The excellent Gaping Void blog recently featured the story of Jiro Ono, a Japanese sushi chef who has dedicated his life to become a master of his profession.
He does this from a tiny, 10 seater sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
As Hugh comments:
"Why did he do it that way? Because he wasn’t interested in money, he was interested in the MASTERY of his chosen craft. The bigger he made his restaurant business, the less time he would have to spend on his TRUE calling, making sushi...
"He wasn’t in it for the money, he was in it because it allowed him to strive for perfection.
"In a world that often rewards money and office politics over mastery, maybe more mediocre people get to drive fancy cars, live in big houses and wear a lot of bling, but something is lost in the process. And we are the poorer for it.
"Jiro reminds us that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can achieve mastery, or at least aim for it, if you decide to.
"But only you can decide that, of course. Only you can decide what kind of example you want to be for your children."
How many of us are truly trying to master fundraising and not chasing the next promotion or big spending client?
Being honest, not many of us (I'd love to hear your examples of people you think are fundraising masters) and the fundraising profession is worse off for it.
It certainly made me stop and think and I'm going to try and get hold of a copy of the film to learn more about this remarkable chef.
You can watch the trailer below: