Beginner’s luck

Many times, as beginners, we have out of the box ideas.

Some would call this beginner’s luck, but this phenomenon seems to happen more often when we have spent a long period of time with our heads down, underemployed and unnoticed. Eager for a chance, and excited to change the rules of the game.

Our senses and intuition are thrown off–balance when we move from something practiced to something foreign. These are the times when we are willing to push on the walls, take the big risks, and have the big ideas.

Don’t waste the opportunity when it comes.

The advantage of new power

After a big promotion, or a much–needed job change, we are finally in a position to have our ideas heard. As we settle into our new role, it’s tempting to take advantage of it — after all, our bosses did, too.

This is the perfect time to stop trying so hard. Just like your old boss.

But there is another way forward.

It stems from the realization that there’s always a next step, and there’s always someone else following behind you.

You could clear a better path for those following behind you.

You could use your new power to share your insight about the job you had before — no one knows it better than you did until you got that fancy promotion.

You could use your new power to make the lives of others better — this is the hospitality business, after all.

The creativity trap

Some creative people, usually at the beginning of their careers, will think that their creativity, in and of itself, is their most valuable asset. And sometimes, for the very lucky, it is.

But creativity becomes most valuable when it is developed properly — honed over time into a set of sharp skills, usually over years of discipline, practice and failure.

This is when creators learn that their creativity is only as valuable as what they are using it to create.

Why ‘no frills’?

Who is the intimidating wine list written for? Usually not for the majority of people who will be drinking the wine.

Some frills — like warm cookies when you’re checking in to a hotel after traveling all day across the country — work their magic on nearly everyone.

These are the frills that make the mundane exciting.

What is easy and what is hard?

The easy part involves creativity.

The easy part is usually a lot of fun, because you’re dreaming big. No one is criticizing you for having the wrong ideas, because nothing in the brainstorming space is real yet. We’ve all been trained to say nothing negative, because we were all taught that there are no bad ideas. We are all just being ‘creative’ together.

The easy part is the safe part.

But if you really care about the work you do, the easy part will get boring. If we want to make our ideas real, we have to do the real work. We have to do the hard part.

The hard part also involves creativity.

But the hard part mostly involves failing spectacularly, recalibrating, applying new ideas, trying new angles, and sometimes continuing to fail.

The hard part is knowing that your idea isn’t there yet — and it’s knowing when it is.

Having an idea don’t cost anything, but doing the hard work to uncover a truly great idea can be expensive.

Remember, nobody likes a cheap boss.