Ordering pizza with a group is great; the more people, the more pizzas you order. The best part though is sharing that pizza with the extraordinary people that surround us. Every August my family gathers in Door County and we have an annual “Luther Bash”. We sing karaoke, hit up a supper club, take long walks and lucky for me, we eat pizza. Delicious wood-fired pizza.
A weekend getaway filled with great conversation and plenty of laughter reminds me of how awesome my family is. It also reminds me the importance of maintaining and continually expanding a network of great people in our lives.
A feast for the whole family.
Approaching Door County on a Friday night I strategize with my Mom over the phone about what to order from Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza and Grille in Fish Creek, WI. My mom has arrived a day early and bless her heart has offered to pick up pizza for the whole family.
In the 4 hour car ride up north Tess, my brother Jeff and his fiancé Jaime have come up with a delectable plan for our Friday night pizza party. We account for everyone’s likes, dislikes and imagine the right variety for our whole family. We then coordinate this to my Mom.
When we arrive to our vacation destination, we are greeted with hot fresh pizzas and a packed condo of buzzing Luthers. My wonderful Mother even went one step further and snapped pictures of the pizza that you see in this post.
That’s the power of a solid network. You have someone to share ideas with, lean on, and lift you up with a smorgasbord of wood-fired pizzas (along with pictures).
The wood-fired wonder of the North.
You may associate Door County the seasonal Wisconsin getaway with wineries, cranberries, sailboats and scenery, but would you expect some of the states best wood-fired pizza?
When I discovered Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza back in 2010, I suddenly felt a whole new level of appreciation for the relaxing touristy peninsula. If one of these puppies existed in Madison, it would be my go to spot.
“Sausage and Pesto” perfection.
For several years now my immediate family has made it a tradition to get the “Sausage & Pesto” pizza with goat cheese added to it (Tess’s amazing idea, I married well). The wood-fired pizza has a sturdy charred crust that provides an excellent chew. The crust is just thick enough to hold a bountiful yet balanced layer of of high quality ingredients: Italian sausage, fresh diced tomatoes, fresh basil, pesto and our addition dollops of goat cheese.
Some combinations seem so simple, yet fit so perfectly that when they come together, you wonder why people don’t do it more often. The ingredients of the “Sausage and Pesto” pie come together and create a pizza that is fun and memorable. Just like the Luther Clan; we come together and create a comforting and supportive network.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
While family is often at the core of our network, continually expanding our circle is important.
“Networking is when you create a far bigger family around you than you could have ever imagined.” states best selling author and podcaster James Altucher.
He references his podcast interview with Scot Cohen The Best Networker in the World. PERIOD. “Networking is when you create your “scene” over years. The people you can help. The people you learn to help. The people who can connect some dots and you become happy when you can introduce them to people who connect other dots.”
Harvey Mackay businessman and New York Times best selling author says in his book Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty “If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.”
Developing and maintaining your network.
- Keep it fun by bringing enthusiasm to a conversation, be optimistic and uncover a shared interest. One of my favorite ways to spark up a conversation is to ask someone about their favorite pizza. You can’t go wrong.
- Be a good listener and let others share what’s on their mind. Give your full attention to them and affirm what they are saying. By being an attentive listener you become a trusted ally.
- Reach out to your favorite people every couple months. Always work on maintaining relationships even if it’s just a call, text or a simple “Like” on facebook. Share a picture of some pizza you enjoyed.
- The more the merrier holds true. Always add to your network. The more we extend ourselves to others and create new relationships, the more opportunities we open up. And the more excellent pizza we come across.
- Have patience with those in your network and hold them accountable. Sometimes we need to lean and sometimes we are leaned on, taking the initiative to help others will solidify a life-long bond.
What pizza taught me:
Surrounding ourselves with great people makes life exciting, enjoyable and sometimes even easier. Pizza is always there for us in the good times and the bad, and if we play our cards right so is a solid support system of family and friends.
What I’m eating: Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza and Grille
What I’m reading: Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty – Harvey Mackay