This article is for anyone who has lost their restaurant job and income in the recent pandemic. Needless to say, millions of small business owners have been crushed by Covid-19, as have hotels, airlines, cruise ships, the meetings industry, banquets, weddings, catered events, graduations, and basically, life as the planet earth knew it.
Let's face it, you either choose to adapt or not. Like learning to bus tables, wash dishes, serve tables, choose wines, and get bit, fat tips, you can learn anything you set your mind and heart to doing.
Now that we agree on the fact that mindset matters, and you need to reinvent yourself, and fast before the free $600 a month runs out next week, let me tell you why I need to write this article now.
I have great empathy and compassion for small business owners, and in particular, hotels, restaurants, bars, and kitchens that crank out meals that warm the heart and soul because we are servants deep in our souls.
If you're like me, you love to serve people. If you've worked in restaurants, kitchens, hotels, or any service venue dealing with the general public, you either have a passion for it, or not.
I always had a passion for helping people even though I did not like working in most of my past restaurant jobs. I loved working in hotels, especially once I got a job offer to work in sales and marketing. That saved me from my desperation working in the back of the house.
Here's a quick summary of my service work and how I got to owning a third, successful small business I built from scratch. More than anything else, I believe my early experience working in restaurants and hotels gave me the skills I needed to be super-successful in life.
Even if you don't like studying history, here's a news alert: disasters have always happened, and of all kinds. The first economic disaster I knew hit my family when I was only 13 or so.
The Opec Oil Embargo lead to the collapse of the American economy in 1973. That was the beginning of the end of my dad's hotel, restaurant, and his income.
Suddenly, nobody filled their gas-hog station wagons with gas, luggage, and kids to travel from the "feeder markets" of the big cities south of us such as Boston, New York, Connectitut, and any city in range of the White Mountains and crystal-clear Lakes Region I was blessed to be able to know as a kid.
The economy came to a screeching halt much as we experienced recently with Covid-19 except people were sick with shock, fear, anger, and even rage standing in long gasoline lines as the cost of a gallon of gas went through the roof.
My parents were crushed by the failure, and I watched them bounce back, reinvent themselves by starting a small real estate company that still exists today; Old Mill Properties.
Has it ever occurred to you there might be a better way to make a living using your God-given skills beyond in a restaurant? If so, keep reading because I found a way to help hundreds of small business owners and their hard-working teams with their business planning and execution because that's what I do for a living. I've owned my own business since 1991 and made all my paychecks ever since.
Every crappy job I ever had compelled me to believe there could be a better way to make a living. My father preached "education" as the saving grace. "Get a good education, son." Dad was right about a lot of things. Earning a useful, marketable, college degree such as International Business, Economics, despite taking on student debt at 7% interest, would give me many opportunities that people without a college degree.
But nobody needs a college degree to create the life and work of their dreams. All it takes is the burning desire and guts to do the work which is to take charge of your life and build a richer network. You need desire and work ethic and values people can count on.
You also need to increase your awareness of new opportunities that are in line with your values, financial needs, your gifts, passions, and talents. The way to do that is to read, network, get online, and connect with people you want to be like, and ask them for help!
It's human nature for us to want to help others, unless you're a psychopath or narcissist. If you have a talent for serving others in a restaurant or other areas of hospitality, you have a knack for selling yourself. When you match a knack for selling yourself with the clarity of knowing what your next job or opportunity is, you can go for it.
If you like "helping people" we can agree you have a mindset for selling. Selling is helping people get what they want. We have head trash and strong opinions about salespeople based on our belief systems; mindset.
Both of our sons, Chris and Alex, learned the power of being gentlemen and working in restaurants or hotels growing up. My amazing wife also encouraged both boys to work from an early age so they could learn the value of hard work, and what it feels like to earn, save, and even invest money.
The lessons we learn working in service postions can set us up for the rest of our lives if we can believe in ourselves and learn new skills, and how to improve networking skills, interview, and get connected with the people who will hire you as an employee or independet contractor depending on your skills and goals..
What follows helped me, my wife and both sons to leverage working in restaurants to build incredibly rich, rewarding careers using our sales and service skills learned in restaurants. Our entire family grew up working in restaurants serving others.
The best way to improve your life, your career, relationships, etc. is to take 100% ownership for everything that happens.
Okay, so there's a pandemic. Deal with it and adapt if you're the kind of person who likes helping people and making a difference in the world.
Never stop improving your mindset by reading and learning new things that align with your soul. Your soul has a purpose, I believe. I knew this as a kid, and I hunted long and far to connect with my highest purpose as a small business owner and family man.
Trust me. You can reinvent yourself into anything you want as long as you believe in connecting each day with your purpose as you evolve here on earth.
NOTE: If you can't think of a purpose right now, start with "Making a difference by serving others and getting paid handsomely for it, and having fun!"
Now that you own your mindset and all outcomes, you need to make a plan of action. It doesn't have to be fancy.
I suggest getting a notebook or journal and dedicate it to planning, sketching, painting, drawing, writing, and creating the life and work of your dreams.
I'm about to give you the steps to take to write your life and career plan. This is the short version to help you get started. Use your common sense to make my shortlist yours, and follow the process I'm giving you.
Let me emphasize an important point before you read the list ...
If you don't take charge of your life, who will?
The process I'm sharing never fails. People fail to follow through on the process. It's that simple.
What you're about to read and begin applying can help you get the next job you want, or help you start a small business of your own working as an independent contractor or "freelancer." I've worked this way for almost 20 years. I've done it from the comfort of my home office and my life is rich with purpose and joy because I found a way to love my work.
So can you! Never stop believing in yourself.
If now is your time, this is the way I and hundreds of other people I've taught, mentored, coached, and employed have used their God-given ability to serve others in ways that helped us find purposeful ways to make a great living.
Remember, the process of planning, learning, and growing is the secret to success. Follow the process I've given you and make it yours!
In summary, I'm sorry if you're suffering through a job transtion that is due to circumstances far beyond anyone's control. If the time is now for you to reinvent yourself, now you have a simple formula, or steps to follow.
Follow the steps. Believe in yourself and the power of the process I'm giving you.
Connect with me on LinkedIn if we're not already. Ask for help. Find mentors. Read books. Take online classes. Hire a coach you like and trust.
Build your network and never stop. Your network is your net worth!
I can't emphasize enough how grateful my family and I are to live and work on purpose. Our journies began working in restaurants, kitchens, and hotels.
What this means for you is you can do the same thing we did if you follow the process and never stop.
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