In August 2019, Satoshi Takimoto passed away due to illness. While acting as an angel investor and management consultant, Mr. Takimoto has continued to send messages to the youth generation as an educator. In the "entrepreneurship" class at Kyoto University, he was so popular that he could stand in the way of having hundreds of Kyoto university students fight their opinions.
In order to bring the incandescent classroom to youths other than Kyoto University students, a lecture was given on June 30, 2012 at the Ito Xion Hall in the University of Tokyo. Student participation is limited to those under the age of 29, and about 300 people gathered from all over the country.
This book condenses the amount of heat at that time and summarizes it in one book. A number of sharp words, thorough logic, and passionate expectations of the young people who are transmitted from the line. Mr. Takimoto's wit-rich personality is really attractive, and it makes you feel as if you were there.
Takimoto's message is consistent with the importance of "thinking and deciding on our own." It asks not only the youth generation, but also those in their thirties and above about what to learn and how to live in the future. He gave his "homework" at the end of this lecture. Now, eight years later, what kind of answer can we give to that "homework"? The protagonist that changes the world is ourselves-a book that makes us feel that way again.
Main points of this book
There is no "correct answer" in the first place. You have to think for yourself and decide for yourself. Liberal arts should be learned as a framework for thinking.
In order to communicate with others and take action, it is necessary to polish the words.
No matter how old-fashioned industries and problems are, there will always be a paradigm shift. This is because the generation will change one day. If the younger generation continues to make the right choices, the right paradigm shift can occur.
Weak people should have the weapon of “negotiation”. You should hear information from the other person and analyze each other's interests calmly.
Try and error based on your hypothesis. And support prospective people and connect with peers for a purpose.
Become a human, not a monkey
Charisma models don't work
Mr. Takimoto, although he teaches at the university, basically kept him out of the way as an angel investor and management consultant. However, looking at the recent situation in Japan, I began to feel that I had to proactively support people rather than move behind the scenes.
The "charismatic model" of launching a specific leader and changing the world by that person is something that does not go well. President Obama, for example, had high expectations for his charisma when he took office. But even after eight years, it still hasn't made a big difference.
Rather than saying, “If a great person decides everything, it will work,” rather than “everyone thinks and creates the world,” is the ideal image. That's why Mr. Takimoto began to focus on publishing that can "spread" his opinions in order to change his personality.
Just reading a book is no good
Capitalism, liberalism, democracy: What is commonly needed to make these things right is to think and decide for yourself. Rather than carrying a great leader alone, we will create many people who are likely to change the world. If we don't know who will be successful, it would be possible to change the world by doing activities to provide such people with "weapons", that is, to educate and support them. That is the "weapon model" that Takimoto envisions.
However, just reading a book does not make much sense. It is a common story that "I was moved by reading a book, but I forget it the next day and live my life as it was." That doesn't make any sense.
That's why Takimoto, after publishing, constantly benchmarks how many people read the book and acted. Even if only one copy sells 1 million copies and no one moves, it is very valuable that 10 people do a big job and move the world.
Polish words and move people with words
Learn liberal arts, the "frame of thought"
The role of liberal arts is "to show that there are other perspectives and ways of thinking." At first glance, seemingly unhelpful things, and seemingly independent of the things in front of you, are really important as a framework for thinking about things.
The purpose of learning or learning is not to know the answer. It is about gaining new perspectives through the thoughts and research of our predecessors. It's easy to provide instant teaching and know-how to those who seek easy-to-understand answers, but that makes little sense.
In the first place, the idea of "Is there an absolutely correct answer somewhere?" should be abandoned. We shouldn't simply trust the Bible and charisma, and of course Mr. Takimoto's own words should not be taken as absolute. I can understand the desire to rely on absolute "people" and "things," but I must not lose my weakness.
However, in order to think, some sort of "framework" is inevitable. That framework is liberal arts, liberal arts. In order to rely on yourself, you need to truly learn the culture.
Become a "Word Mania"
Actually, the words we use every day have a tremendous power. You should know its power and polish it up.
The words include "logic" and "rhetoric." To train logic, it is necessary to firmly learn how to use correct words and how to construct logic. If you want to train this ability, try debate.
Rhetoric, another function of words, is translated as "rhetorical" in Japanese. This is a technique to convey words attractively. No matter how good the logic is, without good rhetoric, it will not reach the heart of the other person, much less change the behavior.
In a democratic society, there is no need to defeat the government with guns and bombs. First, the word leads to correct recognition, and the word is refined to increase the accuracy of the recognition. And use words to change the behavior of the other person and increase the number of friends. By doing so, we change the rules and atmosphere of the world.
