Life Is Like Making
Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Monday, November 12, 2001
One of my favorite memories from my childhood
is making donuts with my grandmother. I recently decided
to make my own batch of donuts for the first time. As I
went through the process, I realized what a great metaphor
donut making was for life.
It takes time to make donuts. It doesn't
happen quickly. The first set of ingredients are mixed together
and then allowed to rise. After they have raised, the next
set of ingredients are added and allowed to rise. The next
step in the process is to roll out the dough, cut it into
the shapes of donuts and once again allow the dough to rise.
The last step is to cook the donuts in hot oil, not too
hot, but hot enough to brown them.
No step can be skipped. All the ingredients
must be included. Nothing can be left out or skimped on.
There is no rushing the process. The dough needs time.
Like life, there is a process and there
are steps to be taken. We sometimes wish we could find a
shortcut to success. However, just like donut making, there
are no shortcuts. Each step must be taken and each ingredient
needs to be added. Then we must give the donuts, just like
success, time. I wanted to hurry the donuts, but they did
what they needed to do in their own time not mine. Much
like success, it often works on a different time schedule
than we would like. We want it to happen quickly, but success,
like donuts, takes time.
By following the steps and working the process,
I was able to produce delicious donuts. Success happens
much the same way. When we allow the process to work, take
the steps we need to take, and give our efforts sufficient
time, we produce delicious success.
Success, like donuts, takes time. We cannot
skip a step or try to rush the process. We must remember
that success is a process. Success doesn't just happen.
We must take the steps and give the process time. We can
create success, but we need to be willing to do what it
takes. That sometimes means being patient.
Are you willing to take the steps to create
the success you want?
Daily Success Formula
Time + Process + Taking
the steps = Success
"Few persons who have ever sat for
a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the
process is going on." Anthony Powell
"If you can't describe what you are
doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."
W. Edwards Deming
"Life is an error-making and an error-correcting
process, and nature in marking man's papers will grade him
for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality
of life of those who survive." Jonas Salk