In this transcript, business coach Clay Clark (US SBA Entrepreneur of the Year) discusses with Chef Remmi (“teen-preneur”) what it means to turn your passions into profits on Thrive15.com, one of the most affordable business schools in Florida!
Clay Clark: Now, what are a few times that you think that you would of given up, if you’re passion for being a business coach wasn’t so big?
Chef Remmi: I probably think … I’ve had some calls where I got … where I could go on a national TV show and they didn’t call me back. They didn’t even say, “No,” they just didn’t call back with a a business coach.
Clay Clark: That’s so weak, isn’t that weak?
Chef Remmi: Yeah.
Clay Clark: Don’t you want that sweet rejection as opposed to that weakness?
Chef Remmi: Yeah, you might as well tell it to my face, just not telling me won’t spare my feelings, it probably makes it worse actually.
Clay Clark: Boom. I have a feeling when you’re 35 and your parents start letting you dating … start letting you date, I think that’s how you’re going break up to them, “You know what here’s the deal, no it’s not working out.” Just direct, boom. Right there. You prefer a direct rejection though as opposed to the not call you back?
Chef Remmi: I’d rather have someone tell me no rather than … If I’m going to learn from that experience, you might as well say no to it.
Clay Clark: When we were raising Venture Capital, I talk to a company … You know who you are, you Venture Capital company. You know who you are. I talked to them on the phone and they said, “We are not interested and further more we think it’s a bad idea to try to provide practical education with … when people don’t have the general knowledge to fall back on.” Basically they think that it’s a bad deal to even offer this sort of service, and I said, “Why is that?” I don’t think he was ready for that question, and he goes on and on. Well I learned a lot from it because he thought that I was saying that Thrive should take the place of college.
In your case, I think you need to probably get that culinary certification, because it offers that credibility and then Thrive might be where you go to log on to learn about PR, or marketing, or something else. I realize that he thought through the way I presented it, that I was saying this was in replace of college. I just think it’s huge that if you do get rejected, that you take the time to ask, “Why?” That way you can learn from it. Now Remmi, a survey … this is a survey conducted by the Gallup Poll, are you into the Gallup Poll? Do you wait every day for the Gallup Polls to come out, is it something you’re pumped up about?
Learn practical business knowledge from millionaires, mentors, and entrepreneurial success stories on Thrive15.com, one of the most engaging business schools in Florida!
Chef Remmi: I’m not sure what that is, as a business coach.
Clay Clark: That’s fine, okay here we go, most people don’t either, but here we go. Gallup is a research group that basically does polls so that we know what the average human thinks. This came out on October 8th of 2013, and they showed that only … If you had to guess, what percentage of American employees do you think actually like their job?
Chef Remmi: 20%.
Clay Clark: 13%. Rejection. 13% of American employees actually like their job, which to me, as a business coach, is unbelievable. We’re so scared about starting a business, but yet only 13% of us even like it. They’re saying 13% of employees are even in engaged in their job, meaning they’re like not they don’t care. To me that would be just unbearable, I couldn’t imagine that. I remember working at my first job, when I was working at the Norsemen restaurant there in [Cokato 00:02:55], Minnesota and I did not like that job at all. I couldn’t imagine doing that for the foreseeable future, I think that would be just a rough thing. It seems like every entrepreneur that I interview though, they are deeply passionate about their business. They are deeply passionate about their cause, they’re engaged. Do you do things every week to keep yourself engaged? Not only in cooking but I mean in the business, do you have a weekly meeting where your drinking from the fire hose of awesomeness? What do you do to keep yourself pumped?
Chef Remmi: It’s just … My business I learn every time we meet with Whole Foods, I’ll do a demo or something, or I do another Chef for the Cure, and then that really … My passion, it’s just an on-going thing. I have a lot of energy you can just ask my mom, but I mean that’s really just …
Clay Clark: Are there areas you have no energy in though because you don’t like them? You mentioned you’re not into science.
Chef Remmi: No … there’s some tidbits that I don’t like about science …
Clay Clark: If I made you memorize the Periodic Table would you like it?
Chef Remmi: I actually might of done that, mister business coach.
Clay Clark: Gosh.
Chef Remmi: It involves with … I like math, that’s my all time … I can probably find math in one thing I like that involves math in every single subject.
Clay Clark: Well, I’m going to tell you what, I’m going to find something that you’re not passionate about, and I’m going to … make you do it here. Hey, now you’ve teamed up with No Kid Hungry, to help support in drive donations. Why are you so passionate about this cause?
Chef Remmi: My business originally started to address an issue, the childhood obesity epidemic, and so along the way I’ve been focusing on yet another issue. What I need to do is to fix the issues, that’s what part of … I think whenever you’re entrepreneur, you should find a problem and fix it. That I think would make you … that’s what makes you successful.
Clay Clark: Find a problem and fix it.
Chef Remmi: Yeah.