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Nashville taught me about waffle tacos

coaching entreprenuer leadership small business Apr 26, 2022

Nashville taught me something amazing. 

Challenge tradition.

Challenge norms.

NOTHING is sacred in business... or at the table that I sit at to eat!

Did you know that there is such a thing as tacos made with waffles?

 I met up with 2 childhood friends recently in Nashville.

Jeff the piano man and I met for lunch (at a bougie waffle joint).

Do you like breakfast for lunch or dinner?

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon. Mmmm. Any time of the day is good with me!

Last time I was there we had Nashville's famous hot chicken. Call me sheltered, but I’d never heard of it. 

Dennis told me that hot was really hot. He warned me. 

I got medium. 

It's a good thing. That was a painful meal. 

I cannot fathom what EXTRA hot would have been like. 

Thats insanity!

I used to tell my mom after football… It hurts so good. Because I enjoyed playing football, it was worth the pain.

That medium Nashville Chicken hurt so good. 

I was going to go back and try mild this trip, but it didn’t work out. 

Probably because I was scared!

It could be argued that it wasn’t good enough!

It was good enough. Not enough time has passed. I need a little more of the experience to fade away in my memory!


For lunch (over eggs, bacon & waffles) Jeff & I discussed where we’ve come from. The challenges that we face now that our parents didn’t face. 

We discussed the workforce challenges that the generations before us didn’t face. 

He specializes in tuning pianos, and has done it quite well for many years for some of the biggest venues in the US when he was self employed. But Jeff gets things done even outside the scope of his profession. He was telling me about repairing a bench that a student had broken when getting carried away. Jeff is a great employee. He shows up early, and gets his job done. He sees opportunities to go further than the scope of his job, and he repairs benches that students break. 

This might explain why he was selected to repair pianos at one of the finest non-Ivy League schools in the US. 


For dinner (over tacos and rice bowls) Trey and I talked about business owners. He works with a large consulting firm that focuses on leadership. He is envious of Klark and me because we have a niche.  A niche that we are deeply passionate about. Restoration Contractors.

Trey works with owners and leaders from many different industries. It really complicates his strategy to assist owners become the best version of themselves… and to accomplish their goals. 

We had a very interesting discussion about a particular type of business owner.

  • The one who is technically and financially savvy, but lacks the ability to let go enough to have a massive impact.
  • The one that understand how to do the job well and do very good work, but are so good that they are terrified to delegate for fear of someone else not doing it very well so they can elevate. 
  • The one that has figured out how to acquire the assets to have a financially sound business as just a little more than a solopreneur, but they are stuck with assets and a couple of people because they can’t get out of their own way and delegate to elevate. 


We were talking about those living the E-Myth.

We see this kind of person a lot in the restoration industry. 

Trey said he sees it all the time in many industries.

And I think it's fair to assume that it is a common obstacle due to the fact that there is a entire book titled “Emyth”. 


It's easy to get the training. 

It's easy to get the tools. 

It's HARD to have a business, and to run the business with a team that's bigger than you and a couple helpers. 


You have to be willing to put in the work. 

Extreme Ownership. 

What got you here… won’t get you there. 


You have to be willing to see the world from a different view than the one you’ve always known. 

You have to be willing to hear from other people who have experienced things that you haven’t experienced. 


Jeff and I have had to arrive at a place where we see the world differently than our parents did (and do). The world is different, so we’ve had to teach our children differently. 


Trey and I are both challenged with helping business owners and leaders unlock their potential so that they can have a massive impact on their families and communities.


Head over to Restoration Nation, and lets chat about how we can unlock these obstacles that are holding us back from achieving our true potential!

It's always good to reconnect with old friends. Not only to catch up on what life has brought them. But also to hear about what life is teaching them. 

I have always tried to learn one new thing from each interaction that I have with my friends, my colleagues, my clients, and my community. 


I was blessed to do more than just learn one new thing in Nashville. 

Nashville reminded me to never stop challenging “norms” and “traditions”.

Did you know that waffle tacos were a thing?

I didn’t. 

But I’ll have to challenge the norm & traditional breakfast and dinner meals. 
I need to try to find some waffle tacos now and enjoy the collision of 2 incredible things that I've held separate in my mind until now. 


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