Tobio Kageyama is one of my favorite characters from Haikyu!!
And it’s not because he’s cool or anything like that, but I like his character because he has the most character growth out of anyone in the series.
From the beginning, we see Kageyama being called “The King of the Court”
And without context, you would figure that he’s just really OP on the court. He’s really good at Volleyball and it shows. But in reality… the term actually means that he’s selfish on the court and doesn’t work as a team. He dominates the court and it got to a point where he was asked to sit out because he was holding back the rest of the team.
So what’s the problem?
Well, Kageyama was told many times about his problem but he never listened. He just thought that his team sucked, but in reality, the reason why they sucked is because of Kageyama’s lack of self-awareness.
So what does it mean to have self-awareness?
Well, having self-awareness means that you are aware that you are doing something right/wrong. You are open-minded and open to criticism. And you need that kind of criticism in order to grow.
However, later on in the series, Kageyama took the first step towards becoming self aware by listening, instead of flapping his gums trying to tell everybody off. And because of that, he found out his flaws and worked on them in order to perfect his form. And now he’s better than ever!
So what does this mean for you? How can you apply Kageyama’s situation to your own? You’re not a volleyball player.
Well, you can apply this situation to any part of your life. You just need to listen to the criticism that other people are telling you and think about what they are saying, rather than immediately deflecting. You just can’t grow that way if you stay at the same place for the rest of your life.
And thankfully, Kageyama was able to grow. Not because he got stronger, but because he got smarter and became self-aware of his own flaws so that he can fix them.
And you will too, it takes time and practice. You’re not gonna wake up perfect the next day, but you can take the right step towards being that way by asking a friend or family member what they think you could work on.
Thank you for reading my article, and tell me. What’s a situation where your lack of self-awareness ruined an opportunity you could’ve had, if you would’ve just listened?