Turning Passion Into Success


Note: The below was written in 2016 which was prior to Anthony Bourdain’s tragic suicide in 2018. Eventually I’ll write another post about him but for now I’ll leave this reflection on happier times.

Anyone who really knows me, knows I love love love Anthony Bourdain. I am greedily in anticipation of his food hall aka the Bourdain Market to launch at Pier 57, and generally live vicariously through his gluttonous travels captured on his glorious Instagram accounts and on his TV shows.

Mr Bourdain was at SXSW last week and Graham Winfrey from Inc. was fortunate enough to do an interview with him regarding rules he lives by and his definition of success (excerpt below):

“Success is, do I like the people I’m dealing with? I live in business by something I call the no-asshole rule. It’s an important one. I actually like everybody I do business with. We went to this one meeting in L.A. and a guy offered us a TV show and a deal that would have made us all Bond villain-wealthy. Like, helipad wealthy. The meeting went fantastically well, and we were standing there in the parking lot afterward and looked at each other, and I said, “If the phone rings at 11 p.m., do you want it to be that asshole?” And we were all like, “No way!””

Again, have I mentioned how much I love him? You can check out the full interview here, but what always strikes me about Mr Bourdain is how he has built his life and career around exactly what he is passionate about. Could we all be so fortunate?

I am at a point in my life where I also want my passions to match my career, and I think I’m on the right path (which the universe has really been reinforcing lately). This blog is part of making sure that happens but I often think about what else I could be doing to help things along. Definitely something worth further exploration for anyone who is not doing what they are passionate about.

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