"You have to be the person before the job is offered to you."

Thomas Keller | 1955 - | American chef & restaurateur

Keller's thought is from a short video during an interview in 2019 celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 3-Michelin-star restaurant, The French Laundry.

Preceding the thought (beginning at about 4:30 in the video), Keller talks about his early days...

"When I was a young cook, in order for me to learn what the guy next to me was doing, I needed to have ’Sense of Urgency.’ (Smovish Principal #8) So, that when the chef said, 'Oh … we need somebody to take the saucier’s place,' I said, 'I’m ready. I’ve been watching him. I’ve been working with him. I know what he’s doing. Let me take the place.'"

If you want to go deeper, watch the 11-minute interview below (outside the money hours or on a well-earned break). Some good Smovish reminder throughout.

Then, consider investing some Review & Reflect time with your team. It's an important path to that more enjoyable day we all want.

(Prerequisiting isn't a word ... yet ;-) Prerequisite can be used as a noun or an adjective ... currently. As a noun it's defined as 'a thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen or exist.' Didn't want you to be throwing it around at dinner parties sounding silly.)

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