Creativity and curiosity – Fumiko Hori
I discovered Fumiko Hori's artwork while visiting Hakone, Japan, where the Narukawa Museum held a special memorial exhibition for Ms. Hori’s artwork to commemorate her passing in February 2019. I was awestruck by Ms. Hori’s creativity and curiosity; her relentless pursuit of her passion is evident in all of her eclectic pieces. Born in 1918, Ms. Hori lived through turbulent times to be one hundred years old. Over her long life, Ms. Hori traveled to the Himalayas, South America, Europe, and the United States for her inspiration, and when she became physically too frail to travel in her advanced age, she armed herself with a microscope and “traveled” into the world of microorganisms and microbes for her art.
I discovered Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, after I was backstabbed by a friend. For him, our decade-long friendship was worthless compared to the “success” he achieved through backstabbing me for my job. Because I enjoyed giving and helping others, I was an easy target when faced with a “taker” such as my ex-friend. From that painful experience, I knew I needed protection against exploitation and burnout, common risks for being a giver. I needed to arm myself with Adam Grant’s data-driven ways to win as a giver.