Last Samurai is receiving rave review, and I think it deserves it. As a movie, it is very good. But when I try to learn something from it, the gross difference between reality and made up movie story on important factor about life is rather disturbing. This is discussed in books written by actual practioner of their art, be it sports, management, research and development.
Captain Nathan Algren in the Last Samurai practices Japanese swordsmanship for a few months, and he becomes a master. I can laugh it off in parodies, but I find it difficult to just swallow it in this kind of movie, even with understanding that it’s objective is to entertain. The movie has the kind of reality that even illusions can seem as reality.
Somehow, with this kind of things happening all the time in movies, TV shows, mangas, even those seasoned adults often start to believe aquiring masterful skill in an art needs only a few months, at the most.
In the real world, hardly no one ever wins gold medal in the Olympics without many years of long hours of practices daily. All professional sports players spend much of their time practicing. Nobel prize winners including Tanaka-san spent hours after hours, years and years in the lab. Effective business managers and project managers spend years developing their skills. Why then, do so many business consultants who spent limited amount of time actually involved with real projects, actually working for real business are trusted to make effective changes in their client’s company?
As I write this, I could see my business associates smiling and saying, there you go again! You make these surpriing connections, that seems to come out of blue.
Here is my biggest thing, at the very end of 2003. I felt as though I did not get anywhere, made no progress this year. But here is my personal conclusion. In order to master the art of business as a major factor in giving meaningful life to people living in many of today’s advanced country, time spent mastering the art is crucial. When one wants true success in work life, this part can not be shortened.