Today I was eating lunch at this relatively new, but very popular lunch eatery called Hankook Taqueria. The place has the most amazing Korean style tacos. The place is inexpensive, informal, and has amazing food. I was talking with the owner as he made my tacos.
I said, “it is amazing that something so simple can taste so good.”
He said, “Yes, but it took me 25 years to figure it out.”
I said, “so you are an overnight success that is 25 years old.” He laughed deeply at my comment.
I found the interaction profound, because we all expect success to be overnight. We expect to just step up to the plate and hit a homerun. Most of the time success is not overnight…it is 25 years in the making like Hankook Taqueria. I wonder how many tacos he had to serve and/or eat until he found his “successful” formula. Probably a lot more than you would think.
For some reason, we love the story of the overnight success. We love the story of facebook.com. However, life rarely turns out this way. More often it is an overnight success after 25 years of blood sweat and tears.
I think the lesson here is to pursue your passions and keep re-inventing your passion. We have to be striving to continually improve our product, our service, our passion. It might take 25 years, but eventually you may find out how to make the perfect Korean Taco.