Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: skill

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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509. Five Attributes of a Great Chef, from the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

“A great chef has five attributes.

1. They take their work very seriously, and consistently perform at the highest level.

2. They aspire to improve their skills.

3. Cleanliness: If the restaurant doesn’t feel clean, the food isn’t going to taste good.

4. Impatience: They are better leaders than collaborators.

5. A great chef is passionate.

Jiro has all five of these attributes. He’s a perfectionist.”

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

385. Pursuing Excellence

Pursuing excellence means pushing past the good and even the very good.

382. Quotes: C.S. Lewis on Excellence and Craft

“If in your working hours you make the work your end, you will presently find yourself all unawares inside the only circle in your profession that really matters. You will be one of the sound craftsmen, and other sound craftsmen will know it.”

—C.S. Lewis (29 November 1898–22 November 1963), author, professor, critic, academic

355. Hiring Basis

Hire based on skill and attitude. Get hired based on the same.

246. Quotes: Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson on Skill Plus Sympathy

“Skill cannot take the place of sympathy and understanding, for science without heart is ugly and pitiless.”

—Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson

195. Outline

Learn how to write an outline. Thinking in this analytical way is actually a life skill.

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