I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether its through giving advice on how I dealt with some of my own life challenges, or if it’s through SavorThePassion.com where I’m working to increase the quality of life of all that I can through the power of food.
I started Savor The Passion February 11 2017 (then known as Digest The Passion). Since then I went through 2 accelerator programs and several updates/iterations & maybe even a pivot or three. In that time there have been two words that have come up rather consistently: Marathon & Sprint. Generally when the word marathon is mentioned in this world they’re saying something to the effect of “remember that running a business isn’t a sprint it’s a marathon.” Up until right before I wrote this title I agreed with that as is. Now, when people mention a sprint they're referring to the idea of knocking out some project quickly. Which I generally remain to agree with. That said I’d like to offer a new perspective. Running a business is a marathon of sprints.
Generally speaking I’m a fan of playing the long game. I don’t mind taking longer on projects that I know will make the time & effort worth my while. I’d rather take my time and get exactly what I’m looking for than to just quickly throw something together and see how it goes. This is why the phrase “this isn’t a sprint, its a marathon” is so fitting to me and my philosophy on life.
At the same time something we just have things that need to get done and they need to get done as soon as possible and this is generally called a sprint. Just like in track & field, a sprint is when you go full-tilt and give it all you got from beginning to end and it often leaves you completely drained until you can recover to go again
Nearly two months ago a lockdown had been implemented effectively across the globe. The first few weeks I spent just making the most of things and maintaining my daily routine. Then I realized that Covid-19 my actually be the best possible thing to happen to Savor The Passion. Initially when I cam to this realization I know 1 thing: I need to build my ass off. I proceeded to spend the next two weeks in front of my laptop building &taking calls with my user base. At one point I was so busy I was fitting other necessities like peeing or filling my water bottle into 45–90second windows that often left me just enough time to do one or the other rarely both.
As you might imagine it didn’t take long for me to get burned out on the work. This is when I realized, I can do sprints, but only for periods of time (I haven’t had this realization long enough for me to have a comprehensive understanding of my limitations physically in this regard)
When you’re building a business remember that while you’re small your greatest asset is flexibility and speed. When you have a great idea you need to sprint to get it implemented quickly. Thing is there will never be a time when you aren’t coming up with new ideas now.
All that remains now is a series of tasks that need to be completed quickly.
I might be tired but I'm still going too.
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Stay Passionate. Stay Safe.
~Commis Chef Chris