John Quilter is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and chef. He is one of the stars of new TV show Food Junkies on London’s new TV channel London LIVE. JQ has his own You Tube channel, Food Busker – produced by Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One and has his own series on Jamie’s Food Tube where he interviews the stars of the music world while he cooks for them.
So far he’s soothed Neneh Cherry’s sore throat with a peach, rushed on stage with a cup of Oolong tea for Kanye West, made a black pudding scotch egg for Robert Plant. In this episode we’ve taken a snippet from his full interview which will be live on Monday. If the title of this post doesn’t give it away, it’s a reflection on the importance of having an open mind and being brave enough to step right out of your comfort zone.
The first thing that you need to develop is open mindedness because what keeps us stuck is fear wrapped up in being sensible, which is just bullshit. It’s this idea of ‘Oh no I couldn’t do that’ , ‘Oh no that wouldn’t work because of this’ – no.
Shut up, stop spouting that rubbish.
So many people spout that rubbish. They pretend to know what they’re going on about and the reality is that unless you’re prepared to conduct an experiment, i.e. to participate, to have a go, you cannot really talk about what you’re talking about. You just can’t. People forget that.
Until you make a step forward out of your comfort zone and into something new, you can’t really comment. You can tie all that up in that you have to become open minded. You have to stop listening to that voice in your head that says ‘Oh no that wouldn’t work’ or this that and the other, and go ‘Okay. Let’s investigate that a little more. Let’s dance with that idea a little more’ – so open mindedness, is absolutely key.