March 25, 2015,10:00 +0900(JST) Graduation Ceremony of Kansai University of Nursing and Health Sciences
Partly because I was born on Awaji Island, I serve as the chairperson of the supporters' association for Kansai University of Nursing and Health Sciences, which is located on the island. The other day, I was invited to the university's graduation ceremony, where I delivered a message to the young people who were about to leave the school. I would like to share part of that message with you.
When I graduated from university, I was advised by one of my instructors as follows: "After you begin work, you will be occupied with your work almost all the time, other than when you are sleeping. So, if you cannot enjoy your work, it follows that you won't enjoy your life itself. It's important to consider what you should do to make your work exciting, and take action."
What should we do to enjoy working?
At the graduation ceremony, I first advised students to fully prepare for everything. Looking back at my career, I find that I have dealt with difficult jobs one after another. If I have made full preparations to the level which I believe to be satisfactory, strangely enough, I have felt encouraged to try harder. In addition, by always trying to make sufficient preparations, I have obtained the trust of people around me.
I also shared with students an episode with the late Masao Kamei, a former president of Sumitomo Electric. While I was accompanying him on an overseas business trip, he told me that wisdom was generated especially in difficult times. If something bad happens, some people tend to give up too soon, saying, "It's over." If things don't go as planned, people sometimes feel discouraged. Every time I feel that way, I tell myself not to become defeated and to remember that wisdom is generated especially in difficult times. This is how I have developed my career to this day.
I assume that nursing and medical care entail a wide variety of problems. However, they are important services that people cannot do without in their daily lives. I hope that each of the university's graduates will be proud of being involved in such vital services. I also hope that they will consider what they should do to enjoy their jobs and find their own styles to do so after a lot of trial and error. I look forward to seeing these young people fully demonstrating their capabilities to society.