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!