I was doing some work tonight and got distracted by watching some "Hell's Kitchen". If you don't know it, it's a reality tv show where aspiring chefs compete with one another to win a restaurant. What's great about the show is the judge, Chef Ramsey. If you thought Simon Cowell was a tough guy, go home. Ramsey is a drill sargeant wrapped in a tyrant's apron. It's one of my favourite shows.
Ramsey had another show on Foodtv called 'Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares'. In this show he tries to revive struggling restaurants using his familiar tactics. Some find it way over the top. Others understand that this is the nature of the cooking business. Either way it's stressful to watch and wildly entertaining. I'll make it clear here that I would never want to work for someone like him. That goes without saying.
What I like about Ramsey is that his work philosophy speaks to a great life philosphy. He encourages effort and is brutally honest about talent. He pushes everyone to do their best and rewards them when they acheive it. He asks the tough question everyone should ask themselves: If you're not passionate about your work, what the hell are you doing with your life? Passion, desire, focus and commitment.
Add a dash of self reliance and you might find yourself.