The Famous Millionaire


Chapter 219

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Chapter 219: Chapter 213

In the notebooks, Taeho wrote down, in great detail, the time, place, and materials involved in the moments of failure. There was everything from the start of the experiment to its finish.

And at the end of the note, he described why he failed in the experiment.

For example, there was a failure note on organic solar batteries. The reason for the failure was form change. He found that the alternative material could generate solar energy, but it could not be produced on a commercial basis because its form could change whenever it was used to generate power.

He tried to fix the problem in various ways but failed each time. Besides, the efficiency of power generation was very low, so he gave up the research.

Looking at the experiment records, Hyunwoo recalled the episode on the invention of ‘Post-It’.

A company invented a strange adhesive while proceeding with research on developing a new adhesive. The adhesive stuck well but was removed easily.

At the time, people thought it was a useless adhesive, arguing that the adhesive that was so easily removed had no use whatsoever.

But an employee working in the sales department of the same company found the adhesive’s use. When the bookmark in his Bible slipped out of it often, he was looking for its replacement. So, he applied adhesive on a piece of paper and found its use.

That’s how Post-It sticky note was developed.

When he heard the episode, Hyunwoo felt as if he was electrified at the moment because that had confirmed the belief he’d had since he was a child.

<There is no defective product in the world. It has not yet found its use.>

That was not necessarily only applied to a product. The same can be applied to a man. As long as one can find a job that fits one’s ability, anybody can show his or her ability brilliantly in the world. Motivated by this kind of conviction, Hyunwoo founded Ani & Funny and established the alternative school.

Hyunwoo felt all the failed experiments in Taeho’s Failure Note could be examined in the same vein.

Taeho’s failed experiments were not a failure. It just had no use as a solar battery. If it could be used for other purposes, it could turn out to be a brilliant experiment.

Hyunwoo’w eyes began to sparkle.

Yea, let me find the solution here. I can prove my conviction is true.

Thanks to the combined efforts of everybody to move the research materials, they were done with moving in two days. The college students hired as teachers taught the students in a couple of small conference rooms attached to the research center.

Nonetheless, everything was in a mess. He was not sure yet if everything was going as well as he intended.

But as time passed by and they went through the trials and errors, they could realize the kind of education that Hyunwoo was dreaming about.

Through the window of the small conference rooms, Hyunwoo watched the students focused on studying, filled with emotion.

Suyoung Oh, the former principal of his high school and now the head of the just-opened alternative school, approached Hyunwoo and tapped him on the shoulder.

“Great job, Hyunwoo. When I first saw you, I thought you would accomplish great things. But I didn’t know you would achieve this much.”

In fact, Hyunwoo felt the same way.

His own life up to now showed the same trajectory. Never did he expect that he would find a job with Aurum, nor did he think his investment in N&C in Vietnam would bring about such an enormous success.

“By the way, Hyunwoo,” said Suyoung.

Hyunwoo turned his head.

Smiling brightly at him, Suyoung continued, “I know this is an unauthorized alternative school, but I think you need a name for the school. Don’t you think so?”

He was right. Actually, that never entered his mind.

Suddenly, Hyunwoo began to agonize over it.

What is a proper name? If have to coin the name, I hope it can reflect my dream.

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When he thought as far as that, one name came to his mind.

Hyunwoo’s dream was to be the light of the world. What would be the brightest light in the world?

Looking at Suyoung, he said, “How about Haenim (Sunshine) School?”

It sounded childish.

What really mattered was the meaning of the name, not its beauty, so he wanted to choose what came to his mind first as the name of the school.

Suyoung didn’t care about how it sounded or looked because he felt its meaning was more important.

“In my opinion, Haenim is not that bad.”

“Let me call it Haenim School then.”

“Haenim School. Sounds good. Haha. Let’s go to the faculty room with me. It looks like they want to talk to you about something.”

“Alright. Let’s go.”

Both of them headed to the faculty room.

Two old teachers were waiting for him. They retired from schools at the regular retirement age and came here at the request of Suyoung.

One of them was supposed to teach Korean history while the other was assigned to social studies. Suyoung’s major was Korean language. At least three teachers were secured.

Suyoung opened his mouth first. He said Hyunwoo named this alternative school Haenim School.

They didn’t seem to care about the name itself. Instead, they suggested ideas on how to run the school.

“I hear that the biggest duty of the students here is to assist the three researchers. Right?”

“Yes, that’s correct,” said Hyunwoo, nodding his head.

But they seemed uncomfortable about it.

“Of course, that’s a good idea, but I don’t think that’s the best method. What the students need above all is to expose them to various experiences and knowledge. If you have them focus on a certain field too early it could cause…”

Hyunwoo seemed to know what these senior teachers were worried about, but he had his own idea to address their concerns.

“In fact, I have an idea about that. I’m going to have them go through direct experiences as much as possible.”

“Direct experiences? How?”

Hyunwoo was involved in lots of jobs since he was a middle school boy, such as construction, moving, cleaning, travel, event, VJ assistant, woodworking, etc.

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In a way, he went against the established truth that one should focus on only one field if one wants to succeed.


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