do next is what people tell us
we can never do.”
These are the tenets of a real company led by one of Japan’s most dynamic and
charismatic entrepreneurs. The principles under which it runs may be counter to
everything you have ever learned about management. These principles are precisely
what this book is about.
“If your motivation and your methods are virtuous,” Kazuo Inamori writes, “you need
not worry much about the result.” To the amazement of cynics, his unusual insistence
on not pursuing profi t but “letting it follow our actions” has made the companies he
founded among the most profi table enterprises in the world. A Passion for Success
presents Inamori’s personal business philosophies as they illuminate universal struggles
of the human spirit within competitive markets. Young or old—successful or striving—
you are sure to fi nd it original, compelling, and deeply inspirational.
Dr. Kazuo Inamori, whose management philosophy is shared in this book, was born
in Kagoshima, southern Japan, in 1932. At age 27, he established Kyoto Ceramic
Co., Ltd. (now Kyocera Corporation) using $10,000 from a friend. Kyocera has since
become a global leader in high-tech ceramic and electronic products. In 1984, he also
established DDI Corporation (now KDDI), the fi rst long-distance and cellular telephone
carrier company to challenge NTT, Japan’s communications monopoly.
In addition to his business successes, he is one of Japan’s leading philanthropists. He
donated his personal funds to establish the Inamori Foundation, and created the Kyoto
Prizes, prestigious international awards given to those who have made an outstanding
contribution to the progress of human society and mankind.
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Inamori's book is divided up into two parts. Part one provides a series of insights on "How to Succeed in Life", covering the following key areas: ability, effort, attitude, and success. His central thesis is that success = effort x ability x attitude. Most of us tend to see success as the result of effort and ability, but overlook the power of maintaining a positive attitude. Inamori urges the reader not to overlook the immense power that a positive attitude can have, both in terms of attracting support for our goals, and in terms of building and maintaining our own self esteem.
The second part of this book focuses on "How to Succeed in Business" and covers the following eight areas; passion, profit, ambition, sincerity, strength, innovation, optimism, and 'never give up'.
Above all else, this book contains genuine bursts of insight that will enrich the perspective of most readers. Unlike so many self-help products that promise the earth and deliver disappointment, this book is as close as the thinking person will get to "the real deal".
I would put this book on the same shelf with "The Witch Doctors" by Micklethwait & Wooldridge, and "Dangerous Company" by O'Shea & Madigan - all of these are excellent business books, and stand out as unique and valuable contributions to our understanding of the meaning of success in today's modern world of work.