Everything we do in life, whether in relationships, work or socializing, we are bound to make plenty of mistakes. Some mistakes don’t even leave a mark. Others, well, can be life changing, or at the very least slow down the process of advancing. I have done plenty of both in my life, but this latest one I can’t get out of my mind. I am taking this opportunity to step back and learn from this latest blunder in my culinary pursuit of excellence, marketing and confidence.
I was recently invited to a new restaurant operated by a celebrity chef. The chef visited our table, and we started to talk about food and the cookbook I just wrote. He asked me if I was a chef. Being who I am I honestly answered no; I’m a home chef. Now, I know he didn’t mean to visibly change his face, but he did. In that instant I knew I blundered because I lacked the fortitude to be confident in my own accomplishments and in myself.
Don’t get me wrong; I know I am a wiz in the kitchen. I’m very creative and have an excellent palate. I know how to mix ingredients together to make a mind-blowing dish. I have not only cooked for family and friends, but also professional chefs, mayors and other “celebrities” in their own right. So why did I downplay my experience?
Even though I know my skills, I have a hard time talking about myself. I will talk about food all day long, and what I have cooked or created. Talking about the creations that is. It’s talking about me that I have a hard time with! I know I need to get over this if I am ever to succeed in marketing my cookbook and myself. My problem stems from being taught to focus on others and not on myself.
I realize marketing my talents is not having an inflated ego. Is not about being self-absorbed. It is allowing others to see what I can do for them, and how I am the best person to allow them to grow in their own pursuits. This is why I am taking a step back to really look at how I need to change my way of thinking, and to pursue marketing myself with excellence and confidence.
Until next time, happy creating.