I stumbled upon Gordon Ramsay’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit recently and I must say, it contains a ton of valuable advice.
Within the amazing amount of information that is filled with questions asking him about his favorite food to the technical details of his shows, lies some amazing life lessons that can inspire you in your journey to success. And it doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring chef or not.
I’ve picked out the best for you. Check them out below:
1. Never let your thirst for knowledge die out
You have to be on student-mode all the time. Whatever it is you want to do in life, keep doing it. Keep learning and keep trying new things. Never let your thirst for knowledge die.
Tell yourself that it is never enough. However much you think you have learnt or have within you, you’re always a student. So don’t get complacent.
2. Let it go, don’t hold it in; get it off your chest
Release things that are negative within! Don’t hold it in for too long. There’s nothing worse than feeling all that repressed energy inside of you.
That’s not to say you need to shout or scream whenever you feel like you need to let something out though. Do what suits you. Take a break, breathe, meditate or just talk to someone. Just don’t hold it in until it affects your work.
3. Stay true to yourself
Gordon Ramsay willingly and proudly says he’s a chef, no matter what. What are you?
I think it’s easy to get lost in the sea of life today. We attach ourselves too easily to different identities, such as the name of our jobs, until we forget our own roots. That’s how we become unhappy, unmotivated and eventually lost.
Stick to your roots. Never forget who you are. Have your one passion and hold on to it tightly. Let these be your guide in life.
4. Find quality time to spend with yourself
Everybody needs their own space from time to time! This is where you get to recharge, relax and breathe. We can’t work all the time. We all need time to ourselves. Go do something that you love doing, that brings you peace. Go to a place where your mind is clear.
It may sound simple enough, but taking time for yourself needs to be an active choice. We can’t always stick to the daily grind. You can tire yourself out and lose motivation.
5. Manage your time well and vehemently stick to it to make things work
Make a plan, create good habits, do the work daily and don’t slip. There’re no excuses here. If you want to get the results you want, you need to have a plan and a daily schedule that will keep you motivated.
Also, stand by your convictions. Whatever goal you’ve set for yourself, always work towards it and never give up.
6. Keep doing what you love and let it inspire others
Show as much as you can who you are, who you’re with and where you are. Let what you are doing, inspire others.
As said in the previous point, stick to your roots and stay true to yourself. Work really hard and be really good at it. That is how you inspire others.
7. Open up your eyes and broaden your horizons
Whether it is what you love or how you live your life, your world isn’t the world. There’s always so much more to learn out there. Get out there, travel, meet new people and expose yourself to different things so you can truly experience things on a different level.
8. Don’t be scared to take a break
By far my favorite answer towards a disillusioned young chef. It’s a little wordy, but well worth it!
That is when you need to start being extremely honest with yourself. Ask yourself the honest, but terrifying questions and don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to take a break. Sometimes we need to take a step back to find the answers we seek. The bigger picture is always there for you.