Last night, my boyfriend and I sat down to watch a documentary about an 85 year old Sushi Master named Jiro Ono. It follows his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Jiro is the owner of a Michelin three-star restaurant called Sukiyabashi Jiro based in Japan. He chose this film for us to watch, not only to appreciate our shared love of food, but also from a business perspective on how to perfect your skill.
The sub titled documentary was barely two minutes in when Jiro delivered a powerful statement that instantly hit me like a train from all angles. His wise words were:
“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 you life to mastering your skill. That is the secret to success and is the key to being regarded honourably”
Immediately affected by what I’d just read, I must of played that quote back at least ten times before allowing the rest of the documentary to run LOL! I wholeheartedly agree with everything Jiro had said, for that quote perfectly sums up EXACTLY how I feel about my relationship regarding all aspects of fitness, health and well-being along with my Kick-boxing and fitness writing. The key word that struck a cord was ‘immerse’.
There is NOTHING I love more, or shall I say the Sheer Satisfaction I get from helping others achieve their health and fitness goals whilst coaching them on their journey to become better versions of themselves is honestly second to none!
Knowing that my expertise, guidance, tough love and motivation played a part in making my clients, friends and students excel way beyond their expectations is well and truly priceless. The memories I have of each person I have helped in some way will be cherished forever!
I honestly believe that if we are genuinely passionate about something, it will shine through in the work that we do. Just because we may be qualified in our profession, does not mean the learning must stop there! We must continue to strive for nothing but excellence in our chosen field.
I for one am still at the very beginning of my journey as fitness professional / mentor / coach / instructor and am constantly learning new skills, techniques and knowledge everyday that will ultimately help me become a better me.
I have come to the conclusion that the more I help myself by perfecting my own skills and allowing time to grow as a person physically, mentally, spiritually and intellectually… the better position I will be in to help others.