Chapter 3 Ingenuity from Moderate Inferiority and Poverty 3.1 inferiority, Mother of improvement (1)
We humans will not be born with both good looks and sharp minds unless we are very fortunate. However, as I mentioned before, my inferiority complex of lack of athletic ability eventually gave me the repulsive force and energy to do something in other school subjects. Thankfully, in my case, the vicious cycle of inferiority was avoided. I think this is thanks to my parents, brothers, and other people around me. If the people around me had said and acted to further deepen my inferiority complex, I must have overcoated my inferiority complex one after another. It is important to find the good points of people and give them appropriate compliments. And you can see how important it is not to point out the downsides, even if you don't praise them.
Soon after I graduated from high school, I joined Toyobo, the biggest textile company in those days. There were two types of high school graduates: one for mid-career executives hired by the head office and the other for regular employees hired by each factory. I was one of the former, but when I joined Toyobo, I felt inferior to joining a company only with a high school diploma.
At that time, in addition to the condition that three boys were enrolled in high schools and a junior college at the same time in my family under the above-mentioned strict economic environment, the adverse condition that the father was hospitalized due to illness at that time overlapped. Therefore, I gave up going to university and took the company entrance examination of Toyobo, a major textile company that had a study abroad system in domestic universities. As a result, I was allowed to join the company. As an aside, at that time, the qualifications for high school graduates hired by Toyobo's head office were within the top three in their classes, preferably at the top. I'm not sure if this was true.
Toyobo, where I joined, had many excellent university graduates, and my inferiority complex gave me a lot of energy on the contrary. It was thanks to being able to join a large company that had good university graduate examples. I was grateful for the environment, and I was deeply repulsed by the university graduates. Every time I saw highly educated employees such as the University of Tokyo, I got a fighting spirit. (This was due to a young ignorance.) I often sing a hit song sung by a famous singer, "I'll do it. look at it though I don't say it ..." After that, I was able to study at Kyoto Institute of Technology by using the company's domestic study abroad system as the second earliest employee among 120 high school graduates who had joined at the same year.