What pancakes taught me about leadership…
Being the First Breakaway crepe!
As I make pancakes this morning (yes, present tense cause I had to literally pull out my laptop to type this morning of inspiration…lol) I observed my process for pancake making. Let me take you through it.
So before I put the first pancake on the frying pan, I normally like to let the pan take as much heat as possible… ideally, have it smoking a little bit… I tend to think that that helps my first pancake take better form and shape as it breaks the pan for the pancakes to come.
So now the pan is smoking, I put in some oil and spread it around…
And then… and only then… do I put in my first bit of pancake mix into the pan. I let it sit and go through the pancake-making process until it is nice and crunchy… I love it crunchy…
Right after I remove the first pancake, I do not need to put oil onto the pan before I spread out the next pancake mix, the leftover oil heated that cooked the first pancake is capable of lubricating the pan for the next one.
I looked at this and thought… “Isn’t this just like life though”… It is always so much harder for the first person who is working to break into a sector, pay grade or do something new… and more hard, go against a societal norm or status quo. The agony and heat you face might cause you to either die inside or to ripen and blossom into the thing that will break the ground for those coming after you.
What might seem like a failure in this instance would in fact not be a failure. It would be a different form of success… For now, you have broken the ground. For both yourself and for others that will come after you.
I am not calling you a pancake… All I am saying is, that first pancake is always #legendaryvibes :-)
P.S.: You might call them crepes. In TZ, we call them pancakes… ;-)
Be the pancake! Break the ground. Be the bridge.
If not the first, be the constant. Be the one that carries on the legacy of go-getters.