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Today is May 18th and welcome to the Daily Quote – a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern and I hope your hungry and not lactose intolerant because today is National Cheese Souffle Day. A whole day dedicated to celebrating that delightfully light and airy French dish.

To mark this fun food holiday, our quote comes from the late, great chef and author Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain had a deep appreciation for food and the cultures surrounding it from his extensive travels. He was known for his candid, irreverent perspective.

Here is Anthony Bourdain’s insightful quote:

“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”

Bourdain’s words highlight an important distinction – technical skills are learnable, but inner character is something we must continually develop from within.

When it comes to cooking, recipes and techniques can be studied and practiced. But having the patience, creativity, and passion to become a truly great chef? That’s about cultivating the right character traits over time.

The same applies to any pursuit in life. We can acquire knowledge and competencies through education and experience. But skills alone aren’t enough for fulfillment and mastery.

We need qualities like curiosity, determination, integrity, and resilience that shape how we apply those skills.

As we go about our day, let’s reflect on our own character. What virtues do we need to strengthen? A bit more discipline? Courage? Compassion? By continually developing our core character, we provide fertile ground for our skills to fully blossom and bear fruit.

Thank you for joining me on The Daily Quote podcast.

I hope Anthony Bourdain’s perspective inspires you to not just build your skills, but nurture the character traits that will make you exceptional in every endeavor.


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