Success is a dish best served hot. Someone once said “It’s around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world”. This concept is one that shaped a vision for myself and my colleagues at Rice At Home® Podcast. For many young people, particularly those of Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, the phrase ‘there’s rice at home’ represents something you were told by your parents when you asked for McDonalds which has now evolved over time and become something you tell yourself to encourage financial discipline. When your colleagues want to head over to Gauchos after work your subconscious is kissing its teeth and telling you “there’s rice at home”. This only goes to show that the lessons that we were taught at a young age have significant impact on us in later life. The inception of the Rice At Home Podcast came about after a summer of intense personal development. Once we had a sniff of the endless possibilities and the slightest taste of success we knew we had to share this vision with the world.
In January we sat in a booth at a busy Nandos in West London. The ideas were flowing, the chicken was fresh off the grill and Nandos were fresh out of napkins. We pondered for a good while on how to bring our message to those who just ‘aren’t into’ podcasts yet? The obvious solution was to put our message into writing! As I took a forkful of Spicy Rice, a bulb seemed to flick on in my mind. Why don’t we use the irony of the name we had chosen for ourselves to create a guide to those who, like us wanted to achieve greatness. Thus The Recipe For Success was born. After a long-winded argument on the semantics of the analogy we agreed to base our recipe around the popular West-African dish of Jollof rice. (I was outnumbered by my Ghanaian cohosts. Although, if I’m honest, I had very little objections, as not many dishes allude to the sweetness of success quite like a healthy serving of Jollof rice.
The e-book centres around 5 core ingredients: Rice, Tomato, Onion Water and Seasoning:
Rice represents hard-work, in the chapter I discuss it’s crucial importance to success as forming a culture of success hinges on ones partiality to hard-work, responsibility and discipline. Just as rice is the foundation of our Jollof, hard-work must be the foundation of your journey to success.
The Next Chapters, Tomato and Onion focus on Education and Mentorship respectively. The blend of Onion and Tomato is absolutely crucial in making Jollof what it is. As a result, in The Recipe for Success Mentorship and Education are an absolutely essential partnership. Michael Discusses how not all education is good, and how education without guidance is useless.
In the penultimate chapter Ama talks about Calculated Risk, likening it to judging how much water to put into your mixture. We all know this is hardest part of making rice. It has the potential to go one way or the other. However when we take the calculated risk of adding our water bit by bit we can get closer to our goal with added safety. In the same way Ama’s chapter advise to analyse each element of risk separately. This will allow you to make safe and secure choices on your road to riches.
Finally Myself and Ama discuss the importance of personal branding in this growing social media age. This is essentially the seasoning you add to your rice. It’s what makes you unique and what draws people to you. Sprinkle a generous amount of Soft Skills and Unique Value Proposition but be careful not to overdo it and risk spoiling your masterpiece.
The book, naturally concludes with massive thanks to those organisations and individuals who made the project possible. I encourage you, as you embark on your own journey to never forget to acknowledge and appreciate those you helped you along the way.
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