Why get back on the horse?
Now that the announcement has been made, I can freely talk about our new restaurant project, The Piedmont Bistro, slated to open this fall in the Piedmont Shopping Center at the intersection of Cotner and A Streets. It’s been a long time in the works, but patience has paid off and we are excited about moving it to completion in the following months.
The most critical question we had to answer as we evaluated the decision was, why do it? Why take the risk again? Why go through all the labor and stress all over again. It’s a question that took a long time to answer, but it’s also a question that reinforced our reasons for entering the hospitality industry in the first place.
All of us have a limited number of days to live, work and play while on this planet. Some get more, some get less. No one knows the exact number, which is probably a good thing. Would I work harder if I knew the days allotted me, or would I get lazy and despondent? In this way, uncertainty helps.
When Karen was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, uncertainty was the hand that was dealt us, therefore it was the hand we played. Instead of trying to figure out how much longer we might have together, we carried on with our daily lives and focused on what we had right in front of us. It sounds like a cliché’, but living one day at a time became more than a pithy phrase. It became a real life line. On occasion when I would get discouraged, Karen would scold me by reminding me, “I’m not dead yet!” Instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop, we put on a new pair of shoes.
So how did we decide to take the risk and get back on the horse? I say it’s the same conclusion anyone comes to when faced with a big decision.
We take the risk when life depends on it.
And by life, I mean the pending outcome or the end result. What will exist now that did not exist in the past? What fruits will be borne and savored because of the effort? What will awaken and come alive because we decided to take the risk?
With our new venture, we stand to gain a new workplace where employees enjoy their work. We stand to gain a new avenue to promote our idea of engaged hospitality and service. And our community stands to gain a new place to connect with family and friends, with food and drink that helps bind them together.
That’s why we get back on the horse.
Doyle Brunson, world famous poker player, said in his biography that at his level of world class play, he can’t be focused on the money on the table when he’s playing cards. He said if he stopped to think about how much cash he just pushed out on the table, he would go crazy. Instead his mind is on winning and succeeding and what he stands to achieve, not on how much he might lose.
Entrepreneurs, we must do the same thing. We fix our eyes on the prize, not on the fear of failure.