Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

 In 1. David Scott Peters, Of Interest, Operations

Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

It has been extremely busy here at what we like to call “The Button.” We’re literally days away from our next workshop in Las Vegas. My wife Sue and I are absolutely excited to get on the road and get together with restaurant operators from literally all over the globe and help them on their journey to success and bigger bank accounts!

But I have to tell you, it has not been without being tested.

As entrepreneurs we have very similar journeys. For you as an Independent Restaurant Owner and me as a Restaurant Success Coach we must be able to overcome any obstacles that come our way.

A person who is hell bent on succeeding in business no matter what industry they have chosen, but especially the restaurant business, must be able to over come challenges…no matter how large or small.

It is a journey down a very carefully plotted road map. But along our journey we run into obstacles. Again, some of these obstacles can be enormous, while other miniscule. It’s how you approach these obstacles that will ultimately determine your success.

And the unfortunate truth for many in our industry is that an obstacle as small as a pebble can freeze them dead in their tracks. While for the successful an avalanche couldn’t keep you from moving forward.

To be successful you must not only have a plan for direction, be prepared for the unexpected, but you must also keep a positive outlook on life at all times, even when everything around you seems to be falling apart.

This week I have been surrounded by many large obstacles…

  1. I experienced a complete hard-drive failure on my main computer, ultimately loosing two days of productivity, hundreds of dollars in repair and two weeks of data. And in my business, that is huge!
  2. I was conducting my monthly mastermind group coaching call, when technology let me down as well. Within minutes of going into lecture mode, the line cuts out. I didn’t know this had occurred until I came out of lecture mode 30 minutes later. Luckily I record every call and post them on my members’ site, so all is not lost.
  3. While having more computer maintenance done, in response to my lost data, a vital wire interface used for my recording equipment was damaged beyond repair. This was a major blow because I had an interview with an attorney scheduled the next day as the final piece to my new Sexual Harassment product due to launch in just a few weeks. Plus. I need it to record my workshop just days away. Luckily for me, the attorney is willing to reschedule and my equipment vendor has tracked down the wire I need and is having the manufacturer overnight it to me.

Any one of these technology issue could have literally crippled my business for one reason or another. Instead, I’m more excited and positive about my outlook than before these challenges appeared.


Because to me I saw how good things really are.

I only lost two weeks of data, not three years of work.

I delivered great information in my mastermind call…and my members will still be able to get that information, just not live.

When you treat your vendors with kindness and respect, they will bend over backwards to help you in a pinch.

I have got to be one of the luckiest people I know!

Why do I share this story with you? Because I want you to remember when you are facing adversity, you have a choice.

You can be stressed out, angry, even sad when bad things happen.

Or you can stay positive, focused and keep moving forward toward your ultimate goal.

Either way, the challenge will still be in front of you.

To be successful in the restaurant business, or any business for that matter…you must always keep moving forward and remain positive. Otherwise this business will surely get the best of you.

Here’s to you…the success minded entrepreneur.

Remember to keep smiling,

David Scott Peters

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