A respected mentor once shared with me, that “if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”. This mindset for me will perhaps forever be a matter of life-long growth and self-fulfillment. There are many reasons why the field of hospitality struck me the most, but ultimately it all boils down to three – Passion & Fulfillment, Satisfaction out of “never a dull moment”, and more importantly, being the reason why someone else will have a better tomorrow. In my opinion, the last reason in particular; is the true definition of hospitality.
I’m sure the idea of “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”, has been widely accepted as the definition of the term – Career. How many dare say they live exactly that? The fuel for my passion in cooking and hospitality is derived from my early childhood. While laughter on the playground served as an indicator of happiness for other youngsters; my grandmother’s heated kitchen was my sanctuary. It was one of those experiences that cannot be explained or replicated and it is safe to assume most people whom thrive in the field of hospitality management all share this common denominator.
The adrenaline generated by standing near the edge of a cliff symbolizes my inner deep desire and love for this business. Throughout my nearly a decade of managerial work in the field; one thing that never seemed to change is that yesterday’s blood, sweat and tears are the biggest preparations for today’s new rush of adrenaline. The corporate food and beverage sector perfectly outlines my forte. After years of tossing and banging in the corporate restaurant world; the idea how powerful knowledge really is never fails to amaze me and how crucial training and development really is. Not just only for field hospitality, but for almost everything.
Some of my proudest moments throughout the years, believe it or not, is when one of my best team member hands me his or her resignation letter. If someone else will be having a better tomorrow because of me; I smile from within. My thirst for knowledge and skillsets needed for me to continue to teach, train and develop talents so they can one day become their own success story is the very reason why I am constantly pushing myself to the next level. With the UNLV, M.HA program, I can continue to shine light on students that I will have the pleasure to cross path with while maintaining the essential ability to put food on the dinner table for my family. More importantly, fulfilling my hunger for knowledge to shape the future of the field of hospitality management one step at a one time.
“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” – Conrad Hall