Anyone who has heard of the great American Success Story always hears of the underdog coming from nowhere and winning the race or the contest. Why? The answer is not in arriving in the one second of glory, but in the many moments applauded quietly along the way. Like the Country, Song Know who Your Friends are, everyone wants to slap your back when you’re up on that mountain, but when you slide back down off the hill when you look around to see whose around then. Well, the moral of the song is probably much like life, and it is not about choosing sides, but in having a team around that supports one another day today.
First days, First Opportunities
When Steve Ritchie came to Papa John, he realized that he was given an opportunity, and it was up to himself to live up to the chance. For those who knew Steve Ritchie and worked with him, they say he always made it his business to give 100% of his enthusiasm and ofc give his best at what he did. Whether it was a customer service representative (1996-2006) being a franchise owner and operator (2006-2014), being a charge of the operations of the company as COO (2014), or even as the President of Papa John’s (2015-2018), loyalty and commitment were the keys that lead to success.
Loyalty and Commitment
And if someone were to say that maybe being at the top of your game and even becoming a CEO (2018) changed a person from withing, you can only rely upon what Steve Ritchie said that day to reporters first that feeling “humbled” at a new role” is part of even the highest levels of success. Furthermore, Steve Ritchie in the end, while making his trek from his first level of success, which was being hired by Papa John, but also had a keen sense of team-player, team-manager, and team-spirit is another key to success within such Papa John’ considered to be the #1 pizza company in the world by widespread acclaim, a place where team member can influence team member on a daily base.
Working with Team-Spirit
On January 1, 2018, he told those who also were hungry for success to put their best foot forward every day, and that will lead to success. In short, I guess what Steve Ritchie was saying was a success is not a one-time thing, but a matter of getting out and getting things done daily, consistently, and giving your all. On the one hand, success is not guaranteed to anyone, but as Arnold Palmer said once that, in essence, the more he worked, the luckier he became.
Don’t try to Predict the Future
No one can predict the future for you and by observing the things that Steve Ritchie did to go from customer service to CEO you can conjecture to say that some of the essential things in life are looking forward to opportunities, but building up others around you in whatever duties you have, year after year, always brings different rewards in different ways to everyone in the end.