I don’t usually watch a lot of TV — too many other things vie for my attention. But I have one big weakness: The Food Network channel. My wife and I love to try new foods and cook and entertain, so it’s a channel we both love to watch.
Recently, we noticed that Bobby Flay appeared in 3 1-hour shows on the Food Network — his own show, a special tour-of-Ireland show, and as an Iron Chef in Iron Chef America. This guy has a huge share of air time on the Food Network!
This article in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention — it describes Bobby Flay’s rise to fame from being a high school dropout to running a massive cooking empire. It’s sort of a rags-to-riches story, which is always enjoyable to read about.
But take note: Flay started gaining some success in his mid-20’s but he started cooking at 17. His really significant success came around age 26. And right now his success is truly peaking and he’s 46. So this is a rags-to-riches story but it’s not an overnight success story.
After you’ve read this article, think about your own business aspirations and goals. What is going well and where are you struggling? How long have you been in business? Are you working hard toward that “someday” success or are you impatiently wondering why you haven’t struck gold yet? This is a huge struggle for entrepreneurs because they place a big bet on their business and they want a big, fast pay-off. When that doesn’t happen, they can become discouraged.
If you want to be truly successful as an entrepreneur, take note of the hard-working, persistent Bobby Flay, and be sure to read my blog post: The entrepreneur’s silver bullet.