December 19th, 2012 14:32 EST
Seasoning is the Key To Success
One of the joys of living in the Southern part of the United States is the cooking traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Of all the special dishes I enjoy this time of year, my favorite has to be deep-fried turkey. Yes, I know. But if you`ve ever had it, you`ll never forget it for the rest of your life. In fact, it will be difficult to have turkey in the traditional way because your tastebuds will long for the deep-fried version.
Out of curiosity, I wanted to know how the turkey acquired such a unique and flavorful taste through frying. Well, you guessed it: Seasoning is the key. You gather creole butter and melt it, adding creole seasonings. Then, strain the butter mixture and pour it into a syringe. Using the syringe, inject the seasoning liquid into the turkey at least 24-36 hours prior to dropping the turkey into peanut oil. (Oh boy! I am about to scream, "Hercules, Hercules!" like Eddie Murphy did in the movie Nutty Professor.)
Yes, deep-fried turkey is a little slice of heaven on earth. To all of my friends in Paris, South Africa, Singapore, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand: Do yourself a favor and just try it. C`mon, just go for it! You`ll love it.
All this appreciation for my favorite holiday dish got me started thinking that everything you`ve experienced thus far in life has been about seasoning. It`s been about finding your own flavor.
Seasoning is embracing the character-building moments when you don`t know what you don`t know, but you are going to figure it out.
Seasoning is acquiring the mental agility and emotional bandwidth to attain and retain whatever life brings you.
When I worked at Disney, there were some promotions that bypassed me and I often wondered why. Well, it took me a few years to realize that there were a few missing ingredients in my flavor profile that left a tart aftertaste in some of my dealings. There were a few bland experiences that left some wondering if I had the right stuff, the seasoning that leaves an imprint instead of making an impression.
It would take the seasoning of a relationship, a mentor, and a failure to help me attain the right flavor. Roger Hammer said it best: "I send a lot of horses out to the fairs for seasoning, to educate them. Some of them come around, and some don`t."
Are you still waiting for your big break? Could all this waiting mean that you are in need of more seasoning?
You`ve done the work. You`ve put in the 10,000 hours. You`ve waited, and nothing is happening. My friend, steady yourself and continue to walk forward. What you want wants you.
Seasoning is going the extra mile-not because you have to, but because you want to
Seasoning is leading without a title.
Seasoning is walking away when something looks too good to be true.
Seasoning is relaxing and not pouting because you didn`t get your way.
Seasoning is releasing fear and uncertainty and beginning to "act as if" the thing you desire has manifested.
I have discovered that the reason some doors didn`t open for me before is simple: I needed a pinch of salt and pepper to bring my full flavor forward.
As you cross the threshold of a brand new year, reflect and understand that the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, the sunshine and rain all came as seasoning for your future. The business lost was just seasoning that adds a little flavor to your development and makes you a little hungrier to get back up and go after it again.
Emerson said in his essay on compensation: "Every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good; for everything you gain, you lose something. A perfect equity adjusts its balance in all parts of life."
As you reflect, I invite you to chill and embrace the seasoning. Be thankful that some doors didn`t open. Appreciate the fact that you are still growing and learning. It`s all a part of the process. Allow the seasoning of life to add flavor to your development. Thank God for seasoning. And the next time the phone rings, you`ll be ready, and nothing and no one will be able to stop you, O, Brilliant One.
Lead, Love, and Live Brilliantly,
Simon T. Bailey
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