It was great meeting a modern-day culinary legend Buddy Valastro, most commonly known as The Cake Boss. The Cake Boss, in some random case you don't know, is a hit reality TV series on TLC highlighting incredible edible art and cake engineering feats that makes millions of viewers each season (and customers of Carlo's Bakery) keep coming back for more. Meeting Buddy V. came with a great share of appreciation for the man behind the scenes. Enjoy this fun piece with great insight from the Boss of All Cakes!
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Never too successful to be able to relate.
Many "successes" lose touch with reality and become less helpful to those they are to serve once they reach a certain height. I just listened to a clip in which 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said he had a "small loan" of $1 million from his father to start investing... in Manhattan! Talk about out-of-touch! (Here's the clip: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/26/politics/donald-trump-small-loan-town-hall/)
Sorry, Don, most of us can't relate. I love that Buddy V. talked candidly about how he did the bridal shows, advertising in magazines and everything he could to make a name for himself. Now, he's the Cake Boss and still super relevant to the hungry entrepreneur... maybe because he didn't start out with a small $1 million injection?
Not everyone will be your biggest fan.
Buddy V. has millions of fans watching him and his crew on TV and following him on social media and online. I loved hearing him say, "One of the most important things [to know is] you're not going to make everyone happy." Gosh! How many of us are recovering people pleasers or somehow pride ourselves on bending over backwards for, quite honestly, the undeserving host. Well, it was a breath of fresh air to hear from one so well-loved, so "arrived," that this is a critical key to remember. Be true to your brand, pros out there!
Boss? Always. Savant? Meh... Maybe Not.
Hitting on the realness and humility of The Boss, he commented, "Everybody always knows something more than we do." "Everybody?" Yes, everybody. Some of us are afraid to ask for help - been there! We can't go it alone because as much as we try to be "know-it-alls," we don't know everything and trying to be the Jack/Jill of All Trades ends up hurting us and our businesses in the process. He continued, "Surround yourself with A+ people. It allows us to do a better job.
I love the quote, "Everyone is superior in that I may learn from him." There is always a lesson to glean. Buddy V. reminded me once again during our session.
Photo credit: Get Wed for Less LLC. Event: Your Wedding Experience, Atlanta.
Until next time...