Jiro Ono and his team

Jiro and the impatient steps to perfection

Originally from beautifulbits.prezi.com

I know a lot of people seen the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and I’m sure not once. Why? Well, I’ve seen it at least ten times and will watch it again and again. This however is not a movie review. I’d like to talk about perfection.

As Masahiro Yamamoto (the “food writer” featured in the movie) says:

“A great chef has the following five attributes. First, they take their work very seriously and consistently perform on the highest level. Second, they aspire to improve their skills. Third is cleanliness. If the restaurant doesn’t feel clean, the food isn’t going to taste good. The fourth attribute is impatience. They are not prone to collaboration. They’re stubborn and insist on having things their own way. What ties these attributes together is passion. That’s what makes a great chef. Jiro has all of these attributes. He’s a perfectionist.”

Sounds like a designer, huh?
Or more like a manager?
Or anything else?

Let’s see if it is universal or not.

Taking work seriously, perform on the highest level? Definitely.
Improve skills? Check.
Cleanliness? Okay, if we try to think about it more in general, sure.


Hmm. This is a tricky one.
Why would you be impatient or stubborn? You’re serious, want to improve and clean. What else would you want?

Passion of course.

I believe the key element here is impatience, it drives you towards passion, and if you don’t find it, you have to change how or what you’re doing.

Are these bound to any profession?

I don’t think so. You can apply it to anything.
Just try to think of anything and walk through the steps above. Fits, right?

After you’ve found your passion, here’s a good takeaway from the master himself:

“Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love, 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 honourably.” Jiro Ono

There are a lot other things we could learn from these exceptional gentlemen in this movie, the above is barely a small fragment of it. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend. It is probably the most inspirational documentary about what differentiates perfect from almost, and what’s the price of it.

In order to make delicious food, you have to eat delicious food. In order to make fine design, you have to look at fine design.
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