As a hobby, Richie loved being a chef.

As a profession, he didn’t like the pressure.

Richie cared a lot about what others thought of him and his cooking.

Cooking for friends was less pressure. They didn’t pay for the food. And, if they didn’t like it, they didn’t write nasty Yelp reviews.

But for customers…Richie always worried that the food he prepared wasn’t worth a dime. The worry was unfounded. He owned his own restaurant and even operated it at a small profit.

Despite constant encouragement from his friends and yearly success, Richie never felt at ease running his restaurant.

So, after 8 years of being in business, Richie sold it. He got a 9-5 as an accountant and cooked every night for himself and his friends.

No point in fretting all the time.

His friends say he is much happier now.

Maybe not happy ever after, but happier.