In this episode, we discuss what can happen once you understand your job as a restaurant owner is to make it about everyone BUT yourself, why you should view neighboring restaurants as comrades; not competitors, knowing your strengths, finding the right partner to offset your weaknesses, staying in your lane, the power of masterminding,
The name, La Finca Chiquita- or The Little Farmhouse- has been a part of Oscar Cavazos’s life since childhood, as it was the name of the family restaurant his parents opened decades prior in Gilmer, TX. Today, Along with his wife, Ashley, Oscar is the Owner and Operator of La Finca Chiquita in Allen, TX. The restaurant has become a staple in the community, and it is safe to say Oscar’s making his parents proud.
I met Oscar through the mastermind I’m hosting. I’ve just been so impressed with who Oscar is as a person. He shows up to every meeting with such positivity, He always hits his goals. He even lost 30 pounds last month! I just really like Oscar and felt the need to make an example of him. When I asked Oscar to join me as a guest on the podcast he said, “Eric, are you sure you want to dilute the quality of your guest?” HA! Oh yeah. He’s also humble.
Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.
“You are not for comfort, you are made for greatness.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
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Career Challenge or Failure
During the second year at La Finca Chiquita, they had great success. What they failed to do well was manage the money. Money is your responsibility to manage, not just reward. For Oscar, it took self-discipline to refocus his priorities and to understand that you have a responsibility to others.
Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
- Caring for others
What is your biggest weakness?
- Getting distracted and sucked into the rabbit whole.
What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?
- Genuinely care for your people.
What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
- Ask what they are passionate about. It doesn’t matter what they’re passionate about, so long as they have passion.
What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
- Outgrowing their current space.
What’s one thing (besides food) your restaurant does well and separates you from other restaurants?
- Intimate community-driven atmosphere where people know their cared about
What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
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What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?
- Jolt- The operations platform for any Business
With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?
- Be on top of the cash flow
What is one question you think should be added to this interview?
- Who is your industry role model and why?
- Rick Bayless. Hes a great leader, philanthropist, and chef.
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Huge thanks to Oscar Cavazos for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!