Have you seen the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi? I could watch it over and over and over again. The film is about a sushi chef named Jiro, who is a world-reknown master of his craft. Jiro has achieved so much in his lifetime, ceaselessly dedicated to his work, and I believe that he has achieved a life to aspire to.
This clip is of Jiro explaining the idea of Shokunin, loosely translated as craftsman or artisan, but it is so much more than that. To me, it is the idea of creating something bigger than yourself, the desire to always grow and learn and improve upon your skills. The word Shokunin exemplifies the purity of what it means to be an artist and creator. It's the idea that if you do work that you truly love, then you will never work a day in your life.
This film is incredibly inspiring, one that I love to watch when I need a little kick in the pants. It motivates me to strive for more when I get too bogged down with worrisome thoughts. It gives perspective on why we do what we do. Mostly, it encourages me to focus on the Joy my craft brings!