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Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
  • Lesson Nugget: Analyze each opportunity you are given and decide whether or not it fits in with your goals.
  • Lesson Nugget: Always take the time to prepare yourself for what needs to be done in advance.
  • Lesson Nugget: Take the time to decide what you really want to do, then put your mind to it.
  • "That's been one of my mantras - focus on simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." -Steve Jobs
  • "The average person only puts 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off it's hat to those that put in more than 50% of their capacity and it stands on it's head for those few and far between who devote 100%." -Andrew Carnegie


-Now, when we talk about focus, we aren't just talking about focusing your time on something either. In fact, we really have to focus our energy on something for it to grow and do well. In fact, our main man Andrew Carnegie also said the average person only puts 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and it stands on its head for those few and far between who devote 100%.

So it sounds like it requires a lot of energy for what you do. Does it require a lot of your energy to prepare for your TV appearances and stuff like this, where you're filming? And does it require a lot of your personal energy?

-Yeah, I mean, you always have to be able to prepare yourself for a lot of opportunities that you have. Because if you use like 25% of your energy, you don't want to give like a 25% performance.

-How do you keep your energy high?

-I mean, it's all about focusing with your energy. I mean, you always have to think of your goal. I mean, it's your goal and your passion that really pumps up your energy.

-What time did you get up yesterday?

-Um, let me think. I think 7:30ish. No, yeah, 7:30ish.

-7:30ish? And what time did you finish yesterday?

-Uh, 10:30.

-So from 7:30 to about 10:30, you were working at Whole Foods yesterday. And then you also did-- what did you do last night?

-The Chefs for the Cure.

-The Chefs for the Cure. And so that was a fundraiser?


-And with the other celebrity chefs? So, I mean, you worked yesterday. How long was your work day?

-Let's see, 14 hours.

-14 hours.

-Uh huh.

-One 15, yeah.

-15 hours. And I'm just saying this, because I know adults right now who-- and by the way, if you need more energy, this could count as almost like an energy shot. You just have some of this Italian dressing, and it'll power you.

But the thing I've found is that, I know entrepreneurs right now who are 30, and they're saying, well, I just had to work almost 12 hours yesterday. You yesterday just did what a lot of people are not doing, and it's because you're passionate, right? Did you even really think about the hours you were working yesterday?

REMMI SMITH: Not really.

-Did you add it up and be like, hey mom, we should pay me more?


-No, I mean you just did it, right? That's awesome. That's awesome. Now, are you good at saying no, though? Because a lot of people who have a lot of opportunities, they get some opportunities that are crazy opportunities, like bad opportunities, things that come at you. Have you had to say no to some things in your career?

-I have.

-OK. And is that hard to do?

-Yes, because like you want to take advantage of every opportunity, but really the thing is, you have to really look at the opportunity. I mean, there's the thing where it's like no publicity is like bad publicity or something like that. But like, there is bad publicity. It's like your opportunities. There are opportunities that probably aren't the best for boosting your career.

-But know your goal. You always know your why. You always know what your goal is, right? it's to educate people on how to do healthy eating, to eliminate obesity, and to stop the child hunger epidemic. So anything that doesn't relate to that, it's easy for you to say no to, right? Or easier I guess?


-Now, Steve Jobs was famous for focusing on keeping things simple. And he actually said, that's been one of my mantras, focus on simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple, but it's worth it in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.

And it sounds to me like you are very simplified, and you know what you're on the Earth to do. With all the opportunities that are consistently coming your way, what do you and your mom do to make sure that you don't get distracted by things that might pull you off course? What are some things you do to stay focused?

-I mean, like whenever I sort of like try to get off focus, I think of like something I can do to promote my business, like yeah.

-OK, so if you do get off course a little bit, you try to quickly correct.


-OK, with some extra marketing maybe. Now, Remmi, if I'm watching this and I'm struggling to find an area of my life to focus on, what would you suggest that I do?

-I'd probably say that it depends on really what you want to do. I mean, you have to focus. Like, if you want to do a bunch of little things, you have to think of the one that you went super duper really, really, really, really want to do, and you had to put your mind to it, because--

-I think that thinking is one of the hardest things to do though. I think a lot of people are like, I don't know what I want to do.

Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 2
  • Take Action: Write down five to ten things that get you pumped, then find something that relates to it.
  • Ask Yourself: Where am I going? What am I about? What do I need to do today?
  • "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." -Alexander Graham Bell
  • Lesson Nugget: If you turn your focus to your passion, it will be easier to continually push yourself to get your work done.
  • For More Information on Remmi: Visit her website at CooktimewithRemmi.com
  • "Your Passport to Flavor and Fun" -Global Cooking For Kids - Chef Remmi


-This is a fun thing. I see people in high schools. I speak at high schools. And I say, what do you want to do when you graduate? I don't know. OK. You go to college, and they say, I'm going to figure it out in college. Well, I know a lot of people who went to college. And I say, what do you want to do? I don't know. Then you meet them when you're 30. What do you want to do? I don't know. 40, I don't know. 50, I don't know. 60, I don't know. 70, I don't know. 80, I don't know. 90, we probably know what's going to happen next.

