Last night I stopped by the workshop of Austin Mackrill, the man crafting the tables for Jack&June, to survey the final stage and to mark the moment with a bottle of 14yr single malt. Such an accomplishment requires a commensurate milestone. The tops are simple, understated and yet so rich with iconic meaning. To the average person, it will be just a table. To Austin and a few of us, it will be a part of a much bigger story.
As we sat outside the workshop in the cool night air, sipping the celebratory scotch, Austin asked me this question. He said, “I’ve never done anything like this. Why did you trust me to take on such a big project?
To which I quickly replied, “And I had never opened a restaurant before either.”
I wonder how many people are capable of doing so much more than they currently do, but just haven’t been given the chance, or more importantly, never been in a position to believe in their own ideas and take the risk to make them happen.
It is in this opportunity that I feel so blessed and fortunate. I had never been a chef, never cooked professionally and never even managed a restaurant, let alone own one. Who was I to think I could do it? Why was I willing to jeopardize our life savings, leverage our house and submit our family to unknown amounts of stress?
It’s because I had an idea, and it wouldn’t go away.
Entrepreneurs most often need only one thing to get them started, and that is permission. Sure they need money and financing and equipment and staff, but without permission, the idea will lie dormant and stagnant. Money follows vision; it doesn’t create it. It can enable and support the vision it once it’s conceived but money can’t generate the idea.
Permission, on the other hand, invokes the power. It says, “You can do it.” Permission believes and inspires. It serves to open the door to new possibilities. And once permission is given, there’s only final important question to answer,