A Man and A Dream

“You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it — because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?” ~ Col. Harland Sanders

Colonel Harland Sanders was a jack of many trades. Before becoming the world-famous face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Sanders was 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.

At the age of 65 when most people are entering a life of retirement, he was just beginning the most notable chapter of his life. In 1955 a newly constructed interstate highway snatched the traffic away from his Corbin, Ky., restaurant and Sanders was left with nothing but a Social Security check and a secret recipe for fried chicken… as it turned out, that was all he needed.

It was then, confident of the quality of his fried chicken, he started traveling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no’s” before he heard his first “yes”. Less than 10 years later he had over 600 franchises in the U.S. and Canada.

Never stop dreaming of the world you wish to build no matter what chapter of life you find yourself in… with a little persistence it just might become a reality.