Andrew Zimmern, The Host Of ‘Bizarre Foods’, Hit Me With The Three Keys To A Successful Life And #3 Is Eye Opening
One of the perks of my job is that I occasionally get to meet some truly remarkable people, celebrities from all walks of life who have reached levels of unimaginable success. Every time I have one of these celebrity encounters I find myself leaving and thinking to myself ‘What set them apart? What enabled that person to become a household name?’. Well, last weekend I was down in South Beach with some bros from Amstel Light for the SoBe Wine & Food Festival, specifically the 10th Annual Amstel Light Burger Bash, the premiere event of the food festival. I was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel.
In the time I was able to sit and speak with Andrew Zimmern in the Red Robin tent at the Amstel Light Burger Bash, shortly after Andrew finished up his duties as a celebrity judge in the event, I figured ‘why not just ask him why he thinks he’s successful, and what’s brought him down the path to success. I wasn’t sure how the conversation would go at first but within seconds I realized I was speaking with a man who has truly figured life out (he’s also one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting).
Below is my interview with Andrew and it’s about 1000x better than any other celebrity interview I’ve done in the past, because he was dropping truth bomb after truth bomb about what it takes to be a successful person, all advice I’ve been seeking throughout the past few years….Make sure to keep scrolling after the interview though, because I’ve got some cool info on how he just changed the life of two culinary students who just won the prestigious ‘Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ Best of the Bash Award’.
Cass: by all measures of success you are a widely successful human being, one thing I’m interested in right now is the road to success. Say if someone was trying to break into the TV/Travel/Food world, do you have any advice for them? At what point did you know you were on the road to success?
Andrew: Well, I teach entrepreneurship at Babson College, and so I’m constantly in front of college aged students, and I do a lot of mentoring programs in Minnesota, and so I talk to people about this a lot. And I find myself the older I get sounding more like my grandfather.
There are a couple things that are really true in life:
‘Gravity is one of them.’
‘Be a good person and it will end up paying off.’
And the one that a lot of people don’t like to hear, which is ‘hard work pays off’.
When I was young I did not believe that to be as true as I did when I was middle-aged. I tried to do it every other way I could except by work harder, better, faster, stronger, earlier, and later than the other people. And the minute that I started doing that amazing things really happened.
I also believe in ‘well timed risks’ as well, and I think that if you have enough people in your life that you trust they can help you make those decisions. I left the restaurant world 18 years ago, and I went to a magazine, a radio station.