What’s the difference between a cook and a chef?

A cook prepares meals.

A chef, on the other hand, creates experiences.

Notice both are doing about the same thing, but the perceived (and charged) value is significantly different. 

A cook could be extremely hardworking, following all the methods being taught and still be replaced by someone else that’s even more hardworking. But it’s way harder to replace a chef that creates a unique food experience (say, an omakase master).

In a world where almost everything is being automated or SOP-ed, you are rewarded by thinking and doing things differently.

In short, your edge lies in your unique thoughts and perspective, which led you to create your value and masterpiece in your work.

The next time you are in a position of the majority, consider this:

What can you think, do, and create differently?