Making Our Own Luck
First off, welcome to the official FoodChain blog and the first company post. We feel that to be a successful company, we must be completely transparent with our employees and the public. This blog will help us achieve that transparency.
Throughout the duration of my time with FoodChain, I will discuss a lot about culture through this blog. Although I pride myself in being diverse in the field and being knowledgable about the various technical and business aspects needed to make this project successful, I feel the most important factor in deciding whether a startup is successful is their company culture. After all, ideas are a dime a dozen, skills can be learned in minimal time, business plans can easily pivot, but people and attitudes do not.
That being said, I decided this first post should represent the underlying structure of our company culture. The backbone of how we plan to build the business.
So when we were starting the plan for the company I was researching former startups and what made some successful and some failures, after some time I realized there was one common comment coming from all these business blogs and stories - you have to get lucky in some way to be a successful startup.
At first it upset me. I am not typically a lucky person. When I think of luck the first thing that comes to mind is losing lottery tickets and quarters lost in a slot machine at the Rivers Casino. It didn’t exactly make me enthusiastic about diving into the startup world.
Then I really started to think about it. What really is luck? What are typical traits of a ‘lucky’ person, or more important a ‘lucky’ company? Is it really just random chance, or is luck somehow controllable?
After researching the common trends of some successful startup companies, I came to one glaring realization - luck is not just a random entity. It is a formula that can be accomplished with planning and hard work. Specifically, it is where preparation meets opportunity.
When I really thought about it, this was a very exciting revelation. It means we can control our own destiny as a company. We do not need to get lucky. We can MAKE our own luck!
How can we do this?
First off, we prepare! If we structure our company thinking in a proactive sense, we can handle any situation thrown at us. This is the hardest part of the formula to suffice because we must prepare all aspects of the business to be prepared for anything the future may have. We must anticipate future problems and plan for them accordingly. We must structure ourselves with the most innovative solutions to put the business in the best possible position at all times.
Yes, this will be hard. The good news though is the solution is simple. With constant, structured hard work, the company will be prepared.
Now, the part of the equation in which everyone assumes is out of their control - opportunity.
Opportunities are not a mythical entity that happens by chance. They come from hard work put in to maintaining and developing a network of people around the company. If you sit and wait, opportunities will never come, however; if you, as a company owner, constantly put yourself in situations to meet people and you are continually on a hunt for new opportunities, you will find one.
This is exactly what we will do here at FoodChain. We will hunt opportunities until we connect with the right one. We will be prepared for those opportunities through hard work. We will make our own luck.
As CEO, my promise to all employees is that we will make FoodChain successful. One day, FoodChain will revolutionize the food service industry.
Most importantly, I look forward to the hard work it will take to get it there.