You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life

One of the greatest things about life is that everyone is living their story, whether it’s the way they want it to be or not. Life continues to keep moving forward and we either choose to move forward with it or life moves forward while we try so hard to make it stand still. Why do we try to make time stop, even if for just one second?

We all seek perfection. If life doesn’t line up to the story we have in our mind, then the whole world needs to fall apart because our little world within life isn’t going according to plan!

That’s where things start to fall apart. That’s how people start missing out on life. That’s how we start to feel overwhelmed because it’s not going according to our plan.

We all seek for perfection when it comes to our life story because it all makes sense in our heads but it doesn’t always make sense to everyone else if it were to play out the exact way in our minds.

When I turned 21 years old, I had a plan. I was going to make it big in Hollywood and take the film industry by storm as the next award winning producer in the studios. I was busting my ass in commercials and was having a blast doing it.

But all of a sudden, my plans were detoured because of some heart issues. I was upset because I had to shelf my dreams for a brief moment in time so I could focus on my health.

I’m the type of person that will give my all to a job or company to keep moving up to the top. I always had a desire to be the best and to lead. So the fact that I had to take time meant that I was falling behind.

I became lost, confused, and felt empty inside. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just for 1 surgery. Time kept passing and I struggled for many years to get my heart back on the mend. 10 surgeries and 3 years later, I was finally in the green to start moving forward.

By this time, I had gotten back into the world of restaurants and was already making strides to move up in the company. I never went back to the film industry because, during my detour, I had fallen back into the restaurant world to make money and fell back in love with the restaurant industry.

The restaurant industry fuels me in a way no other industry does. It’s fast paced, constantly changing, there’s always ways to innovate or make them more efficient, and it’s fun to me. To others, it has become their nightmare and they want nothing to do with them.

But the biggest piece of advice that I can give, from experience, is to stop expecting your life to go according to your plan. I’m not saying to not set goals because that’s just silly.

I made a decision to get back up. I decided that life wasn’t going to keep me down. You are only one decision away from a totally different life.

Set your goals from where you are and where you want to be. Just don’t always think that the path to take you from A to Z will be the exact path you will take to get there.

There are little detours in life that add to our story. Some detours come in the form of heartbreak, some in the form of excitement, and some in the form of sorrow. But everything that you experience, adds to who you are and who you will become.

Embrace the experiences you have in life, learn from every single one, and enjoy every moment of it. Life is short and it takes courage to keep moving forward. Never give up on your dreams and allow them to change.

In the end, it’s all going to be worth it. You never know who you will inspire by living life to the best of your abilities.

Living An Authentic Life Through Business

Do you ever realize how the world tries to package you up in a nice box every time you go to a networking event? They’ll ask, “What is it that you do?” to make small talk. But how many of them truly care what I do?

Welcome To My Life

Well, I’m a restaurant consultant, trainer, and a professional speaker by trade. But what I do is more complex than that. I help people that have a burning passion for the restaurant and hospitality world become the best versions of themselves.

I’ve seen restaurants that have had the perfect location, a great concept, exceptional service, and great food but they weren’t making money. The only thing that they didn’t have was a unique selling point. They were like the majority of restaurants (or hotels) out there. They were forgettable.

The doctors tell me that I have a congenital heart defect called Wolf Parkinson White with Long QT Syndrome. Basically I have an extra pathway in my heart that causes electrical issues that speeds up my heart to dangerous speeds/rhythms. Normally a single surgery works to correct this issue but I’ve had 7 of those surgeries and on a waiting list to have another.

Do I believe that I have it? Sure. My body physically may have this issue but I’m not letting it become my identity. I’m not my defect. I’m a human being that strives on a daily basis to be the healthiest (& best) version of myself.

Wait, isn’t this my “business” site though? Why would I put this up on my business site for everyone to see? Shouldn’t I be more professional than this?

99% of marketers would tell me to take this post down and that I shouldn’t even bring this up ever again.

But the thing is, I’m human.

I have emotions just like everyone else. I go through struggles in life just like everyone else. I cherish memories just like everyone else. Why wouldn’t I want to share that journey with people that are willing to take part in it?

I’m building a business while working a full-time job. You see, I don’t just tell people how to build great teams – I live it. I’m constantly testing new approaches – what works and what doesn’t.

I have found that if I’m honest with myself and with everyone on my team, that’s the truest version of myself that I can be. I gained respect from my teams by being authentic. That’s exactly what I’m going to do with my business – be authentic.

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Businesses are run by humans. It’s time to put that human interaction back into businesses.

Look at any poor Yelp review. What’s the common denominator of them all? There’s absolutely no human interaction. 80% of poor Yelp reviews can be avoided if a manager or owner had a conversation with this person about their experience. But the person who wrote the review didn’t want to bother and just left upset.

That’s not how we should go through life. If something is bothering you in life – tell someone!

I’m going out on a limb here and transforming my business site into a lifestyle site. We’ll talk about hospitality, leadership, productivity, creating success in business, and entrepreneurship.  But we’ll also talk about creating life by your design in all aspects – not just the career section.

I post inspirational posts on my Facebook page because I need to remind myself of things from time to time. I know if I’m struggling with it, someone else in the world might be struggling with it too. Just because you don’t want to open a restaurant doesn’t exclude you from my page. I hope you join the conversation by clicking here.

I don’t believe in pretending to be something I’m not. What I will do is live as authentically as humanly possible and share that experience with you. That’s the beauty of owning a business and creating life on my own terms.

I can’t wait to share this journey with you.

It’s time to take control of your life. Don’t build someone else’s dream without laying bricks for your own.

Click here to connect on Facebook to become inspired every single day. You can also write on my wall to share your life experiences with me. I can’t wait to see you what you create!