I watched the film "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" not so long ago, and I absolutely loved it. It's a documentary on the oldest 3-starred Michelin chef, Jiro Ono and his 2 sons. Jiro is a man who is on an endless quest to perfect the art of sushi preparation. His son, Yoshikazu, works alongside him in his restaurant. Yoshikazu is his eldest son and is obliged to take over his restaurant one day, following the tradition of the eldest son succeeding his father. He runs Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10 seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo runway station. Sukiyabashi Jiro also has an 8-month waiting list. Jiro's younger son, Takashi, has opened up his own sushi restaurant in Roppongi Hills, which mirrors the layout of his father's restaurant, because Takashi is right-handed, while Jiro is left-handed.
I really love this documentary, and I can definitely see why it's been well-received, achieving a 99% rating from 88 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Besides the zoomed in sushi porn, there was also a "zooming in" on the characters featured in the film. It was literally all about Jiro, little snippets of his life, and his sushi. One can't help but wonder... What else is there to Jiro besides his hardworking nature, day to day routine and pride for making the best sushi? His son, Yoshikazu, he's 50, and still somewhat in the shadow of his father. Does he have a life outside of this establishment?
What I really respect about Jiro, is that the pure passion for what he does drives him to perfection. He perfects his sushi by exploring the depths of sushi, going into such great detail for every single ingredient. That's how he puts his creativity to good use, and why he even "dreams of sushi" in his sleep. It's his combination of pure hard work and talent that results in this creative exploration.
A few quotes from the movie really stood out to me.
"Once you decide on your occupation, you have to 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 key to success, and is the key to being regarded honourably."
"Always look beyond and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft."
"In order to achieve excellence, you must set the highest of standards to yourself."
The story of his extreme poverty in his youth really touched me. He talked about he only had 10 yen in his bank account when he married his wife, and how his kids had to save up for months to buy themselves a can of Coca-Cola. He had to work so hard, he never saw his kids grow up. By the time this documentary was filmed, Jiro has a healthy and happy relationship with his 2 children, he is earning a very decent amount of money from his restaurant, and has apprentices and loyal staff by his side. He is so happy with what he does, living his dream. My biggest takeaway from this story of his was that these "dream" jobs don't just fall from the sky and into your lap. It takes hard work and adversity, and eventually, you will be rewarded for your efforts. I reflected on how this would apply to my regular life, and this secret double life of mine.
For my personal life: It's a good reminder that my personal goals are not going to come easy, that I should wholeheartedly pursue them. It also gives me hope that one day, all the sacrifices that I've made along the way in this pursuit will eventually be rewarded in transcendental ways that simply cannot be attributed to sheer hard work. That moment when I'm rewarded will be glorious, I will make sure of it.
For my double life: Hard work and being more detailed with what you do helps to overcome certain problems, and results in you gaining more satisfaction from your job(which is my reward!). I remember how bare my site was before I started adding more and more content to it. For example, more detailed contact forms, a blog, the addition of deposit, screening and cancellation polices, and even a Friends and Partners page - I find that I have been enjoying myself a lot more than before, simply because clients are more understanding and respectful of the way I work; Based on my writing and how I present myself, their gut tells them that I would be an ideal companion for them - ultimately contributing to greater chemistry between the two of us, and an unforgettable date.