I was climbing the corporate ladder… I just felt there was more out there… You’ve got to take some risk if you want to do something special.— Callan Williamson, MD - Tortilla Modern Mexican
Do you dream of quitting your corporate job to follow your dream?
Callan Williamson, Managing Director at Tortilla Modern Mexican, did just that.
Williamson and his wife founded Tortilla Modern Mexican in 2012 “armed with nothing but love for Mexican food, a shoe-string budget and a goal to change the way South Africans think about fast food”.
If you’ve ever dreamt of just doing it; you may want a few pointers from someone who did.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).
We’ve spent our own money… the concept proved itself…— Callan Williamson, MD - Tortilla Modern Mexican
The long-term game now is to add scale… We’re looking for someone to share our vision… We’re looking for potential partners...— Callan Williamson, MD - Tortilla Modern Mexican
It was a big jump! I went from the 15th floor of the Bowman Gilfillan building; very cosy in our corporate world. And the next day I was in jeans and a t-shirt and an apron, but I was running the till. I was in the trench! I’ll never forget how much of a change that was, personally.— Callan Williamson, MD - Tortilla Modern Mexican
We bought the business, and I kept my job. You should always test the water with one foot!— Callan Williamson, MD - Tortilla Modern Mexican
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