A True Recipe for Success!
By Lorie Rosenberg
Ron and I were having a discussion the other day about all the things we’ve tried and know how to do. It was kind of fun. I started with scuba diving, skiing, swimming, cooking, gardening, flying trapeze, writing, graphics, and jewelry making, to name a few.
I was saying that I felt so blessed that I had tried these things and were able to do them. It also makes life seem fuller when you realize what you’ve accomplished and that that you’ve done things other people don’t even want to try. Also, the knowledge you’ve gained can be transferred into other areas to make the new goal a lot simpler.
Let me give you an example.
After my friend Dona and I returned from France, I decided that I just had to have French bread, the crusty, rustic type of bread that you can dip in olive oil and balsamic vinegar or slather with butter. (Now before you head off to the kitchen for a snack, please finish this article.)
The problem is that the stores in our area don’t really bake great bread…it’s adequate but not fantastic. Well I’m a pretty good cook in some areas, but I don’t do bread and I’m not very good in the bakery department. But really, how hard could making bread be?
What would be the first thing you would do if you wanted to learn how to bake bread? Go to Google obviously. And that’s exactly what I did.
I decided that it would be easier for me to learn how to make French bread from a video so I looked up “YouTube French Bread,’ and the first video on the list was, “Bake the Perfect French Bread in Ten Minutes.”
That sounded easy enough so I watched the video and wrote down the recipe from it. I researched the best flour, salt, and yeast, purchased my ingredients, used the techniques from the video, and baked the bread. My family and I were pleasantly surprised. The loaves weren’t perfect but the bread tasted great! And since then I haven’t purchased another loaf of bread.
I have experimented with other techniques, adding whole wheat flour, using different bread recipes, and even buying new pans. What I’ve learned is that each time I make a loaf I discover something new that I can add to my technique.
What Can Baking Bread Teach Us?
First of all, if you’re wanting to accomplish something in your life or in your business, the important first step is knowing that you can do it. It takes information and effort!
If want to do something like make bread, you need to find out everything you can about the particular task or goal so that you can be successful. You don’t want to do something totally out of your comfort zone without a little knowledge and practice. You can do some research on the Internet. Look at videos on YouTube. See what tools you’ll need to undertake your project. And make an action plan for how you want to accomplish it.
If you want to tackle something in your business that is completely beyond your scope or knowledge, then that may be the time that you look to a coach or mentor who’s been there and done that. They can provide the direction you may need to take to make your venture successful.
It’s a lot of fun trying something new. You’ll be surprised at yourself when you accomplish it and quite impressed with yourself that you did it.
So what’s on my list to try next? Now that I’ve made French bread, I think I might even try some almond croissants.
What’s next on your list?