Konosuke Matsushita

As far as I know, economics does not teach us anything about the artistic dimension of management, despite the many insights it offers.

Konosuke Matsushita

The person who consistently seeks to do what is “right” – not just expedient – will invariably be inspired with new ideas and useful insights.

John W. Lewis

Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years … [ Read more ]

Konosuke Matsushita

There would be no strength in relying on the teachings of others without a basic capacity for self-reliance. To rely upon the strength and resources of others without a firm purpose of one’s own is a sign of weakness.

Konosuke Matsushita

Gratitude for blessings is the most exalted of all virtues. The measure of one’s existence is enhanced in proportion to the strength of his spirit of gratitude.

We all feel some degree of gratitude. I have always thought that young people who feel strongly the sense of gratitude are the ones who will grow and accomplish the most.

Konosuke Matsushita

Perhaps one of the reasons for Matsushita Electric’s success is that I made it a rule as leader of the company to note the strong points of my employees and try to accept their weak points. Of course, since I concentrated so much on their strong points, I sometimes put a person without the necessary abilities in an important post, and this sometimes led to … [ Read more ]

Konosuke Matsushita

Failures in business are caused by self-centeredness, lack of righteousness, ignorance of the sacred mission of business, treating business as a short-sighted profit-making endeavor, and clinging to outmoded practices.

Konosuke Matsushita

Not only spiritual peace but material abundance is necessary if the quality of human life is to be better and people are to be happier. You may be spiritually enlightened, but if you are deprived of certain material comforts you will find it hard to survive. And of course, the greatest abundance of material wealth is worthless unless you enjoy fulfillment and a purpose in … [ Read more ]