221 pages / July, 2014 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)
Don't wonder what to do, wonder "What For?"
Enrich your life by taking a good look at the root of your feelings.
When he wasn’t able to make any new acquaintances, he changed that by bumping into strangers on the bullet train to make conversation. When he was lacking in funds, he went around asking for loans using a list of top billionaires.
The author, Fumiaki Nakamura, is a man who celebrates everyone from the top businessman to the lady at the tobacco shop, not to mention his own customers, armed with his unaffected zeal and amiability. His lectures, which deal with finding your “true self” while using his golden rules of life as the basis, are a great success.
The Internet has given us access to an abundance of knowledge. Popular shops, clothes and expressions — in a world overflowing with material wealth and information, what you choose is in fact a representation of your own intentions and desires.
Why do you go to school? Why do you work? Why are you alive?
Fumiaki Nakamura expresses himself with serenity and patience.
His words are warm, familiar, and reminiscent of the old spirit of Japan.
Introduction Why can’t we erase human angst?
Chapter 1 Ask “What for?” to get yourself going
Chapter 2 Regain your true individuality
Chapter 3 The way of speaking of those people who succeed and those who fail
Chapter 4 Joyous things bring more joy
Japan’s role from now (as an Afterword)
I’ve had the great pleasure of working with many people in my lifetime, but Fumiaki Nakamura is an author who’s influenced me a great deal. I feel he’s been working up to this new release, having practiced his own four golden rules of life: “Answer in 0.2 Seconds,” “To Be Asked Is To Be Tested,” “Don’t Say You Can’t” and “Do What You Can, Now.”
To go along with the publication of this book, a documentary film of the same name is also being released. What For? deals with asking yourself the purpose of your actions before you act. Reading this book will help you understand how to live a life better suited to you by asking yourself “What for?” before making life choices relating to school, work, lifestyle, food, or even smaller, everyday choices.
As the editor of this book and the director of the documentary What For?, I sincerely hope that many people will read and enjoy this book.