Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9th Lunch Movie at Xceleration Labs! Jiro Dreams of Sushi!

For the sushi fanatics out there, this is a must watch! hosted a lunch movie at Xceleration Labs today! And the movie that we watched was called: "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," and it was a marvelous movie. 
Although it is a sushi movie, and the story behind this quaint little sushi bar in a metro station in Ginza... it is also a movie that strongly emphasizes the need for a unique and colorful company (or sushi bar) culture in order to thrive. 

some memorable quotes from the movie: 

Jiro Ono: 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: 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.

Shrimp Dealer: 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 at a place like Jiro's, you are committing to a trade for life.

Jiro Ono: When I was in first grade, I was told "You have no home to go back to. That's why you have to work hard." I knew that I was on my own. And I didn't want to have to sleep at the temple or under a bridge so I had to work just to survive. That has never left me. I worked even if the boss kicked or slapped me. Nowadays, parents tell their children, "You can return if it doesn't work out." When parents say stupid things like that, the kids turn out to be failures.

Although many of the messages from this movie (more a documentary) are very different from those that would be held dear to an internet startup, but I still feel that they hit a few key points that we can all learn from. I loved how they can make such simple tasks into an art, and bring the whole game to a whole new level. There is one line that a few people said in the movie that resided well with me: "it's not about the money." Jiro and his sushi bar are dedicated to creating something that is "near-perfect" because they believe that what defines them is not material wealth, but what they do on a day-to-day basis. 

anyways, loved the movie! a must watch! 


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