Practicing Persistence

Happy Monday! 

In the 1940s there was a man, who was 65 years old and living off of $105 social security checks every month, while living in a very modest home and barely making ends meat.  Until one day he decides that he needs to make a real change in his life.  He did not want to continue making excuses and knew he needed to make a change.  He focused on how he could serve others, and the only thing he could think of was that some of his greatest memories was spending time with his family and friends.  They truly enjoyed coming over and sharing a fried chicken recipe he would cook for them.

He decides to leave his home in Kentucky and traveled all around the country to sell his recipe to restaurants.  The downside was that no one was interested in his recipe, even when he would offer it for free in return for mere return on what they made from selling the fried chicken.  According to some reports he was actually turned down 1,009 times.  It wasn’t until restaurant number 1,010, that he finally got a yes.

That man’s name is Colonel Hartland Sanders and the fried chicken recipe is now found all over the world at Kentucky Fried Chickens.  By 2013, there were approximately 18,000 KFC locations in 118 countries.  Colonel Sanders story teaches a number of lessons, but most importantly it is the importance to believe in yourself.  No matter how many times a person might tell you that you something is not possible, keep fighting for something you believe in.

What are things you can do to work on your own self belief:

  1. Imagine yourself as you want to be – there is great power in practicing visualization.  Close your eyes and imagine your best self.
  2. Every day, do one thing that scares you – whether it is running for school office, or joining the debate team, force yourself to be uncomfortable and you will see yourself grow.
  3. Stop comparing – don’t compare yourself to others.  Stay in your lane and focus on your own small wins instead of comparing yourself to others.  

The story of Colonel Sanders teaches us that it is never too late to try something new.  It’s also okay for other’s to not see your vision, but so long as you believe in what you are doing, you should keep moving forward.  For this weeks #MakeItHappen, look at challenges you are facing that are slowing you down and despite the doubt, keep pushing forward.  Let us know how you are persevering and email us at or share your story and tag us on social.

Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison

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