What you become

The ultimate success is not what you get or what you give, but what you become. - Mary Maxwell Gates

As I manage to make ends meet as a programmer, I sometimes wonder if what I’m doing now is the right thing to do. There are more or fewer trends in technology, and when I find a field that I don’t know anything about, I understand the impatience to add more depth to my knowledge and try my hand at this and that. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had this happen to me, and as time goes by, I often end up going in circles. I’d like to introduce you to a way of thinking that ultimately convinces me (at least for now).

It’s about becoming the state you want to be in.

That’s all. I want you to think about it. How many times have you seriously tried to become “what you should be”? What do you do every day to get as close as possible to that goal?

I arrived at this way of thinking when I learned about Ichiro, Bruce Lee, Musashi Miyamoto, and other great people who put emphasis on their own image.

They are often talked about because they “set a lot of records” or “gave something to future generations,” but I think what should be talked about is the fact that they always faced their “ideal self” and were insanely stoic. Ichiro said in the documentary, “I am a weak person. But if you were to ask me what my strength is, I would say that my strength is that I understand and face my weaknesses better than others”. Bruce Lee’s all-time famous quote, “I am not afraid of a man who has practiced ten thousand different kicks only once, but I am afraid of a man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times. These words make us reconsider the importance of the effects of facing ourselves and realize how difficult it is for many people to do this.

So, what is your ideal state at this point? Once you know that, the rest is very simple. All you have to do is practice these things 10,000 times.

The quote at the beginning of this article is a quote that I took note of after watching a documentary and being stuck about some of the speeches of Mary Maxwell Gates, Bill Gates’ mother. Until recently, he was “Bill Gates the Billionaire,” although now in 2021 he has passed that title on to others. In order to fulfill your life with passion like him, who has had and given more than most people in the world, you need to deeply pursue “What you become?” I believe that each individual needs to get closer to that as his or her own “success”.

究極の成功とは、何を得たか、何を与えたかではなく、自分が何者になるかである。 — メアリー・マクスウェル・ゲイツ






では現時点で自分はどんな状態が理想なのだろうか? それさえ判明すれば、あとは非常にシンプルである。これらの事を一万回練習すれば良いのだから。


kazuaki <2021-04-26 Mon>


Added english version <2021-05-23 Sun>