Soichiro Honda, a man who came from abject poverty and no financial support, proved to the rest of the world that it truly takes a dream to realise your passion. Without the means and through sheer hard work, Soichiro built his dream company from scratch and with a focus on the future. From building a cycle in a garage, to creating one of the largest automobile stores in the world, Soichiro Honda’s story is one of inspiration, dreams and success stories!
Belonging to a very small village in Japan called Komya, Soichiro had a very difficult childhood. The twentieth century had just started and the first car the world was exposed to was the Ford cars. In fact, even Soichiro’s love for cars first started when he saw a majestic Ford car on the tiny streets of his hometown. A young Soichiro had difficulty understanding how such a powerful car could drive down the road without anything propelling it forward. So fascinated was he by the car’s super powers, he chased it down to the end of the road to take a closer look at what would be his inspiration for the first ever Honda car.
At the age of 15 (in 1922,) Soichiro’s love for automobiles grew so much, he left home to apprentice at Art Shokai, an automobile repair shop in Tokyo. Dedicated and filled with a passion like never before, the 15 year old Soichiro put his heart and soul into learning everything about the world of cars. At Art Shokai, the young man learnt everything he could. From gaining technical experience about the product, to gaining an in depth experience about the inner workings of a car, this apprenticeship gave Soichiro the wings he needed to fly.
It took Soichiro six years to finish his training and by the year 1928, the young Honda had so much knowledge, he could put even the most trained engineers to shame! Opening a new branch of Art Shoika, Soichiro started working on building everything from two wheelers to trucks. Unfortunately, Soichiro’s investors were not as impressed with the young entrepreneur’s growth chart and refused to back him up when the business started booming. The time had now come for Soichiro to think of a new place to let his expertise and experience shine.
The birth of the Honda company
Undeterred, Soichiro started a brand new company called Tokai Seiki Heavy Industry in the year 1936. Despite being told by the lenders that they wouldn’t back him, the young Honda still worked at the Art Shoika Company. The initial days of Tokai Seiki were quite hectic. After putting a full day’s work in Art Shokai, Soichiro would work at making piston rings at night. However, like any other major venture, the first order taken by Soichiro was rejected almost immediately, pushing him back to the beginning of it all.
Since the very first days of the Honda company, everything Soichiro did was during the most arduous conditions. During the Second World War, when the Ministry of Munitions took control of Tokai Seiki, Soichiro pushed forward instead of buckling down under the pressure. Developing a technique for mass producing wooden airplanes, Soichiro reinvented the way Japanese aircrafts flew and functioned. This new invention was the first step toward the creation of what Honda is today and after the War, Soichiro opened the Honda Technical Research Institute. Realising the scarcity of gas at the time, the Honda Technical Research Institute built the first ever gas propelled cycle.
By the year 1949, Honda Motor Company Limited was established as the biggest bicycle creator and was starting to break new ground in this area. The first ever mass produced motorised bike, the Dream D (painted in maroon) was an instant hit the moment it hit the streets and this paved the way for the creation of the Honda C 100! So famous was the Honda C 100, it became the most popular motorcycle ever made by Honda in the beginning years! From then, there was absolutely no stopping Honda and with every new motorcycle made, the Company started growing with increasing speed and precision.
Over the years, Honda mastered the art of making motorcycles and by 1963, the Company was all set to expand into the world of cars. The first fleet of cars introduced by Honda were very similar to the bikes made during Second World War, with strong influences drawn from Honda’s initial days. By 1973, Honda’s expertise grew so quickly, it started expanding and was all set to sell cars to the United States. The first ever car it sold in the United States was the Honda Civic and since then, there was absolutely no turning back for this superstar! In fact, the Honda Civic was such a hit, it won awards for being the best car during the year it released.
The following years saw Honda grow to not just be an automobile industry but also a beacon of change for the way people all over the world rode their bikes and cars. It was through sheer hard work, determination and understanding of how the automobile industry worked, Soichiro Honda was a man who realised his dream and made it come true despite all adversities.
An inspirational success and a story which needed to be told, Honda’s journey is a true guidance of hope and light. If you think you have an equally inspiring story to share about Soichiro Honda, comment and let us know!
Warren Buffett Most Inspiring Quotes
The fourth richest man in the world, Warren Buffett is one of the greatest businessmen and investors of all time. Known for succeeding in everything at which he tried his hands, Warren Buffett is an inspiration to many. Here are the 10 most inspiring quotes by the “Oracle of Omaha.”
