I recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
As I am watching the movie, it is like watching myself in different stages of the things that I wanted to accomplish. The movie is only long enough to show the end product but there were times when he struggled. Or times that he had to take extreme measures to prevent suffering. There were times in my life when I struggled without a purpose or reason other than to one day look back and see my mistakes. I did not know what I wanted, I gave up what I wanted most for what I wanted right now, I did not push myself to take the next step, and/or I did not have any balance.
Jiro’s only focus is to make a perfect piece of sushi. It is evident throughout the movie by his every action. From the outside looking in he appears to be insane. Why would anyone care that much about a piece of sushi? As I am sitting there judging him, I am thinking that many people probably think I am insane too. I bet almost every person who has accomplished something great looks insane.
There is a lot I have not processed about the movie. But the thing that I keep going back to is his singular focus. As I have said before, the only goal of any trader is to make money. Or it should be. I am sure that Jiro, like my passion for trading, started from something and matured into what it is today.
The goal is simple but everything surrounding it is more complex. Why do I think he is able to make the perfect piece of sushi? Because he took a simple goal and made everything surrounding it simple to him. His process became refined, after his intention were. He went from simple to complex and back to simple again. Here is the difference. When he felt like he perfected it, he kept revisiting it. When he won he kept trying to win.
By simplifying his goal he found out who he was fighting, himself. As my mentor has said to me several times, do you want to do 1 thing a 1000 times or 1000 things 1 time.
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