Taking the stairs instead of the escalator.

This is very common. A lot of young people have a sense of entitlement. Schools serve up a notion of being at the top, without earning it and paying due’s.
What people don’t realize is that they are damaging earning potential later down the road. If they get complaisant and find someone to subscribe, they will never reach a the potential they would have if they would have taken a step back and learned under a seasoned veteran.
This notion dawned on me when I was twenty three. When I was twenty three I read Kitchen Confidential for the second time. Anthony Bourdain explains his theory of using the stairs instead of the escalator. It sunk in. I was six months into my first Executive Chef position. I spoke with a good friend about this theory. I even tried to convince myself that I was different for a short while. My friend assured me that he was right. The reality is. I’m not different, as a Chef you are constantly learning and growing. I know look back and realize how green I was. I’m glad I made the tough decision. I left the comfortable position and threw myself into a situation where I was a Sous Chef for Calvin Belknap an award winning Chef. That’s where I started to grow and get humbled.
After working and learning and keeping this motto with me, I started to grow. I moved to Colorado for a few years and continued to sacrifice money for experience. I worked at the best restaurants and picked as many minds as possible. This was tough for my ego. I had plenty of opportunities to work for second rate restaurants. It wasn’t an option.
I’m know thirty seven years old. I’m grateful for applying this theory throughout my twenties. It was an extremely tough decision. It made my life difficult. I changed a lot of jobs and couch surfed from time to time. I also wasn’t ashamed to leave a place that was comfy. If I learned all I had to learn from someone I would give my notice and move on. If I started working somewhere and I found that the Chef was overrated and couldn’t teach me anything new. I was looking for something else. It’s as simple as that. I had a pursuit to obtain as much knowledge as possible. It was and still is, all about the food.
 I’m now entering my prime. My principals have meaning. The quality of my food has reasons along with a purpose. It’s safe to say I made a lot of people happy. Even pissed off some co worker’s, saw a vast array of amazing food. It helped me persevere through my thirties as a business man.
 It’s not often that I see people apply this motto. It has a lot of depth and sacrifice. If you look at a lot of the top chefs like Thomas Keller and Gordon Ramsey you will see that they worked under people, they failed and had someone to remind them, besides the customer. They even failed at being a first time business owner. I believe that to be a great leader you have to have a foundation to start from. Take the stairs! It’s good for you.

Most forms of Professionalism and corporate jargon, is highly over rated.

To be great is to be authentic, corporate terms set people up for a false notion of reality in a corrupt, unforgiving, fake existence.
Sugar coating for the sake of the thought police or some zeal-less simpleton, results in a poor quality in regards to the finished product. Principals get compromised.
Professionalism is often driven with a blind premise. Common sense is out the window. It becomes cliché, for the less fortunate. Typically this is used as a power move that involves a crutch for more attitude and less amplitude.
True masters of a craft focus on the quality of product. They figure out peoples strengths and weaknesses and try to work with that. They don’t try to package and cage individuality. They find balance. A good boss realizes he is only as good as his team.
Watch out for sharp pencils. Someone who’s sole purpose is to please the bottom line will only hurt themselves in the future. They lose sight of the bigger picture easily. When you pinch to many pennies, the customer suffers. Then they don’t come back. Being in charge of millions of dollars is a big responsibility and every percentage represents a lot of money. Someone has to be the law. Not everyone has to be told what to do. People should learn from each other.
The pursuit of pleasing a machine typically ends up being emotionally draining. Creating a situation that exemplifies the human spirit always wins.
Corporations are ruining this country. They use lobbyists to pay off politicians. Meanwhile humanity is enslaved by the corporate concept. Society is on a treadmill.
Individuality and risk taking is what can break us out of this mind control. It wasn’t always this way. Just a friendly reminder.