Thoughts That Crossed My Mind at the Mountain Lodge in Winter

I took a sauna at my mountain lodge, and went outside, with only the lower half of my body covered with a towel. I walked out of the lodge to bathe in cool air, instead of cold water. Trees surrounded the lodge in the gathering dusk. A mountain peak was slightly visible in the distance. Remnants of snow on the trees and the white color of white birch trunks stood out against the backdrop of a moonless night.
Feeling a splash on my feet, I look down. Drops of water were dripping from icicles. They were hitting the ground and splashing on my feet. Inadvertently, I closed my eyes.

A strong feeling of appreciation welled up inside me. This mountain lodge was built about eight years ago. It was completed on my 40th birthday. I had only three children at that point. Now I have five. I went snowboarding from the morning today. My wife and children enjoyed skiing.

“This is a birthday present for my family and me. This is a result of my hard work.” Those were the thoughts I had on my 40th birthday. Today, I look at the lodge in a completely different way. I think, “This mountain lodge as well as other physical things and my family are gifts from society.” The more I feel that way, the more I think that I must give something back.

I’ve lived my life always asking myself what I can do for society. I’ve reflected on that question and written these columns I call “Views.” I’ve educated the people that society needs with my colleagues at GLOBIS. I’ve tried to produce industries and companies that create value through venture capital.

In my capacity as an individual, I’ve written three books: My Personal Mission Statement, The Six Dimensions of Life and Dear Visionary Leaders Who Create and Innovate the Society, and expressed my opinions at international conferences around the world. In recent years, I’ve also started setting up forums so that many friends and like-minded people can think about what we can do for the society.

Am I contributing sufficiently to society? What else should I do? I’d like to continue to ask myself these questions.

February 14, 2010
Yoshito Hori
Written at my mountain lodge

 

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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