Self-signaling: which means that, as a person, you evaluate and judge yourself the same way you judge others — based on behavior. So, if you watch yourself do something, you identify yourself with that behavior. If you drink alcohol, for example, you begin to identify yourself as someone who drinks alcohol. If you wake up early, you identify yourself as someone who wakes up early. If you write articles online, you identify yourself as a writer. Thus, how you see yourself is highly fluid, and based on your own behaviors. As your behavior changes, your perceived identity changes.
By connecting our mission directly to our company’s economic success, we would be forced to find a financially sustainable, and therefore scalable, solution to create impact. This approach treated users as discerning customers, not charity recipients, while reinforcing local economics instead of disrupting them.
There’s something weird about staying in your hometown. It severely limits the definitions you accept for what makes you successful. Oddly, most of the hometown definitions of success have nothing to do with happiness. They have to do with becoming what everyone in your past expects or desires given who you used to be. It’s a sort of tether to a past self that no longer exists.
We see many gorgeous shots of beautiful pieces of sushi being served, and of the process leading up to one of these renowned, spectacular meals. But we miss a lot of the toil, mistakes, and tedium that must go into achieving this level of perfection. One important thing to keep in mind when thinking about how Jiro’s story can apply to education: nothing happens overnight; there’s no magic threshold, no cliff which upon summiting grants sudden mastery. Mastery is not a static state; it’s an impossible ideal, to which you must work toward constantly, and there’s never a point at which you can say you’ve learned everything.