Business Lessons Learned in the Kitchen
By Golda Smith
Christmas brings familiar smells, at least in my mother’s kitchen it does. You see my family is from the Caribbean…Guyana to be exact. This time of year it’s tradition to bake black cake. The cake is literally black, made with ground up fruits and lots and lots of liquor.
After weeks of stirring the fruit mixture over in this gi-normous container, it was now ready to bake.
My mom asked me if I wanted to help her to which I replied “sure, what do you need?”
She asked me to crack and beat a dozen eggs. Ok, no problem. So I get all the necessary tools. A bowl for cracking the eggs…I hate getting pieces of shell in my food, the blender and eggs are ready to go.
After I get through blending the first half dozen eggs my dear sweet mother turns to me and says “you know, I don’t think I need eggs for this cake” Now this isn’t a cake that I normally bake or eat so I didn’t question her but now I’m staring at the blender that has a half dozen beaten eggs and the bowl with the other half dozen.
Here’s a lesson…write this down!
Expect the unexpected– In business as in life you can make plan and work steadily towards your goals but…things happen. It’s not if it happens, but when it happens and more importantly, how you react when it does.
Well, now my mother is upset because she felt that she wasted a dozen eggs. I however just smiled and said “that’s all right, I know what to do”
I immediately had the perfect dish that required about that many eggs. A frittata! I went to the refrigerator and grabbed some swiss chard, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese and herbs. Not bad for a last minute thrown together meal.
Not long after the frittata was in the oven my sister comes home and we tell her what happened. She confirmed that the cake did indeed need eggs. Hmmm…my mom had long since place the three cake pans in the oven so there was no turning back.
Here’s another lesson…
You gotta commit, even when you’re uncertain. I meet so many would be entrepreneurs who hold themselves back because they’re always getting ready to get ready. To afraid to make a mistake and so they take no action. Well I haven’t met a successful entrepreneur yet who hasn’t made a mistake, YET…they keep going. Their mantra is ready, fire, aim. You plan for the best and you pull the trigger. Your aim will come after you take that initial action but right now, you have enough…I dare to say, more than enough to move you in the right direction.
Back to the kitchen…
So after the cakes were taken out of the oven and allowed to cool, I have to admit, they were as dry as the Sahara. However, my mom had the perfect solution. She placed them in a big container, stacked the cakes on one another and them poured rum all over it. The rum will be absorbed into the cake. I don’t know how it tastes but it’s now moist and smells pretty darn good.
At the end of the evening, I had to chuckle. What was a potential disaster turned out quite well. My mom and daughter loved my frittata and I was happy because I made a dish that I’ve always wanted to try.
So the next time things don’t go the way you planned, don’t panic! Just take a breath and relax. See it as an opportunity to flex your creative muscles. Then think about a solution and do it.
Remember when life hands you a bowl of cracked eggs, don’t cry…make a frittata and enjoy.
Now it's your turn. How do you face life's challenges? Leave your comment below and share with your facebook and twitter friends.
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People About Your Business Without Ever Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!