Friday, September 25, 2015

Axiom 67: Get Out of Your Damn Comfort Zone

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.
-Frank A. Clark

"Don't make friends that are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to level yourself up." Thomas J. Watson

The people in the world that are successful are the people that pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. It is hard to achieve anything great without a little discomfort beforehand.

Getting out of your comfort zone doesn't necessarily mean doing something risky. Every time you choose to actively work on a hobby you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. While it is much easier to watch TV or do something else equally as mindless, doing something that requires effort can be much more rewarding. Actively engaging in activities often forces you out of your comfort zone. It forces you to learn, and as you learn you grow as a person.

Sometimes, however, getting out of your comfort zone does require you to do something risky. This world ignores those who do not exert themselves and rewards those who take risks. That's why CEOs of start-up companies can become very wealthy while assembly line workers will always remain in the working class.

Push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and push yourself to grow into something bigger and better.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Louisville's Hot Brown

Driving through Louisville, Kentucky I had to stop and try a Hot Brown. It is a regional "sandwich" that most people outside of Northern Kentucky don't know about. I called my foodie friend James that lives in Louisville and asked him where the best place to eat a hot brown was. He said The Village Anchor was the place to go.

The hot brown was invented at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. When I was driving through town it was too late for me to stop there so I was putting all my faith that The Village Anchor would live up to the hype.

The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Great date spot for any of you locals reading this. I wish the restaurants here in Texas had that much charm. Everything looked delicious on the menu. I started off with the fried bologna sandwich appetizer that my friend recommended I try also.

It was really great. I wasn't expecting it to be very good and I was pleasantly surprised that it was possible to make a bologna sandwich taste classy.

Then came the hot brown, which they call The Hotter Brown:

It tasted different than I had imagined. Somewhat like chicken & dumplings, or chicken pot pie, or maybe a casserole is the closest thing I can compare it to. It was really amazing. What you can't see is that there is bread hidden in this thing. I guess that is why they call it a hot brown "sandwich".

It was sad to think that there is no way I could duplicate something like this at home. If you want the real deal you'll have to go to Louisville, and The Village Anchor is the place to go.