In this transcript, Clay Clark (Thrive15.com Founder) discusses with Chef Remmi ("teen-preneur") what it means to put your eggs in one basket and focusing your energy on Thrive15.com, one of the best business schools in Florida!
Clay: 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 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and it stands on its head for those few and far between who devote 100 percent." 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 are filming? Does it require a lot of your personal energy?
Chef Remmi: Yeah, you always have to be able to prepare yourself for a lot of opportunities that you have because you don't want to give, if you use 25 percent of your energy, you don't want to give 25 percent performance.
Clay: How do you keep your energy high?
Chef Remmi: It's all about focusing with your energy. You always have to think of your goal. It's your goal and your passion that really pumps up your energy.
Clay: What time did you get up yesterday?
Chef Remmi: Let me think. I think 7:30 ish.
Clay: 7:30 ish? What time did you finish yesterday?
Chef Remmi: 10:30.
Clay: 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?
Chef Remmi: The Chefs for the Cure.
Clay: The Chefs for the Cure. That was a fundraiser?
Chef Remmi: Yes.
Clay: With the other celebrity chefs? You worked yesterday. How long was your work day?
Chef Remmi: Let's see, 14 hours.
Clay: 14 hours?
Chef Remmi: 15, yeah.
Clay: 15 hours. I'm just saying this because I know adults right now, who, by the way, if you need more energy, this could count as an almost like an energy shot, you just have some of this Italian dressing and it will power you. The thing I found is that, I know entrepreneurs right now who are 30, and they are saying, "Well, I had to work almost 12 hours yesterday." You, yesterday, just did what a lot of people are not doing. It's because you're passionate, right? Did you even really think about the hours you were working yesterday?
Chef Remmi: Not really.
Clay: Did you add it up and be like, "Hey, mom. We should pay me more."
Chef Remmi: No.
Clay: No? I mean, you just did it, right?
Chef Remmi: Yeah.
Clay: That's awesome. Are you good at saying no, though? 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?
Chef Remmi: I have.
Clay: Is that hard to do?
Chef Remmi: Yes, because you want to take advantage of every opportunity but really, the thing is, you have to really look at the opportunity. There's the thing where all no publicity is bad publicity, or something like that. There is bad publicity, it's like your opportunities. There are opportunities that probably aren't the best for boosting your career.
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Clay: You 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. Anything that doesn't relate to that, it's easy for you to say no to, right? Or easier, I guess? Steve Jobs was famous for focusing on keeping things simple, and he actually said, "That's been one of my mantras, focus and simplicity. A simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple but its worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
It sounds to me that you have really simplified, you are down, you know what you are on the earth to do. With all the opportunities that you are consistently coming you way, what do you and your mom do to make sure you don't get distracted by things that might pull you off course? What are some things you do to stay focused.
Chef Remmi: Whenever I try to get off focus, I think of something I can do to promote my business.
Clay: If you do get off course a little bit, you try to quickly correct?
Chef Remmi: Yeah.
Clay: With some extra marketing maybe. Remmi, if I'm watching this and I'm struggling to find an area in my life to focus on, what would you suggest that I do?
Chef Remmi: It depends on really what you want to do. If you want to do a bunch of little things, you have to think of the one that you like super, duper, really, really, really, really want to do, and you have to put your mind to it.
Clay: 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."