“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a documentary film of an 85-year-old sushi chef and how he created a 3 Michelin-star restaurant in Japan. He didn’t start off trying to achieve a big goal or create a top restaurant in Japan. He just focused on bringing his best game to work every day. Even now, after the documentary and achieving the highest-rating for a restaurant, Jiro talks about how he tries to “be better” each day.
What’s so great about Jiro’s philosophy is he’s looking forward, not backward, and he’s driven by constant improvement in himself, his skills and his team.
Often we think of self-improvement or “living our passion” as a grandiose goal. But, it is in the day-to-day that you build momentum and create a better future for yourself and those around you. Just taking action and focusing on doing well, you find your passion and momentum. Seth Godin, the marketing guru who has written many a best-seller and seems to publish daily gems on a regular basis wrote: “
Step by step, page by page, interaction by interaction. As you start moving, you can’t help but improve, can’t help but incrementally find yourself getting back toward your north star.
You might not end up with perfect, but it’s significantly more valuable than being stuck.
Don’t just start. Continue. Ship. Repeat.
This really is the fastest way to innovate and improve a process or product. Try it. If you’re a manager and you’ve procrastinated on finishing a project or taking an initiative on an idea, make a call, do some research, ask a colleague or client for feedback. It really is the shortest route to success.