Chapter 3 Ingenuity from Moderate Inferiority and Poverty 3.1 inferiority, Mother of improvement (2)
I became self-employed at the age of 29. I owe what I am today to my parents who have given me the body that turns inferiority into energy as well as the strength not to be mentally depressed. And It is also thanks to my family who helped me during the difficult times after I changed fields.
Here are five points that I have been paying attention to when working. The title is "Health Check of Work".
1. Are you in a state where you can do the self-training and study necessary for your daily work?
2. Are you ready for self-training, study, and information gathering for your future work?
3. Is it possible to interact with companies and people from different industries?
4. Can you regularly enjoy one of your hobbies at least?
5. Can you take a total of 4 weeks or more for summer vacation and winter vacation in a year?
They are criterions for determining work health, but if 3 or more of these are No, your working condition needs to be improved, and if 4 or more are No, it is dangerous.
Regarding the first self-training and study related to the daily work, the backbone of my work is still English ability. Practical proficiency in foreign languages will decline if you do not work hard and train daily to maintain it. In order not to lose my ability to use foreign language skills in my rural area, I made it a rule to listen to English news and conduct conversation training through the amateur radio communication as much as possible almost every day.
Regarding the second content, training and information gathering with a view to the future are necessary in order to flexibly change the content of work in response to changes and demands of the times. This was okay because I was able to connect to the Internet all day long. Our Internet homepage has been opened since 1994.
There has been no problem with interacting with the third company and people from different industries.
There will be problems with the 4th and 5th ones unless you try hard.
More than a quarter of a century has passed since I worked on my own, and my former colleague who joined Toyobo at the same time has reached their retirement age (at the time of 2005). However, I have no feeling that I have reached retirement age. If there is no problem with these "work health check" criteria, I will do my best in continuing to work. But it's also true that I don't want to get in the way of young people. In this sense, the consciousness of generational change has definitely sprung up in me (as of 2005).
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