I had a wonderful interview with the Owner of Café 247. Her name is Shirley Altheide. Wonderful person and absolutely delightful to talk with.
We started off our little meeting if you will with a question of vision. I had asked her what it was when she had first started and what it was now, and was amazed to see the rather large difference from then to now. I like how she mentioned that a “vision is like a beacon which is a constant reminder of where you are trying to go. A vision does not predict the future of your company it is to put it simply your heart’s desire. One of the important points she notes, on having a vision, is to always write it, always review it, always revise, and to rinse and repeat as necessary.
The next question asked was how did you determine that your idea would fill a need in the marketplace. Her response was great. What do you mean she says, everyone needs to eat, right? Short answer though small town on the corner of the main street couldn’t go wrong there could we she said. At that time there were only 2 other restaurants in town at that time. A Chinese restaurant and a Mexican stand, no burger joint that’s when I decided to make my move.
She explains that when she had purchased this particular burger restaurant that is was failing but that is was through her confidence and optimism to see and seize and opportunity or that it would forever be lost.
Have you ever had any setbacks or failures you would like to share, I asked. She responded, that as she looked back on her bumps in the road that that was all they were, just bumps and that the important thing was to learn from them. How one chooses to interpret failures will either move your forward or hold you back in some way. Every failure can be turned into a stepping stone towards success. Every...