The Tuna Equation For Producing Great Work

tuna equation

“I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.”
-Louis C. K.

I have been dying to watch Jiro dreams of sushi; a documentary about a master sushi chef who has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. Over the weekend I finally managed to do so.

There are many things to take-away from it. Many incredible insights into the process of mastery, the value of routine and the importance of patience.

But the one thing that I wanted to share with you today is simply this:

1 out of 10 tuna

The vendor that supplies Jiro with his phenomenal tuna said that you might see many tuna at the market every day but only 1 in 10 will be of exceptional value. Worthy of being served at Jiro’s restaurant. The rest, simply ok.

Yet, the fishermen cannot go out and magically produce that one tuna. They have to catch many for it to appear.

This is why I always encourage people to create and showcase their work as consistently as they can. Because the truth is that not everything you create will be exceptional. Most of it will be “simply ok” work.

But the more you create, the better the quality of your “simply ok” work becomes and the more opportunity you have to create the exceptional.

The excellent one is a product of the other nine efforts.

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Erik Kruger

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