In 1955, confident of the quality of his fried chicken, the Colonel devoted himself to developing his chicken franchising business. Less than 10 years later, Sanders had more than 600 KFC franchises in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1964 he sold his interest in the U.S. company for $2 million to a group of investors including John Y. Brown Jr. (who later became governor of Kentucky).
I love the story; the grilled version of the glory ain’t so bad either.
Before us we have one of the reasons so many people have no excuse. We also have another great reason why people still risk their lives to come to the USA.
OPPORTUNITY. It’s never too late to achieve success. Age is still, just a number.
I think what hinders us is the enemy of control. Changing from certain degrees of this kind of thinking will help us from wanting to give up when things don’t happen according to our desired time and/or desired way. If we’re not careful we’ll make control a type of god. Control acts as a god that cruelly judges one’s life and keeps one imprisoned by shoulda-coulda-woulda. In this head-space, one does not proceed through life with delightful expectation or passion. I’m gonna have to re-visit that another time.
Anyway, as oppose to trying to control the unknown, maximize every here and now. In other words, RE-INVENT you. From the look of things, Colonel Sanders wanted success early–not intending on finally “making it big” at the age 65; nonetheless, he did. What do I mean?
He was a sixth-grade dropout, a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, a railroad worker, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, a ferryboat entrepreneur, a tire salesman, an amateur obstetrician, an (unsuccessful) political candidate, a gas station operator, a motel operator and finally, a restaurateur.
This man re-invented himself, continuing to move forward. Why? You never stop. You never quit. Things don’t always workout but that’s the spice of life. You may never have started your successful business had you not been laid off or fired. You may have never rediscovered who you are, if you did not get divorced. We can’t control every aspect of our lives, for instance – we can’t necessarily stop a bird from flying over our head but we can certainly stop it from landing or making a nest.
If I had the chance to dig into is his apparent never give up mindset, which led to the re-invention of himself, life would be enhanced. Where did he get the determination from, the perseverance? Though I would love to sit and pick his brain in person, I guess I’m just going to take what I know to gather the possibility of what I would find out if face-to-face with him. Looking at his resume, he had some tough jobs. One job title is repetitive – Salesman.
I heard a gentleman say this:
Selling and gold mining are very much alike. The people who remove the most dirt, who work thru the greatest number of No’s that uncover the greatest number of Yes’.
Salesman need to be tough-skinned. They have to face rejection, whether it’s a kind or rude version, and keep a smile on their face. There’s the thought that the odds are stacked against them, but the craziness to defy those odds. Many successful business today were built on the sticktuitiveness of salesmen who realized that when life gives you lemons, make a meal with some lemonade and chicken and make it finger lickin’ good.
Response to Daily Prompt
Enjoying another walk today. While I’m walking, I come toward a hill. I think to run/jog it and then I think of my knee that’s ace bandaged at the moment. To say I’m apprehensive is right. There’s the EIK! moment; the uh-uh moment; and the What If moment. Now the knee isn’t nor ever was broken but it’s been swollen, and the doctor suggested wrapping it, among other things. So a light jog should be fine, in my opinion. But as always there is more for you to see here.
I began thinking of the relationship (be it small, almost non-existent, for some) that we have with our finances/money. We’re afraid to move forward because of current insufficiency. We’re afraid to take a chance because of the possibility of something bad happening. We cower from prosperous opportunities that are not overlaid in gold or adorned in gems. Moving forward may be a bit painful, but in fact the old saying – No Pain, No Gain – still applies. Don’t be imprisoned by fear, pain, anxiety, criticism, past, present,…Nothing.
Apply pressure and know that you were built to stand. So what you’ve buckled before-made bad decisions and more-
Be strengthened in education
Be strengthened with time
Be strengthened in knowing, you’re not alone
Be strengthened for pursuing what may not be now but certainly may be in tomorrow.
Don’t think negatively either. Look if you’re going to have anything in life, you’re going to have to put aside what was, even what may be for your dreams. Quit thinking that everything is a gimmick. Quit thinking that everybody knows what they’re talking about.
Bankruptcy is not the end and for others of you it doesn’t have to be a beginning.
Your ‘being careful/cautious’ is really procrastination – tell the truth
We don’t encourage being gullible, so be informed – still look before you leap.
Did I jog? Yes. Was there pain? Yes. Did I stop? Kinda – stopped jogging but kept walking. Oh yeah! I just thought about people who complain about taxes. Some do overtime to make more but then get angry about the taxes as a result. Okay, so there are taxes, but are you also one of those sets of people who has their OT going toward their pension? Gain. There’s also a biz/tax tip that I’ve learned from many where you make taxes work for you. You can make all your money work for you.
Did I jog again? Yes. Was there pain again? Yes. Did I have to stop again? Kinda again. Could I have pushed through it? Yep, if Jillian Michaels or Duvet or somebody was pushing me. Sometimes having the right person pushing you helps in a pursuit. For those that work out with weights, we know that our spotters are not just there if we need help but also to challenge us. Is it possible that maybe you do better with someone than on your own? Well, do that. That requires homework too, because some people are not in it for you but for themselves. Still no reason to not pursue.
You have nerve.
With all the ability you have, you choose this?!
To come into my life was a great mistake.
To try to remove me was a great mistake.
To think I would lie down and die, was your great mistake.
To think you wouldn’t be found OUT…
…Your Great Mistake
So there was a lost.
