"Wax On Wax Off"
Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt you have?
Miyagi: Karate here. (Taps his head)
Miyagi: Karate here. (Taps his heart)
Miyagi: Karate never here. (points to his belt)
Miyagi: Understand Daniel-san?
I grew up in North America and was educated here in Vancouver. BC I am not saying the western culture is wrong in their education and strategies to be successful. The western culture has lot more positivity and motivation in their teachings which I admire. I grew up with a father who was taught in the old Japan. Like Miyagi Sensei in Karate Kid, he showed me that I needed to learn everything in mind, in heart and never ask questions. “Watch and learn. No questions” my father would say. My father was a instructor in Judo before joining the Japan Army. After serving the Army, he became a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. He then earned his degree in construction before he immigrated here to Canada.
Seems In North America, upon graduating from an advance education in business or trade school, you can skip the hard jobs and get to be in a management team. People in North America seem so proud of their status too. Whether they are in the Senior Management team or the CEO etc… Remember what Miyagi Sensei said? “Karate never here”… (pointing to his belt). That’s exactly what my father said too. Your position doesn’t matter. Do your best”
My grandfather is considered a honorable chef in Japan. He told me his story of becoming a successful chef when he visited me in Vancouver several years ago. Grandfather started off learning from a reputable restaurant in his city as a teenager. Every wee hours of morning he rode his bike to the restaurant. First thing he did was to clean the toilets and the entire washroom, then he swept the floors and made sure the kitchen was cleaned before the rest of the chefs came. He peeled all the carrots, daikons (Japanese radish) and washed all the vegetables. He did this for 5 years into his 20’s without going on to the next level which was prepping food. If he complained, the chef and other top cooks made him do worse jobs. My grandfather mentioned to me, “You must master everything, even at the bottom. If you cannot master doing basic simple tasks like peeling vegetables than go home!” You would think you’d give up but people in Japan who are dedicated to their careers do not complain. I’m sure Japan these days are similar to the western culture.
Grandfather continued to work for 20 years as a food prep then another 10 years to finally reach the top. He has served the Royal families and worked humbly as a chef in his town for last few years before his retirement. He now owns one of the largest solar panel private roof which he likes to do as a hobby.