The Idea Dude


Friday, September 03, 2010

Recipe for success

I took the family out for a Korean dinner last night. It's a small place, perhaps 16 tables at most. It looked like a family business, a couple and their son. I went there earlier in the week for lunch, it was the same three people.

The meal was cheap, less than $10 per person. The menu was simple. But the food was great. Great presentation, great taste. They pride themselves as not using any MSG. The way the food was prepared and presented made me realize that cooking was passion for the owner, not a means to an end. I glimpsed into the kitchen and saw how he patiently fussed over each dish. I can imagine this was a man who had worked as great chef in many other places before opening up on his own. To define himself in his own way in his own time.

Quite simply, they delighted their customers one at a time. If people can see that you do what you do with love and passion, they somehow are drawn to supporting you as I was to this little Korean place. 11am to 11pm 7 days a week. Whether it was true or not, it didn't matter, but from a customer's perspective, this is where food is celebrated and cooked with care. It was an art even at $7.99.

I will be back as will many others. Finding and showing your passion in your work is surely the recipe for success.


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