Why?

I fear great things.

I know that with God, great things can and will happen. It is exciting, but deep down I am scared of the pressures that come after. The higher you go, the harder you fall. There is a voice in me that says, don’t go there – it’s too much work. 

I contradict myself so much. 

I would say that for me, the hardest part of my Christian life is not the fires nor the storms, but the days that come after. I have faith to cross the Red Sea, but no faith to cross the desert. 

What an analogy. I would rather lie low – stumbling and failing – on my own in Egypt, than be victorious in the Lord in the Promised Land.

“What if I stumble? What if I fall? What if I lose my step and make fools of us all?”

All From Him, All For Him

“…all things have been created through him and for him.”
(Colossians 1:16b NIV)

My motive is not for myself, but to seek God and His will. As a steward, I need to know what pleases my Master. All from Him, all for Him. This prepares me spiritually to do the work ahead of me.

What has been my problem:
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” – John Piper

I thank God that I still had the chance to start this year right.

The real value of a product / service

Another interesting story by Akio Morita in his book, “Made in Japan”:

They were finally able to produce a magnetic tape recorder – a technological feat at the time. It weighed 35kilos, and they priced it at 170,000yen – by my estimates it’s probably equivalent to 3 million yen in today’s economy.

The problem, Morita-san said, “Everybody liked it, but nobody wanted to buy it.”

“I then realized that having unique technology and being able to make unique products are not enough to keep a business going. You have to sell the products, and to do that you have to show the potential buyer the real value of what you are selling.” [emphasis mine]

Morita-san’s “a-ha!” moment came when he passed by an antique store, and saw someone buy an old vase that was more expensive than their tape recorder. Surely his product was a better bargain than an old vase! But, coming from a family that values art (his grandparents were art collectors) – he realized “that the vase had perceived value to the collector of antiques, and that he had his own valid reasons for investing that much money in such an object.”

“At that moment, I knew that to sell our recorder we would have to identify the people and institutions that would be likely to recognize value in our product.

Long story short, they found a market that desperately needed a way to record voices. And they sold 20 units “almost instantly.”

Inspiring!

Tobu Sky Tree Line

Note to self:

No. I know you planned to, excited even, but you *can not* work on the train. Not on this train line at least. Too bumpy. Unless you want to arrive at your meeting with a headache.

Just enjoy the ride then.

“On the afternoon of May 7, 1946, some twenty people gathered on the third floor of a burned-out department store building in war-devastated downtown Tokyo to establish a new company: Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, which was later to become the Sony Corporation. The founder of this company, Masaru Ibuka, was thirty-eight years old. I was twenty-five.”

-Akio Morita, co-founder and former chairman of Sony, from his autobiography “Made in Japan” (1986)

I am 29.

“There’s no question that I have the personality of a promoter… But underneath that personality, I have always had the soul of an operator, somebody who wants to make things work well, then better, then the best they possibly can.”

Sam Walton of Wal-Mart
from Made in America
via Built to Last

Built to Last, Author’s Note

Built to Last, it turns out, is not fundamentally about building to last. It is about building something that is worthy of lasting—about building a company of such intrinsic excellence that the world would lose something important if that organization ceased to exist.

Author’s Note, Built to Last
Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras

Work Journal 20130422

Closed a deal today with a new account. Feels good. Hopefully we can retain and grow this account.

Thank you, Lord, for this blessing.. You are the only reason why I am surviving in this tough environment.. I continue to ask for your wisdom and strength, to guide me and the rest of our team with this new responsibility. In Jesus’ name.

Work Journal 20130411

*Pre*-work journal actually.

Keep your cool, even when juggling a lot of things. Keep the sense of urgency, but be calm and focused.

バタバタ is not cool.