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Do you prefer a life with stability or excitement?

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I know a lot of Japanese parents prefer to think of their kids working for a large company, a government, or an educational institute. They think the more stable their workplace is, the better it is. I think this mindset is imprinted in the Japanese, or so to say, Eastern Asian culture that puts a lot of value on the continuation of family stream.

Self-sacrifice to your ancestors and for your off-spring, could be more important than your choice of what you want to do. Which family you are from could be more important than who you are. The family concept was somewhat replaced by companies and established positions, and that was why Japanese families, like corporations, were so popular in the past 70 years. So, people tend to value the place you work for, rather than who you really are.

Looking back on the choices I made in my career, I was more of a stability chooser than an excitement chooser. I don't know where it came from, but I dislike abandoning people I have encountered in my past, and I prefer to keep in touch with them. My choice was to work for a large company. With the help from the company I was working for, I started this venture company So, I have been quite a stability chooser.

I appreciate the fact that I had a duration to deal with ambiguities, knowing it was the energy of continuation. By the mix of continuation and ambiguities, exciting things kept unfolding in front of me. There are many more talented employees and financial power to seek for excitement, meaning new business areas or more ambiguities, than before. So, I conclude that the times of excitement eventually come, after continuous effort that ironically makes me feel I was very conservative, stubborn, and a stability chooser. Stability and excitement do come together.

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