“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.” -Conan O’Brien

These words were uttered during Conan O’Brien’s last show on NBC. Something interesting or entertaining was bound to happen during this final show, but I was not expecting the quote above. Or rather, I didn’t expect the sudden revelation I had when he said it.

You have to have both.

Working hard makes you productive and sharpens your skills. The more you work, the more you ship and the better you get. Add kindness and you’ve got an explosive cocktail. As Conan was talking I looked across the room at my wife Kelly. It occurred to me that those were the exact two qualities that had made her successful. She has a deep passion for food and has made it her living. Continue reading…