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Your Career and Pizza — Part 2

Your Career and Pizza — Part 2

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Yesterday, in part 1 of this 2 part blog series, I described the philosophy behind and why we created ProAssisting.

You should read part 1 first before you read how pizza fits in with your career below. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

OK, now what in the world does pizza have to do with your career?

When I was about 12 years old, my father had already been in and out of a few different businesses (bar owner, real estate developer, real estate agent, bowling alley owner), a serial entrepreneur if you will, and over a couple slices of pizza one day he told me how, if I ever wanted to, I should go about opening a pizza shop.

Here’s what he said: “Ethan, if you ever want to open a pizza shop, this is how you should go about doing it.”

“How’s that Dad?” Believe it or not, at 12 years old I WAS very interested in business and as far as pizza was concerned, well, I believe to this day that it contains my four major food groups.

“First, you need to figure out where exactly you want to open this pizza shop. Which city or small town do you want to put some roots down and start a business”, he instructed. “Then, after you’ve figured out where you want to open your shop, put a dot on the map of that city or small town and draw a circle 50 miles wide with that dot at the center. Next, you need to identify every single place where you can get a piece of pizza in that circle. Now, are you ready to eat some pizza?” he asked.

“Every day of the week and twice on Sunday.” I replied.

“That’s my boy. OK, now you need to go and try every single piece of pizza in that circle on the map and figure out which piece is the best of the best. You with me?”



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