So the point is that it makes sense to take a timeout and say, what do I want to do? Right? I mean, that's a big thing. Now, this is an action item that everybody watching this can do. I encourage you to wake up and to-- tomorrow, wake up fresh, nice and early. And I want you to just to write down things that get you excited. Just 5 or 10 things that get you pumped. I don't know what they are. 5 or 10 things that get you-- maybe do it right now if you can, but things that get you excited. And you might write down, I enjoy eating pears. I enjoy seafood. I enjoy movies. I enjoy weightlifting. I enjoy long walks on the beach.

I enjoy eating pears. I enjoy seafood. I enjoy movies. I enjoy weightlifting. I enjoy long walks on the beach.

And then find something that relates to that. As an example, I had one friend of mine who had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. And we played this little game. I said, write down 10 things that you get pumped up about. She comes back to me and she says, I think I'm going to become a travel agent. And I'm like, really? This is a lady in her 40s. Really? Talk to me.

Well, I realize I'm passionate about traveling. I love going places. I need to be selling that, because I could sell it to people that they should go on a trip. And then you get points if you sell trips. And so I can go on more trips than ever. And now that person's a successful travel agent.

And I know it's-- everybody watching this, we can do it. But we have to take the time out to do it. Now, if you're watching this, we would also encourage you that you kind of need to look at your life as almost it's like a ray of sunlight. And you don't know how many sunny days that you're going to have during your lifetime. But if you can focus those rays on plants and things that you actually want to grow, then you can bring them to life.

Or you remember that-- did you ever do this when you were younger? You're 14, so this is probably the age that most kids do this kind of thing. But I'm sure you don't do this. Where you take a magnifying glass, and you shine it on a bug.


-You ever done that?


-Well, you can redirect the sun's light-- don't do this, it's harmful to-- it's mean to bugs. But you can take the light, and you would go [MAKES LASER SOUND] and you would focus the light on the caterpillar, and you could roast a caterpillar using the sun's light. Yeah. It's probably not the best practice for cooking. But that's what we would do. The focus, though-- the energy when you focus the sun's rays, with a magnifying glass, you can focus and burn a hole through a leaf, or you can do a lot of crazy things by focusing.

A laser beam-- you know, a laser beam that they use to cut things-- is nothing but really focused light. And if you're in taekwondo, you have to focus your energy on hitting a board to make it explode. You're focused. I mean, every time I talk to you, you know where you're going. Do you have a day planner?


-And you have a to-do list?


-So you know where you're going. You know what you're going to do. You know what you're about. I would encourage, if you're watching this right now, ask yourself these three things-- where am I going, what am I about, and what do I need to do today? Those are questions that we're not asking ourselves enough, but we have to ask those questions.

Now, to put it another way, Alexander Graham Bell, the famous entrepreneur and inventor who's credited with developing the practical telephone-- the first practical telephone that actually worked, hello? He was like that. Hello? He says, concentrate all of your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. That's absolutely huge.

So again, is there any tip you'd want to give me, just for anybody watching this right now who's-- I'm sure you have friends, you know, people who say, I don't know what I want to do! You want to do cooking. Is there any advice, final little advice you would give somebody who is just struggling to find focus? Because there's a lot of people out there who can't find their focus yet.

-I mean, focus is all about really thinking about one thing you want to do. I mean, it's also really about passion-- something you love. Passion can help you focus. If you love to do it, then you can be extremely focused on it. But if it's something you don't want to do, you'll be thinking of like, what's for dinner tonight? Or am I doing this right? That kind of thing.

-If I want to see you speak-- you have a Google Chat coming up. Is that right?


CLAY CLARK: When is that coming up? In June?


CLAY CLARK: OK. And you travel all around the country speaking now?


-Do you get excited when you get a chance to speak? Do you like it?

-Yeah. I love to talk to people.

-Well, if I want to learn more about you, beyond what's available on "Thrive," where can I find more information about you?

-You can Google me. But you can also go to my website, which is cooktimewithremmi.com.

-Cooktimewithremmi.com. And can you spell Remmi just for the folks at home?

-Remmi is R-E-M-M-I.

-OK. And they can buy your products in Whole Foods.


-And where can they buy your book?

-My book can be on my website. It can also be on the publisher's website, which is Ideaworks. And then at Whole Foods, too.

-Well, I know that you're focused, and I know that you know what you're about. So I thank you for allowing us to take a little bit of your time to teach us what we need to know to grow. It means the world to somebody watching here, and it means the world to me. And again, I just want to tell you, thank you so much for your time.

-Thanks for having me.

-Take care.

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