Most inspiring quotes by Warren Buffett
1) About passion
2) About happiness
3) About expectations
4) About success
5) About spending
6) About the important rules of life
7) About reputation
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8) About doing good
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9) About investment
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10) About greed and fear
From being a paper delivery boy, to becoming one of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffett is an absolutely inspirational figure.
Comment below and let us know which of these quotes by Warren Buffett inspired you the most.
First Jobs Of Famous Billionaires
The success stories of many billionaires around the world inspire many people of our generation and have, on several occasions, ignited a desire in many to start their own business. However, many of these successful people began their career by working ordinary jobs. Let’s look at 5 such successful people, who started their career by working some very ordinary jobs.
First jobs of famous billionaires
1) Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is often referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha.” However, this American business magnate started his career by selling Coca-Cola bottles, chewing gum and magazines door-to-door. At the age of 13, he became a newspaper delivery boy and made $ 175 a month, delivering The Washington Post. He continued to look for other business ventures and accumulated savings of $ 9,800 by the time he finished college. Now, with a net worth of $ 82 billion, he is the fourth richest person in the world.
2) Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg, who founded the financial, software, data and media company Bloomberg L.P., worked as a parking lot attendant when he was young. Born to middle class parents, Bloomberg worked in a parking lot to pay his tuition fees in college and went on to graduate from Harvard Business School. Now a well known philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg is one of the richest people in America, with a net worth of $ 53.5 billion.
3) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is a well known media mogul and entrepreneur, who worked as a grocery store clerk in Nashville to support herself. She then landed a job in radio at the age of 16 and worked her way to the top, eventually owning her own production company. Now, with a net worth of $ 2.6 billion, she is considered one of the most influential women in the world and is a source of inspiration to many.
4) Li Ka Shing
Li Ka Shing was the former chairperson of CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings and is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Asia. Coming from a poor family, he started his career as an apprentice at a watch strap factory when he was 13 years old and at the age of 19, became the general manager of the factory. He later started his own plastic manufacturing company and used the profits from the company to invest in real estate. Li slowly worked his way up the ladder of success and is now one of the richest people in Hong Kong, with a net worth of $ 27.1 billion.
5) Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban is an American Shark Tank investor, co founder of Broadcast.com and owner of the American basketball team Dallas Mavericks. Cuban began working at the age of 12 as a door to door garbage bag salesman. After graduating college, he worked as a bartender and then as a salesman for a software company. He started his own company, Broadcast.com, after getting fired from his job and now has a net worth of $ 4.1 billion.
It is true, starting at the bottom does not guarantee success. However, if you find your passion and work hard towards it, nothing is impossible, as the aforementioned individuals proved.
JRD Tata Unknown Facts
Tata Group, which began in 1868, has had six chairmen until now. Among the six men who served this renowned business group, there was one exceptional man who served as its chairman for 50 whole years and took the Company to great heights. Yes, the man we are talking about is none other than Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, or JRD Tata.
From starting India’s first ever international airline, to giving the Country one of its largest cosmetic brands (Lakmé,) this gentleman has done it all. JRD Tata also strived his best to improve India’s economy on the whole. Here are some unknown facts about this exemplary industrialist.
Unknown facts about JRD Tata
1) JRD Tata was born on 29th July, 1904 in Paris and had a French citizenship for a long time. He even served as a part of the French Army for one year.
2) In 1925, he entered the Tata Group as an unpaid apprentice.
3) JRD Tata was always keen on flying and became India’s first licensed pilot in 1929.
4) In 1929, JRD Tata also renounced his French citizenship and took up Indian citizenship.
5) In 1934, JRD Tata was elected as the Chairman of the Tata Group. He was only 30 years when he was elected for this position, making him the youngest person to head the Group.
6) When he was appointed as the Chairman, the Tata Group had 14 companies under it. JRD Tata expanded it to an empire of 95 companies in a span of 50 years. Some of the most renowned companies established by JRD Tata during his tenure as the Chairman include Tata Motors (1945,) Lakmé (1952,) Tata Tea Limited (1964,) Tata Consultancy Services (1968) and Titan Industries Limited (1987.)
7) JRD Tata was the person who launched Air India International, India’s first ever international airline. For this reason, he is also known as the ‘father of Indian aviation.’
8) JRD Tata was the man who initiated the ‘employee welfare schemes’ in India. He is responsible for the 8 hour work day, free medical aid and the employee provident fund. These principles were later adopted by the Indian Government.
9) It is no surprise this man received several awards during his lifetime. His awards include the Padma Vibhushan (1957) and the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award (1992.)
10) When JRD Tata died in November 1993, the Indian Parliament was adjourned in his honour.
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