When Gavin and I were first married, I was just learning how to be a homemaker. I missed 4-H the day we learned how to sew a button on a shirt, and I never had a Home Economics class in high school. Although my mom cooked every night, this was not an activity we did together. I guess I thought I would just be able to make stuff because my mom was good at it.
You learn how to cook by osmosis, right?
The first time I made mashed potatoes they turned out soupy and bland.
At 21, I was both health conscious and budget aware, so I made my signature mashed potatoes with margarine and skim milk.
Boy, was that a big mistake!
Good butter and real cream are essential to tasty mashed potatoes.
Since that first cooking fail, I’ve had many more disasters in the kitchen. Sometimes my disasters are the result of sweeping misguided attempts to act gourmet (like that time I tried to make a chocolate bowl using a balloon as my template) or just pure laziness (like that time I put the insert from the crock pot directly on the gas stove), but more often than not, my failings are the result of a single, seemingly inconsequential ingredient.
But any good cook will tell you salt isn’t inconsequential at all. Of all the spices I have in my cabinet (and I have more than 100), salt is the most important. If you leave it out, you’ll know.
Which got me thinking—is there ONE ingredient that’s essential to success in business and in life?
We create a recipe for success that includes hard skills like on-the-job training and experience, and soft skills like a strong work ethic, an ability to communicate effectively, and self-confidence.
But the most important thing—the one thing that ‘s absolutely essential to success—is someone who believes in you.
Someone who believes in you is the SALT that makes everything else work.
It reminds me of this verse we used to have painted over the fireplace in the keeping room of our old house: