My Secret Ingredient

“Po gazes at the Dragon Scroll and screams…
Po: It’s Blank
Master Shifu: What???
Po: Here, look! [Po hold the scroll, showing it to Master Shifu]
Master Shifu: No, I am forbidden to look upon…
[Master Shifu grabs the scroll looks for himself]
Master Shifu: But…I don’t understand…”

- Kung Fu Panda / DreamWorks Animation

I just finished a call with a good friend of mine. My friend is a struggling business owner, she wakes up early in the morning, provides her business services, sells her business products, and goes to sleep late at night. She seems tired all the time, she used to be happy. She said she will be happy once she finds the secret ingredient for her business success.

She just called me again today and asked, “Liz, What is the secret for a business success? What am I doing wrong?” I wanted to give her the answer which I have learned over the last few years. I wanted to tell her about having a great product with competitive advantages supported by an amazing customer service. I wanted to tell her about creating systems in your business and controlling your financials. I wanted to tell her about hiring the right people, having great mentors, and even about luck. But then I remembered Kung Fu Panda (Is it just me or do you also find many great insights in these animation movies? If it’s just me, don’t tell anyone!).

The story in the movie is about a funny Panda bear (Po) who works at his dad (the duck, Mr. Ping) noodles shop and dreams of becoming a great warrior. One day, Po is chosen (by mistake) to be the next dragon warrior and fight the horrifying Tai Lung. To make a long story short, Po believes he will lose the fight (and his life). However, his Master (Master Shifu) tells him that the ancient Dragon Scroll will give him all the powers to defeat anyone.

once opening the Dragon scroll (see quote above), Po and Master Shifu discover it is empty, all Po sees in the scroll is his own reflection. Po runs away terrified to his dad who tells Po it is time for him to learn the secret ingredient to his special noodle soup.

“Mr. Ping: The Secret ingredient is…nothing!
Po: Huh?
Mr. Ping: You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient.
Po: Wait, wait… it’s just plain old noodle soup? You don’t add some kind of special sauce or something?
Mr. Ping: Don’t have to. To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.
[Po looked at the empty scroll again, and sees his reflection in it]
Po: There is no secret ingredient…”

And that is what I told my friend, “There is no secret ingredient to business success”, my friend almost started to cry, so I told her “Wait! There is another part to the movie, the part in which the horrible Tai Lung grabs the Dragon scroll from Po”:

“Tai Lung: Finally… oh, yes… at last, the power of the Dragon Scroll shall be mine!
[He opens the scroll and looks at it]
Tai Lung: It’s… it’s nothing!
Po: It’s okay. I didn’t get it the first time either.
Tai Lung: What?
Po: There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.”

You see, the first step to business success is you, you are the secret ingredient! I hope my friend will experience happiness and prosperity in the future, she did tell me that she just bought a copy of the movie.

Tell me about your business secret ingredient.


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