There was a death.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed
Death may be worked in me, but it’s so that life will be in some one else
Took a walk to the store this morning, despite the rain, and in so doing realized just how pleasant it is. The rain was light and the mood was right. Walking of itself is something I enjoy; it’s my go to for exercise (me no run).
As I started walking, I began looking for earthworms on the ground. It wasn’t long before I saw one about 3-4 inches long drinking up the water flowing down to hill. That may not be so interesting to you but for some reason it is to me.
But one of the things I do often is walk with a song. The more I was out there the more inspired I felt – the song became a message; from message to concert; from concert to…
Okay, pause, looking for some snacks. Be right back…
Alright, I’m good, back up the hill in the rain and in the moment.
I couldn’t help but feel how beautiful the weather is and feels. Without fail the thought was to share my moment with you all.
You know, we can look at things around us and find negatives. It’s actually the most accessible place to those that have not conditioned themselves differently. This applies to family, self, our finances, our world and more.
Let’s take 20 minutes, every hour of every day, to condition ourselves to see the beauty in something we would otherwise find to be contemptuous. Not only so, but rather than looking at the problem see the solution that is usually there. It’s conditioning and it’s life changing. We can see the rain and consider the mud, or we can see the flowers the bloom as a result of. I love it. I’m inspired just thinking about. Well I guess I should be, since I’m the one writing about it. Maybe you’ll understand it better if you had my experience, eventhough there’s so much more I could say.
But go ‘head–Take a walk in the Inspirain.
A True Saint
In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.
Can one be in 300 years what they are not now? Can someone be now and still be in 300 years?
The view of the future is tainted and deceptive; framed with ‘I Wish’ – ‘It’ll/That’ll be nice’ – and ‘Oneday’. All nailed to the wall by Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda. I’m squinting towards the future living in yesterday. My present quickly fading; was it ever really here?
Where’s this man of the future? To me, is he near?
Is the man I am, the man I shall be? Is the man I shall be, the man I am now?
If I’m ever to be, there must be a now; Cause how can one attain without reaching somehow?
But is seeking to be…Vanity?
I must be the man, that man; him who stands erect. The man that knows it’s not about me; it’s really all about them. Mistakes and all, this one thing is true. I’m molded and fashioned and shapely too. I am him just look up and see. Elevate your thinking and be. Yes me! Be!
I’m talking to you, Man of Great Stature. Even if, with storms and seasons did bend. You did not break though. You’re yet still here. Lift up your countenance and…Where’s your grin? The man to be is the man within, that is. The man God created, now saint once sinner.
Who there is true and worthy among you? We’ve lived contrived lives and look for our statue. But ‘lived’ and ‘contrived’ are words of the past. My right now decisions make me free, at last.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
What does all of this have to do with a New Millionaire’s Mindset?
The richness of the Kingdom – Kingdom of God/Heaven – is Love.
What greater LEGACY to leave than that of showing those with and coming up behind you, even if they never knew you or ever will, that love is Saintly. We don’t do to acquire a name because then one’s vain. But in so doing, one can acquire a name that’s associated with one’s deeds; cause after all, one’s known for what they do and That actually names you.
So loving yourself is key and crucial. We’ve all made mistakes (regarding family, friends, finances and more). Moving beyond your past is capable when you love you and loving you enables and increases an upright stature.
One of the things that’s a hit or miss, is reflecting on the past. You ever looked at your current circumstances and say, “Dag, how did I get here?” One of the questions people ask…still, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” Really? Does that even matter? Look at me now and see who I am, cause going back, for my future…Nah.
I always feel like I should be further than where I am. It’s funny too, because other’s look at me and think I’ve got it made. They have no idea the struggle, the stress, the
will-power. I smile to keep from laughing. Yeah I said it right. Cause if I laugh, I’ll activate too many nerves and ducts and stuff and break down before their eyes. So you hear me chuckle and you think I’m funny. I heard a comedian talk about having a third eye perspective on things/life and telling jokes is the oxymoron of it all. Telling jokes while feeling like one; the wisest fool if there ever was one. High school drop-outs with a seven-figure income; college grads just tryin’ to get some. Help! get some Help! need some Help! want some…Help! if you please. Hustlin’, tusslin’, running with the best of ’em. But best is not enough. At least not mine.
It’s amazing how many people are struggling around us. Even the man in a three-piece suit (whether fellow commuter or one of the partners in our company) could be one paycheck from poverty or one discouraging thought away from walking into oncoming traffic. Sometimes we want to start over in life and other times we just try to keep moving forward. Whether you’re looking back or looking ahead, do it with a new mind. Get it right in your head. You ever spoke positive audibly and simultaneously an inward voice was just as loud speaking in jest, negating what you’re trying to confess. Yeah, I’ve been there and still growing from there. I’m learning that it’s not enough to speak so others hear, but hear so others speak. Those other voices, that is: mama’s and papa’s and friends are there too; voices of self –What is the voice of you? Voices of good and bad, voices of wealth. Voices that give life or combat good health. There are voices of wisdom and knowledge and truth, voices of anger, denial and lies too. I mentioned some voices that can fall on either side because they all need to hear. Whatever you feed will develop and grow. Whatever you starve will weaken till it’s killed with ease.
Start with this weekend than progress to a week, and so on from there of voices to starve vs. feed. So by the next time someone asks, “As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?”, you’ll have matured to a place that have or have not, you’re content–not with mediocrity, with living.
Other people may feel differently about this idea:
How do you feel?