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The media's focus on the dark side of life effects us all.

From a failure to the best in the world

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Yountville, Napa Valley, California: He took a little-known restaurant in a little town and turned it into one of the most famous places in the world.  Le Monde said (paraphrased), "Can it be possible that the best French restaurant is not  in France but ...California?" 

Visit The French Laundry and the man who made it come to life, Chef Thomas Keller.  He now also owns Per Se in New York City, and Bouchon in Yountville and in Las Vegas.  To accomplish this growth, he has recruited, hired and trained some of the best chefs and service people in the country.

Writer Irvine Welsh had this to say about dining at The French Laundry,  "...I salivate now as I think of the Truffle-pickled Hen Eggs with 'its creamy yellow' and Chopped Black Truffles.  ...obviously, the title of 'best restaurant in the world' is subjective to the point of lunacy. Having said that, I doubt it would be possible for The French Laundry to be equaled.

...Thomas Keller is a true giant among chefs, coming over as a genuinely inspirational figure, and to see him in action in his kitchen is pure joy."

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Too much of television and the cinema encourage exploitive thinking. There is far too little from the media that explores creativity, insightful thinking, integrity, and courage. Meet some of those folks with integrity and courage... all from 14 years of weekly television productions that first aired on PBS-member stations in the USA and then the Voice of America around the world.

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Many small business owners have done just that!  Chef Thomas Keller (on the right) is one of those people.  Also, learn from people who started a business from scratch and have become the best in their industry.  Both solve real problems very, very well. There are 1000s of videos from 14 years of weekly television productions that first aired on PBS-member stations in the USA and then the Voice of America around the world.

Create an account then log on. Notice "My Profile" is added to the top navigation bar (also called the header). Cursor over it;  and from the drop down menu,  please click on "Basic Information." Add your business URL, city and state so you and your business can be listed and linked within the Small Business Index of Learning Companies (More). 

About membership within the school.  Of course, you can use this school's online resources without charge.  Within the school, as a member, you can tell your story,  benchmark key ratios within your industry, raise capital, and/or implement an exit strategy.  Go to the prior homepage...



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Do them or yourself a favor -- do this reality check. It'll cost a little -- a lot of work went into it -- but it just might save a marriage, a home, maybe a job. Over 70% of those who start end up failing. Don't let your family or friends or yourself become part of that statistic. It's a nasty bite.



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