“It’s the good advice, that you just didn’t take.”

“Ironic” by Alanis Morissette

I didn’t ask you

If there’s one industry that most people have an opinion about, it’s a restaurant. It seems everyone has an idea or two about what you should do, and the advice is provided without hesitation.

It could be comments concerning your staff, menu offerings, seating arrangements, or type of lighting. The pseudo experts emerge from everywhere. Do note that some have valuable experience and they cannot be totally ignored.

Obviously, it depends on the person’s background and whether the advice is worth considering. There’s always the chance some comments may be disregarded that would actually prove beneficial. And that could come from the least expected. Overall, take it all with a grain of salt.

What you have to tolerate

I remember showcasing my restaurant soon after we opened to an acquaintance. He was a partner in a coffee kiosk, but he wasn’t the key to its success; he was a passenger, not a driver.

However, he didn’t hesitate to point out, with his limited knowledge, how he would have designed my front entrance as well as other tidbits of suggestions. I held back my indignation at this “zero experience” wannabe and cut short the walk-about. This was an example of some the crap I had to endure.

“Because your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime”

“Your Mind Is On Vacation” by Mose Allison

I couldn’t say it better

I’m including the complete lyrics for this song as they further express my loathing for individuals like this. You can always find more info on all the lyrics I use for my blog on the Music Info page.

A thick skin, or better yet, a suit of armour

Mistakes are going to happen as well, and people in the cheap seats won’t hesitate to point out any faults either to you or quite often behind your back. Weathering it requires fortitude. Get used to it as it goes with the territory.