“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Author unknown, Misattributed quote by many sources to Mahatma Ghandi
Regardless of who actually said the above quote, the words are powerful as it pertains to many individuals throughout history.
These are individuals who were not afraid to take a stand for their purpose in life. In the beginning of anything great, it is hard but the quote above will provide you with the tenacity that we all need in order not to pack up our suitcase and go home.
This individual was ignored, laughed at, fought with and then ultimately won. One of the most amazing aspects of his life is the fact that when he reached the age of sixty-five he found himself penniless and practically on the street. His retirement income was in the form of his first social security check in the amount of $105.00.
All his life he was very passionate about creating something great. While most people believed in the status quo of retirement he opted to sell his passion to the world and go for “attirement” instead.
With little in hand, he traveled door to door to houses and businesses all over. He was met with many obstacles everywhere.
"Give it up already", they told him. He heard many no’s. History states that he probably heard 1,009 no’s.
At that point, he was at the fight or flight juncture. Should he quit or press on?
By 1964, he had 600 businesses selling his trademark. Later, he sold his company for $2,000,000 dollars.
Instantly, he became a celebrity. At age 65, when most retire, he created a global empire. Today his global empire is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Who is he?
None other than Colonel Harland David Sanders, founder of KFC.
What are you willing to give up in order to succeed, get what you want and live a vibrant, purposeful life?
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