Saturday, December 5, 2009

Passion Leads, Profit Follows.

The Story Behind Sanders' Smile

Have you ever wondered why this old man is smiling, and what's up with his white hair? This old man's name is Harland Sanders and he is the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain. I will be writing today about the motivating story behind this man's success.

Sanders grew up in a poor family. He lost his father when he was six; so he had to take care of his younger brother and sister. One of the things he had to do was to cook and that's how he learned how to fry chicken. Years passed and our friend continued to work in several jobs until he opened his own restaurant which was a big success. Sanders discovered his passion for fried chicken and he received the Kentucky Colonel honorary title in his town.

However one day, a new highway construction diverted major traffic from the town which made Colonel Sanders close his business. He was 65, broke and about to receive his first social security cheque of $100. He lost everything but his passion for fried chicken. Sanders decided that he would not set and wait for social security cheques, on the contrary he went to sell his secret recipe to restaurants for a share in sales. More than 1,000 restaurants showed him the way to the door, refusing to even listen to him until he made his first deal on his 1,009th visit. Did he make it? The answer relies in the KFC chain which is spread nowadays over more than 100 countries all around the world!

Bottom line:
  1. It does not matter what we do, but it matters a great deal that we have passion about it. Once you have passion, be sure that you will survive the bad times and good results & profit will eventually appear.
  2. It is never too late, the age of 65 could indeed be a starting point!
Disclaimer: This post intends to promote determination rather than promoting eating at KFC, I personally do not eat there.
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