Soichiro Honda is one of the biggest automobile manufacturing companies in the world, and the story of Honda founder Soichiro Honda Is very inspiring. So today, I will share a story about him that I have read in a book.
Soichiro Honda was born in a small village in Japan, his father was a blacksmith, and his mother used to do weaving work. Since childhood he has been an inquisitive person, he was very much attracted to making new things, towards tools and machines and was very much curious related to cars, vehicles, like how cars and vehicles work, how they are made, he used to find all these things and questions exciting. Because of which what happened at the age of 16, his knowledge and skill towards machines increased a lot; on the other side, he was not at all good at his studies, he wasn’t interested in doing school, and he was behind in gaining practical knowledge, not theoretical. Hence he left his studies and started working with his father at the cycle shop.
One day he saw an ad where it was written In Tokyo; there was a need for some mechanics for the Art Shokai company. Soichiro finds it an exciting opportunity to learn more about vehicles and to improve his knowledge about them because Art Shokai company was into repairing and maintaining vehicles; with this trust, he took the most significant decision of his life and left his village and went to Tokyo for doing that mechanic work.
Soichiro Honda reached Tokyo safely, but nothing was the way he expected. However, he was very young, so he did not get the job; what he got was the only option to work as an intern, this offer wasn’t great, but he didn’t give up and accept that offer and didn’t go to his village, because he knew that he would learn as an intern as well, that’s why he didn’t go back to his town and started working.
Working as an intern was a difficult task because, as an intern, he was not paid for his work, and he was asked to do various small work as well. Still, despite all these evil and small things, Soichiro Honda only concentrated on learning and improving his knowledge and skills in motor machines.
And this attitude paid him well; his knowledge improved so much that he started helping other senior mechanics and started helping big employees in their work. He started explaining new and easy ways to others for their work and creating creative and accessible tools through which other people’s work has become relatively easy. And people started respecting him.
Everybody started understanding the talent and capability of Soichiro Honda, even the owner of that company understood the ability and capability of Soichiro, so he started teaching Soichiro business-related stuff as well; Soichiro learned it very well, and slowly he became good even in business, looking for this growth company owner made Soichiro branch manager, at the age of 22 Soichiro Honda became manager and a very successful person.
After all this, Soichiro Honda started thinking big. However, he was very much interested in making things. Hence he decided to do piston ring manufacturing which is used in vehicles, But Company didn’t like this idea, so to fulfill his dream, he took again took the most significant decision of his life; he left the position of branch manager from that company to achieve his vision.
Now to manufacture piston rings, there was a need to know many things, so again, he started learning about those things; at night, he used to learn about piston rings. In the morning, he used to make piston rings with different materials; he used to do it regularly, and he kept on doing it until and unless he didn’t make the best quality piston ring and fulfill his vision. After making the desired rings, he started supplying those rings to big companies such as Toyota.
Everything was going perfectly; he became successful. Still, again he got a big shock when the war started in China; most of the employees from his company had to go to fight a war, because of which a maximum number of women employees left In his company because of which what happened women employee wasn’t aware of the manufacturing process, so at that time what Honda did was, he changed himself as per the situation and atmosphere and with all his efforts he made all procedure very simple so that even women can do it quickly.
Again his solutions started working, and He started thinking like now everything was going well, then again he got a big shock at the time of war when other country’s warplanes were throwing bombs at China; those bombs not only destroyed places in China but also destroyed his company, his company, as well as his investment, got destroyed, everything vanished, that bomb destroyed everything, but it wasn’t able to destroy or even touched Honda’s Believe and strength.
With all his strength and belief, Honda again gave a new start to his life; he started working again and formed his company to which he gave the name Honda motors, this time he started working towards the desire and dream that he had seen long back, he started his motorcycling manufacture company, he was very much interested towards racing and bikes. Hence he began making motorcycles; at the start, he wasn’t having a lot of money; when he made a motorcycle, it was nothing but a cycle attached to an engine, he started selling that motorcycle, which was liked by many, and he started gaining profit.
With that profit, he made many advance motorcycles, and the time came when Soichiro motorcycles started winning motorcycle races; his motorcycles became very successful all over the world, and he became the biggest motorbike manufacturer; his success didn’t stop there; he thought of start making four wheelers as well, and thought of manufacturing and miking cars as well.
At that time, the Department of trade did not like this idea because, as per the department, the market was full of car-making and manufacturing businesses, and they all were successful, so they thought there would be no place for Soichiro Honda’s startup. But Honda didn’t listen to them, and as always, he listened to his heart and brain and started working toward it, so he started working on its prototype. He made such an efficient and robust model at the time, which was liked by everyone, and even the department liked it a lot. Similarly, he proved everyone wrong and made his place even in the car market.
Honda has some unique qualities that people usually don’t have, and that quality was the reason behind his and his company’s success. His motorbike company has been the biggest In the world from 1959 till now and is made the world’s most combustion engine. His company’s motorbikes still won many motorbikes races, which was his dream, too, not. Aside from cars and bikes, Honda also manufactures marine engines, watercraft, generators, garden equipment, and even aerospace parts. The success of Honda company goes directly or indirectly to Soichiro and his qualities.
So now you tell, which are those three qualities you have learned from Honda Soichiro’s story, and with those qualities, Honda can become so successful, and even you should have such qualities in you to become successful.
Now to end, I have shared this knowledge and story from the Kevin Johnson book, where he has shared stories of successful people so that we get inspired. So if you want to buy this book, then do go to the below link: