Be a specialist and have initiativeWhat should people do to prepare for achieving worldwide success as global talent?
Looking back on his career, Maruyama says that he carried out all preparations perfectly in terms of golf, though he mentions that the language barrier was the only area that he could not completely overcome. In this light, he stressed the importance of language study: "If I was fluent [in English], I would be able to snack on crisps with Tiger Woods at his house; that is how close I think we would have been."
Sampson recognises the necessity of improving one's linguistic ability, though he notes that "there is something more important than that" for business professionals.
"I do not think that you need to be perfectly bilingual to succeed in business. However, I do feel that communication skills are vital, and it is great to be able to convey your message to people by stringing all the right words together."
"Being a specialist is just as important as speaking English, if not more so. Japanese companies have a strong tendency to look for generalists, but foreign-owned companies want specialists. It is also important to take the initiative and vital to be able to proactively set goals and achieve them. In that sense, you are a specialist who acts with initiative, aren't you, Mr. Maruyama?"
The world is big. You are sure to see a different side of the world
Maruyama took on challenges to fulfil ambitious dreams and achieved significant success in top-ranking competitions, working with initiative as a specialist. In this way, he is a prime example of global talent. If you have a dream or a goal that you wish to take on and achieve, you need to be ready to get down now from your current "chair," just like Maruyama. There are things that you can do in your current location to lead your endeavours to success, such as polishing your specialist abilities. Businesspeople have much to learn from the path that Maruyama has trodden.
At the end of their talk, Maruyama and Sampson each gave a message to people seeking to compete on the global stage.
Maruyama: "It is your own life to lead, so I will not say that you must absolutely do whatever it takes to go out there. What I will say is that the world is big. If there is something that you truly want to see, then I hope you prepare sufficiently before you head off. You are sure to see a different side of the world."
Sampson: "What I can say for certain is that you should lead your life without any regrets. Robert Walters Japan provides support in many ways for people who strive to succeed as global talent. We will help survey the course for your career, just like a golf caddy."