Chapter 3: Supporter is management at CoCo ICHIBANYA of that time
Meeting Mr. Munetsugu is the biggest turning point in my life.
Aiming to set up on my own, and working at CoCo ICHIBANYA every day.
After losing my job at izakaya, I found the recruitment advertisement of CoCo ICHIBANYA. I was attracted to this advertisement saying, “You can set up on your own in 2 years,” and I went to the interview with my wife.
The interviewer was Mr. Tokuji Munetsugu, the founder of CoCo ICHIBANYA. He hired me on the spot. I talked to him about the situation of me depending on my friend, he even arranged the apartment for us. Then managing director searched around real state agencies with me. Within one week, I got the place to live, all the home electric alliances were arranged and so I returned the money from my salary little by little every month. Then section chief helped me with moving. I still remember him picking me up with the delivering car.
I learned everything about CoCo ICHIBANYA at Ichinomiya, the first store to work, then store in Inazawa. Work at CoCo ICHIBANYA was very busy, but comparing to the izakaya in Nagoya station I worked before, I did not feel it as so hard. I take pride in myself being a quick worker and a good worker.
However, there were times I did not get along with my superiors… I came to think about it, I was so impertinent. The fact that I had worked so hard and the confident of myself being a quick worker, I started to have self-conceit.
With 150,000 yen net income, paying back the loan of the home electric alliances, it was not easy to make a living. I would go home with leftover rice and the only side dish is dried sardines, which my wife bought 10 for 100yen. The poor living was just like the TV drama from a decade ago. Every day I was just working and working, but it was fun for me.
Chapter 4: Supporter is my superiors of my training time.
People around me supported me, and I kept aiming for my dream during my training days.
It was so hard financially and physically, but I was having fun working. Other people thought it was strange. The only motivation moving me forward was my goal to set up on my own.
The third store I worked was my first store in Nagoya city, and it was a busy store. I wanted the manager to teach me more work, so I cleaned while the manager was on his break time, and I did more work by forestalling… There were a lot of new tasks to learn since the store was big. Also there were many university part-timers, who were about the same age as I, so it was one of the reasons I enjoyed so much.
And… I was also thinking at the same time…
“When university part-timers are on their first year as a working adult, I can be on my first year as an owner.”
This goal supported my motivation.
When I was 21 years old, I experienced to be a store manager for the first time at Minami-ku Touchi store. I did not cope well with part-timers and I had a hard time directing the store. I had confident in my skill, but the part-timers, who had worked there for longer time, alienated me saying I was arrogant. Employee sent from the head office also acted against me… During store meeting which was taken place once a month, they made a direct negotiations in front of Mr. Munetsugu and then section chief saying, “We cannot go along with manager.”
Then section chief saved me from being demoted by Mr. Munetsugu. I re-started as a manager at another store. I was desperate not to make the same mistake. There were staff members I had known from before, and they were very helpful.
I feel keenly that I can never achieve anything without support from others no matter what position I am in.