How Chocolate Chip Cookies Can Teach You How to be Authentic 

I’d like to take full credit for this holiday. After all, I am an advocate of all Chocolate Chip cookies, all the times. I have even been known to deflate when fooled by Oatmeal Raisin cookies unexpectedly. (For the record, those need a label)So as always let’s review the facts:

• Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.

• The chips melt best at temperatures between 104 and 113 °F (40 and 45 °C). The melting process starts at around 90 °F when the cocoa butter in the chips starts to heat. The cooking temperature must never exceed 115 °F (for milk and white) or 120 °F (for dark) or the chocolate will burn.

• Today, chocolate chips are very popular as a baking ingredient in the United States and the chocolate chip cookie is regarded as a quintessential American dessert.

• Chocolate chips are also available in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. Nestlé and The Hershey Company are among the top producers of chocolate chips.

• In 1987 Chester Soling sponsored a contest to find the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies and got over 2.600 responses for various recipes.

• Did you know you eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime?

• Chocolate chip cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies.

• Massachusetts’s official state cookie is the chocolate chip cookie, and in 2001 the common wealth of Pennsylvania declared it their official cookie as well

So how can Chocolate Chip cookies relate to your personal development?  

As you read above… there is a common myth surrounding the invention of these delightful deserts. An urban legend if you will. Many pass of their invention as an accidental discovery. However, Ruth Graves Wakefield herself explains that she had thought out the dessert before she created it: “We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie”

Can you relate? 

 Many times in our lives, a carefully made decision can me misinterpreted by others as nothing more than a happy accident. You made it through that traffic jam because you were lucky, not because you knew which roads to take after commuting like a boss for over a decade. You’re hard work gets lumped in with the same success of a Magic 8 Ball.

The scary part is we can believe that too; even though we should know better. “Maybe I am just lucky…” “I must have hit the roads at just the right time…”

Society is a cruel friend sometimes. How often does your social circle celebrate the positivity of the world? If you are like me, it’s less than the times I read a story of failure, outrage, or embarrassment. We love dirty laundry, and sharing it has become even easier. It’s rare that we give full credit to someone who did the right thing, or made the right decision. We would rather share how someone messed up than how they overcame.  

And part of that is our own insecurity.

Seeing someone just like you being successful, or doing great things shines a nice light on what we have done. Then the comparison sets in, followed by the jealousy, and ending with the indifference. We come up with a long list of reasons why the other person could do it but we cannot. After all, they must be better than us, or luckier, or privileged, etc. When the truth is more likely, they worked for it. They prepared for it. They earned it. The good news is, you can do the same thing.

I offer you this alternative to accepting a life of perceived luck (be it good or bad). 

🍪 What if you regarded your life the way Ruth regarded her invention? She was not shy about claiming her title as inventor. She wrote cookbooks, spoke about it regularly, and made a business deal with Andrew Nestlé that made her cookie the household name it is now. Toll House cookies are the gold standard, and we all know it.  

That same gold standard title applies to your life. You can continue to accept the notion that your life is a result of some dumb luck, and haphazard planning, or you can correct the narrative.

🍪 I am in this position because I am a hard worker, and my company recognizes that

🍪 I am in great shape because I make exercise a priority every day

🍪 I have a clean house because I pay my maid well (a girl can dream)

Author your own biography. Don’t allow others to negate your accomplishments or downplay your gifts and talents. You are the only you, the masterpiece, the work of art. There is no need to pretend that you are an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. Be the Tollhouse that you were created to be.


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