So, a funny thing happened on the way to dinner. Last week Michelle and I were gifted the opportunity to go have dinner at one of those fancy all you can eat Brazilian steakhouses. It was a gift and also a little reconnaissance mission because Michelle was supposed to be checking it out for the possibility of having a Chick-Fil-A Christmas party there. (She also works as the marketing director for a Chick-Fil-A store here in San Antonio.) We were very excited. Gabi was going to spend the night with Gigi and Hoot and Michelle and I were going to get to have an amazing dinner that we didn't have to pay for!

Michelle and her boss had talked about the restaurant so she knew what to expect. We looked it up online and made a reservation and when she told me the name of the place and basically where it was I said “Yeah, I know where that is! No problem!” 

As we headed to dinner Michelle asked if I knew for sure where it was, I said I did, and I was very confident. We arrived and told them we had a reservation for 6:30. They took us straight in and seated us and we were completely blown away! Michelle kept saying that this was nothing like her boss had described. Everything was bigger and better than he had said that it would be. We didn't think much of it and ate and ate and enjoyed every morsel we put in our mouth. It was an amazing experience!

About half way through dinner Michelle looked down at a place card on our table that had the name of the restaurant on it and asked “Is this the name of the place?” I confirmed and she suddenly looked panicked. “Uh-oh,” she said, “I don't think we are at the right place!” Very confused I asked “Where should we be?” She told me, we looked it up quickly and realized it has a very similar name and is only about a mile and a half down the road. We had made a reservation at the right place, but were definitely at the wrong place!

Needless to say, I started freaking out. Not only were we at the wrong place, that was more expensive, using someone else's credit card, I am the one that brought us here! How did this happen?!?! What were we going to do? After a bit more freaking out and trying to figure out how we were going to pay for this, we contacted Michelle's boss. Thankfully he said not to worry about it, just enjoy ourselves and relax.

So, what have I learned from this little escapade? Well, for starters, don't assume I know everything! As I am constantly searching and learning how to be a better leader, this helped me remember that a good leader doesn't have to know everything. It is ok to admit you don't know something. That doesn't show weakness and nobody expects anyone to know everything. Second, part of being a good leader is being a good listener. If I had listened to the name of the restaurant and actually looked up where it is, we would not have been in that situation! Third, something I already knew but that was again confirmed through this folly, I have an amazing wife. Michelle's could have been very upset and angry. Instead, she just looked at me and laughed. I am constantly doing stupid stuff like this and God has given me an amazing partner and friend that loves me in spite of myself.

There you have it. A day in the life of the Graves. Thanks for hanging out with me today. I would love to hear if you have any similar stories! Leave a comment here and don't forget to sign up for email updates!  

AuthorJustin Graves