A young man that has been working with us for the past few years approached me and said, "Mauchy (my nickname), during Thanksgiving dinner my father asked me, 'What are you grateful for?' I'm thankful for having two families, my blood one and my work one." Then, looking at me, he said, "I am grateful to Nesrin and you! Thank you."
Twenty five years ago I started a restaurant company which became a management company. During those years of growth we built a prosperous company with 13 different operations. However, 10 years ago, for health reasons, we decided to step back and passed control of the company to a young gentleman. In our absence we saw the soul of the company disappear, the core value of nurturing was gone and they were just focused on the bottom line. Since we took back our company 2 years ago, Nesrin and I have brought back our original values to it. Which is to encourage growth.
_This kid began at the bottom of the food chain as a dishwasher with no experience in this industry; he was young and lost, without an aim. Yet, through pure tenacity and honesty, he was able to focus and quickly climb to a managerial position. Today, at the age of 24, he has managed to buy a home, provide for his family, and unite them under one roof.
His words at Thanksgiving made me think about his beginnings and our company's original values: "to encourage and promote." We understand treating others kindly and fairly along our path to success is of utmost importance. Everyone that has climbed to the top has benefited from an opportunity; as we climb we must give others an opportunity as well. And once we reach the summit, plenty of times we will find that rocks might crumble. The people we foster are the ones that will stop the landslide.
So, my friend, Nesrin and I are the ones thankful to you for being in our lives; you keep a good eye on our business, and you have become a good friend and a great mentor for our kids. Thank you!
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!