“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.