Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another Colonel of Truth

There are two types of TSB readers.

The first is the time-challenged, "gotta get shit done" type, focused on plowing through the daily task list. The goal? Make it to quitting time, hoping to survive to fight another day and do it all again tomorrow. This reader has so many important things on their plate, they sometimes miss opportunities to experience that which is truly important.

The second reader makes a more deliberate effort to close the door and shut the world off every once in a while. They also have stuff to do, but they're aware the real prize in this game of life rarely goes to the fastest hamster on the corporate wheel. Consequently, you will see this person make a conscious decision to disconnect and take time to absorb insight often missed by many.

Today, you have a choice.

Skim the copy in today's post (and there is not much here for the skimming) and risk denying yourself an opportunity to benefit from the wisdom of one who has accomplished much.

Or, do you invest 10:41 of your life and take a chance on learning from one of the more remarkable cats ever to prowl the business jungle?

Which type of reader are you?

Harland Sanders was 66 years old, on the brink of bankruptcy and refused to give up on his dream. When most are already enjoying retirement, the Colonel packed his gear and criss-crossed the country, searching for restaurateurs who would buy and believe in his secret recipe.

All told, he was rejected 1,009 times.

Few restaurant owners could see the Colonel's vision. Even Dave Thomas, future founder of Wendy’s, who became an early franchisee, wondered, "Why would we want to give a guy in a ‘Gone With The Wind’-type of suit a nickel per head”?

Sanders invested more than two years of driving and door knocking, trying to share his dream. Turned down too many times to count, with each rejection stinging as much as the last, the Colonel discovered a timeless truth.

How far will you journey to discover yours?

"No hours, nor amount of labour, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me"

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