Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Month: July, 2014

514. Honor Your Agreements

Don’t change the deal. Whatever you agreed to, honor it. This is one way you gain honor in the eyes of others.

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513. Games and Attitude

If you start a game, finish it. Don’t forfeit. Don’t quit. Win or lose, see it through. Even though it’s only a game, keep your self-respect and see it through regardless of the outcome. How you play games is an indicator of your character; it’s a small thing, but it’s real. There are worse things than losing, like delaying the inevitable, having a bad attitude about it, or quitting when it’s clear you won’t win. Everyone loses now and then, and the same goes for winning. Your attitude makes the difference.

512. Human Interest Story

There’s a difference between a human interest story and a human vanity story. We have not enough of the former, but an overload of the latter.

511. Quote: On Developing Taste, From the Film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

In order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food. The quality of ingredients is important, but you need to develop a palate capable of discerning good and bad. Without good taste, you can’t make good food. If your sense of taste is lower than that of the customers, how will you impress them?

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

510. Quote: On Commitment and Perseverance from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

“These days, the first thing people want is an easy job. Then, they want lots of free time. And then, they want lots of money. But they aren’t thinking of building their skills.”

“When you work for Jiro, he teaches you for free. But, you have to endure ten years of training. If you persevere for ten years, you will acquire the skills to be recognized as a first-rate chef. It’s sad that there are no very young apprentices at Jiro’s. Taking ten years to learn the necessary skills is a long time compared to other fields of work.”

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

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