One of the more fascinating discussions I had during SOBCon08 was with Chris Garrett on our way back to the airport (it’s amazing the conversations you can strike up when you are stuck in Chicago traffic!).
We were talking about favorite foods and the discussion led to Indian cuisine, and our favorite types of Indian food. One of those was a dish called Chicken Tikka Masala. It consists of chicken, cooked in a tomato and yogurt based curry. Very good stuff.
Chris then relayed the “legend” of of how this dish came about. It didn’t originate in India, the legend says -it was in Glasgow, in the late 1960s.
Apparently a restaurant patron thought the Chicken Tikka was too dry and asked for more “gravy” (only Chris could do this description justice, so you should ask him to tell this story sometime!). The chef, duly challenged, came up with the Masala we know and love today – in fact, in 2001 it was declared Britian’s “true national dish”.
Why do I bring up this story today? No, I’m not veering this blog into a food and cooking direction (it’s hard for me to boil water so that’s a really bad direction for me).
I recount this conversation because I believe it illustrates so well the power of individual initiative. How a seemingly insignificant idea or request could turn into something with such a profound impact is a great lesson for us all.
The lesson: We CAN make a difference, not only for ourselves, our families, our fellow business associates, or fellow bloggers, but for the world too !
This reminds me of what my friend Lisa Haneberg talks about in her book, “2 Weeks to a Breakthrough” . She writes about “the butterfly effect” – how a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can trigger a tornado in Texas. One little “flap” can cause a chain reaction. She encourages us to “flap” our wings and make things happen – the more “flaps” the better.
That man in the restaurant in Glasgow flapped his wings, by saying he wanted gravy. The chef flapped his when he whipped up the Masala. Then one of the other patrons tried it, and spread the word. Flap, flap, flap…….
We all have that power, the power to make huge changes happen – the question is, can we use it? WILL we use it? Are we brave enough to think that BIG? Can we really change the world?
The key is to not let our ideas, dreams and desires be held captive by fear, or be discouraged by outside influences.
If you want gravy, you gotta ask for it!
Put some gravy in your life – and believe in the power of you!