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From A Cook To A Businessman: Things We Should Learn From Gordon Ramsay

From A Cook To A Businessman: Things We Should Learn From Gordon Ramsay

What can we possibly learn from a fierce Chef (born in poverty from Scottish decent to a violent, alcoholic father) with very little prospects? If that man’s name is Gordon Ramsay – we can learn a whole lot about breaking through into entrepreneurship.

As we peer into his life, coming from the struggles of despair and into the stardom of television – through which we all know him – let’s pick up on multiple distinct lessons that can be applied to our lives as we move forward in any industry.

A Challenging Childhood Can Inspire Greatness:

It doesn’t take a great launch pad to craft the right ingredients of an exceptional business person. Gordon Ramsay – much like a culinary delight – is the right combination of everything it takes to make it in business. This was partially due to his rather hard upbringing.

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When we look at similarly successful people like Aretha Franklin, we can easily draw a solid conclusion that the raging fire of passion and ambition that is ever enduring in entrepreneurs is often sparked and kindled by past grievances.

Mr. Ramsay moved out from his family home at the young age of 16 which is earlier than most. Still we see how he endured and overcame. In our own lives we can get a real connection of inspiration that it’s not where you come from, but where you want to go, that truly counts.

You Are The Product People Are Buying Into:

Often times in business we pay more attention to the product than we do the branding of the true product which is ourselves. While Gordon Ramsay’s dishes are delicious, his ways of gaining attention through his out of the box personality gained him stardom.

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There’re tons of Chefs who could whip up some delicacies that could make our mouths water, but few of them have branded themselves as the product rather than the food itself. Society places more value on a house rather than the person who builds it, but that’s the opposite of Gordon Ramsay.

He managed to make himself the true value and whether people loved his spirited attitude or hated it – they all wanted to see what he did next. We should also brand ourselves and be a commodity that our clients and all of society alike feel necessary to take part in.

Our Mistakes Can Lead Us In The Right Direction:

With life comes decisions and sometimes knowing if you made the right choice can bring about a lot of stress – this is particularly true for entrepreneurs. Gordon Ramsay’s first job was working as a commis chef for a decent sized hotel called the Wroxton House Hotel.

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Due to the fact he slept with the owner’s wife he had to leave at which time he moved to London. Now would he have moved and truly kick-started what would became a path to culinary greatness if he had not made the daring mistake of sleeping with the boss’s wife? One could assume not.

While it’s best to not try and deliberately harm anyone – as business people choices will be made and sometimes it will be wrong. You should always learn from the past, but never dwell in it. We should be flexible in nature. You can’t control all outcomes, but you can look towards the advantages.

Failure Is A Part Of The Success Package We All Can Face:

You can have the perfect product, a receptive audience, and a great name in your industry – still facing unexpected failure happens to even the best. This lesson is reinforced by the fact that Gordon Ramsay has closed a total of 12 restaurants since 2009.

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Remember, you don’t invest and put your heart into a business location to ever see it closed for good. So understand that when a business closes there’s someone who invested themselves even if they made a profit before closing shop.

You should take away from this that no matter how good you are – some of the best intentions will result in failure. It’s only a matter of time before we experience an unintentional hiccup in our business brought on by ourselves or outside circumstances – the important thing is to not question our product when we have clearly attained success and branding in various other ventures.

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Last Updated on July 27, 2020

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

I wrote a few articles about starting a business based on something you love doing and are passionate about. I received several responses from people saying they weren’t sure how to go about figuring out what they were most passionate about or how to find their true purpose. So I’m dedicating this article to these issues — how to find your entrepreneurial passion and purpose.

When I work with a new client, the first thing we talk about is lifestyle design. I ask each client, “What do you want your life to look like?” If you designed a business without answering this question, you could create a nice, profitable business that is completely incompatible with your goals in life. You’d be making money, but you’d probably be miserable.

When you’re looking for your life purpose, lifestyle design isn’t a crucial component. However, since we’re talking about entrepreneurial purpose, lifestyle design is indeed crucial to building a business that you’ll enjoy and truly be passionate about.

For example, say you want to spend more time at home with your family. Would you be happy with a business that kept you in an office or out of town much of the time? On the flip side, if you wanted to travel and see the world, how well could you accomplish that goal if your business required your presence, day in and day out, to survive? So start by getting some clarity on your personal goals and spend some time working on designing your life.

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At this point, you may need a little prodding, and you may want to hire a coach or mentor to work with you through this process. Many people are very used to the idea that there is a particular way a life “should” be. There are certain milestones most people tend to live by, and if you don’t meet those markers when or in the manner you’re “supposed” to meet them, that can cause some anxiety.

Here’s how to find your passion and purpose:

Give Yourself Permission to Dream a Little

Remember that this is your life and you can live it however you choose. Call it meditation or fantasy, but let your imagination run here. And answer this question:

“If you had no fears or financial limitations, what would your ideal life, one in which you could be totally content and happy, look like?”

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Once you’ve figured out your lifestyle design, it’s time to do a little more soul-searching to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. This is a time to really look within and look back.

Specifically, look back over your life history. When were you the happiest? What did you enjoy doing the most? Remember that what you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire job, but can actually be aspects of your past jobs or hobbies that you’ve really enjoyed.

Think About a Larger Life Purpose

Many successful entrepreneurs have earned their place in history by setting out to make a difference in the world. Is there a specific issue or cause that is important to you or that you’re particularly passionate about?

For some, this process of discovery may come easily. You may go through these questions and thought experiments and find the answers quickly. For others, it may be more difficult. In some cases, you may suffer from a generalized lack of passion and purpose in your life.

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Sometimes, this can come from having suppressed passion in your life for too long. Sometimes, it can come from eating poorly and lack of exercise. But occasionally, it may have something to do with your internal chemistry or programming. If the latter applies to you, it may be useful for you to seek help in the form of a coach, mentor, or counselor.

In other cases, not knowing your true purpose may be a matter of having not discovered it yet: you may not have found anything that makes your heart beat faster. If this is the case, now is the time to explore!

The Internet is a fantastic tool for learning and exploration. Search hobbies and careers and learn as much as you can about any topic that triggers your interest, then follow up at the library on the things that really intrigue you. Again, remember that this is your life and only you can give yourself permission to explore all that the world has available to you.

How Do You Know When You’ve Found Your True Entrepreneurial Purpose?

I can only tell you how I knew when I had discovered my own — it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. Rather, it settled over me, bringing a deep sense of peace and commitment. It felt like I had arrived home and knew exactly what to do and how to proceed.

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Everything flowed easily from that point forward. That’s not to say that I found success immediately after that moment. But rather, the path ahead of me was clear, so I knew what to do.

Decisions were easier and came faster to me. And success has come on MY terms, according to my own definitions of what success means to me in my own lifestyle design.

Dig deep, look within, and seek whatever help you need. Once you find that purpose and passion, your life — not just your entrepreneurial life, but your entire life — will never be the same.

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