Don’t get me wrong, the work comes first. But for us, enjoying our time together leads to better work, and better food, writes Ryan Hansan.
Five years ago I graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. Like a typical student, I spent my time trying to balance school, work, and a social life. But walking across the stage in 2008, I left campus with more than just a diploma. I left with the seeds of an idea which would eventually grow into scratchDC.
1. See A Problem, Fix A Problem.
I wanted to make and eat amazing, healthy meals, but getting from “I’m hungry” to “bon appetite” was no easy task. You’ve got to search for a good recipe and then trek to the store. On the few occasions I actually remembered everything I needed, I was still left with a ton of excess — A bushel of cilantro when I only needed a pinch for garnish? Cooking my own meals was costly and inconvenient. I knew there had to be a better way.
Somewhere within all of this frustration, there was a light bulb. Everyone should be able to enjoy an amazing meal without spending an exorbitant amount of time and money. ScratchDC fixes the dinner dilemma fills the need of providing pre-measured meals that are fresh, delicious, and most importantly convenient.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Fail.
Everyone makes mistakes and there are always bumps in the road but there is a step forward to be found in every setback.
You’ll find, and may have already found, things don’t always go as planned. Embrace the struggle — it’s truly the best way to learn and grow.
3. Have Fun, But Get it Done.
At a start-up you spend a lot of time with your co-workers and I’ve found that surrounding yourself with people who are not only brilliant but also fun is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. Everything we do is a true team effort and not one person on staff is free from any part of the process.
Don’t get me wrong, the work comes first. But for us, enjoying our time together leads to better work, and better food.
One of your greatest assets is your network. The connections you make in college can very well become your coworkers, your advisors and even your competition. Build relations, but most importantly, build trust.
4. It all starts with family and friends.
The roots of the inspiration for scratchDC come from my earliest memories of cooking with my mom in the kitchen. In fact, a lot of the recipes we use have been passed down in my family for generations!
A day will come when you’ll realize how much family and friends have helped you along the way. Bring your roots into all that you do.
5. No matter what you do, do it with purpose.
Even if you don’t start your own business, make sure that you work with a sense of purpose. Mine is providing delicious, convenient, and wholesome meals to the community while saving people time and money. Your impact might be different, and your journey might take you somewhere more unconventional than the kitchen. But no matter what you do, be sure to believe in it.
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