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Ex-MasterChef judges, enjoy your slice of humble pie

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26.07.2019

“Never, ever, believe you’re irreplaceable. You always are.”

This sage warning is a pearl of wisdom that has been the foundation of retaining a sense of reality and humility throughout my career. A humbling adage passed on from a wise and wizened early mentor, it has kept me on my guard, always aware I’m only as good as my next story and not my last.

Mehigan, Preston and Calombaris in MasterChef's salad days.Credit:Ten

But, yes, there was a time when I forgot to respect the caution. It happened when I found myself in a difficult and specialised job I believed no one else could handle, something which I foolishly believed management realised. I assumed they would do anything to keep me, they would be mad not to! And so, when renegotiating my salary, I gave my boss the ultimatum of pay up or I’ll shove off.

Needless to say I was out the door the same day, the press release announcing my replacement in wide circulation even before I left the building.

After pulling my head back out of my butt, I realised I had broken the cardinal rule that you merely fill a job, you do not own it. The power of position is not absolute but a fickle and fleeting mistress, one that doesn’t tolerate being taken for granted or treated with disdain. For to do so is to........

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