TIM BUNTING

KIWI YAMABUSHI

SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe to the Mountains of Wisdom Mailer

* indicates required

A matter of motivation

unrecognizable woman jogging along footpath in park

When I was in high school and was learning Japanese, I started to really love it and put a lot of effort into memorising words and practicing grammar points and the like. From then, I always prided myself on my Japanese ability, although at the time I would still have been classified as a beginner. I remember going into tests in uni and thinking that even if I hadn’t prepared what was going to be on the test, my domain knowledge from earlier would have been enough to get by. That’s the weird part about language learning, you can do a whole lot of learning before you even start a class relatively easily if you know what you’re doing. In that case it’s just a matter of motivation.

For some reason, I just remembered this one time during high school when we were taking a test with people from other schools, I believe it was for a Monbukagakusho scholarship, and this one smarmy a**hole student who had done a study abroad (I didn’t do study abroad until uni) questioned my language ability. There was a poster that said ‘世界’ world in Kanji characters that at the time I couldn’t read, and this really inflated his ego. It also really gave me a motivation boost, not only to learn Japanese, but to prove this guy wrong, who I really had no prior knowledge of, nor have I seen since.

Now with the benefit of sustained effort over a long period of time, I hardly think about it and don’t feel the need to compare my ability. I know there are people that are better than me, but it doesn’t affect my ability to get by at all, so there’s no point worrying about it. I guess it is all a matter of motivation, so I guess I really should thank the guy, if I ever come across him that is.

ENJOYED THIS? HAVE MORE.

YAMABUSHI NEWSLETTER

RECENT BLOG POSTS

person writing on a notebook beside macbook
The Job is Never Done
photo of pathway surrounded by fir trees
Making the Most of That Compounding Interest
high angle photo of person going down the stairs
Focus on finishing

YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS

meditating buddha figurine
Roll with, not against
Beating the resistance: Don’t even think about it, just do it
young active skater leaping high in park
If and when necessary

RANDOM POSTS

A Kiwi take on a Japanese philosophy
Rules to improve sleep quality
gray stone with green plant
Content with cleaning

MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM

Subscribe to my yamabushi newsletter

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 

tim@timbunting.com

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: