Face It Head On Like Julia Child

Thomas Lierzer December 26, 2010 23

As a professional Chef I’ve always admired Julia Child and her accomplishments. Without her, our knowledge of french cuisine would not be where it is now. Her dedication opened the doors for amateur cooks to replicate what was know as a cooking art only well trained Chefs know how to master.

Her best selling book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is a master piece not just for the average home kitchen hero but also for the professional crowd. But without getting into all her stuff, what I am very amazed about is the GUT she had when deciding to change her live at an age where others would settle into what I call “Waiting For Retirement” face.

With absolute dedication and fearless head on approach she became what we know the “Master of French Cuisine” facing many hurdles and problems along the wayand with pure will power and a goal in mind overcoming such obstacles  and turning herself into a well known Author and Kitchen Icon until her death in 2004. Her dream of bringing the best of the cooking world into viewers living rooms is the legacy she will leave behind. Of course on top of many others.

Which brings me to a quick story about a woman from Texas living in NY City in a tiny apartment with a tiny kitchen and her goal was to cook 524 Julia Child recipes in 1 year. Her name is Julie Powell and many of you might remember the movie Julie and Julia. Julie started a blog to keep record of her daily operations and recipes she cooked, which became a huge hit with a ton of followers and than eventually leading to book deals, movie deals etc etc.

My whole point I am trying to make here is, here we have 2 women, both are success stories, both had to face the worst hurdles possible head on, I am talking about frustration, near quitting and a goal which seemed to be logical in the beginning but as the projects went on seemed to be unreachable. But both stuck with what they set out to accomplish and that is what made them successful.

So what should you learn from Julia and Julie,

  • It all starts with the Idea/Goal
  • Knowing what you have to do to reach it
  • Except hurdles/road blocks along the way and face them head on or go around them
  • Never give up, always keep your goals in front of you
  • Do whatever it takes  to get to the final destination

In business no matter what you do you must remember the work you put into should reflect on your bank account. Facing ups and downs is part of both Life and Business it is a given that everyone will experience it. So take it step by step, don’t try to cut corners learn from yourself and your mistakes and make it better. Like Julia face everything head on and BELIEVE in what you are doing.

It really doesn’t matter where you get inspiration from, it doesn’t have to be just in your industry go beyond the borders, look for it and you will find it all around you. Learn from it and use it.

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23 Comments »

  1. Lee Selders May 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    Great post, Thomas! Glad you shared this

  2. Greg Greer May 7, 2011 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    Great post, Thomas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Greg Greer May 7, 2011 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    Great post, Thomas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sheena Prailleau January 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    Great analogy for keeping up with your goals and being successful. My favorite dish is honey salmon

    • Thomas Lierzer January 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM - Reply

      yum, gotta love Salmon

  5. Paul H. Moore January 6, 2011 at 2:32 AM - Reply

    Nice post Thomas. What’s your favorite dish? What’s one dish you want to learn how to master? I had sort of an unrelated question. I was checking out my Alexa ranking and wanted to know if you have any
    tips on creating my ‘links’ back into your blog? Wondering how to improve my ranking? Anything you have would be great. Hope all is well. Thanks again!!

    • Thomas Lierzer January 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM - Reply

      Hey Paul, very good question. I had to think about that for a second. I could have talked about different marketing strategies etc which would be the truth but having said that, I did reconsider and I was thinking about why I do what I do.

      So here it is, the dish I really want to master, is making money.
      This is why I am here and that is the truth.

      Everything else is just a tool or practice to get there.

      Thanks for the great question :-)

      -Thomas

      • Thomas Lierzer January 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM - Reply

        For your backlink question, the plugin I have attached will give a backlink to your blog. But basically what you want to do is getting you blog link on a lot of Web2.0 properties.

        Like Squidoo, Hubpages,ezine articles, goarticles,better networker etc etc you get the point.

        But backlinks is just a piece of the puzzle, joining a tribe like TSA Mastery will help you as well because your content is going to be shared by fellow members. Which increases your traffic and eventually your ranking.

        But I recommend becoming part of a tribe, that is the best way to get your blog moving.

        -Thomas

  6. Paul H. Moore January 6, 2011 at 2:32 AM - Reply

    Nice post Thomas. What’s your favorite dish? What’s one dish you want to learn how to master? I had sort of an unrelated question. I was checking out my Alexa ranking and wanted to know if you have any
    tips on creating my ‘links’ back into your blog? Wondering how to improve my ranking? Anything you have would be great. Hope all is well. Thanks again!!

  7. Willena Flewelling January 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM - Reply

    I love this post, Thomas. Both ladies are an inspiration and a challenge to me. Not only can I do what I really want to do, despite the odds “against” me, but also, it’s never too late!!

    Willena Flewelling

    • Thomas Lierzer January 5, 2011 at 5:41 PM - Reply

      Willena, you are right, it is never to late to start a new adventure. Thanks for commenting.

      -T.

  8. Angel Taylor January 4, 2011 at 7:37 PM - Reply

    It’s always amazing to me what can be accomplished when we really put our minds to it. If there’s a strong enough desire, then no amount of obstacles or hurdles will be able to stand in our way.

    Great stuff Thomas :)

    Angel Taylor

    • Thomas Lierzer January 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM - Reply

      Thanks Angel, it is all about how many times can you overcome obstacles.
      Thanks for commenting.

      -T.

  9. Ka January 4, 2011 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    Thomas,

    I love the look of your blog, awesome job! And as we enter into a new year the message of this post is so appropriate. No matter how difficult our goals may seem, no matter what others may think of us, no matter how much easier it would be to “skip it”, winners persevere. We are winners…..we will persevere.

    Kathy

    • Thomas Lierzer January 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM - Reply

      Kathy
      Word of the day “Persevere”. I really like that. thanks for commenting

      -T.

  10. The GREAT Edward January 4, 2011 at 12:39 PM - Reply

    Hey Thomas,

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    What I see that these great women did was ‘decide’ that they were going to be a success in achieving their goals and dreams. So many people just hope or wish that their dreams come true and never truly decide. Once the decision is made… wow… all things are possible. Just need to take action on what shows up in your life. Dream big and keep your dreams alive my friend.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    The GREAT Edward!

    • Thomas Lierzer January 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM - Reply

      I could not have said it better. Thanks Edward “The Great”

      -T.

  11. Ruth December 31, 2010 at 4:07 AM - Reply

    Hi Thomas,
    This post is great. I’ve wanted to quit so many times but my dreams and goals won’t let me. And I won’t stop till I reach my goals.

    • Thomas Lierzer December 31, 2010 at 2:41 PM - Reply

      Hey Ruth, I love it

      -T.

  12. Sherman Smith December 27, 2010 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    Very powerful posts, because only God knows how many times I was on the shoreline of quitting but my goals and my why kept me going. Thanks for sharing this post!
    Take Care Thomas!

    Sherman

    • Thomas Lierzer December 27, 2010 at 11:50 PM - Reply

      Hey Sherman, thanks for your comment. I think everyone faces the challenges of quitting.
      Only the strong minded People will push forward, like yourself and find the success they are looking for.

      -T.

  13. Jordan Schultz December 26, 2010 at 6:20 PM - Reply

    Thomas,

    I love this post. THe ability to overcome the obstacles and keep our eyes on the goal is what leads to success. Such a great example with these 2 women. I still can’t wait to have you cook me some food man!

    Jordan Schultz

    • Thomas Lierzer December 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM - Reply

      Thanks Jordan, one day you will be guest of honor and I will cook some goodies for ya :-)

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