We had the good fortune of connecting with Arianne Behbahani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arianne, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think life and risk go hand in hand. From the time we are young, we are taught to assess risk before action, to think about how each decision will reflect on our future selves. Many people take that to mean valuing safety and comfort and staying within those parameters. This can stifle growth. Personally, I have always been one to dive in without checking the temperature, to go for something and deal with any fallout or consequence later. While this has been helpful at times, it has also caused setbacks. As I gain more experience with time, I have learned not to stop taking risks in order to protect myself from impending harm, but to think more about how to handle different outcomes that may occur so that I can be prepared for most situations, good or bad. I think taking calculated risk is important in improving ourselves and our businesses as well as growing as individuals and as a society. Setbacks and mistakes are opportunities to learn for the future and contribute to our expertise. While we fear failure, it is stagnancy and the absence of taking risks that we should fear more.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Go Go Truck is a food truck selling healthy comfort food using locally sourced and mostly organic ingredients. We make all of our sauces and other products from scratch and serve anywhere from office buildings to breweries and festivals. We have both worked in the food and beverage industry for a long time but are first time business owners and are proud of how far we have come both in business and as people. It was much harder than we could have anticipated but we have overcome a lot of obstacles and have built a lot of confidence in our ability to keep going. Obviously the last few months have been a challenge for everybody with the global pandemic but I believe we are in a position to come out on the other side. My biggest lesson has been to persevere through hardship. Also not to get too down when something doesn’t work out because things will look up again sooner or later. What defines us not only as a brand but as human beings is that ‘we shall overcome’.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is a great place to visit! There are so many outdoor activities, breweries, and restaurants to visit, it would be hard to get it all in one trip. I would probably take a visitor to Alesmith or Helix Brewing for a beer outside on the patio and for a walk around Balboa Park. If it were summer and a year without Covid-19, the Balboa Park Food Truck Friday event is definitely the place to be on a Friday night! A hike to Black’s Beach and watching the hang gliders take off and a sunset drink at the Lahaina Beach House would be a day well spent. We also have so many great farmer’s markets and the Tuna Harbor Dockside fish market to browse all of the fresh, locally grown and procured ingredients San Diego has to offer.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As the saying goes, it takes a village! I was raised by mostly women and their strength, perseverance, and sacrifice have given me the ability to go after my dreams. I also could not do this without my business and life partner, Liam. I think I would have given up many times over if not for his support and encouragement along the way. Not to mention that without his effort and sacrifice, this food truck could not function every day!
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