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
At some point I put my hands in my pockets. Doing that caused me to feel like I was pushing harder as I approached the incline [hill]. When I caught that I was breathing harder, I began using my arms (swinging them, as is natural and useful). Immediately, I felt like I was being pushed – propelled – aided…, causing my hike up the hill to be e-e-easy.
Now my mind is flooded with thoughts:
- It’s important to make full use of what we have
- We have what it takes to succeed
- The Pressured Lesson
As you read, I want to encourage you to know that you win. You will find that I’m using my time of exercise as a jump off to this bigger platform of – You got it, Use it. You were made to live. Live successfully. Yet successful living will require you to work every avenue until every avenue works for you.
1. So my walk taught me to use everything I have towards my success. My success is not limited to health nor wealth, but everything that I am. I am a spirit that possesses a soul that lives in a body. So every dimension of my being must be intact for complete success.
One of the things this blog wants to do is help people view things from a richer stand/viewpoint. Why a New millionaires mindset? It’s not just about getting/having money. For those who are religious, though heaven is the greatest treasure – it’s not just about going to heaven. Then you have the health fanatics – it’s not just about being skinny, or never enjoying a piece of bacon or working out till you pass out; different people have their extremes. Nonetheless, we must elevate.
One of the main places I draw from is the bible. So as we discuss making full use of what we have, I am reminded of the following scriptures:
2 Corinthians 4:
1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
The first scripture is the perfect combination of money, wealth, resources and more. My walk up the incline took me from ease to pressure. Many times married women rely on their husbands to take care of them. Though the idea, in theory, is great [very fantasy like, “..and they lived happily ever after”], it’s not practical. The problem is that too much dependence in one area can cause for crippling. By not using my arms, I felt more pressure in my knees, but adding my arms relieved some of that pressure and made me feel like I was walking lighter on my feet (more pep in my step). Whether, you’re the woman or the man in the relationship who is not working, know that It Takes Two. Should something happen, …death, …divorce, you are now crippled; BUT not out the game. One shouldn’t let the fact that they’re Gnot currently the bread winner keep them from knowing how to make dough. Hopefully my little play on words attempt has worked; bread and dough are synonymously used, in slang, for money. Get it? 🙂 Anyway.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ― Arthur Ashe
Making full use of what you have is seen in the following:
- While married, be in the know. Oh yes! Converse about finances. What bank has your mortgage? How much does it take to keep the house afloat a month/yr? Do you have enough of the Right Life insurance? Not only so, but be in the know as it relates to your personal abilities, gifts, talents, likes and more. This will come in handy whether you live happily ever after or not. Real men are attracted to a living, lively woman; Woman…, a strong and capable man. Use what you have. You’re not working but you’re in the house where you have access to the paperwork and then-some. Every marriage is different, meaning some husbands don’t want their wife to know or do anything. This is not 1960, ’80 or the year 2000; it’s 2014 and progressing forward. With every day, let alone every year, opportunity presents itself. You fell like a prisoner, well guess what? Even inmates use what they have, time, to concoct plans and more.
- While married you’re mindful that being in love today doesn’t always mean being in like, let alone in love, tomorrow. So use the time You Have if there are no children or while the children are in school, to learn something new or maybe even create something innovative. A woman from an Asian country came to the U.S. and learned how to cook from watching the Food Network. She learned enough to get herself work and proceed to go on a Reality Food Competition and win. Use what you have. Everyone loves how beautifully your house has been adorned and constructed, and the design of it all is You; That’s Money. Say what you want about Paula Deen, but she showed women how to go from bags to riches, if you know what I mean. I mean the list goes on and on. Some say Samuel L. Jackson used to be a bum, telling jokes on the street. Well his role in Coming To America could cause you to think that’s true. Whatever. If it was true then, it makes no difference now—does it.
- Now divorced, you work your gifts without the interruption of another (it doesn’t matter what s/he thinks). Maybe you felt hindered before. Well what excuse is there now. Use what you have. They’re gone because they wanted to leave or you wanted them to leave. So what do you have? More time and freedom but if you don’t work it, time will seemingly mock and enslave you. That’s why you can’t give yourself to bitterness and regret but rather move forward and live.
- Now widowed (after pulling yourself together and never forgetting the love shared), you take what is in your house and live. You must live, because you most likely have others depending on you, just as the woman in the scriptures. Work the sympathy and empathy you have at the moment for favors. Essentially that’s what she did, as instructed by Elisha. During this time many people will say, ” ‘If there’s anything I can do…;’ ‘If there’s anything you need…;’ ‘Let me know if…;’ ‘…Don’t hesitate to call.’ ” Well, let’s see who says what they mean and mean what they say. Use what you have.
