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Mr. Broadway’s visit to Tokyo Japan during the month of August 2013, was an enriching experience with an abundance of information on the topic of business and entrepreneurship. During his visit, key points on Toyota’s business model connected the dots on why they are winning in their  field. The culture of the people was an eye opening experience towards the contrasting views in America. Mr. Broadway also learned about the history of a Chinese name Kong Zi  or K’ung Fu-tse.  551–479 BC , Chinese philosopher and teacher of ethics (Confucianism ). His doctrines were compiled after his death under the title “The Analects of Confucius”. Confucius is one of the most quoted personalities ever. His values connected humanity to the essences of right and wrong values as it relates to society. Much of his approach to education was avante garde as he promoted the ideas “to educate all despite their social status” and “to teach according to the students’ characteristics”. The first of these broke with tradition as only the aristocracy had the privilege of education. 

Confucian temples (孔子廟 kōshi-byō) were also widely built in Japan, often in conjunction with Confucian schools. The most famous temple Mr. Broadway visited was the Yushima Seido, built in 1630 during the Edo period as a private school connected with the Neo-Confucianist scholar Hayashi Razan. This information was then shared upon his arrival back home on 18th Ave with the community and children. Without a doubt, Mr. Broadway visit to Japan has made him a better businessman. Please take a moment to read and reflect on the powerful words quoted by Confucious, one of the greatest man that lived on earth.

Confucius says …

Confucius says …

1. “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

It’s the “Golden Rule” and the essence of real compassion. Not compassion as in looking down on someone and have pity for another, this is no real compassion. Compassion means seeing another person 100% equal to yourself (in value, not in differentials on the surface which ultimately do not matter). In fact it is seeing yourself in every other person. And therefore you cannot harm anyone without also harming yourself.

2. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

That’s my personal favorite quote since it expresses something very profound which also is very useful to know: Ignorance is a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge.

3. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

Those quotes are just perfect. What he is expressing here is that we have to experience something ourselves in order to really understand it. If we are hearing something it might be interesting.

4. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

It calls for dropping the inner mask through which we constantly see and evaluate the world, distorted by our wants and belief-systems.

5. “The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.”

Another quote is “The object of the superior man is truth.” It is the value of integrity: Do we act to our best knowledge of truth or do we bend ourselves and violate our integrity in order to gain an advantage? Do we play fair game or use perfidious tactics?

To be truthful to ourselves is also important to the development of (good) character.

6. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

Whatever you do and whatever you commit to, do it fully, give your all – one hundred percent.

7. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”

There is no failure, there are only valuable learning experiences. Or as Thomas Edison about inventing the light bulb said: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

8. “He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

Confucius explains the connection of learning and reflection. Reflection of that what we learned by thinking or of the results we get by applying the knowledge.

9. “He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”

This quote calls for planning and preparation. This includes getting and improving the personal skills we need to be successful.

10. “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”

It shows that our primary work lies within ourselves: to work on ourselves and improve will automatically take care of the outside world if we use our abilities then. “When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” The solution to problems is not “out there”. It is the Inside-Out approach: success and happiness can only be found by working on ourselves. It also entails the spiritual message to look inside and to discover ourselves fully.