Life Lessons From Colonel Sanders

The way you can measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 28- 9th November 2006

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Life Lessons from Colonel Sanders

Did you know that Colonel Sanders was turned down 1,009 times before anyone bought the rights to his KFC chicken recipe?

Harlan Sanders owned a restaurant/motel/service station business and at the age 63 was offered nearly $200,000 for it. Deciding he was too young to retire he turned down the offer. Two years later the state built a new superhighway that bypassed his business and within a year he had to close down.

Living off a benefit he went back to what he knew best – cooking chicken. With just recipe and his car, he set off to sell his idea to the world, often sleeping in his car because he couldn’t afford to pay for accommodation.

After 1,009 knock-backs, he found someone who believed in his recipe and the first KFC restaurant was opened. There are now nearly 33,000 KFC restaurants around the world.

Do you have what it takes to keep trying after 1,009 setbacks? If not, what might you be missing out on??

The above piece comes from Wayne Mansfield’s newsletter The Maverick Spirit of 7/11/06 quoting from the book Silver Linings on the Great White Cloud.

I’m not quite sure what to make of the above article. Was the universe trying to spare the world from junk food or was he a desperate man determined to win against all odds because he didn’t have too many other options?  Either way, you’ve got to admire a person with that level of commitment and dogged determination.  Puts our lives into perspective somewhat.  How determined are you to achieve your goals?  More importantly, what will you do when you achieve them?

Quotes of the Week

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

Success is getting up one more time than you fall down.

Never, never, never give up.  Winston Churchill.


Various gems from children.  With thanks to Julie Duckworth, Hereford, UK, for the letters.

Dear God, I am Amearican What are you?  Robert

Dear God, Please put a-nother Holiday between Christmas and Easter.  There is nothing good in there now.  Ginny

Dear-God-if-we-come-back-as-something-please-dont-let-me-be-Jennifer-Horton-because-I-hate-her.  Denise

Dear God, If you give me genie lamp like Alladin I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.  Raphael


Fantastic to give teachers the confidence to use music, dance and drama every day.  It’s so important!

Jenni Axtell, Hereford UK

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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