Wasabi Stories vol.15: “Don’t Cling Onto Past Success Pattern”



wasabi stories“Wasabi Stories” is a quotation and summary of a column which touches ones heart or not found on the internet.

It is a Japanese famous person’s story extracted from the NIKKEI news paper.

The purpose in posting the column in JAPAN Style is to cheer you up and to make you feel “it’ was worth reading!”

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The columns in “Wasabi Stories” hopefully spice your heart and sometimes make you teary!

The stories were originally sent as E-mail Newsletter in Japanese. Some are a little old but we’ll eventually catch up with new ones.



“Don’t Cling Onto Past Success Pattern”


Today’s story teller is a swimming coach, Norimasa Hirai, who is famous for training a gold medalist in man’s breaststroke in Beijing Olympic, [W:Kosuke Kitajima].

In the column, he explains what he tells his team.

For example, he tells them to not repeat what they have done in the past again.

If his team member camps for training, he/she’ll stay at his/her own club first, and stay at another club next time, and stay abroad next year.

It’s better for them to change the place to train.


Hirai says, “To my team members including Kitajima, I don’t tell ‘Let’s do the same way next year since it worked this year’ because if one arbitrarily makes one’s winning pattern, it can stop one’s development.”


He also emphasized that it’s important to know the cause of good condition rather than the cause of bad condition.

If one doesn’t know what’s like to be in good condition, he/she will miss the signal to get out of a slump.

If one knows the cause of good condition, he/she can recover even he/she gets out of health.

The NIKKEI Dec/26/2008 by Norimasa Hirai (Swimming race coach)


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