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?
Also published on Medium.