Kung fu is not simply a combative martial art. The authentic Chinese translation describes it as a tremendous sense of total achievement or mastery of one’s craft, whatever your particular craft may be. Kung fu also refers to much more than just physical prowess—it is intended to affect your entire way of thinking and behaving.
Kung fu is a philosophy; it’s an integral part of the philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism, the ideals of giving with adversity, to bend slightly and then spring up stronger than before, to have patience in all things, to profit by one’s mistakes and lessons in life. These are the many-sided aspects of the art of kung fu; it teaches the way to live, as well as the way to protect oneself. —Bruce Lee
This weekend I had the opportunity to visit a business that embodies true kung fu. Kung Fu Guy and I took our girls to lunch at an amazing Turkish Bistro in Sunnyvale. (We’re partial to Turkish food ever since we spent six weeks backpacking there…it’s a stunningly beautiful country with warm, welcoming, hospitable people, rich history, and of course, delicious Mediterranean food!)
Many things stood out about this business, but the one that caught my attention and prompted me to share this story with you was this little note they included in the menu:
This is kung fu at its finest. This company exercised a lot of patience during both the economic crisis (which still rages on) and the redevelopment of downtown Sunnyvale (which rendered the downtown a practically unusable mess for years).
But instead of succumbing to adversity (which, by the way, many other restaurants did on the very same block….we counted at least 6 boarded up businesses in a small 2-block stretch), Taverna Bistro decided to “bend slightly”, and has now sprung up even stronger than before.
Now, this can’t have been easy for them…Turkish food is not nearly as popular as say Italian, Mexican, or Chinese. And they had to overcome not just an abysmal economy, but also an almost-complete closure and re-construction of the street on which they were located! But instead of admitting defeat, they chose to survive and thrive and to challenge the status quo by daring to think different and be different.
Aside from the fact that it’s a great motivational story (we all love rooting for the underdog, and in this case, this tiny Turkish “small business” won!), there are some important lessons here that we can all learn from:
What is your plan for challenging the status quo? For not blindly accepting your lot in life but instead daring to live the life you dream of?
Here is mine…
I strive to:
What is your plan? I challenge you to get on out there and create some opportunities…
To your financial success,
—Kung Fu Girl
P.S. Taverna Bistro has one other unique feature…a Hookah Bar! Will have to head back sans kids one evening and try that out….