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FEATURE
Work/Life Balance
It's one of the biggest challenges in the pizza industry
By Pasquale Di Diana
Photo Josh Keown
seven days a week, day and night, even
holidays. The needs of our customers come
first, and those are the times they need our
services. Eight hour shifts are a very rare
thing for us. We have grown accustomed to
working many more on average and have all
experienced a 15-hour shift.
2. To Build a Business takes everything
out of us.
To make our operations successful we
T
o succeed in business, you have
to be willing to give all of your
time, energy and focus. And in
no business is that more accurate then the
pizza business. When my father opened up
his first store in 1996, my four other siblings
and I would rarely see him. He would leave
before we were up for school, and he would
come home when we were asleep. To build
us a better life, and to have something of
our own, he sacrificed years away from his
family. He missed meals with us, special
moments and milestones, countless games,
family parties and weddings. He missed a
lot. I've always admired how much the man
sacrificed. Witnessing first hand how his
hard work paid off over time really helped
shape me into what I am today. When I
started opening up my pizzerias and when I
started my family years ago, I made myself
a promise that I would always try to avoid
those circumstances. I didn't want that for
my family or myself. And I've actively tried
over the years, but realized that when I am
succeeding in one area of my life it almost
certainly means that I am failing in another
area.
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As operators we are torn with how to
spend our time. We feel bad and guilty
when one area gets more attention than the
other. World Pizza Champion Laura Meyer
says very often " you have to be comfortable
being uncomfortable in the restaurant
business " , and a part of us knows that real
true balance in this life we have chosen is
probably unattainable.
That's why you have to make sure you
love what you are doing. Paul Giannone
of Paulie Gee's in New York told me he's
doing now what he was doing almost every
night at his home, and he's having a blast.
John Arena of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas,
a 50-year veteran and icon in our industry,
told me that to this day he still loves and
enjoys making pizzas, and he could never
have pictured himself doing anything else.
I believe the reasons we struggle to
balance work and family in this business are
these:
1. We are the hardest working people
in the hardest working industry.
Our jobs may require some of us to work
have to work hard all the time. We have to
make sure our food tastes good. We have to
make sure our stores look nice and that they
are clean. Our customers must receive great
service and be happy. We have to know our
numbers and be smart about our finances.
We have to be good marketers and advertisers.
We have to develop strategies short and
long term, and make sure they are executed.
We are the captains of our ship and can run
them into an iceberg or sail them beautifully
in the ocean of prosperity. WE MUST
WEAR ALL HATS AT ALL TIMES.
3. We have BIG EGOS.
We have worked so hard, so tirelessly
to build our business and believe there is
no way anyone can or will do what we do.
There is no way anyone could possibly be
as smart or as capable as we are. If we were
to walk away, everything we did to build
this place from nothing would burn up in
flames. It would all be for naught.
It's not that our health, family and happiness
don't matter to us. It's that it comes
secondary to our business, because we
believe our business being successful will
make those other areas fall into place. Like
a soldier who is away at war on a battlefield,
we make all the sacrifices, and are diligent
and focused on our mission and will see it
through to the end.
And for some the day never comes, and
that is the reason burnout and exhaustion
are very common in our industry, and also
why we see a lot of alcohol and substance
abuse.
All of the successful operators and experts
in our field that contributed to this article
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