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One time, not too long ago, a food critic came through here. And boy, I was four beans—and four beans is a good rating for a restaurant in New Orleans. She took me down to one. I mean, she just tore me to pieces.

It was tough, but I learned to take that criticism and correct it. You don’t buckle, because that’s what life’s all about, darlin’. Somebody’s always trying to break you. You can try to do that to me, but I’m gonna come back swinging all the time. That’s what young people have to learn to do today. If you’re criticized, look at it. Then correct it if you can and move on. You don’t stop. You don’t stop when people criticize you. You keep going, and you do better every time.

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