This weekend, Aarti and I caught “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, a documentary film about 85-year old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, and his two sons. Jiro is a perfectionist. He loves his work as a sushi chef so much that he actually gets upset when a holiday “interferes” with his work. The film is available on Netflix, and the trailer below will give you a flavor of what to expect.
The film resonated with me on several levels, even though I don’t particularly care for sushi. That’s because “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” isn’t so much a documentary about making sushi as it is a statement about devoting your life to something you love to the point of excellence, day in and day out, because you can.
Here are a few nuggets I took away from the film.I apply these to my craft of making comics and art, but they’re equally transmutable to whatever you enjoy doing.
- Never stay satisfied with where you’re at
- Look to the future. Not to the past
- Strive for excellence ALWAYS, even if nobody’s watching
- Be consistent in what you deliver
- Sweat the small stuff
- Be yourself
- Play for the long haul, not the short sprints
- Charge what you’re worth
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a spell-binding film. It’s a must-watch for everyone, particularly if you work in a creative field. If you’ve seen it, how has it shaped your thoughts?