Today, we present an exclusive interview we did with college-dropout-turned celebrity chef Chris Sayegh!
Big thanks to Chris for being willing to do this interview at 7:30am when he had been up until all hours the night before!
Highlights from this interview:
- How Chris turned his back on a paid-for, “fairytale-esque” life in order to pursue what he really wanted
- “The idea got so big in my head that it would be irresponsible not to pursue it,”
- “I couldn’t let anyone else make choices for me.”
- How Chris got hired in Michelin-starred kitchens with zero experience.
- Necessary ingredients for success: a willingness to do whatever it takes, including sleeping in his car for 7 months, 14-hour days, and working for free for 2.5 months in order to get hired on full-time
- An important part of realizing your dream: you have to push through the pain.
- (Pain is necessary, suffering is optional)
- Why Chris turned down a job offer at the prestigious 11 Madison Park in New York
- “The more you complain, the less time you’re spending on what you CAN do.” (Click to tweet)
- Chris starts 2 businesses in 2 years: a student-run restaurant from sustainable produce from the campus, and an Acaia bowl. One succeeded and one failed, but Chris learned from all of it
- Chris now serves his herbal cuisine to high-profile clients who require him to sign NDAs, to avoid the stigma associated with cannabis (off the record, I’ve heard some of these clients, and they’re legitimately famous)
- Following your dream will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life. “It’s probably something a little crazy,” says Chris.
- The importance of organization: if you’re not organized, you will miss out on opportunities.
- Daily routine: exercise, meditation, and using an organized to-do list to organize by Year, Month, and Day.
- The key success realization: you are 100% responsible for everything that happens to you. Every decision you make has a consequence. (This is the Law of Causality)
- “If I haven’t failed yet today, I’m not doing my job.”
You can keep up with Chris at TheHerbalChef.com.
I thought the most interesting part of Chris’s story above — apart from the bits about hard work and sacrifice, of course — had to do with how he get into Michelin-starred kitchens in the first place.
His secret? He knew somebody.
In this highly networked world, it’s no stretch to say our network is our networth. So the question I have for you is, do you have the mentoring and support from someone who could help you take your own entrepreneurial dreams to the next level?
As it happens, we have an exclusive opportunity for folks to get personal, 1-on-1 entrepreneurial coaching from Chris in the next little bit. Click here to learn more about that opportunity.
Also published on Medium.