WHAT STEPS DO YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

WHAT STEPS DO YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

My book The 9 Super Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success discusses the 9 simple steps one needs to take to be successful in business and life. I firmly believe that the steps one needs to take to be successful are easy to understand. The implementation of the steps is the hard part.

Baking is a lot like business. You have the recipe in front of you but many times things don’t turn out right. Why? You didn’t follow directions. The oven didn’t work right. An ingredient wasn’t as fresh as it could have been. Below is a recipe for the best-tasting Key Lime Pie I have ever had in my life. Walt Peter, my long-time teammate at Grunder, gave this to me after I ate his pie. His pie is incredible. The one I tried to make following the recipe did not taste nearly as good. Take a shot at it and see what you get. But remember, just because we know what do to and how to do it, that doesn’t guarantee success. You have to keep trying. In discussing this with Walt, he tells me he’s made over a hundred of these pies. I made one. I’d bet my next one is better and that’s how success finds us. We keep on trying and we find out that the more we try, the better we get and one day we might even be able to say, “It’s simple as pie.”

Walt Peter’s “Key Lime” Pie

1 Graham cracker crust (larger size)
2 14.5 oz. Sweetened condensed milk
2 large egg yolks
1 cup fresh lime juice (approx. 4-6 limes)
2 teaspoons lime zest (approx. 1 lime)

Preheat oven to 350°
Combine all ingredients and whisk together
Pour into pie crust
Bake 25-30 minutes (center of pie approx. 140°)
Cool, then chill at least 2 hours
Top with whipped cream when serving

If I’m ambitious, I’ll make whipped cream and add some lime zest
If I’m in a hurry, I use Reddi-wip

I like to use the larger crusts; the pies are thinner and not as intense

Best pie I ever made used local farm eggs. Definitely better than grocery store eggs.

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