Everybody has a dream or vision. It is something that is usually big but along the line we encounter disappointments and can become discouraged.

How do you overcome this kind of situation? Let me share a brief story which will encourage you not to back-out on your dreams, visions and aspirations.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is one of the largest fast food chains in the world and the favourite for people with high sense of taste. It has more than 17,000 outlets all over the world, employs more than 450,000 people and generates more than 9 billion dollars in sales annually! However, this success story could not have been if not for the dogged determination of a broke 65 year-old man called Harland Sander. Growing up, Colonel Sanders (as he is popularly known) sharpened his cooking skills. He had a service station where he was always cooking for travelers. However, at around age 60, he was forced to shut down his business and go into retirement because a new highway was being built where his restaurant was located.

When he received his first retirement cheque, it was $105. Just imagine the embarrassment $105 would bring to a family man in a month! He was shocked and told himself, “I can’t put up with this.” By age 64, he was broke; he owned a small house and a beat-up car. he resolved to make change, so he began traveling around the United States selling his special fried chicken idea.

He got rejected many times, but he refused to give up. He was turned down and humiliated, but he was not knocked out. KFC is the giant that it is today because of the dogged determination of Harland Sander. Indeed a knockdown is not a knock-out! Don’t give up and don’t back down on your dreams. Your setback is a setup for your success. Your future is great! Fire on.

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