Why? You say. Why not?! It says. It makes me think of the story of Dumbo. You remember the Walt Disney cartoon movie, right? Everyone else thought he was a freak, strange, weird, etc. Let’s not even go into the fact that it was his own that received him not. Boy is that a loaded gun. Wow! Yet it took a possible enemy and a pressurized situation to reveal to him what he had. Wow! If I never felt the pressure in my knees I never would have made use of my arms; and if hadn’t used my arms, I never would’ve experienced what it’s like to float up an incline. Call me crazy, weird, or whatever; but I’m learning to be fueled by the pressure. Oh that’s good.
The New Millionaires Mindset is to receive the pressure (the roughness; the difficulty; the hardship…) as fuel. Why? All things work together for my good. Why? When I’m weak, then am I strong. Why? God allowed it to come my way because it pertains to my life and godliness. Pressure tempers me. My character is built. My muscles are built and building. Now I’m stronger. Pressure causes me to pray. Oh yeah! Whether we want to admit it or not, I don’t have to know how to pray to know how to cry out. I don’t need to go to church to learn it. I don’t need a 12 week class to explain it. Just a little pressure in the right spot will make any man fall to his knees. I’m not gonna tell you who to cry to. Let’s just say that when a child/baby cries, it’s parent responds in love (no strings attached, no hidden fees or such like). Even so, when the heart truly cries, only a living God can answer, and answer in love.
Pressure is what weight lifters use to become body builders. Financially speaking, Robert Kiyosaki said that he used the people screaming at him (creditors, debtors and so forth) to push him to go get more money. Pressure is what caused Dumbo to fly. Pressure is what mother’s use to push out/forth life. Pressure is what will fuel you to success; …to greater; IF YOU LET IT. Guess what? The reason you feel like you’re about to explode sometimes, is because of that pressurized fuel. You will combust if you don’t use what you have. That’s why some of us are overweight by a few pounds here and a few pounds there. We took in the fuel but made no or little use of it, so now we’re walking around gassy.
Exercise your right to achieve. This will require persistence. Why persistence? Persistence is needed because of the hills you will climb. Don’t fear the hills, just use all that God has given you to overcome. Use what you have as fuel. Fuel what you have with what you have.
How amazing it is to know that we are never limited…Ever.
We’re not limited in what we can achieve. We’re not limited in what we can build. We’re not limited in what we can imagine. We’re not limited in what we can acquire. We’re – Just – Not – Limited.
I’m sure many have heard the saying, “The sky’s the limit.” Well, some are living in the augmentation of that phrase to the enhancing of not only their lives but of those connected to them and those around them as well [more details in upcoming blogs]. For you see, one can only be limited to the place of their reach, which is a reflection of the extension of their faith or lack thereof. If your mantra is, “Seeing is believing,” then you will be blinded to the invisible gems that evade the roving eye. Some things are not seen but felt and others are heard in the passing winds.
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
Now, tell me how awesome that is. I love it…, really; here’s a few reasons why.
- It shows the desire of wisdom to connect with man, mankind that is – creation. One of the things that no man or woman likes is rejection and for this reason they try not to do anything that leaves them vulnerable.
Well here wisdom shows that you must extend yourself. Wisdom does not live in fear or dwell on the past. This is a valuable lesson for parents to help their children. As for the entrepreneur, so you attempted a business and it didn’t work out the first time. Go at it again but with more knowledge and with more confidence. Certainly become wiser and apply what you’ve learned so the same mistakes are not in play anymore. Remember, in all your getting, get understanding.
- Wisdom is not perverse or deceitful. It’s aim or mission is to make us better. Not only so, but who wants to be around someone they can’t trust. It’s good to have a friend that will be loving and honest enough to tell you when you’re wrong.
“He that winketh with the eye causes sorrow…
- Wisdom makes itself heard; so it positions itself in the most optimum of places [high places -seen not hid; places of the path -where various people come through (merchants, traders, etc); entrance of the city -before you get entangled with what’s ahead]. What does this mean for me? Our success is connected to our position. No, this does not mean what projects you live in, or not having two parents in the home, etc. Do you only stay in your circle or do you launch out into the deep? Pastors how are you exposing your ministry to the surrounding communities and the world at large? Consider that the next time you’re frustrated with lack of growth and draining the few people’s pockets who are there faithfully – go get more folks. It’s still a business and you must recognize Supply and Demand. As for that new boutique that has the spot on the second floor in the back corner somewhere of the building/mall that has no big named franchises next to it, so that people might see you when they see it, you just need to learn how to market the business better. I love the story of John the Baptist. If for no other reason than the fact that he shows us, if you’ve got the goods, people will come no matter where you are or what you look like. Ooooh this is GOOD!aCan
I could be here all day but wisdom says – Moderation, save some for tomorrow/another day. Yeah, wisdom speaks.
So before I go, I just want to wrap it up with this –
The New Millionaires Mindset is one of Wisdom. Be wise with every decision because it affects your tomorrow and those of others also. Be wise with your time because it’s on assignment, thus so should we be. Be wise about relationships, because being yoked to one who is unequal is costly. Be wise with your words, because everything doesn’t get stricken from the records. Be wise…
…it’s the principle thing.