Like many young women, I learned to cook watch­ing my Moth­er.  By the time I left home, I was pret­ty good too. My love of cook­ing was fos­tered in two ways.  One, I loved to eat.  And two, there was noth­ing bet­ter in my book than shar­ing a meal with fam­i­ly and friends.  What I didn’t always enjoy so much was the prepa­ra­tion, espe­cial­ly if it involved knives.  Chop­ping, slic­ing, dic­ing and minc­ing weren’t my fav things.  With no oth­er frame of ref­er­ence, I set up my kitchen just like my Mother’s.  Same pots and pans, same kinds of dish­es and serv­ing pieces, same knives.

For years, these tools served me well, or so I thought.  Then I mar­ried my hus­band, Bar­ry, and things got real­ly inter­est­ing in my kitchen.  You see, Bar­ry had been in sales his entire pro­fes­sion­al life.  And a large chunk of that time, he was a rep sell­ing upscale kitchen gad­gets to gourmet shops.

He had a gad­get for every­thing.  And knives, boy did he have knives!  I had nev­er seen so many knives.  All shapes and sizes.  As we cooked togeth­er, he was always cor­rect­ing my use of knives. “Why are you using that knife?” or “That isn’t how you use that knife, it goes like this.”  It wasn’t long before I real­ized in the world of knives, I knew very lit­tle.  What was the dif­fer­ence in a chef knife, a par­ing knife and a slic­ing knife?  How could they help me and how do I use them correctly?

Thank­ful­ly, Bar­ry was a good teacher.  Hav­ing the right knives and know­ing how to use them prop­er­ly made all the dif­fer­ence.  I no longer dread­ed chop­ping, slic­ing, dic­ing and minc­ing.  I pre­pared meals faster and eas­i­er.  And my meals improved! What a dif­fer­ence the right tools and the knowl­edge to use them makes!

Just like a good set of knives and the knowl­edge to use them, trans­forms cook­ing from a chore to a fun and enjoy­able expe­ri­ence.  A com­pre­hen­sive finan­cial man­age­ment sys­tem, with the knowl­edge to use it, trans­forms a mod­er­ate­ly suc­cess­ful busi­ness into a pros­per­ous one.