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 cheque from the Government for $105.

He felt that the Government was saying that he couldn’t provide for himself.

He decided to commit suicide, it 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 realised there was much more that he hadn’t 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 cheque 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.

It’s sad to see how many people give up on life because they believe what others tell them about their limitations. Too old, too many failures, too many “rejections,” your father, your mother, the country you live in, the weather. Watch this video – the first episode of Season One of the excellent History Channel show, Alone. Four of the “Survivalist Experts” pussied out in the first four days! And you will be amazed who lasted, how, and why, at the end.

Success is about taking responsibility, attitude, flexibility, self control, and discipline. Paul J. Meyer’s slogan that I learnt when I started my own business in 1987 has carried me through good times and bad: “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must, inevitably, come to pass.” When something no longer works, move on. The plans may change, but never quit on your objectives.

You don’t need to shackle yourself to the sinking ship of doubt, fear, entitlement, and excuses; you can win! These people didn’t quit either, and just look what they accomplished!

Robin Elliott