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I have never met Danny Meyer but I have eaten at two of his infamous restaurants in Manhattan: Shack Shack, which now has a location in Washington, D.C., and serves great juicy burgers and tasty crinkle french fries and Blue Smoke which offers fantastic Southern food, especially barbecue.
Danny Meyer is the author of an insightful book, “Setting The Table” and owner and founder of 10 outstanding restaurants in New York City. Business is so good at his restaurants that most of them remain open today since the first day he opened them for business. Unfortunately, Meyer closed Tabla in 2010. Still, it’s quite an achievement in a very tough and mercurial marketplace.
How did he do it? A passion for people and food mixed with an incredible work ethic! I am writing today about Meyer’s book, “Setting The Table,” because it’s a wonderful read and a candid memoir about finding your passion in life; about following the road not taken.
If you happen to find yourself in an unplanned place where you want to or must rebuild your life after the loss of a loved one, Meyer’s book can remind you that life doesn’t always go the way you imagined but with perseverance and inner courage you can get on the other side of the hardest of times by reaching out, continuing to learn, opening a dialogue, building a community and discovering new potential within yourself.
In “Setting The Table,” Meyer writes that people think he is in the business of only serving good food. Not entirely true. His noteworthy and unique restaurants are really much much more. “Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard,” Meyer writes.
Gaining emotional stability takes some time while grieving a loss. Here are few more encouraging insights from Danny Meyer which may guide you to a healing place in the next chapter of your precious life:
–It’s human nature for people to take precisely as much interest in you as they believe you’re taking in them. There is no stronger way to build to build relationships than taking a genuine interest in other human beings and allowing them to share their stories.
–I am inspired by the search and the discovery.
–It takes integrity to be self-aware and to hold oneself accountable for doing the right thing.
–Wherever your center lies, know it, name it, stick to it and believe in it.