Updated: Jan 29, 2021
Michael Lewis admits his work ethic was not the strongest when he was a dishwasher. Dishwashing is, you can imagine, a very tedious job.
He would call out of work often, and says he nearly lost that position. It just didn’t feel like something he wanted to do. It didn’t feel important. He couldn’t see how dishes was a path to a future he wanted to have.
But a chef at the restaurant where he was washing dishes pointed out how vital dishwashing was to a successful kitchen: without the clean dishes the entire operation would grind to a halt. In fact, dishwashing was central to the success of the restaurant and to the making of great food.