My A to Z theme is to search for people who found success later in life. M is for Momofuku Ando, the man who developed Ramen noodles at the age of 48. So basically the man who fed me during my college years.
– His grandparents owned a textile store in Taiwan and at the age of 22 he started his own textile company.
– After World War II, Ando became a Japanese citizen and founded a small merchandising firm. He was convicted of tax evasion in 1948 and served two years in jail. Ando later said he provided scholarships for students. At the time this act was a form of tax evasion.
Route to success:
– Post-war Japan suffered from a shortage of food. The US provided wheat flour to the Japanese but they were more familiar with noodles. Ando decided to develop the production of noodles by himself. He believed “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat.”
– At the age of 48 in 1958, Ando presented his first package of precooked instant noodles.
– Ando kept working and produced the Cup Noodle in a waterproof polystyrene container in 1971.
My Take Away:
– Often times success is found when a need is fulfilled. People were hungry. They had wheat flour. They were used to noodles. Instant Ramen. What do I want to do? What need can I fill? Will it serve others for the greater good? I think it is important for me to sit and ask these questions as I make my goals in life. Now, I want some ramen. Mmmmmm…