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Kagoshima – Second in a series

The result of life or work is determined by one’s attitude multiplied by effort and ability. That’s the equation presented by Kazuo Inamori, chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corp.

One’s ability is largely congenital. You can boost your effort at your own will, but the output also varies for each individual. The score of both the ability and effort can range from zero to 100. The most important factor is one’s way of thinking, or attitude in life. It is your attitude that will be scrutinized as to whether it is right as a human being.

One’s way of thinking can range more widely — from good to bad, or a score of 100 to minus 100. If your attitude is bad, the outcome of your life or work will be even worse the greater your ability or effort is, thus leading to a miserable result. Your life will change depending on whether or you have an excellent way of thinking (which Inamori calls “philosophy”).

In February 2010, Inamori became chairman of Japan Airlines without remuneration to take charge of resuscitating the failed airline. A then-executive of JAL says he remembers feeling as if had been hit on the head when he heard Inamori speak, during a training session, that one’s way of thinking is the most important factor in the equation. The executive says he also realized that it’s one thing to understand a theory and quite another........

© The Japan Times