Small Giants: Chapter 1 Free to Choose in Notes on Reading

  • Oct. 15, 2020, 6:22 p.m.
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The first chapter of this book was more about trusting and standing by your own vision, above and beyond everything else (including a big paycheck). There was a lot of discussion around the pressure you’ll feel to “sell out,” even by family and friends. And there was also discussion around how not selling out doesn’t have to mean a small paycheck.

Once you’ve achieved your vision, you can evolve and expand at a pace that allows you to maintain your essence. I feel like this is so me. Slow and steady wins the race.

Here are a couple of my favorite passages from this chapter:

“There is no question that the single greatest challenge we have is to never ever lose soul in the restaurants.” –Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group

“We’ve been in business for twenty years, and I look forward to coming to work even more now than I did in the beginning.” –Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Deli

This is GOALS for me, people.

Another emphasis was on the importance of listening to other people. Not allowing them to dissuade you from your vision, but also not getting tunnel vision. It’s the importance of being able to hear what people are saying, to really process it and take the time to see how it fits (or doesn’t fit) into your vision, rather than to just dismiss it.


Last updated October 15, 2020


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