I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
A few years ago I went to New York City for four days over Thanksgiving. NYC is a city of contrasts – from the highest paid world-class professionals working in the arts, entertainment, fashion, medicine and business to all those struggling to survive, hawking knock-off Gucci bags, Rolex watches and hotdogs on every corner. There is a saying; “if you can make it there you can make it anywhere!”
I wondered… what is the secret to “making” it in New York? I think I found the answer at a deli.
Shopsin’s General Store on the lower east side always has a lineup. In fact, we were the last group that was “invited” to sit down on that particular day. Kenny Shopsin is the ‘classic’ New Yorker. Think Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, but serving up over 800 different options, including his classic macaroni and cheese pancakes. He is an equal mix of artist, entrepreneur, and philosopher with a dash of pure cockiness. I admire Kenny for living his life and doing his work genuinely, meaningfully and authentically. All-in-all, he’s a likable character. There is a terrific documentary, “I like Killing Flies” about Kenny that I highly recommend.
What is the answer to making it? Be yourself.
Unless you are yourself, you will never survive. The competition is incredible! But there is no other YOU out there. What do I admire about Kenny? He dares to be himself – foibles, fears, talents and all.
Who wins out of this? We all do.
New York is built by people who have the courage, work ethic, tenacity and attitude to pursue their dream. This city is a microcosm of the global economy. In every city and town, on one corner, you have a genuine original with a line up out the door and on the opposite corner, there are people hawking copycat ideas and products, struggling to make a living. You choose.
You are not a resource, talent or commodity – you are unique and vital.
Be original, there is only one Kenny, and there is just one you!
That’s something to be thankful for.
Along the road with you!
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