The Secret of Success – Inamori Kazuo’s Altruistic Philosophy

Inamori Kazuo told a story in “Living Law” that benefited him all his life.

A young practitioner asked the elder, “What is the difference between heaven and hell?”

The elder said: “Hell and heaven each have the same noodle pot, and everyone has a pair of one-meter-long chopsticks in their hands.

The difference is that the people in hell only care about eating first, but because the chopsticks are too long, the noodles can’t be put into their mouths, and in the end, everyone is so hungry that they are pale and emaciated;

But the people in heaven, when picking up the noodles, put them in the mouths of others first, and as a result, everyone ate to their heart’s content. ”

In fact, there is no difference in this world. Hell and heaven are divided because of whether there is altruism or not.

Kazuo Inamori also said: As long as people have the heart of altruism and do altruistic things, their fate will naturally improve.

Whether it is life or work, you can make life easier for others so that you can live better for yourself.

When you take care of others in everything, you are actually helping yourself.

In the final analysis, behind all the big patterns is a kind of altruism.


The smaller the structure of the person, the less he sees others as good.

Keigo Higashino once said: “The greatest evil of human nature is not being able to see the good of others.”

Because of jealousy, they would rather become vicious than themselves, and drag everyone who lives better than him into their gutter.

Kazuo Inamori was jealous and plotted against by such people in his early years.

At that time, he had just graduated and was working in a ceramics factory that was on the verge of bankruptcy. He was promoted to department head due to the success of a new material developed by himself.

However, there is an old employee in the department who is very jealous of Kazuo Inamori’s rapid promotion.

He often fights Kazuo Inamori with his seniority and seniority.

Kazuo Inamori persuaded him many times to correct his mistakes, but this person got worse instead. Not only did he not complete the work, but he also encouraged others to be lazy with him.

In this case, Kazuo Inamori had no choice but to dismiss this person.

Unexpectedly, in the end, this man became angry from embarrassment, and brought a dozen gangsters to beat him up. Kazuo Inamori was beaten black and blue.

After this incident, Kazuo Inamori could not help feeling:

The lower the level of people, the more they like to slander, envy, tear down and despise, because I am not good, and I don’t want you to be good.

There are always some people in this world who regard the excellence of others as an unforgivable sin.

If other people are doing well, they will feel envious, and their hearts will be pierced like a knife.

In their eyes, happiness does not lie in getting it for themselves, but in not getting it for others.

In “A Dream of Red Mansions”, Xue Pan’s wife Xia Jingui is a jealous and ruthless person.

Seeing that her concubine Xiangling was beautiful and loved by everyone, she planned to poison Xiangling.

As a result, he accidentally took poison and died of poisoning.

Mr. Lu Xun once pointed out sharply:

“Many people don’t want others to live a good life. If they don’t have it, if others have it, they will feel resentful.”

In order to achieve this goal, they would rather hurt themselves than torture others.

Such a person will destroy his own life first.


The higher the level of people, the more they know how to consider others.

There is such a sentence in “Book of Rites”: A gentleman and a nobleman despise oneself, and put others first before oneself.

The larger the pattern of people, the more they know how to think about others.

In 1973, the world’s first oil crisis broke out.

At that time, many Japanese companies laid off employees and reduced expenditures in order to “save their lives.”

The Kyocera company founded by Inamori Kazuo was also affected, and the order was directly reduced to one-tenth of the original.

Many people advised Kazuo Inamori to lay off employees quickly, but he responded:

“Is that what we should be doing if we use people when they can be used, and then drive them out on the street when they’re not useful?”

During those trying times, Inamori did not lay off a single employee.

He let one tenth of the people continue to work, and the rest were either studying or cleaning, but the wages were still paid.

The employees were also very grateful to Kazuo Inamori for this, and they tried their best to help the company tide over the difficulties.

This result also corresponds to what Kazuo Inamori said: “All success is due to altruism.”

When you put the needs of others first and put the interests of others first in everything, your blessings and good luck will also flow from you.

Ma Weidu once saw a rare antique in the home of an old man in the country.

He loves to collect, so he bought it from the old man at a considerable price.

After returning to Beijing, Ma Weidu inspected it carefully again, and found that the value of this ancient object far exceeded what he had given before.

So he immediately sent someone to send compensation to the old man.

After the news spread, Ma Weidu was well-known in the collection circle, and everyone who had a good collection would choose to cooperate with him as soon as possible.

Einstein once said: “The meaning of life is to put yourself in other people’s shoes, worry about others’ worries, and enjoy others’ happiness.”

People with altruism have other people in their eyes and great love in their hearts.

When faced with the choice of gain and loss, they are often more willing to give and dedicate.

