Cooking is all about balance, and while you may not have the most balanced person behind the stove cranking out your entrée, you would not want to finish your meal without it. Fat is balanced with acid. Bitter keeps sweet from taking over. And the right amount of salt keeps flavor from being too bland or inedible.
And beyond the kitchen, life demands a certain level of balance. The Chinese call it yin and yang. Darkness is countered with light, heat with cold. You can’t have one without the other.
Being an entrepreneur is also a balance of two extremely important qualities. Both have their place in the business. Both work against each other to keep each other from running off either side of the road.
I’m speaking of pride and humility.
You’ll never make it in the business if you don’t have that little voice in your head that says “you’ve got what it takes.” You have no reason trying to serve food if you don’t think you can do it just a little bit better than the next guy. It’s pride that makes you get up a little earlier, stay a little later, or work on that technique at home or after hours. Pride makes you edgy with your staff after that poor online comment someone made, even though an idiot wrote it. Pride says, “I got game.”
But without the opposing force of humility, that game is gonna go sour just like the gallon of milk you left out on the counter; quickly and such a waste.
Pride says you’re good at what you do. Humility reminds you you’re still human.
Pride makes you critical of your competitors. Humility tells you to keep your mouth shut.
Pride needs humility to keep you from being an asshole.
Humility needs pride to keep you in the game.