Think bigger to go farther

Andy_BusinessWeekFebThere’s a fine line between good business advice, and bad advice with good intentions. Whether you’re an industry pro or just starting your career, it can be difficult to decipher between the two.

Bloomburg Businessweek surveyed several business leaders on the worst work advice they have received. Answers varied from things like “just tell employees what they want to hear” to “you need an advanced degree to get a good job.”

In my case, the bad advice came from a fellow chain restaurant CEO. He advised me to play it safe and expand Fatburger domestically before going international.

My gut told me to push the limits and introduce Fatburger to the rest of the world, and I chose to follow my instincts. This effort was met with great success, particularly in places where we were the first U.S. food concept to hit ground.

If I had decided to play it safe, Fatburger would have missed many international brand opportunities.

Sometimes you need to listen to your instincts, take risks and go for the bigger fish in the sea in order to succeed!