Day 8

Posted: June 15, 2010 in Trev in LA Boot Camp

After the day off things picked up full swing. Early in the day two people called in sick so there was only 4 of us to hold down the restaurant from 9am-11pm. It was one of the busiest but most fun days of the trip. Because there was only 4 of us we all had to do everything. At one point I rolled a roll, washed dishes and made a batch of rice in a 5 minute span. By the end of the night things got real busy and I was introduced into the world of being a waiter. I always thought that I would be good at it, but I’m telling you it’s a lot harder than it seems, especially when you have no clue what half the stuff on the menu is. I finished up the night doing dishes and mopping floors.

Learning to work like this is key for what Sabi Sushi is trying to do and for any entrepreneurial venture in general. In a start-up you have to be able to do it all. As a leader you need to know the ins and outs of every last job before you can be in a position to teach someone else. I think this is why there are so many successful entrepreneurs out there. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to get there hands dirty and jump into a task, and at the beginning that’s what it takes. Toughness and work ethic that is developed through the hours and hours spent doing everything yourself will be absolutely necessary for your business to succeed, and when your employees see that you are not afraid to do whatever it takes they become inspired to work harder themselves. Yesterday was a great real life example of this. At one point I looked over and saw Phillip take someones order, start to prepare their meal, realize that there wasn’t a clean dish, wash the dishes, answer the phone, take a to-go order, roll their rolls while on the phone, and then take the food out to the table. So here is the owner of this successful restaurant doing it all. He could have become overwhelmed when his workers didn’t show up, but instead he found a way to make it work, he jumped in and just got the job done. Seeing this I was motivated to do everything I could do to help out.

For Sabi you can bet that Dan, Shaan and I will all know it all and be ready to do whatever it takes day in and day out to make things run smoothly. This unstoppable attitude, developed during our training sessions with Phillip, will be the foundation of our success.

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