America, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, is poor. Poor in faith, poor in confidence, and poor in self-esteem. We as a nation are overwhelmingly insecure and as a result, have resorted to consumerism to mask the pain.
We buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like. We absorb ourselves in entertainment to pass the time, and we disguise ourselves on social media to hide the reality of our situation.
But deep down we’re unsure of ourselves, and collectively our confidence account is low. By far the majority of the U.S. is too scared to realize their full potential and by no fault of their own.
We’ve been hardwired to worship athletes and star actresses. We look in awe of large companies and successful entrepreneurs, but sadly we’ve never been told we can do it too.
We chalk these factors up to random prosperity and the luck of the draw. We’ve never really taken a hard look at ourselves and imagined what life would be like if we just pursued our wildest dreams.
Such conversation is met with sarcasm and backhanded insults. Instead of lifting each other up, we choose to cripple our psyche further perpetuating this idea of inadequacy.
But what if it were the opposite? What would happen in a society where we all had a profound understanding that success is possible. Possible through hard-work, dedication, and the strength of one’s ambition.
I would imagine that there would be less depression, more happiness, and all would have a greater appreciation for life’s journey.
In such a world the central pillar of character would be confidence and conviction of one’s purpose. In doing this, we would all be high achievers and force to be reckoned with!
But what if I told you it’s not too late. That it’s not too late to deposit faith in our confidence account and build up our self-worth. That it’s not over til the fat lady sings, and we have untapped potential waiting to be unleashed.
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
To illustrate this, we’ll take a closer look at KFC. More specifically we’ll look at Colonel Sanders. Most know about his secret recipe of herbs and spices, but not about his struggle. This is a story of faith, courage, and a commitment to excellence.
Colonel Sanders wasn’t born into money nor was he successful until late in life. In his younger years, he bounced around from job to job and had a hard time holding an occupation down for too long.
His wife promptly left him noticing the pattern and took their baby daughter with her. Heartbroken over his child he continued to work odd jobs and did what he could to make money.
Things seemingly started to come together when he started a service station but was soon run out of business when a highway was built near his location. He sold the station at a loss and decided to start selling his famous fried chicken.
The Colonel would soon see massive success when people took a liking to his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices and sold his first restaurant at 65.
He didn’t stop there however as he began to franchise KFC into the fast food powerhouse that is today. To date, KFC is the second largest restaurant chain with over 20,000 locations in 100 plus countries.
KFC is now worth billions of dollars and a recognizable brand in all corners of the globe.
None of this would be possible however if the Colonel had lost faith in himself or his mission. It’s an incredible illustration of how simply believing in one’s self can lead to remarkable results.
This just goes to show that no matter where we are in life, there’s always hope for a brighter tomorrow.