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Against all odds & challenge, don’t give up! Let the story of Colonel Harland Sanders (KFC) inspire today.

Somthing2know Personality Hero Of The Week- Colonel Harland Sanders, Who Suffered

Rejections, Setbacks and frustrations -Yet Created One Of The Largest Fast Food Chains In The World-Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

“Seek the valuable lesson in every problem or difficulty. Every setback you face contains one or more lessons that have been sent to you to help you be more successful in the future. The difference between successes and failures is simple: Failures feel sorry for themselves when thing go wrong whereas successful people look for the valuable lesson they can learn that will help them in future”- Brian Tracy. Have you been rejected, frustrated or disappointed time and time again? Don’t give up yet! Continue to pick yourself up and press –onward just like Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, (KFC) did.

“Adversity is always the partner of progress. Anytime we want to move forward, obstacles, difficulties, problems and predicament are going to get in the way”- John C. Maxwell. Harland Sanders was born in 1890 in Henryville, IN. When he was six years old, his father passed away leaving Sanders to cook and care for his siblings. In seventh grade, he dropped out of school and left home to go work as a farmhand.  Against all these odds and challenge, he did not give up.

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”- Max Depree. At 16, he was enlisted wrongly in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged a year later, he got hired by the railway as a laborer. He however got fired for fighting with a co-worker. While working for the railway, he studied law–until he ruined his legal career by getting into another fight. Harland Sanders was forced to go back and stay with his mom and later got a job selling life insurance.  Again, he got fired for insubordination. But in all of these setbacks, Sanders didn’t give up.”When you resolve in advance that you will never give up, your success is virtually guaranteed. In the final analysis, nothing can really stop you but yourself. In life it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is how many times you get back up. If you continue to get back up and press on-ward, you must eventually reach your goal.”-Brian Tracy.

“Successful people deal with disappointment by taking it in stride. Unsuccessful people allow disappointment to stop them. Successful people recover and continue forward. Unsuccessful people often quit and go back. It’s not how far you fail but how high you bounce that counts!”- Brian Tracy. In 1920, he founded a ferry boat company. Later, he tried to sell his ferry boat business to create a lamp manufacturing company only to find out that another company already sold a better version of his lamp.  But still, Sanders did not give up. If you desire to be successful and to maximize your talent; you need to be consistent and persistent. Talent without perseverance never comes to full fruition. Opportunities without persistence will be lost. If you have a habit of giving up you need to overcome it to be successful”- John C. Maxwell.

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steal. The primary reason for success is persistence, and likewise, the primary reason for failure is lack of persistence, quitting too soon.”-Napoleon Hill. At age 40, he began selling chicken dishes in a service station. As he began to advertise his food, there was an argument with a competitor that resulted in a deadly shootout. Four years later, he bought a motel which burned to ashes along with his restaurant. Yet a determined and courageous Harland Sanders rebuilt and ran a new motel until World War II forced him to close it down.”Resolve in advance that you will never quit once you have started forward your goal. No matter how many setbacks or obstacles you experience, make the decision that you will keep on picking yourself up and persisting until you eventually succeed.”-Brian Tracy.

“Self-discipline is the iron quality of character. It is what enables you to endure. Self discipline is the one quality that gives you the strength that you need to take risks and to move forward in the face of danger and uncertainty. It is self-discipline, and the courage that comes from self-discipline, that develops personal power within you that enables you to overcome any obstacle in your way.”- Brian Tracy. Following the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant but his recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it. Sander’s “secret recipe “was coined” Kentucky Fried Chicken and it quickly became a hit. Sadly again, the booming restaurant was crippled when an interstate opened nearby so Sanders sold it and pursued his dream of spreading KFC franchises & hiring KFC workers all across the country. “Every change in your life will come about as the result of your mind colliding with a new idea. Ideas are the keys to the future. Ideas contain the answers to all your problems and the ways to achieve all of your goals. Your need is to become an idea generator, so that you are continually coming up with new and better ideas to deal with the continuous changes and opportunities taking place around you”-Brian Tracy.

“You need the courage to risk failure. You need the courage to endure constant setbacks, disappointments, and temporary defeats. You need to learn to deal with failure by realizing that it is an indispensable prerequisite for success. You need the courage to treat failure as an opportunity to more intelligently begin again. You need to overcome the fear of failure by doing things you fear over and over again, and then by resolving to bounce rather than break down when things don’t work out for you. The bigger and more exciting the goals you set for yourself the more times you will try and fall. But as long as you have clear goals, you will always be failing and failing in a forward direction. You will always be picking yourself up a little bit closer to the goal than you were before.”- Brian Tracy. After years of failures and misfortunes, Sanders finally hit it big. KFC expanded internationally and he sold the company for two million dollars. Even today, Sanders remains central in KFC’s branding and his face still appears in their logo. His goatee, white suit and western string tie continue to symbolize delicious country fried chicken all over the world. “Where you finish in life is isn’t determined so much by where you start as by whether you start.”- John C. Maxwell.

Do you want to quit because of so many rejections, disappointment, setbacks and frustrations? There are lessons to learn to help become successful! Remember the story of Colonel Harland Sanders. Fired from multiple jobs, ruined his legal career, set back by the great depression, fires and World War II, yet still created one of the largest fast food chains in the world. At age 90, Sanders passed away from pneumonia. At that time, there were around 6,000 KFC locations in 48 countries. By 2013, there were an estimated 18,000 KFC locations in 118 countries and today, there are estimated—–KFC locations in—“Make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are but as they might be. Don’t merely dream-but create!”-Maxwell Maltz.

Lesson:  Let rejections, disappointment, setbacks and frustrations push you, not define or limit you. For this act of heroism, Colonel Harland Sanders is our Somthing2know Personality Hero of the Week. U 2 CAN AGAINST ALL ODDS AND CHALLENGE-DON’T GIVE UP.

Have you started with little or nothing and become successful in any area of life against all odds & challenge? You could be our next “Somthing2know Personality Hero of the Week.” Share your story of heroism with us. We’ll help profile you to inspire someone today who is about to give up.

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