Finding My Future

Finding My Future

Before I left for this trip I spoke with many people that have mentored me.  The most common response I got was that I would figure out what I wanted to do in life, that I would find a business idea and be able to run with it.  Deep down I had hoped that this would be the outcome, but I didn’t expect to find it so soon, let alone in Korea.  Nonetheless, here I am, thinking about how I could make this dream a reality.

It started with my interest in visiting South Korea: food.  Everyone that has ever spoken about South Korea to me has mentioned the delicious food.  My only experiences with Korean food is BBQ and Kimchi, the former which is delicious, the latter which is not.  Nobody mentioned the key food combination I found, the restaurant I shall bring to the US and revolutionize our diet:

Chicken and Beer

Tell me, how many people dislike fried chicken or beer?  Sure, some people claim that fried chicken is unhealthy, but deep down, fried chicken is universally enjoyed.  Combine that with beer and we have a winning concept for America.

The key to our success will be to make chicken and beer a the center of social events with huge beers and delicious chicken.  I have a whole theme figured out, the key demographics and how we will succeed in the low-margin restaurant business.  I even know where I want to put my first location.  I will start in the North and march on south until I subjugate Colonel Sanders and become the King of Chicken.

There is really no stopping this, the demand is there and I know we can fry up some incredible birds.  I asked the wife to start working on recipes and hit a wall; she said she wanted no part in this.  In fact, she wanted me to have no such company for reasons X, Y and Z which I didn’t hear, I was crestfallen.  Here I had encountered my destiny and the wife immediately put the kibosh on it…good thing I have two more years on the road to convince her.

Who could dislike this?  Apparently one wife is against it…

Damn, guess I’m still on the lookout for the next big thing.

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» Shannon :
Aug 31, 2011

sold, my friend. absolutely! haha

» I Eat Korean Fried Chicken :
Sep 2, 2011

You’re a bit late to the game. There are tons of korean fried chicken joints in NYC and LA.

thinkCHUA Reply:

Ahh…the myth of first-mover advantage. Google was not the first search engine. Apple is rarely, if ever, the first to market with a technology. Lowe’s and Home Depot were not the first hardware stores. What all these have in common is that they took a good idea, perfected and standardized it. The Korean fried chicken places I have seen tend to be unequal in quality, family owned and have few locations. I would seek to perfect the recipes, atmosphere and experience for my target market, then roll them out nationwide. That said, my wife said she was completely against the idea of serving up unhealthy food to a country that already has plenty of food-related health issues.

» dad A :
Sep 2, 2011

just one more reason why you made a good decision in marrying that beautiful wife of yours…..peace…..bka

thinkCHUA Reply:

Your daughter seems to think fried chicken is unhealthy…

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