Software development & Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Here follow some dialogs from the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
What Sushi have to do with Software? Maybe nothing, you tell me.



Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work.
You have to fall in love with your work.
You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.
That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably.





All of the sushi is simple. It's completely minimal.
Master chefs from around the world eat at Jiro's and say...
“How can something so simple have so much depth in flavor?"
If you were to sum up Jiro's sushi in a nutshell... “Ultimate simplicity leads to purity."





We're not trying to be exclusive or elite.
The techniques we use are no big secret.
It's just about making an effort and repeating the same thing every day.

He sets the standard for self-discipline.
He is always looking ahead.
He's never satisfied with his work.
He's always trying to find ways to make the sushi better, or to improve his skills.

That's how shokunin are.
The way of the shokunin is to repeat the same thing every day.
They just want to work.

The masters said that the history of sushi is so long... that nothing new could be invented.
They may have mastered their craft... but there's always room for improvement.

All I want to do is make better sushi.
I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit.
There is always a yearning to achieve more.
I'll continue to climb, trying to reach the top... but no one knows where the top is.

Even at my age, after decades of work... I don't think I have achieved perfection.
But I feel ecstatic all day... I love making sushi.
That's the spirit of the shokunin.

Even at my age I'm discovering new techniques.
But just when you think you know it all, you realize that you're just fooling yourself... and then you get depressed.

Studying hard doesn't guarantee you will become a respectable person.
Always doing what you are told doesn't mean you'll succeed in life.
Always... look ahead and above yourself.
Always try... to improve on yourself.
Always strive to elevate your craft.






A great chef has the following five attributes.
First, they take their work very seriously... and constantly perform on the highest level.
Second, they aspire to improve their skills.
Third is cleanliness. If the restaurant doesn't feel clean, the food isn't going to taste good.
The fourth attribute is... Impatience. They are better leaders than collaborators. They're stubborn and insist on having it their way.
And, finally... A great chef is passionate.

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?

If Jiro notices a guest using his left hand... the next piece of sushi will be placed on the left side.
So, you adjust accordingly to that guest.

Jiro was given the Meikou Award by the Japanese government.
He went to the award ceremony during the day...
and was back at work here in the evening.

When we have good tuna, I feel great.
While I'm making the sushi... I feel victorious.
That's how it makes me feel.
Until the end, I only want to work with the best fish.









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