We had the good fortune of connecting with Findler Charles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Findler, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Well when I first thought about owning my own food truck and being my own boss sounded amazing to me. So with the high hopes of greatness I sold everything that was important to so that I could chase my dreams. I kind of risk it all by jumping into the game with no plans. I found a local guy who built food trucks for a living and at that time I just wanted to my dreams to come true. Little did I know my dreams was about to come to a crashing halt. Got scammed out of $31,590 and was left with a food truck that was only 5% done. At the time I was currently working at a dealership and was able to continue to pay may bills. I risked my job to get my incomplete food truck that didn’t even was drivable out from bankrupt auction. I ended up getting fired but I was able to get my truck towed to its new home. Later on that week I had my first major accident that put a halt on my dreams once again. I risked my health, my time and everything I had to shine light on my dreams. One year later all the risk I took final payed off. Iv’e been in busy for 2 years and counting. I was all worth towards the end because everything that happened to me never made me forget what I was fighting for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say that my path to my business no one can ever come close. I wanted to express my creative side through food. The sweat, the sleepless nights, the pushing myself to the limits and the body aching pain that I felt was well worth it. I was able to create tasteful dishes and create the most amazing hand crated drinks from scratch. I wanted to show the world that Haitian food exist out there. I had takened the typical Haitian dishes and created a Haitian dishes with a modern twist. I wasn’t easy at all to get to this point but I made it happen. I infused Our Haitian flavors into everything I make. To the ones that knew my back story always tell me that their proud of how far I came. I alway enjoyed making people feel happy and know I’m doing it through my food . I learned that patience is the key to success and to alway do what makes you happy. I also learned that my passion shows in my work. I would like to shine some light on the Haitian culture and our amazing flavors.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the inner coastal and show them the amazing restaurants that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Then I’ll take them to Miami and show them wynwood walls. Wynwood is the art district of Miami, theres a lot of art museums, bars and restaurnts. There is so much to do in South Florida the list can go on forever.
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?
During my battle to get my food truck of my dreams up and running. I’ve have meant a lot of people who cared and supported my dreams. First I love to give a thanks to Joanna P. Enoise who had connected me with this amazing organization that gave me the hope I had needed. Thrive Collective was the organization that helped me in so many ways you can imagine. Sara and Kristyn worked with me to help me get the resources I need for my business. They sent me to the local libarie to meet with Jacqueline who work for the business department for FAU. That where Jacqueline introduced me to James. Those two are a power team and were very help. They helped me by showing me how to build a foundation for my business. I would love to give thanks to the residents of Delray Beach that help raised money to help build my food truck. I would love to give a special thinks to the closes friends and family that never let me quit.