Secrets of Success 3

Being part of the Tulsa Blogger Meet Up group has its distinct advantages. Someday soon, these lovely people are going to figure out I’m not an SEO, niche-kinda gal. Until then, I will continue to enjoy their monthly get-togethers, with their delicious edible options and lip smacking libations

The kind people at Tulsa’s new La Madeleine restaurant invited this group to join them for a dinner and discussion about their food, their culture and how they came to Tulsa. I don’t write about food, per se, except that I eat it. Often. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I sure don’t look a French dinner gift horse in the mouth. Or something.

La Madeleine began with a big idea on a small scale, in Dallas. The idea bloomed to 21 locations in the Dallas Metroplex, just under that amount in Houston, and far flung locations on the East Coast.

The man behind the idea told us two things that resonated with me.

  1. He said he took no risks* with his idea, because he knew that if the first bakery failed, there would never be another. He wanted his space as close to his vision as possible. He attended to details from choosing the ceiling beams to finding the best bakers in the country. He wanted perfection.
  2. After the small start grew, Patrick said consistency has made all the difference. From hiring staff, to training, to menu changes, decor, price pointss, location. ┬áHe said, “consistency, consistency, consistency.”

Big deal. I’m not building my casual restaurant empire. I’m not a foodie (though I do love to cook) and I’m not a food writer. But I do stuff; stuff that I care about and want to not suck at. What if, before making a decision, I asked myself: Is this in line with my original vision? Is it consistent with my idea or my character?

As a writer, refining, honing, zeroing in on a distinct idea with a distinct voice, I can become distrracted with the voices of others, or their success. But this gets me nowhere. I would be better off sticking with my original vision, because that’s what works.

As a runner, no one can argue that consistency is key. As I enter the last few weeks of marath training, my cheerleaders keep telling me that it’s okay if the miles are tough, that getting them in iis more important than them being full of dancing unicorns and baby fairies. The foundation I’ve built is what will carry me through the race. (That and prayers, gu and a hint of swagger.)

See? There are lessons to be learned everywhere. What would change if you asked yourself those questions?