The Fortunes of Gratitude

In the current business sector, where the attempt is to make maximum profit in the short term, it is becoming more common to find managers and entrepreneurs who focus on the philosophy of gratitude when doing business.

Wahei Takeda (1933-2016), was a private investor from Japan, who also stood out for being one of the richest men in the country and for being the creator of the concept called ‘Maro Up’, from the Japanese word magokoro, which means having a sincere heart.

Takeda himself has defined maro as a value enjoyed by people who have a pure heart and lead a peaceful life based on spiritual growth, especially when in the business world.

That is why this peculiar magician of the Japanese finances recommended to the entrepreneurs that they balanced their actions with 30% of decisions taken with the Ego – these are those that maintain structurally afloat a company – and with 70% of magokoro, that is to say, showing unconditional love for others, for oneself, and above all to be ever grateful for all that one has.

Takeda also warned that poorly used language can alienate the individual from the state of mind of peace, and recommended avoiding saying words like: I must, I need and I have to. To make every morning a mental list of all that is good in life and to thank for it, is another of the most recommendable habits. According to Takeda, only when money and peace of mind are together can we speak of true wealth business.

This way of understanding a company has been driven especially in the USA. where his followers count in the thousands, partly thanks to the publication in 2015 of the book Maro Up – The Secret to Success Begins with Arigato: Wisdom from the “Warren Buffet of Japan” written by the authors Janet Bray Attwood and Ken Honda.

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