Posted by: Jo | June 27, 2011


Even if his average score is poor,
someone who excels in one thing should be thoroughly respected for it.

Excelling in one thing is a very valuable thing. People like that are actually hard to find.
A long time ago, my father said to me, “Create something, anything at all, that is truly superior to other people’s.” He said, “Be the very best in the world in doing something, whatever it is.” I had no idea what he was talking about at the time, but now it’s crystal clear to me.
Be the best in the world, and this can be about anything. But it’s not easy to be the best in the world. It is a truly magnificent feat, regardless of whether you have many competitors or not.
I always feel that there are many people in this world who don’t understand how difficult it is to become the best. Or rather, they don’t understand it in the true sense. Being the best in the world is something that should be respected a lot more, no matter what the situation.
For example, Japan gives too little respect to the gold medalists who won in the Olympics. The country’s only compensation for the athletes who come back with gold medals is the reward money of 3 million yen [About $30K assuming $1=¥100. It’s enough to buy a nice new car like this one.] and nothing else. This, despite the fact that they’d been dedicating their lives for that. It’s like, they fought with their country on their shoulders, and what happens to them afterward? Their lives [of sacrifices] aren’t rewarded, and if they’re not rewarded, children who are following these athletes can’t dream anymore.
If everybody truly recognized how difficult it is to become the best in the world, Japan would foster more athletes and people flourishing in their careers overseas.
The Japanese are a nation overly hung up on the average score. If a child excels in one thing but his average score is poor, he will be treated as a failure. That’s why you don’t see many kids with eccentric abilities in Japan. They’re all raised to be homogeneous, and consequently turn into Jacks of all trades and masters of none. This won’t do. Unless we think about this more seriously, the future of this country is dismal.

Translated by excused_early
Originally posted at the G Says Community LJ
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  1. this message is one which really ‘spoke’ to me, i understand how it must feel to be overlooked just because overall a person is not excellent.
    specialising in one thing is important, it shows a dedication and commitment to do well in that skill, if anything the rest of that persons average results should show how dedicated the person has had to be in order to become so good at the thing they do the best ❤ G always makes me think deeply….it is like i am back in a philsophy lesson… 🙂

  2. We all know that no one is good at everything, yet we look down on those who are not, or we ourselves feel inferior to those who seem better than us. We need to just stick our chests out and put our very best into whatever it is we have an interest in and just go for it! We must strengthen our minds so that nothing can deter us from our goals.

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