[MMM] The Recipe for Career Success

Sept 26, 2016 | The “Recipe” Edition


Good Monday morning,


I have the recipe for success and it’s really simple.


I grew up in a Irish home where the most exciting kitchen invention ever introduced wasthe microwave. For most people, microwaves have their place reheating leftovers and making microwave popcorn. I don’t believe they were ever intended to cook a meal, but they can bake a decent potato.


Cooking is both an art and science, and those that become the very best at it are recognized by Michelin stars. The name Michelin makes me think tires and not food… but I admit, I’m more of a car guy.


My first experience in learning to cook, like many others, was following the instructions on the side of a box of Kraft Dinner. This was followed by learning to make lasagne. One of the key elements of great pasta sauce is fresh garlic. I remember, growing up in my (pre-Google) Irish home, the day that I discovered that a  “clove” of garlic was not the entire head. Needless to say that was a memorable meal.


Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to eat at some excellent restaurants, and my appreciation and respect for the Master Chef’s craft continues to grow. This summer, I was in Sweden and was fortunate enough to be able to eat at Fäviken. This restaurant is featured on the Netflix series Chef’s Table, is considered one of the top 50 restaurants in the world in addition to being one of the world’s most isolated restaurants, and has the honour of being a Michelin 2-star restaurant.


unnamed (5)


Magnus Nilsson is the Head Chef of Fäviken and is recognized as one of the most talented, creative, and resourceful next generation Chefs. Magnus’ book, The Nordic Cook Book, is an in-depth research project regarding the history and science of Northern European food, and took three years to complete. He has become a Master. What the difference between a guy like Magnus verses the average chef?


Take mushrooms, for example. What breed are they? In what substrate and what climate were the mushrooms grown? When were they harvested? How fresh are they? How were they stored? Fermented? Cooked or uncooked?


This is the way Magnus approaches all of the ingredients for his dishes. This is the way a Master Chef approaches each element within the dishes being created.


What about you? Do you have a “Master’s mind” when it comes to the work that you do? To what extent do you dig deep into the elements of your profession, industry, sector, service, and products? To be frank, how much do you really really care about what you do?


I mentioned at the outset, I have the recipe for career success:


– 1 cup of deep interest
– 1 cup of talent
– 2 tbsp of persistence
– 2 tsp of great guidance
– 2 tsp of great support


The recipe is really quite simple, and the quality of the ingredients make all the difference.


Are you looking for your unique recipe for career success?


Our client, Melissa Cox shared, “CareerJoy is like a career archaeologist. They painstakingly chip away at the years of junk that build up on a person’s psyche, either by choice or by habit, to reveal the original find. That they can help you reclaim yourself by removing all this debris is enough; that they do it while preserving who you always were, is miraculous.”


My team and I assist individuals and organizations every year in all sectors and industries make the best career and leadership decisions, and provide training across a broad range of topics – we can help you, too. Who is your career & leadership coach? Connect with Brittany Knapp for more info: 1-877-256-2569 ext 4 or brittany.knapp@careerjoy.com.


Along the road with you!




P.S. Calling all Federal Public Servants! This Thursday, don’t miss our Information Session & Luncheon where you can learn how to leverage your Personal Learning Plan to advance your public sector career. Sept 28 from 12-1 pm ET in our downtown Ottawa officeClick to learn more & RSVP here >


P.P.S. Are you wondering what career is right for you? Join our next CareerClass webinar Career Confusion? Ask Alan & Take Control! on Wed Sept 28 12- 12:45 pm ET limited spots click here to RSVP and learn more >