A few weeks ago, I finished reading Seth Godin’s Linchpin and was immediately struck by this passage:
The future belongs to chefs, not to cooks or bottle washers…A cook is not an artist. A cook follows a recipe, and he’s a good cook if he follows the recipe correctly. A chef is an artist. She’s an artist when she invents a new way of cooking or a new type of dish that creates surprise or joy or pleasure for the person she created it for.
I’d been mulling that over until what finally came out was my Entrepreneur’s Manifesto, which starts off: Be a Chef, not a Cook.