After reading the story of how The Cheesecake Factory began, I decided to share…
I’m not a ‘birthday celebrator’ but I had a presentation and decided to pick up a box of cheesecake to share with attendees. After reading the story of how The Cheesecake Factory began, I decided to share it here.
The cheesecake Factory story begins in Detroit, Michigan in the 1940’s. Evelyn Overton found a recipe in the local newspaper that would inspire her “Original” Cheesecake. Everyone loved her recipe so much that she decided to open a small Cheesecake shop, but eventually gave up her dream of owning her own business in order to raise her two small children, David and Renee. She moved her baking equipment to a kitchen in her basement and continued to supply cakes to several of the best restaurants in town while raising her family.
In 1972, with her children grown, Evelyn and her husband Oscar decided to pack up all of her belongings and move to Los Angeles to make one last attempt at owning her own business. With the last of their savings, they opened “The Cheesecake Factory Bakery” and began selling Evelyn’s cheesecakes to restaurants throughout Los Angeles.
Through hard work and determination their business grew to a modest size and Evelyn was soon baking more than 20 varieties of cheesecakes and other desserts.
With a great foresight and intuition, their son David decided to open a restaurant to showcase his mother’s selection of cheesecakes. Somehow he just knew that guests would enjoy a restaurant with an extensive dessert menu. It was 1978 and he opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. The restaurant was an immediate success and today there are nearly 200 The Cheesecake Factory restaurants around the world that share the Overton’s commitment to quality and spirit of innovation and hard work.
We all have dreams, goals and aspirations that consistently tug at our hearts. Some annoyingly, some quietly. We sleep, gaze, visualize, but the ideas just won’t go away. Most often we are stuck….afraid to take the leap. I hope this story of how one dreamer made the move that subsequently impacted generations, will inspire you.
May the delicious delicacy of the Cheesecake’s story ignite your passion to step out, Organize, go after your dream, and do what you have always wanted to do.
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I hate Mondays!
This is a common cry of many workers whose jobs are like a desert. A place that is dry and parched. A place that’s without hope. Indeed so many hate the job they do.
Why stay there? Why not take the steps to do something more satisfying that you can step out with a Shimmer of hope, and breathe ahhh…tis Monday! I love what I do!
Well the reality is that for most people that seems like a passing dream. Often there is so much to do that many go the Casual route. Wish it away! Get stuck …unable to do anything.
Need help? Here are 9 tips for those interested in their performance, as adapted from Joe Duncan’s list. This will help you plan your week.
9 Tips to Plan Your Week
- Look back on the past week and list everything you did well.
- Do the same for those areas that you think you can improve upon this week
- Think about the coming week. Set your expectations for your personal performance
- Write down the top 5 things you have to get done this week, and by what date and time you plan to get it done
- Next to each of the 5 points write down 3 points on how you are going to make them happen. Simple things will do. Don’t make it complicated.
- List the top 3 things you are going to do this week that will move your life forward in a big way. Consider, (i) who you can network with; (ii) your biggest income generating opportunity; (iii) identify one skill you can practice or learn to become more valuable in the market.
- Write down 2 things you will do every morning before you get ready for work, or for the day.
- What’s the one thing that you are going to do this week that will make you feel alive and that will make you feel the greatest sense of joy and accomplishment? This includes things like taking family somewhere nice for dinner; doing something for you (massage, exercise, other), or even just buying toys and giving them to the kids in a hospital
- Write it down. Plan it. Schedule it…make it a priority
Life’s Good! The future’s bright, beautiful, and inviting! New grads saunter excitedly about their achievement. With innocence, they smile, move, and they plan creatively. But as they take the next step, confusion appears often disparagingly. As they stare, the future becomes fearful…oblique.
Renowned author, speaker and coach Brian Tracy, asked his followers to share one piece of advice that they would give a new grad. Excitedly followers jumped in with voices that echoed Natty instructions galore:
- Have a vision about the future that truly excites you, then go ahead and build skills, habits, and attitudes that will make your vision a reality. If you are ambitious, read Elon Musk: Tesla, Space and a Quest for Fantastic Future. Read a lot but never confuse reality and fantasizing. Don’t read when you have to be working or spend time on social media when you have to be doing the actual work.
- First you Learn and after that remove ‘L’ from that (earn)
- Be patient
- Persistence, discipline, and dedication
- Work harder than anyone else
- Don’t get a career – build a life
- Spend your time wisely. Never waste it
- Always stay true to yourself
- Don’t be afraid to fail, laugh it off and jump right back in again, do it when you can. Make comebacks easier. Timing.
