(Doesn’t that picture look so good??)
I just finished watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about revered sushi chef Jiro Ono. The film is beautiful, showing the different sushi and the dedication that goes into making them at Ono’s Michelin three-star restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. It also highlights the work ethic of a man who is constantly improving his craft.
Ono gives little nuggets of wisdom that made me think about my own work habits. I consider myself to be a good worker (hard worker when it’s called for haha). I can be lazy. I make excuses. But eventually something in my brain clicks and makes me work, and usually that something isn’t a good thing: I remember my senior year of high school I hated PE and peer education, but only after receiving D’s in my third quarter did I shape up. Funny, because Ono talks about his school days and how he was a bad kid. Well, he changed his life around completely. Live and learn, I say.
One quote that really struck me is the following:
“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.” – Jiro Ono
While complaining is normal, Ono is right about finding something that you’re passionate about and working at it every day. If you’re not in love with your work, you’re not going to immerse yourself in it. His passion shows. It’s cute when he says that he loves making sushi. It’s even cuter when he says that he dreams of it! If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
My work ethic is crap compared to Ono’s, and his sons, one of which opened his own sushi restaurant.
What’s your passion in life? What makes you excited to get out of bed every morning? Let me know below!