I can’t believe that Standing Sushi Bar is coming up to its 3 year anniversary. Where has the time gone? I can still remember the opening day jitters at OUB Centre. When was that… back on August 19, 2009? I was still a Microsoft employee back then with no idea what running a restaurant would entail.
Almost three years later I sit at my desk late at night with a whisky in hand and I think… “Damn, I thought this was going to be easier.” And I laugh.
The business has lurched from crisis to crisis over and over again. I have a feeling that anyone in business feels the same about their operation. There are successes along the way but there’s only a few days of being able to take a breather before something happens to make you want to nip at that whisky bottle again.
At some point I’m going to have to write an anti-entrepreneur post. You know how university commencement speakers like to make that joke, “Don’t leave! Stay in school!” It’s the same thing. If you’re in a solid corporate job then let me yell out, “Enjoy it! Heck, milk it!” Trust me, the “stress” of building a PowerPoint deck because some Vice-President from the overseas headquarters is coming for a visit pales in comparison to figuring out where to find money to pay your staff (note – this was at the early stages of the restaurant, it’s stable now… just in case potential staff are reading this!!).
I like that word… lurched. I think lots of people like to look back and say they had a plan, they had this map in their mind that took their business from point A to point B. It reminds me of something I read once; how all super-successful people that get involved with charities think the answer to solving the issue (world hunger, lack of education, etc.) is related to whatever field their expertise is in.
I had a plan too, but that plan obviously didn’t go to… plan. If it had these words would be written by a corporate communications person who reports to a PR manager who has to e-mail me for my opinions since I would be sipping a margarita while lying in a hammock swinging in the Maldives. Okay, just kidding, I like writing on the blog. I just figured that I’d have office staff by now, but I still can’t seem to justify it.
So yes, lurched. Fumbled, bounced, crashed, whatever words you want to use. And I don’t mean it in a bad way. Some stuff works, lots of things don’t. It’s like those racing video games where you can smack the car into the sides but ultimately you’re always going forward.