This past weekend was my Love’s birthday and I surprised her by taking her to a Food Tour in the Mission District located in San Francisco, CA. I wanted to have a tour with an awesome tour guide so like many of us I checked out yelped. I found Foodie Adventures who was ran by Chris Milano. Now just to get it straight he didn’t pay me to do this post or any way shape or form, it was actually the sole experience I got from his tour that stimulated this piece.
On the food tour we stopped by several Ma and Pop restaurants, learned about each of their culture and back stories, and ate their food. There was a relentless amount of eating. What I was so inspired about is that these family run businesses epitomized work ethic. That is the very reason they are still in business after 30+ years! Several factors that give them that edge over their mainstream competitors are:
- They own their property, not lease it.
- They stay true to their quality.
- They work HARD.
We first stopped at a bakery, where one of the owners is chinese but speaks fluent spanish! Chris said it’s hilarious to see the look on all the hispanic women’s’ faces when the chinese owner starts talking to them in their native language. The other owner works 13 days on, one day off. That’s almost 2 weeks of non-stop working, each day being 12+ hours. Believe it or not they love doing it!
Another restaurant we stopped by had their kids start working at the age of 13! Some of you may say “Oh my thats child labor! Horrible!” It’s not horrible when you understand the reason behind it. One of the workers came out as she was giving us a sample dish of what they offered, and she explained, “When we turn 13, my Dad tells us, ‘By this age you already know how to spend money, now it’s time to learn how to make it.’” With that being said, they start to learn what hard work really is.
Just because they work hard at a young age, however, doesn’t mean they’re mindless drones. They still go to school and get their education, but at the same time they learn what work ethic really means, what it feels like, and what it can really get you. One of the older brothers already owns his own home, at the age of 21. This past month we were also told that their parents who own the business and work alongside them, took all their kids to Disney World to thank them for all their hard work.
It’s a different feeling when you are awarded for your hard work and achievements. There’s an appreciation there that cannot be replicated. Work ethic in today’s society is substandard in my opinion. Too many complaints about unnecessary things. The lack of appreciation for anything is growing at an alarming rate. The term “FML” (Fuck My Life) is used without a second thought. It’s a slap to the face to someone who’s struggling to keep theirs. It’s sad, and the only way to get out of the mentality is to realize that if you work hard enough in anything, success is possible.
It may not come right away, and it may not come in the way you first envisioned it, but once you’re there, you will look back at how far you have come and grasp the fact that your dream has finally become a reality.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.- Colin Powell