In the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Jiro Ono explains his passion for making the best sushi in the world and the secret to his success.
Jiro’s restaurant was the first sushi restaurant to receive 3 Michelin Stars. Jiro’s attitude about his work is a fanatical pursuit of perfection that he knows he can’t achieve but must always strive for. He says he will always reach for the top but no one knows where the top is.
His career advice is simple. Do what you love since you will be doing it your whole life. If you don’t love what you do, do something else.
The Safe Comfortable Life is Neither Safe Nor Comfortable
Most of us want a safe and comfortable life. We don’t want to struggle too much or face constant adversity. To achieve this, most of us conform to what reasonable and rational people would do — get an education then get a job.
This seems safe but it’s not.
It’s a shame that what’s perceived as safe and comfortable is neither. In fact, if we don’t pursue what we were born to do, our safe and comfortable existence gets tempered by sorrow and regret.
This sorrow and regret makes us miserable and less able to bounce back from adversity when it eventually strikes.
If we pursue what we truly want to do, then our lives become full of meaning and joy. We don’t think of work as work — rather an extension of our being. This provides the needed inspiration and drive to continue on. Without such inspiration and drive, we become a fraction of our true selves.
Most Decisions Are Reversible
Life and career decisions can be reversed if we truly get in touch with our passions and desires. Once passion and desire is aligned, we can build the courage to start. It’s never to late for that to happen.
Ways to Take Action
Define your happiness: Only you know what makes you happy. Define your happiness and everything will fall into place.
Cast away social norms: Social norms can sometimes be a challenge to overcome but they must be cast aside so that we can truly be who we want to be.
Find your passion: A passion is something that consumes us, engages us and nurtures us. If you find your true passion, then enduring becomes easier.
Don’t look back: Too often, we look back at past decisions and worry if they were right or wrong. Stop doing that. Never look back. Only learn from past mistakes and move on.
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