Week 30: Friday – Lessons from the Dojo

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“When the world says, ‘Give up’, Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’”

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.'” – Romans 4:18

Samurai Virtue Number 5:
Kibo means hope.

Someone once said, “We can live forty days without food, eight days without water, four minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”

In 1896, Henry Ford attended a company event where Thomas Edison (the great inventor) was the guest of honour. His friend introduced him to Edison as “the man trying to make a car that runs on gasoline.”

Edison asked young Henry Ford a host of questions and when the talk was over, Edison banged his fist down on the table and said, “Young man, that’s the thing! You have it! Your car is self contained and carries its own power plant.”

Years later, Ford, reflecting on their first meeting, said in a newspaper interview, “That bang on the table was worth worlds to me. No man up to then had given me any encouragement. I had hoped that I was headed right. Sometimes I knew that I was, sometimes I only wondered, but here, all at once and out of a clear sky, the greatest inventive genius in the world had given me complete approval. The man who knew most about electricity in the world had said that for the purpose, my gas motor was better than any electric motor could be.”

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