Sunday, April 20, 2008


I have recently started a new company with a brand new idea... and the turn out has been ok-- but not AMAZING, like I had hoped for and expected. I still believe in the idea with all my heart and know that it will succeed, but I was starting to get a little discouraged because I hadn't heard back from some of the people who I e-mailed regarding networking. That is when I remembered the story of Colonel Sanders and how he introduced the world to Kentucky Fried Chicken:

While hundreds of people have delicious recipes for chicken, Colonel Sanders was convinced he could make money from his recipe. At the age of 65, he decided to do something with it. He walked into a restaurant and told the owner that he would gladly give him his secret recipe for nothing if he would share the profits. A quick no was all he got.

Now, if Colonel Sanders 'expected' failure, he would've quit right then and there, saying to himself, " was worth a try." While that's what many do, not Colonel Sanders. Focusing on a positive outcome, he marched right into the next restaurant...and, just as quickly, got his second rejection.

Before I tell you how many rejections he heard let me ask you this. How many could you handle — 5 ...10... 50...100? Do you have what it takes to become optimistic after 500 people have looked you straight in the eye and said, "NO"? Could you keep on going after hearing 1000 NO's?

Colonel Sanders could! In fact he continued, undaunted, until person number 1,009 finally said, "YES". That's correct; 1,008 people said NO.

Amazing, isn't it?

And, if that is what it takes- then that is what it takes, and I will NOT stop, because that is how much I believe in me and my new business! I have got to remember that it takes time, and things may not transpire the way you had hoped- but they will transpire in time!

So, if you are ever discouraged, just remember Colonel Sanders story and how KFC came to be:) This can apply in any area- and not just business. So, make your dreams real!


CQ said...

I never knew the story behind
Colonel Sanders and KFC... WOW! The old guy was certainly persistent. I don't know if I could take that many rejections. But you make a good point!

All the best on your new business! :o)

spenceandcass said...

Hey Bertie, I'm so glad that you were able to find us! It will be great to get to know you better through blogging! I love it. Your blog is really great and inspiring.
We had a chance to go skiing with your dad a couple of months ago. He's such a funny guy. Well....hope you and your family are doing well. Hope to hear from you more often.