I Woke Up This Morning

Jiro on Mastering Your Craft

Oct 24, 2014 1 minute read


The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (available from Netflix), starts out with Jiro Ono, a sushi chef in his eighties, saying:

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

And the film ends with his son adding:

Always look ahead and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That's what he taught me.

Yoshikazu Ono

There’s a beauty, a quiet sense of purpose, in not wanting to have options. In deliberately ignoring options. To ignore all the noise and all the What I all can do/can be? questions, and to just decide what you are going to do master.