Flexibility and Rigidity


On October 9, 2019, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Akira Yoshino and two other scientists, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 


Their research that has “laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society” were highly evaluated.  Dr. Yoshino created the first safe, production-visible lithium-ion battery which became used widely in cellular phones and notebook computers.



I didn’t Dr. Yoshino at all until I encountered this news but as soon as I read some articles on his interviews, I became so interested in him and his accomplishments. 



His answer for the reasons of success was very impressive.  Dr. Yoshino said, “Researchers must be flexible.  At the same time, they have to be stubborn to persistently never give up.  It is difficult to balance two opposite elements such as flexibility and rigidity but both flexibility and attachment are so important.  If you are just stubborn, you won’t be able to go forward when you hit the wall.  I think flexible mind to believe “it will work out” will be also necessary for the success.”



“Another important thing is” he continued,” to foresee whether desired future will come or not.  To proceed research and to foresee the future must be done simultaneously.  In other words, if you believe “goal” is surely right there, you can accomplish a goal no matter how hard efforts  you make.”


Congratulations to Dr. Yoshino and all the prize winners!  It's always great to learn secrets of success from people who are really successful.  


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