When I read the excerpt below my article, I was intuitively drawn to share about not giving up.
About 7 years ago, I lost everything, materialistically and on a personal level.
In my case I had a brain tumour and did not know I had this tennis ball housing itself in my head, without paying rent I might add.
Due to this free renter, over a period of 2 years my mental faculties deteriorated rapidly and increased pain. My clear decision making and sharp mental work was almost void.
Due to this my coaching and teaching practise closed and I had to sell my home etc.
I am not going to go into detail as I am sure you get the logistics of the little bit of my inside story on loss.
As hard and tough as it was for years after my pause period, having to find myself again, heal and connecting to my journey …. I did not give up. Oh please believe me, that there were times I questioned myself however the warrior in me is a pretty stubborn fighter and knew that my juicy part of my journey was just beginning.
That been said, I do not want to deter you from the golden thread of the excerpt below about Colonel Sanders.
The golden thread to Colonel Sanders story and mine is:
“DO NOT GIVE UP”
However, I am guided to say the following before you read the excerpt: When we look at the outside of an individual and the inside of the same individual …. at times they can differ dramatically, for example, “Robin Williams”. There is a great need for mental health advocacy and understanding.
Unfortunately, this tends to happen after someone’s death.
Even if you are feeling unwell, even if you are hurting, even if the world seems full of despair — everything is not lost. A small gesture can make a difference. Our small gestures can be part of the everything.
You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference.
At age 5 his father died.
At age 16 he quit school.
At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.
At age 18 he got married.
Between ages 18 and 22, he was a railroad conductor and failed.
He joined the army and washed out there.
He applied for law school, he was rejected.
He became an insurance sales man and failed again.
At age 19 he became a father.
At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby daughter.
He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe.
He failed in an attempt to kidnap his own daughter, and eventually he convinced his wife to return home.
At age 65 he retired.
On the 1st day of retirement he received a check from the Government for $105.
He felt that the Government was saying that he couldn’t provide for himself.
He decided to commit suicide, life wasn’t worth living anymore; he had failed so much.
He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realized there was much more that he hadn’t yet done. There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew. And that was how to cook.
So he borrowed $87 against his check and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbours in Kentucky.
Remember, at age 65 he was ready to commit suicide.
But at age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.
Moral of the story: It’s never too late to start all over.