Category Archives: Perseverance

Never too late to start

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Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses is one of the biggest names in American folk art, and she didn’t even pick up a brush until she was well into her eighth decade.

Grandma Moses was originally a big fan of embroidery, but once her arthritis grew too painful for her to hold a needle, she decided to give painting a try in the mid-1930s.

She was 76 when she cranked out her first canvas, and she lived another 25 years as a painter — long enough to see the canvases she had sold for $3 fetch prices north of $10,000.

Source- Internet

Persistence

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THERE IS NO AGE FOR SUCCESS : Colonel Sanders Success Story
Article By: Success Story Daily – Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The success story of Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken is not a very famous one, however it displays a level of persistence that few can match.

Born in 1890, in Henryville, Indiana, his father passed away when he was just five and his mother worked in a tomato-canning factory. In 1902, Sanders dropped out of school, his mother got married to a second husband and he was beaten by his stepfather, this was when Sanders left home to live with his uncle in Albany, Indiana.

At the age of 15, Colonel Sanders enlisted in the army, he completed service as a mule handler in Cuba and then, used his remaining early years to work a variety of jobs including an insurance salesman, boat pilot and farmer.

When he was 18, he got married but his wife later left him as a “no-good fellow who can’t hold a job”.

Colonel Sanders’ chicken story begun in 1930, aged 40, he opened a service station in Kentucky where he served chicken, country ham and steak dishes, however he served people in his living quarters as he didn’t have a restaurant. As he became more popular, he moved into a 142 seat restaurant.

Within the next nine years, this is where the famous recipe was being developed, he discovered that cooking chicken in a pressure fryer was much faster than pan frying.

Around 1950, Colonel Sanders began making a name for himself with the distinctive goatee, mustache, white suit and string tie, he wore nothing different in the last 20 years of his life. At aged 65, his restaurant failed as the interstate reduced his passing trade, he took his first Social Security payment of $105 and began visiting potential franchisees. This is when Colonel Sanders displayed his level of persistence, where he went to, and was rejected by 1008 restaurants until restaurant number 1009 accepted his franchise in 1952.

In the first year of selling the product, restaurant sales more than trebled with 75% coming from fried chicken, it was the ultimate differentiation tool. The franchise operation expanded hugely and the corporation eventually sold for $2 million and Sanders, now aged 74 launched various charitable organizations to be able to give back.

So how many of us can take 1008 ‘no’s’ and still keep going?

Source – Internet

Persistent Home Depot founder by Daniel Goleman

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Take Arthur Blank, whose personality clashes with his boss at Handy Dan’s, an LA hardware chain, led to his being fired in 1978.  Blank’s mother had kept the mail-order drug company his father had founded going after his death when Blank was young, and Blank himself, having witnessed how she overcame adversity, learned to keep trying instead of giving up when things went badly in life. So when an investor approached him, he jumped at the chance to found Home Depot, the no-frills, high-service, huge-selection home improvement chain that has grown to be a retaining giant.

Arthur Blank did not give up, he reacted like an optimist, using the insider’s expertise he had acquired in his years at Handy Dan’s to invent a business that could outcompete his former employer. He saw himself as having the ability to change things for the better. For an optimist, a failure is just a lesson to learn from the next round.

Harry Truman- perseverance

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One tough sissy

 

Captain Harry Truman had no business serving in WW-I. He was practically blind in one eye, wearing thick, corrective glasses from age 8. Harry memorized the eye chart so he could join the army…Throughout the war he carried in his pocket a picture of Bess Wallace, the only woman he would ever love. He first saw Bess at age 6 in Sunday school, and it was love at first sight…it would take Harry 5 years to get up the courage to actually speak to Bess, who came from a well-to-do family. Harry was poor and was looked upon as sissy. At 26, he visited her on Sundays and kept up a steady letter-writing campaign. He proposed marriage, she declined. He wrote back and thanked her for not ridiculing him, and continued the barrage…Harry borrowed money to mine zinc in Oklahoma, failed. He borrowed more money to drill the oil, well went bust. At 33, Harry was penniless and a failure. As Harry prepared to go to war, Bess agreed to marry. This time Harry said no. He didn’t want to subject Bess to marriage with a prospective cripple. Harry returned whole and with renewed confidence from his military success. He was now a leader of men, described by one soldiers as- one tough son of a bitch of a man. Six weeks after returning home from France, Harry and Bess were wed. The marriage would last their lifetimes, persevering through numerous trials and tribulations. Harry Truman was persistent, determined and had character. And those same qualities that ruled his love life would take him to the White House-as president and commander in chief. When Harry Truman locked on a target he was one tough sissy.

 

(From Operation Excellence by Mark Bender)