Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You Are

I recently read a book called “Remember Who You Are: 15 Harvard Professors Tell Life Stories That Inspire the Heart and Mind.” This book features stories from faculty members of Harvard Business School who share lessons on how to balance personal and professional responsibilities as a leader. While the stories aren’t specifically about business, they offer valuable insights into life. One story that particularly resonated with me was “A Fall Before Rising,” as told by Jai Jaikumar.

Professor Jay Kumar shared his near-death experience, which occurred during a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas. Born in India, he had a passion for mountaineering and had set out to climb a summit with a friend when he was a college student. While attempting to reach the top, they lost track of time and missed their chance to return to camp before darkness fell.

On their way back, they were unable to see clearly and were separated by an avalanche, causing the professor to tumble 2.5 miles down the mountain, sustaining injuries all over his body and losing all his belongings. Fortunately, he did not hit any rocks and survived the fall.

He spent a grueling day and night walking until he finally stumbled upon a small house where a kind lady saved him. The lady carried him on the snow for three days and helped him seek medical treatment without expecting anything in return.

After his rescue, Jaikumar went back to college, but he never forgot the kindness of the rescue lady and her village. The professor was deeply moved by her selflessness and began to reflect on his own good fortune in life.

He realized that his survival and success were due to many good lucks in his childhood, family, education, and the kind lady saved him from mountain accident, etc… . He felt grateful for everything that had led him to where he was and recognized the role of chance in shaping his life. The loss of his friend on the mountain served as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of appreciating what one has.

Years had passed since Professor Jaikumar’s last time visit to the village, where the lady had refused to accept any reward. When he returned, she still declined any form of compensation. However, Jaikumar felt compelled to give back to the village in some way, and recognized that education was the key to a better future for the children there. He came up with the idea of building a school, and after years of hard work and dedication, his vision became a reality.

In life, we come across many instances where we are given a second chance to make things right. And sometimes, these second chances inspire us to do something extraordinary, something that can make a positive impact on the world.

In his message to the students, he emphasized the importance of remembering that when good fortune comes our way, we should also be grateful for the accompanying responsibilities. According to him, success is not only the result of luck but also of taking responsibility, contributing to the well-being of others, and striving to achieve one’s highest potential.

Remember Who You Are



Heart: Lifetime Advice from Kazuo Inamori

Heart: Lifetime Advice from Kazuo Inamori

The book Heart: Lifetime Advice from Kazuo Inamori is a concise guide to practical philosophy that draws from Kazuo Inamori’s extensive experience and wisdom accumulated over 80 years. This timeless work offers insight into the elusive concept of the “heart”. Kazuo Inamori, as an entrepreneur, also shares his unique approach to business management in it. The book also serves as a valuable educational resource for children and families. Its teachings provide a strong foundation for personal and familial growth.

This book, Heart: Lifetime Advice from Kazuo Inamori, is the final literary masterpiece by Mr. Kazuo Inamori. Despite being close to 90 years of age at the time of writing, he still managed to create a valuable piece of work. His journey from being a rural boy to becoming a business icon is truly remarkable. The book provides an insightful perspective on his life and success, which is an inspiration to many. Everyone, regardless of their starting point, can relate to the book and use it as a guide to find their own path in life.

Mr. Kazuo Inamori had a humble background and his early life was marked by numerous setbacks and disappointments. In his book, he recounts his experiences, including failing the elementary school entrance exam twice, a bout of tuberculosis, and being unable to gain admission to college. Despite these obstacles, he went on to have a successful career.

Through reading this book, I came to understand the hierarchical wisdom it contains. The book speaks to readers on different levels and allows us to find our own place within its pages and be moved by the stories and lessons it shares.

Its message is inspiring, encouraging us to reach for the stars, even if we fall short, and reminding us that we can never be covered in mud while reaching for our dreams. This is why I never tire of reading “Heart” and find it so valuable.

One of my favorite experiences mentioned in the book about Mr. Kazuo Inamori is how his personal experiences have contributed to his successes. He has repeatedly used these experiences as inspiration and motivation for his continued success. This recurring theme is frequently mentioned throughout the book.

After graduating from college, when the job market was bleak, Mr. Kazuo Inamori struggled to find employment. Eventually, his teacher introduced him to a company where he could work, but the company was in dire straits, with partners quitting one by one until he was the only one left.

Most people would have been discouraged and defeated in such circumstances, but Mr. Kazuo Inamori made a different choice. He decided to completely change his mentality and work harder than ever. He was determined to give his best effort, no matter how challenging the environment was, and even went as far as to move into the laboratory to be closer to his work.

As he immersed himself in his work, he found that distractions such as the unfavorable social environment, company situation, and negative coworkers, faded away. Good ideas and new ways of thinking came to him naturally. Eventually, he developed a revolutionary new material that was ahead of its time.

The story of Mr. Kazuo Inamori and his company is truly remarkable, and he attributes his success not to improved abilities or favorable conditions, but to a change in his mindset. He realized that everything in life is a reflection of one’s heart, and that by changing his heart, he was able to change his life for the better. Through his experience, I learned that following one’s heart is not enough, but that it is important to continually refine and polish one’s heart, in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Heart: Lifetime Advice from Kazuo Inamori


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