One of the PITFALLS people over forty fall into is thinking that it’s too late. It’s an old cliché but the simple fact is that it’s rarely too late for anything.
Some years ago a man over sixty was offered US$200,000 for a restaurant-motel-service station business that he’d spent his life building up. He turned the offer down because he loved the business and wasn’t ready to retire yet.
Two years later, at age sixty-five, he was flat broke with no income to look forward to but a small Social Security check each month. The state had built a new highway bypassing his business and he lost it. Most people would have been crushed by such a blow, but he refused to give up.
Instead, he took stock. There was one thing he knew how to do – fry chicken. Maybe he could sell that knowledge to others. He kissed his wife good-bye and in a battered old car, with a pressure cooker and a can of specially prepared flour, set out to sell his idea to other restaurants. It was tough going and he often slept in the car because there wasn’t enough money for a hotel room.
A few years later he had built a nation-wide franchised restaurant chain called “Kentucky Fried Chicken.” The man was Colonel Sanders.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington
“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”
Sir William Osler
Physician and Educator