I love sushi. I mean I freakin’ LOVE sushi. I'll try almost any roll, but spicy tuna is the roll I use to judge all new sushi restaurants. It's like getting a slice of cheese pizza at a new pizza restaurant. If they can't make a good slice of cheese, then they aren't worth my time. If you can't master a spicy tuna roll, then it's time for me to try a new place.
I think I love sushi for more than just the taste itself. There is so much that goes into my sushi experience.
Bragging moment: almost every sushi restaurant in Vegas is all you can eat, and the prices are reasonable, sometimes even dirt cheap. It's the greatest thing to happen to me (possibly the worst for my waist line though!)
You start with great friends. I don't think I've ever done sushi solo. I suppose you could, but even then I think I'd end up at the sushi bar, make friends with the chefs, and then find myself at sushi with friends.
Next, add edamame. The best part here? You usually get it delivered to your table before you could even think to order it.
Then the sushi comes. It truly is an art. The food looks amazing, tastes great, is relatively healthy and BONUS you're not only allowed, but encouraged to eat with your hands.
Here's the thing about sushi. Forgive me for being repetitive... I love sushi. I am comfortable with sushi. I'm excited about sushi. Then this week my friend Dustin found a way to rock my world with sushi.
He wanted to try a new restaurant that specializes in sushi burritos. He told me it's the same thing, they just don't cut it into little rolls. It's the big roll before it's cut.
No biggie, right? Wrong.
Now. I know this is dramatic but I couldn't wrap my mind around this. Sushi... in burrito form? I like to try new things but for some reason I just couldn't get over this notion. I imagined ordering fries and they bring me a giant baked potato. It's not that the potato is bad, it's just not fries yet.
Think of this place like a Chipotle, but instead of tortillas it's rice and seaweed. I hesitantly work my way down the line. I must've asked 1,000 questions because the woman making my roll even laughed and joked about how curious I was.
Sushi burrito made. Order paid. We sit down. He starts eating. I'm just staring at this thing. He is laughing and busting my chops. "Just eat it!" He insists.
One bite and I'm hooked. I even took my friend Jade there two days later because I wanted to get more.
At this point you may be asking yourself... what does this have to do with leadership? Why so much sushi speak?
Here's the conversation this burrito led me to. How often do we resist change just because it's not what we're used to? In this case the change was minimal. We're literally talking about the absence of cuts in a roll of sushi, yet my brain just wasn't having it.
"Sushi comes in small pieces." That's what my brain kept telling me. Yet in reality sushi comes in many shapes and forms.
Here's my challenge, the next time you're faced with change, ask yourself "Is this just a different type of sushi?"