What Is Your Signature Dish?

signature-dish-lamb-shankHow many food connoisseurs do we have out there? There is nothing like a delicious meal at a classy restaurant. And don’t forget the “Signature Dish.” But what exactly is a signature dish and what does it have to do with me? Just go with me for a second.

A signature dish is a recipe that identifies an individual chef. Ideally it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting. It can be thought of as the culinary equivalent of an artist finding their own style, or an author finding their own voice.

Now keep that in mind as I bring this over to your character traits. Is their something about you that will identify you every time. When a rumor surfaces, will people say, “Yes, that sounds like her” or, “No, that is not her character.” When drama shows up, do you find your name in the middle of it? When someone is down, are you the person known to encourage and lift their spirits up?  

One thing I have learned over the years is that your character will follow you wherever you go. You can change jobs, schools, churches, cars, and even friends, but you will always be remembered by your “Signature Dish.” You can’t be responsible for what people say about you because perception is not always reality and some people just like to lie. All you can do is be consistent in who you are, what you stand for, and what you do.

When you come around, you should leave an essence about you that remind people that you were there. When a situation arises, your character should name you before your action ever does. If a story is being told without using names, people should immediately identify which character you are. Sit down and reevaluate your life and situations you have encountered. Whether you left a good taste or a bad taste, you left something behind. Regardless of what is said about you, what will people remember about you? Do you have the dish that people will want to come back for or the dish that will turn people away? Tweak your character a little more. Remove some of the salt and vinegar and add a little sugar and honey or vice versa. It is never too late to reinvent your signature dish. Just remember, whether it tastes good or bad, your “Signature Dish” will identify you.

Be encouraged and Happy Friday!

T Brown

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