I am an avid fan of Gordon Ramsey’s TV show Hell’s Kitchen and, unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last 10 years, I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with this TV show as well.
And even if you were actually on Mars, I am quite sure you picked the TV frequency up and got to watch a couple of episodes.
You know the set up, and the standard format that repeats itself time after time at every episode.
There’s a restaurant owner in crisis, the wolves are at the door, but the customers aren’t. You’ve got temperamental chefs in the kitchen, lazy waiting staff and the diners you do have aren’t satisfied.
Owners, staff and customers are desperate for restaurant resuscitation and they call in the restaurant trade’s equivalent of the Emergency Services – the inimitable, indomitable Gordon Ramsay.
Each week in Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, a struggling restaurant receives the Gordon Ramsay treatment. With only a couple of weeks to turn around its flagging fortunes, nothing is sacred.
There’s no time for polite small talk as Gordon reveals a few home truths to the exhausted, emotional restaurant owner or manager and embarks upon his mission to turn things around.
You may or may not like Gordon Ramsey, his cooking skills, his attitude or the program, but you can appreciate the straightforward, ‘earthquakey’ process to wake people up to their real wants, needs, and responsibilities.
You don’t need to be a restaurant owner or plan to become one to benefit from the positive message that’s repeated continually, at every episode from beginning to end: if you are ready to do what it takes to make real change in your life, you WILL do it.
Gordon is working like an arrow-headed mentor.
He’s got two weeks at most to turn things upside down, but the majority of his work is not in the kitchen.
It is with the people who run the business to wake them up to their responsibilities, to take out what they most probably already got in themselves… or expose them to their own gaps, without pauses or breaks, but just like an arrow piercing through its target. You cannot hide.
Like a British Yoda, Gordon’s message is ‘Do. Or do not. There is no try’.
Some are chuckling all the time while listening to the obscene language Mr. Ramsey puts to skillful use; others still are genuinely interested in the culinary lessons; everyone, though, is there to experience a story, the real-life story of ordinary people (like you and me) with defects, worries and financial struggles, who are at the turning point of their life and rediscover themselves, their passion and their will to be more and to succeed.
Some, those who really embrace the ‘word’ and live up to it, make it and will thrive and grow and preserve their ‘success’. Others, those who could not stand up to the fight, go ahead with their life counting the days until their businesses close or retreat and find their own path to the rest of their life.
(CAUTION DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW IF YOU’RE EASILY OFFENDED BY GORDON’S LITERARY CULINARY LANGUAGE!)
I reflected for some time as to why I was so eager to watch a new episode of Hell’s Kitchen.
Sure, I enjoyed the drama and the entertaining factor that the skilled cook, businessman and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsey brought to the table.
But it was more than just the entertainment: I was genuinely attracted by the stories of personal challenge, self-development and ultimate success that people went through.
It was like watching an entire existence condensed in a two-weeks personal experience, further squeezed into 45 mins of show, artfully edited and mounted.
So why so many people watch HK? How can we all (yes, including you) benefit?
Gordon is like the mentor we’d all like to have when our restaurant business life’s on the edge: we need someone to kick our butt, holding us accountable and calling us up to our responsibilities.
The truth is, that Gordon’s message is valid and valuable beyond any restaurant business, actually beyond ANY business: it resonates with people’s dreams and expectations about their own life and existence, it makes them feel omnipotent and with a lot of options to move to great distances… although with a questionable language I’ll admit.
Who do YOU have as a mentor?
If your answer is ‘no one’, then you’re either at Nirvana stage already (kudos to you!) or you haven’t really grasped the importance of having one (or more than one).
Even the people who we could all consider being among the most successful on earth have mentors.
Why? I mean, they reached success and now they should be the ones teaching others, right?
The fact is that success calls for success. The more you create, the more you attract and the more you feel compelled to build.
Mentors are essential at ANY level of success, to solicit personal growth, to provide great new perspectives, point to alternative solutions, or just to be there, listen to our rants and hold us accountable.
I am not Gordon Ramsey so I won’t call you any names, but if you have been reading through this post nodding and thinking ‘yeah, I’d like to be successful like those guys and have a mentor…’ it’s all good… BUT NOW YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE ACTION! (Ok, maybe I acted a bit like Gordon here…).
Wanting something is NOT enough for you to get it; you must DO something to get to it.
Learning new skills?
Building a new business or revamping an existing one?
Getting yourself a mentor and a supportive community of experts?
These are ALL things you’re going to have to have on your TO-DO list and act upon.
But YOU need to take action.
If you wait for Gordon Ramsey to show up at your door and take you by the collar to your make or break experience, you will see life pass in front of you with regrets of things never done.
But this is Realistic Opportunity ringing at your bell now, and you don’t want to miss the call.
Plus, we have a much nicer language that Gordon’s. 🙂
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