"Working hard and not giving up despite occasional hardships and failures will lead to success." This has been the spirit of Japan, especially during the Meiji era, the industrialising period in the late 19th century, when Japan joined the West and became the first industrialising force in Asia. The ethos of visionary insights, hard work, and perseverance leading to innovation, and, of course, personal success was encouraged through a number of cases evidenced by artists, artisans, and inventors from Europe and America. Sources: Tsukuba University.
Josiah Wedgwood, an English potter and founder of the Wedgwood company, is credited as one of the most notable industrialists of Modern Europe. Despite his weak health and physical disability, he contributed in promoting British pottery by marrying British pottery with fine bone china, an alternative to Chinese porcelain. He struggled at first but eventually became successful.
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