The first is Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It's streaming on Netflix right now, and I highly recommend it. A wonderful documentary about a man in Japan who is famous for making sushi. Just that. He has a 10 seat, $300 a plate restaurant and the only thing he serves is sushi. I felt inspired by his devotion to his craft. A few of my favorite quotes from Jiro:
"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 the key is to being regarded honorably."
This sets the tone for the film and I felt such a strong connection to it. It's easy to give up, but it's not worth it. The reward for working hard is so much greater. Success does not come easily.
"Always doing what you are told doesn’t guarantee success."
Jiro as a child behaved very badly, he grew up and changed. When it came time to tell his two sons how to behave he had a hard time deciding what to tell them. The quote above was his advice.
"If I don’t keep working my body will become worthless"
And finally, if you want to laugh your ass off go and see Django Unchained...HIL FREAKIN' LARIOUS!