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001Yesterday, June 24, I visited Ohokayama Campus of Tokyo Institute of Technology to give a talk.  It was organized by the group of students who run English Seminar there.  I was asked to talk about career, leadership, network etc. etc.

As I am firmly convinced that the youth will create the future and the  better world, I jumped on the opportunity.  My title was “Your career, your life, where and how do you want to play?”  At the beginning of the seminar, I found out that majority of the  people there were students at the graduate school, with a few undergraduates and a few in business. Majority were from Japan, while we had more than 10 countries represented.

I began the session by asking how many want to cross boundaries.  Majority raised their hands, thus I asked how many have actually done that.  I asked them to share their stories–what and how.  Our discussion expanded to cover the need for balancing depth and breadth, importance of practice etc. etc.

Two hours went by quite quickly and at the end, I gave 5 copies each of the books I wrote on career. I meant to give them to those who won over me  doing  Janken.  As there was one book left and I did not want to do another round to select just one, I offered to give the last one to the organizing group.  That was when the message got confusing, I believe.

015So I am not sure whether the ones who won over me ended up getting the copy of not, but I sincerely hope so.  By the time I finished answering questions of those who came up to me after the session and the group photo with the Latino group, it was close to 10:00 p.m.

It was a long day for me (What’s new, you might ask, judging from my schedule in the past few weeks) of various activities including shareholders & business meetings, in addition to the session at Tokyo Tech.  But I came home with high spirit, as my conviction of believing in the youth, regardless of their nationality, gender, background etc. got even stronger.  It was a  great way to spend Sunday evening.

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  1. Your books are getting much popular among my friends. They say their prep for meeting me is to read your books.

    I’m sure the students are so happy to read your books and I’m also happy to share the contents with many friends all over Japan!

    Talk to you on July 28 for sure! See you then!

    • Kobatake
    • June 27th, 2012

    Was it OK for me to take some pictures at the seminor? As my camera is a different brand, I was a bit worried about whether I did it well enough.

    I was impressed that stuends organised it on their own. As I have been learning a lot in global agenda seminor from you, I am planing to hold an event like them. Even though It is still a tentative proposal, I look forward to discussing if it is feasible. This is my turn not only to input things, but also output what I learned from you.

    See you weekend!

  2. Thank you very much!
    I enjoyed very much this session. I am looking forward to hear more about you and to meet in another chance.
    I am certainly sure this session was very encouraging.

    Best regards!

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • July 7th, 2012

    Bennie san, thanks for your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you on July 28.

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • July 7th, 2012

    Hi, Kobatake san, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for taking photo at Tokyo Tech. It came out fine and I uploaded on my blog. Thanks for your effort in organizing various events as well as keeping me informed of the interesting reports.

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • July 7th, 2012

    Frank, it is me that want to thank YOU for the opportunity. I enjoyed it very much.

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