One Person's Garbage, Another's Good Fortune
Do you ever find yourself slightly depressed because your life isn't working as you would like? Here is a wonderful story that can help you to understand that life is always presenting you with opportunities to succeed...
Horinouchi Kyuichiro is a Japanese man who went from being a complete business failure, to becoming the president of a $100 million business empire. While still in his early thirties, Horinouchi ran his family's business totally into the ground. Bankrupt, shattered, and ashamed, he got in his car, drove away, and deserted his family and his creditors. For months he lived on the streets amongst other homeless people, and spent many hours pondering his seemingly sad fate. With lots of time to think, he came to realize three things:
- "Quality of life" was a term he hadn't understood.
- He had been obsessed with "success" and he thought that with enough money to spend, the quality of his life could be purchased.
- The more he strove for material wealth, the more he found himself to be spiritually bankrupt.
With winter fast approaching, Horinouchi was wandering about aimlessly one day and came upon a broken kerosene heater left in the garbage. Horinouchi had always enjoyed fixing things and he impulsively decided to take the broken heater back to his car and repair it. By the time evening rolled around a ration of kerosene had been bought and he and a small flock of his homeless friends basked in the warmth of the rejuvenated heater.
As Horinouchi sat there, he realized not only had he enjoyed doing the repair work, but he also very much had enjoyed giving the heater a chance at a second life. In that moment he vowed to give himself a shot at a second life as well. Little did he realize that his personal desire to start all over again, would spawn a wonderful rebirth for many others as well.
If you stay in Japan for some period of time you will be amazed at the quantity and quality of household goods that get discarded. You can easily find working TV's, heaters, toasters, CD players, and computers. People used to believe that the Japanese would never buy such discarded goods because they would feel that they smelled strange and seemed dirty. Horinouchi proved everyone wrong!
He rekindled his entrepreneurial spirit by focusing on doing what he truly enjoyed - fixing things, and recycling goods rather than adding to Japan's already huge mound of garbage. This time around he realized that by focusing on quality of life and job satisfaction, he would likely achieve financial stability as well. Slowly, he built up a business of collecting, repairing, and reselling merchandise that had been thrown in the garbage.
As fate would have it, Horinouchi established his recycling business at the perfect moment - just as the Japanese economy began its meltdown. As numerous businesses failed, "all of a sudden" people became quite open to saving money by buying second hand goods. With Horinouchi having made the vow to reclaim his life, it seemed like the Universe was pitching in to fully support him.
Eventually he was able to save enough to open his own store, and the rest as they say, is history. Today he has more than 200 franchised stores, with gross sales of more than $100 million a year, and a whole raft of new businesses in the early planning stages.
How about you? Would you like to reprioritize and recycle your life, by focusing on what brings you the greatest joy? If you stay sensitive to ALL of life's offerings, you just might find the key to your success lays hidden in a pile of high quality "garbage"!
Can a truly happy person ever really be "unsuccessful"?