Such a person will receive the gift of fate sooner or later.


Altruism is the best self-interest.

Lao Tzu said, put your body first, and keep your body outside.

If you put the interests of others before yourself, you will gain the support of others; if you put your own interests aside, you will be able to better protect yourself.

Kazuo Inamori once told such a story in his “Heart”.

It was more than 30 years ago, there was a company in Japan that sold car walkie-talkies.

Relying on the upsurge of wireless communication, this company has become an industry leader in just a few years.

But after the craze subsided, the company employing thousands of people immediately fell into trouble.

In desperation, their factory director turned to Kazuo Inamori for help.

Kazuo Inamori immediately offered a helping hand, allowing Kyocera to merge with the company.

However, after the merger, another problem that Kazuo Inamori did not expect appeared.

Some employees of the original company discredited Kyocera and Kazuo Inamori everywhere because of their disobedience to the leadership of Kazuo Inamori, causing incalculable losses to Kyocera.

However, Kazuo Inamori never made a single statement of defense, but devoted all his efforts to the reconstruction of the merged enterprise.

More than a decade later, Kyocera merged with another copier company that was on the verge of bankruptcy.

The person in charge of this rebuilding work was the factory director who turned to Kazuo Inamori for help.

Thanks to Kazuo Inamori for his kindness back then, the factory manager did everything he could.

He quickly completed the reconstruction of the copier company, and even made great contributions to the development of Kyocera in the future.

Recalling these experiences, Kazuo Inamori said with emotion:

Once, even though I saved a business, I suffered a lot because of some employees who were aggressive.

But I was not discouraged because of this, but for the sake of the employees, I did good deeds wholeheartedly and worked hard. In the end, by chance, the good results came back to me.

“Mozi” has a saying, those who benefit others, people also benefit from it.

All the good rewards you get come from the value you create for others.

The umbrella you hold for others will become your roof to shelter from the rain in the future;

The back road you leave for others will eventually become your broad road.

No one is an island in this world, the ultimate altruism is the best self-interest.


Behind all the big patterns is a kind of altruism.

In the book “Bottom Logic”, Liu Run analyzed the three mentalities of extraordinary people:

The first is the mentality of the chicken, which is “you must lose”;

People with this mentality have narrow vision and can even hurt others and themselves in order to achieve their own goals.

The second is the mentality of the bird, which is “I must win”;

Although a person with this mentality will not deliberately hurt others, he is short-sighted and likes to fight alone, and he will not go far in the end.

The third is the mentality of the eagle, that is, “we are going to win together”.

People with this kind of mentality can be regarded as truly far-sighted and far-sighted.

They understand: All success in this world never lies in fighting openly and secretly, but in supporting each other.

Before Kazuo Inamori was 27 years old, he was always suffering from bad luck.

However, just after he realized that “the essence of the universe is altruism”, the god of destiny began to take the initiative to favor him.

After Kazuo Inamori founded Kyocera, he not only changed the traditional business operation into a family-style operation, but also allowed every employee to hold shares, truly sharing benefits.

For companies that are on the verge of bankruptcy, Kazuo Inamori will also try his best to help them turn losses into profits through shareholding, mergers and acquisitions, etc.

Later, JAL was on the verge of bankruptcy.

The 78-year-old Kazuo Inamori considered that the bankruptcy of JAL would have an impact on the national economy, and more than 30,000 employees would be forced to lose their jobs. He resolutely took on this burden.

During his time at JAL, Kazuo Inamori first took care of the interests of employees.

He often eats and lives with his employees, keeps pushing them for salary increases, and gives them the best treatment.

When the enthusiasm of JAL employees was high, Kazuo Inamori told them to pay attention to the feelings of every passenger and try every means to make passengers comfortable.

Inspired by this concept, JAL achieved the world’s number one performance in just one year.

And these “altruistic” measures also made Kazuo Inamori an unshakable “God of Management”.

I agree with a saying: “Accidental success depends on luck, inevitable success depends on pattern.”

If a person does anything for his own benefit, even if he succeeds for a while, he will eventually fail.

People with a really big , their life creed will always be: “I want to win, but I want the people around me to win together.”

It is this kind of altruistic thinking that allows their lives to have a longer-term development.

Inamori Kazuo once proposed a “one pot of water” altruistic philosophy:

Throughout life, there will always be times when there is “shortage of water”.

When others need it, you hand over “a pot of water” to solve their urgent needs;

When you are thirsty, they will definitely try their best to bring you a stream of sweet spring.

A pattern that is beneficial to others will result in a beneficial outcome.

The world is a huge wall of echoes. The kindness you give first will return to yourself one day.

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