- Make sure to do what you really love to do
- Stay disciplined. Never stop reading and exploring. Get up soon when you fall.
- Believe in your ability even if you are the only one who does
- Keep your debts LOW and your savings rate HIGH. That way, should you find yourself in a job or situation tht you hate or have outgrown, you will have the resources/ability to move on. Always have an EXIT Plan and Exit Fund. Never settle
- Be yourself, do your best, never give up
- Do what it requires to achieve the goal but do it with good in mind
- Understand emotional intelligence
- Be authentic
- Follow what you love. Do what you love
- Observe. Absorb. Ask quality questions. At the end of the day, self-evauate. Devote your mornings to listen to Brian Tracy and other motivational audios. Then apply
- Read books
- Be intentionally clear
- Know what you want
- Start and don’t quit
- Never ever OVER PROMISE then under deliver
- Learn to plan
- Show up
Great advice for grads and even those of us who have moved ahead with years of experience. There’s always opportunity for change. To recoup, to pick up the pieces, and begin or get on track again.
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I smiled, then replied…”You can. You will”…
My daughter’s little 6-year-old said to me after his ceremony “what if I can’t do 1st grade work?” I smiled, then replied…”You can. You will. They will teach you“. But what if I don’t listen? Again, I smiled…
Aren’t we all like that lil 6 year old? The world often seems bigger than us. We receive the new job, the new position, the contract, the opportunity, the leadership role, the marriage proposal, the news of the pregnancy… We are thrilled! Over-joyed! But soon… as we reflect…, we begin to ponder…”can I do it?”
My response is always – YES! Brassy you! Yes you can do it! Often with new ventures or experiences, our goals seem insurmountable especially from a distance when we can’t see our way. We falter. We fuss. We’re afraid. These are all very normal but like I’ve always said, don’t let fear stop you. Don’t Blink. Make that bold move. Do it in Portions. Do it even when you’re afraid. Who knows? You may even Surprise yourself!
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It’s mid-year! Look back to move ahead. People are using these words to describe the progress to achieve…
Great, busy, progress, metamorphosis, building, awkward, empowerment, lonely, rollercoaster, transcendent, halfway, building, empowered, successful, blessed, winning, growing, fantastic, brilliant, succeeding, harvest, evolutionary, learning, transitioning, growth, better, momentum, rising, immense, challenged, hell, mediocre, bullshit, boring, tragic, spectacular, ready-set-g.., new, conscious, breakthrough, game-changing, progression, different, change, unbelievable, fortunate, focused, expansion, lit, turbulent, amazing, lies, shock, good, Detonate.
Looking Back to Move Ahead
It’s mid-year! Look back to move ahead. People are using these words to describe the progress to achieve their goals. Take some time to reflect on whether any Radiate or resonate with your own progress? Any missing? Trace it. Add it!
Passion: A strong and barely controllable Emotion
Life is beautiful! But even more when you know your passion. A confused Alex asked a group of coaches how he could discover what he was passionate about. Intrigued, coaches jumped at the question to Infuse their perspectives, and encouraged him to:
- Get in touch with your desire
- What do you really want to do?
- What would you do if you had a year off?
- Go back to your childhood and think what you were doing in your free time, games you liked to play
- What is it like for you to not know
- What is something that someone did for you that you enjoyed and had fun doing, receiving, and participating in
- Know your life purpose
- The fact that you have a life purpose means that you have a blank canvas and can create whatever you want
- It’s in your life journey. It looks different for everyone. Explore working with a coach. See who clicks with you
- Do an assessment
- Sit still with a paper in front of you. Sometimes you need to analyse what’s working and what’s not working in your life
- What’s your life goal? Has it changed?
It’s always great to take a step back at different times in life to reflect. Ponder the questions above and see where it takes you. Enjoy the ride.
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It’s a story of humility, bravery, admiration, fear, teamwork, leadership, and most of all calm in the midst of tragic…
Who would have thought a flock of birds would create such havoc? Yes indeed. Though extremely rare as one in a billion, it happens. The movie Sully shared the real life story of the pilot whose quick decision saved passengers on an aircraft he was flying. He landed in the Hudson River, and Miraculously saved over 150 lives. It’s a story of humility, bravery, admiration, fear, teamwork, leadership, and most of all calm in the midst of tragic circumstances. Doesn’t this story inspire you?
Who Inspires You?