Let's continue making the right choices and improve our bargaining power
Paradigm shift will occur in the next generation
Only young people can change Japan. It is basically the youth who will make the difference in both the political and business worlds. Therefore, in the future, Japan should play a central role in national politics, with young people becoming politicians and being actively involved in policy making.
It may be difficult to make reforms and changes, and you may feel tired. However, the reason why the Astronomical Society changed from the Ptolemaic theory to the Copernican theory was that it was generational change, not persuasion or controversy. Old generation scholars, no matter how much the truth was, never bent their claims.
On the other hand, the young scholars were not impressed with old common sense, and calmly compared the Ptolemaic theory with the Copernican theory, and decided that the Copernican theory seemed to be correct. Initially, the Copernican theory was an overwhelming minority, but when the scholars of older generations gradually became old and retired, the moment when the Copernican theory switched to the majority, came. This is the paradigm shift. If the younger generation makes the right choices, the world will change someday.
Negotiating wins over hearing
Looking at today's society, it is felt that the era of top-down dominance has changed from an era of open and flat interdependence. In an interdependent society, apparent weakness is irrelevant. Depending on the negotiations, it is possible to bring yourself to a very favorable situation.
In negotiations, there is no consensus on one-sided appeal of their unhappiness or position, or even if they are violent and violent. Instead, we should think about how to make proposals that match the interests of the other party. The basics of negotiations are not "I want you to do something", but "You should do this because you get the benefit". It is necessary to thoroughly analyze the differences in the interests of oneself and the other and to find a solution that both parties can agree on.
However, there are not only reasonable people to negotiate with. You also need to consider how to negotiate with emotional and irrational people. In that case, knowledge of psychology, sociology, and behavioral economics is useful.
In any case, you should make sure your opponent's type and make a strategy. Also, the needs of the other party may change depending on the situation at that time, so let's change the words used according to the situation.
The secret of the negotiation is to collect the information of the other person first and to make an attractive and unique proposal for the other person at the very end. Negotiation depends on how information is gathered and analyzed from the other side.
Only a few have 100 successes
Failures have been factored in, test hypotheses
I often see the debate "Why Japanese leaders do not grow up?" However, what we should consider here is "how can small leaders grow in Japan?" In terms of social change, the model of creating many small leaders here and there and the winners playing an important role in society is much healthier than the model of having one great charisma. Because I think that.
Then, how should one move as an individual? First of all, try what you think is right. And if anyone around you is doing something that seems right, try to agree and help. Failure in the challenge has already been factored in. Still, the key is whether you can act without pessimism.
Statistically, out of 100 venture companies, about 3 will be successful. Rather than not fearing failure and not taking on challenges, we should challenge in various fields and increase the number of denominators of challenges. As we experimented with various methods, a few successful examples emerged.
Never give up looking for a companion
Research has shown that innovation tends to occur in a society that recognizes diversity and tolerates values different from oneself. I'm not sure who's at the center, who's doing what, or who's a member, but something is definitely happening around the group-a slow, fluffy organization.
Takimoto calls such an organization "an invisible association." It is difficult to unify all of them into one opinion because each person's position is different. However, with regard to one very important matter, everyone works together and eventually changes the world. Creating such a mind and the mechanism for it will be indispensable in the coming times.
At that time, the concept of “negotiation” mentioned above becomes important. By making good use of bargaining thoughts, we will make friends with those who have different opinions and thoughts, rather than being hostile. Then, we will take action to advance society in the right direction.
Go for a good voyage
It is you who change society
A student who asked for an entrepreneur said, "I'm worried about my ideas being stolen." In response, Takimoto replied as follows. “The ideas themselves are often worthless and often commoditized. What is even more important is the ability and speed of the members. If the founders have a reason to do so, even if they have the same ideas, they will compete. The talented members gather at him or her, and whether the success of the venture depends on whether "this person succeeds" or "this person must succeed" is born to other members. I don't know."
Try and error what you're interested in, try choosing what you think is right, and expand your network. It may take time, but doing so can change society little by little. Mr. Takimoto himself practiced what I talked about here while engaging in the management of several companies, and has produced many results.
The protagonist is you, not someone else. If you are really motivated, you can change the world unexpectedly.
Recommendation of reading
The author gave this lecture in 2012. Now that eight years have passed, is the world going in a good direction? The students who were in their teens and twenties at the time of 2012 are now in their twenties and thirties. For some people, the lectures at that time might have been a turning point in their lives, and some might not.
With this publication, the "weapons" were handed over not only to the students at the venue at the time, but also to young people and adults who were not at the venue. The future should always be our eyes. Mr. Takimoto, who died last year, is sure to support us in our efforts to move forward in the era of With Corona and After Corona.