I was inspired by the Zen-like solo climbing of Alex Honnold: Free Solo Climber. The danger of climbing free solo without any life-saving ropes and gear made his climbs an ultimate challenge, as one slip would me sure death.
Recently, I have been inspired by Sushi Master Chef Jiro Ono, who in his mid-eighties is not retired like many his age would be, but still working his craft and elevating it to art. He is arguably the greatest living Sushi Chef and his Sushi Restaurant has earned the coveted 3 star Michelin rating.
And if you want to dine at Jiro Ono’s restaurant, you’ll have to make reservations at least one month in advance, and people come from all over the world to dine at his establishment, even Master Chefs.
The Art of Sushi
What inspires me is the relentless work to perfect the Art of Sushi each and every day. And, in his eighties, Jiro Ono still strives to improve, he is extremely hard on himself, and he truly loves what he is doing.
If you haven’t yet seen this film, please check it out. It’s very inspiring and if you love Sushi, don’t watch this on an empty stomach, as it will be torture!
Here are some quotes from the documentary film that have inspired me to continue to work on what I personally love to do.
“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
“…You have to have talent. The rest depends on how hard you work.” —Yoshikazu Ono, Jiro Ono’s oldest son
“Ultimate simplicity leads to purity.” —Jiro Ono
“I’ve never once hated this job. I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it. Even though I’m eighty five years old, I don’t feel like retiring. That’s how I feel.” —Jiro Ono