On Bellaire Boulevard in Houston, Texas there dwells one of the best bakeries on the planet: Moeller’s Bakery. My favorite item there: orange rolls. You know how you can buy orange rolls in a little tube at the grocery, plop ‘em in the pan and bake for a few minutes and voilà, orange rolls? Or, you can buy Moeller’s – if you are so inclined -- when in Houston.
Given that I was not in Houston last Super Bowl Sunday, and given that my interest in the Super Bowl is more about the ads than the game, I decided to make a special treat for our Super Bowl party: orange rolls from scratch – the kind that requires y e a s t! In my whole life, I have made nothing from yeast. Yeast what? For those of you who are cooks, chefs and bakers, this is no big deal for you. For me, making something from yeast was HUGE!
My first dilemma (opportunity) was to find the easiest orange roll recipe available on line. I Googled “easy orange roll recipes” and found one at Sally’s Baking Addiction. I started the yeast process at 12:25 P.M. and served my first-ever-made-from-scratch orange rolls somewhere along after Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the stage. All the while I was creating orange rolls, I was thinking about job seekers and job search. Do this; don’t do that; try this; don’t try that. Transition is a process. Making orange rolls is a process. Don’t screw up the recipe. Don’t take shortcuts. Follow directions. Don’t leave something out. Don’t get impatient – yeast takes a while to rise. Don’t turn up the heat too much on the rolls; you’ll burn them. When you roll out the dough after it rises, make sure to measure it so you’ll get the best result. Measure this; track that.
Are you measuring your job search results? What recipe are you following? Do you have all of the necessary ingredients on hand, whether you are baking orange rolls or building an effective job search strategy? Are you staying motivated to do something you have never done before? Are you willing to learn as you go about what works and what doesn’t in your new adventure? Are you going to get flustered and quit or will you keep at it until you get from nothing to something?
While the end result of my first orange roll making expedition was not a total gooey, fluffy and dripping with orange glaze pièce de résistance, I no longer fear yeast and I know much more about orange roll making than I did. I know that next time, my efforts will have a chance of being even more successful than this first go. And here’s how I know; I took one of my orange rolls to a veteran baker – a master! She told me what I had done well; she also taught me what I could do differently for better results. As I walked away with my dissected orange roll in hand, I thanked her and thought: She bakes; I counsel – two professionals with a passion for continuous improvement – be it orange rolls or job search goals.