I firmly believe there’s a food job — or, a connection to a food job — everywhere I look these days.
If you watched the memorial services for Princess Di or Michael Jackson, you couldn’t fail to notice how many loving friends they had nurtured throughout their lives. During their final years, they were both disrespected but after their death, we were surprised to discover how many good deeds each had done with very little fanfare.
Diana was most famously, in the last year of her life, the most visible supporter of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a campaign that went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 after her death, which many believed was a posthumous tribute to the Princess. We also learned that Michael Jackson was a deeply beloved father who had supported many who were in need. They made a difference in other peoples’ lives and in so doing, enriched their own lives.
Think of the Oscars. Always at the moment of triumph, almost every star remembers to thank those who have paved the way for them and strewn rose petals in their path.
The famous historian, George Burton Adams said, “There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are all made of up thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoke one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
Some people measure their self-worth in tangibles: how many things they own or how much money they have in the bank. Others count their riches in the number of good friends they have and the circle of acquaintances they have nurtured. I was struck by this thought again today as I watched an interview with Mitch Albom on his new book, Have A Little Faith.
I just mention these things to suggest an investment in a relationship is a bond that will pay a far larger dividends than any stock. And may even lead to a richly rewarding new career.
So if you are stuck about finding a food job but can’t cook or don’t want to cook, apply your love of food in a different medium. For instance, join, or start, a group of people who share your passion for knitting and you may start a new entrepreneurial business of knitted decorative cupcakes and cookies! Yum!
The connections may come when you simply adjust your thinking and initial expectations — just a little bit.