Category Archives: Cooking

December 05th, 2015

Start Cooking

Get Busy Cooking

​I used to work at this place where every Friday somebody would bring in something to eat.

It all started as a regular “donut Friday” as most offices have.

But in the spirit of competition, everybody was trying to outdo everybody else.

And since we had a pretty diverse office staff, there were some AMAZING dishes that people brought in.

One guy brought in this big pot of chili. (Yep, instead of Friday morning donuts, we had chili!)

He said his wife made it from a long series of experimenting.

She found this ONE secret ingredient (he wouldn’t tell us what it was) that when added, made the chili REALLY good.

Many recipes are like that. 99% regular stuff, but 1% that gives it it’s special “flavor.” Most of the time you can’t really put your finger why it tastes so good, but the chef certainly knows.

Humans are like that as well.

Think of an accomplishment you’d like to achieve in five or ten years.

Something REALLY huge. WAY out there.

Something that would take a lot of effort, dedication, persistence, and trial and error.

Something that would fundamentally change who you are along the way.

Now, right off the bat, most people are put off by something like this. They imagine the secret of life is waiting around to be given free stuff.

But those who consistently achieve greatness know that you’ve got to push yourself outside your comfort zone to get what you want.

Anyhow, think of that big, huge outcome like a “recipe” of your life.

A recipe that contains a lot of skills.

And food recipes, there are some common ones. Social skills. Self confidence. Intelligence. Creativity. The ability to take small risks consistently. The ability to NEVER give up no matter what happens.

But in YOUR own life, in your own unique way, there’s that one small skill that will make YOU somehow stand out.

Like a secret ingredient in something everybody loves, there’s that small skill or mind shift that will make EVERYTHING come together.

If you could imagine yourself five or ten years from now, looking back at everything it took to get you there, what is YOUR secret ingredient?

What is that ONE small thing that suddenly made everything shift into focus?

That ONE skill that when added to all your other skills, turned you from a regular human, who’s content to sit around and wait for free stuff, to a SUPER HUMAN, who is willing to get out there and GET STUFF.

Find Yours:

Cook Up Some Horrible Junk

Love The Trash

Love The Trash Can

​When I was a kid I loved foggy days.

I remember driving with my dad, when we couldn’t see more than a few yards.

He thought it was pretty scary. I thought it was pretty cool.

Once I took this cooking class. Well, I took the same class twice, with two different teachers.

One was REALLY specific about how much stuff to put in. 1.2 ounces of this. 3.25 cups of that. Simmer on 20% heat for 2.4 minutes.

While we all got some pretty good results, it wasn’t so much fun. 

The other teacher was the opposite. Some of this, a little for that, cook until it’s done.

I’ll admit, I’ve made some horrible mistakes in the kitchen, but I always enjoy cooking. And I learn to cook some things that I KNOW aren’t in any recipe books.

When I was a kid a few of my friends were into models. Airplanes, cars, ships, etc.

I tried once, but gave up. When I opened up the box, saw all the tiny little pieces that had to be put in the EXACT place in the EXACT order, I kind of lost my enthusiasm.

Where’s the fun in following step by step orders? Well, I supposed having a room full of perfectly built replicas that you can be proud of is a pretty good accomplishment. One I certainly admire and respect. It takes a lot of work, patience, dedication and skill.

When Michelangelo was asked how he made such beautiful sculptures, he didn’t say he made anything.

He said the sculpture was already in the rock. He just found it by chipping away the junk on the outside.

Many people would like a step by step plan that guarantees success. One that has ZERO room for error.

But the thing is that if there WERE something like this, everybody would get the same thing.

One crucial element in a modern society is a diversity of talent. Some people are good at building models. Others are good at operating on people. Others are great at painting, still others are good at dreaming up plans for new buildings that only exist in their mind, before they exist in the world.

The reason there simply CAN NOT be a “step by step” method for any success is that even two doctors will have two different skill sets they bring to the same surgery.

Two different artists will create two completely different pieces of art.

Your are here to create YOUR masterpiece that is UNLIKE any other.

Which means you NEED to spend a lot of time trying, failing, and trying again.

Just like I do in the kitchen. Sure some stuff will be thrown in the trash.

But some stuff will amaze your friends.

AND make you a TON of money.

So long as you are moving forward (or two forward and one back), you can’t lose.

Get Started: