Anonymous asked: Are their any factors you attribute to how you rose to be Japan's top student? It doesn't seem like your parents ever pushed you to achieve this status, so I'm wondering what motivated you and what you did for yourself. When did you actually start realizing that you possessed above average intelligence and at what point in life were you able to ascertain that you were, in fact, a genius?
Indeed, my parents never saw the need to push me into completing my chores and homework, since I would make it clear that I understood the purpose of each one of my duties. It was my responsibility to respect the privileges of the life for which my parents worked so hard to offer me and my sister, and having the chance to receive a good education was not something I would have chosen to ignore. In short, I avoided seeing things that for some may seem tedious and a waste of time, but as an opportunity to learn new information or open doors to new possible experiences.
Even at an early age, I would notice how different some of my views were from the general opinion, most of the times, to me, worryingly different. But what was more disturbing was the fact that, no matter how hard I tried to analyze their reasoning, my conclusions would still always stand out as the correct ones. Later, others started to notice this, too, and give it plenty of attention. What I was congratulated for being able to achieve was just something that I did naturally and effortless.
As time passed, my abilities would be often pointed out even more, thus I started observing what made those people shower me with such apparently exaggerated compliments and notions.
Not long after starting school, I was quickly separated from the rest of my peers by those abilities that I was still not fully aware of. The way I would flawlessly complete any assignment I was given, the small amount of time that I needed to dedicate towards achieving perfect results were all what made it clear that I had been gifted with an intellect for which I was more than grateful.
From that point, I would always try my hardest to reach perfection in all I did, seeing everything for what it was and realizing that nothing was impossible. I knew that I possessed all the tools I needed in order to succeed and the will to create the tools that I did not have.