Brian Tracy asked his audience “Who inspires you?” Many responded giving answers such as God, family including mom, dad, spouse, as well as leaders like Brian Tracy, Oprah, John Maxwell, mentor, teacher, coach, political leaders, and more. But surprisingly, one response stood out when a male said that he was not inspired by anyone or anything. Bewildered? Should this be reason for alarm? Do human beings need to be inspired? What happens if we are not inspired? Even more, can we survive without inspiration?
Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative.
Inspiration is described as being mentally stimulated to do something. If we are not inspired, chances are we will become stuck, de-motivated, lethargic, and life may become meaningless. It’s like there’s no Reprieve. So here are a number of things to do to keep those motivation levels high, as well as arouse your critical thinking skills.
17 Ways to Become Inspired
- Listen to Music
- Watch animals or children play outdoors
- Enjoy nature. Go to the beach. Watch the waves
- Travel someplace you have never been
- Tune-in to motivational speakers such as those on the increasingly popular Ted Talk
- Listen or Read about others who have overcome adversity
- Try something new that you have always wanted to do but were afraid
- Create a vision board
- Consider the challenges you’re facing. Identify solutions
- Ask people what they are grateful for, and reflect personally
- Join an organization of people making a difference in the world
- Read an autobiography
- Disconnect and write in a journal
- Get a hobby. Express yourself creatively e.g. sculpting, or playing an instrument
- Let go of something
- Take pictures outdoors. Breathe.
- Reflect on what you have learned/accomplished and how it has helped you make a positive difference in the life of others
There you have it. Adopt one, two, three, or more and become inspired!
feel the fear but do it anyway! Damon Johns, Business Executive of Shark Tank asked the question: “if you had a piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?” People all over boldly shared…
Derrick has been frustrated in his job as manager of operations. He has been at it for years but his job has lost its zeal. He could apply for the Branch Manager’s position but he wasn’t sure he had what it takes to manage the responsibilities. Besides, he has been thinking about following his passion for design and wants to launch out into his own business. But the sense of Qualm he feels has put him in a state of inertia. He has been afraid that he might fail.
Many are the dreams of people like Derrick. The fear is real but like I’ve always said…feel the fear but do it anyway! Damon Johns, Business Executive of Shark Tank asked the question: “if you had a piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?” People all over boldly shared their views. Because Collaboration is key, I’ve compiled a list extracted from their direct responses. Choose one, two or a few, and apply as you like.
Advice for New Entrepreneurs
- Cashflow is king. Make sure you’ve got cash in the bank to ensure you’re covered for not pulling a wage in the early days
- Work on yourself to know what you’re doing very well. Be persistent and consistent.
- Document every step of your journey, no matter how trivial you think it may be. The data you think is not important today, may prove to be invaluable tomorrow.
- Money talks.
- All progress not saved will be lost.
- Always find reasons and new motivations to keep going at it.
- If you hang around 9 people that are ‘broke’, chances are…you’re going to be number 10.
- Its rough… I mean really rough. Stick to it and take the bumps in stride.
- Do something you love so you never work a day in your life.
- Doing what you love and are great at-is the easy part. Mind the business with equal effort or you’re doomed. Marketing, networking etc. and don’t ever forget … never play it safe. Take risks, and go after it.
- Work hard. Focus and be unreasonable. This is what creates discipline and growth.
- Don’t get so busy that you forget to say your prayers.
- Value yourself, believe in you when no one else will. Right before you quit, try one more time with a different plan of action. Always be true to yourself and others. Make time for fun, not all work.
- It’s not going to be easy but know that with paitence and persistence it will happen. Be around the people going in the same direction that you want to go.
- Never give up. Fight for your dreams.
- Just be yourself. Don’t try to do what everyone else is doing just because everyone esle is doing it. The business model that works for others might not work for you. Being an entrpreneur is your chance to do it just the way you want to!
- To work at it every waking hour.
- Say the phrase…finish it.
- Believe in yourself and take risks.
- Best advice I learned from running my company is it’s ok to be a bitch sometimes. Clients and customers will treat you with respect sometimes. Other times they run all over you taking advantage of your kindness. Balance is key. Ya gotta know when to put your foot down and look people in the eye with “that look” and speak your true mind instead of putting on the “professional front” through their bullshit.
- Stay laser focused on the goal even if your strategy isn’t perfect yet. Make progress daily.
- Keep going.
- To start.
- Find someone that has something you want. Do what they do and you will get what they got.
- Start …like the end doesn’t matter.
- A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.
So that’s the list. Different opinions but great diversity. Are there a few that resonates with you? Anything missing that you could add? Take a look again and if you’re still busy dreaming…start doing today!
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