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Life is too short to do the wrong thing – Eat Berlin

Julia Brauer

„I always thought I surely can’t be the only person who wants to eat great salad dressings? And then I said to myself, fine – you’re going to have to make them yourself!” I’m at 7 Hackeschen Hof in Berlin Mitte – at Eat Berlin to be precise – and I’m standing among a huge array of delicacies made by the Berlin company „Haus der feinen Kost“. I’m meeting with Adam, the founder and master of sauces at Eat Berlin to talk about life, work and mustard sauces. I sadly couldn’t talk him into sharing his secret recipes, but I did get his personal recipe for a happy life. And I’m going to let you in on it! I’m meeting with Adam, the founder and master of sauces at  Eat Berlin to talk about life, work and mustard sauces. I sadly couldn’t talk him into sharing his secret recipes, but I did get his personal recipe for a happy life. And I’m going to let you in on it! Eat Berlin_adam

EAT BERLIN – from a bored graphic designer to a master of salad dressings

Adam was never really that passionate about making sauces, more about being happy. “Life’s to short to do the wrong thing!” he says. I swallow hard and immediately think “Am I doing the right thing?” I push that thought to the back of my mind, since I’m here to hear Adam’s story! And it starts with a bored graphic designer who’s mad about cooking. His dishes were always a hit with friends and colleagues, especially his salad dressings. And cooking Adam was popular, too! “You’re a completely different person, you’re glowing!” This remark shocked him into action, and he decided to change careers. As a result, Adam moved from his ad agency into a small kitchen in Wedding and started mixing sauces.

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EAT BERLIN – „It’s crucial that the most important people believe in you.”

Support from family and friends was a given. Even if many found it hard to understand why he’d traded a safe job for an insecure future, the most important people rallied to his side. This kept him from losing faith along the rocky path to self-employment. “You doubt yourself so often, it’s really important to have a support network that believes in you.” And after the first few successes, at the latest, the last few doubts were blown away. Even Adam no longer doubts his decision and is already thinking about Eat Berlin’s next steps. “The kid can walk now, maybe it’s time to enter its first 100m race!”

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Adam generally thinks he’s lazy. Hard to believe, looking at the motivated and enthusiastic man sitting across form me. He’s bursting with ideas and energy. I’m keen to find out what he owes this passion to. „I’m no longer working for money but for my own happiness! “ He used to think work was a total drag, and couldn’t wait until the end of the day, until he was free to do whatever he liked. Today he’s his own boss and loves it. Especially the level of freedom he has now, which can’t be taken away from him. “Sure, it means more work and more responsibility, but being your own boss is priceless!”

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EAT BERLIN – Giving up is not an option

The path to freedom was rough. „It was like climbing a mountain without knowing how high it is.” Adam not only invested a lot of time, energy and money in his dream, he also had to put up with a number of setbacks. „You take two steps forwards and one back, but in the end you just keep moving forward. And setbacks and mistakes always lead to new possibilities!” Giving up was never an option, though. It’s no wonder he recommends anyone toying with self-employment to persevere, keep going, and not be afraid of everything that lies ahead. „There’s always going to be something unexpected, you can’t plan for everything – and that’s what makes it so exciting.”
Sounds great, I think to myself, is there anything you can’t master with a smile and a handful of wise words? Nope, Adam seems relaxed and open to whatever lies ahead. The only thing he misses after all those years of hard work is a bit of balance in his personal life. But I’m sure he’d get that one figured out as soon as he turned his mind to it. But what about me? Am I doing the right thing? Adam urged me to take a good listen to what my heart says, to what I really want. But that’s another story entirely…

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