What We Can Learn From KFC About Eating Disorder Recovery
Posted Mar 17 2011 3:19am
It’s not peoples backgrounds that make them successful, it’s their mind and attitude. What stops you from being successful is the story that you tell yourself about WHY you can’t be successful.
The key to success is to decide what’s most important to you and then take massive action each day to make it better, even when it doesn’t look as if it’s working.
Here is a powerful story of success through commitment, perseverance and never giving up.
I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.
A powerful success story is about KFC founder Colonel Sanders.
In 1950 Colonel Sanders was 60 years old and had to shut down his restaurant business because a new highway was being built where his restaurant was located. Colonel Sanders decided to retire and lived off of $105 in the form of social security checks. Not wanting to accept this as his fate, he decided to franchise his chicken recipe to restaurants at the age of 65.
Many people have great ideas. But Colonel Sanders was different. He was a man who didn’t just think of great things to do. He put them into action. He went and started knocking on doors, telling each restaurant owner his story: “I have a great chicken recipe, and I think if you use it, it’ll increase your sales. And I’d like to get a percentage of that increase.”
Many people laughed in his face. Did Colonel Sanders give up? Absolutely not. He had the keys to success.
He was persistent in taking action: Every time you do something, you learn from it, and you find a way to do it better next time.
Colonel Sanders certainly had commitment and relentless perseverance!
Instead of feeling bad about the last restaurant that had rejected his idea, he immediately started focusing on how to tell his story more effectively and get better results from the next restaurant.
How many times do you think Colonel Sanders heard no before getting the answer he wanted?
He was refused 1,009 times before he heard his first “yes”.
His spent two years driving across America in his old, beat-up car, sleeping in the back seat in his rumpled white suit, getting up each day eager to share his idea with someone new. Often, the only food he had was a quick bite of the samples he was preparing for prospective buyers.
How many people do you think would have gone for 1,009 “no’s” – two years of “no’s”! – and kept on going? Very few.
This is sometimes what it takes to succeed.
Today KFC is one of the largest fast food franchises in the world.
It’s amazing how the man started at the age of 65, when most retire, and built a global empire out of fried chicken.
Most people would have probably gotten extremely discouraged at the first instance of rejection. This would be a common reaction among the average person. Thankfully, the colonel was far from an average person or achiever and he continued on in the face of rejection.
This should prove as a wonderful tale to anyone who is contemplating quitting when things are tough, because it clearly shows that great things can happen if one persists with their dreams and never loses confidence.
If you look at any of the most successful people in history, you will find this common thread: they would not be denied.
They would not accept “no” as an answer. They would not allow anything to stop them from making their vision , their goal , a reality.
How many times do you think I “failed” at recovery. Many times during the 10 year battle. But I realized that giving up is NOT an option and that complete recovery is possible with persistence, dedication and having a clear vision