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.
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