A life story of Soichiro Honda

In this article we will share a story about a life story of Soichiro Honda. It was the man who changed a usual view on traditions of running business and not only in his country, but also almost in every country around the world. Enjoy reading the story about inventions, trials and failures and success.

Soichiro Honda (November 17, 1906, – August 5, 1991) is Japanese entrepreneur and inventor, engaged in the development and industrial production of mopeds, motorcycles and cars. He is the founder of the “Honda Motor Co., Inc. corporation” and automobile companies in the U.S. and Japan.

Soichiro Honda is the creator of the popular models of motorcycles and cars: Super Cub, Civic, Accord, Prelude and etc. He is the owner of multibillion-dollar status.

Perhaps it would be difficult to find a person who has not heard about “Honda Motor Company”. And this is not surprising, because people from more than 140 countries around the world buy its bikes, cars, boat motors, mini-tractors, autonomous power stations, tillers for farmers and other mechanisms equipped with gasoline engines.

The beginning

Back in 1956, the company presented to the staff job descriptions with “The Three Joys” they had to learn.

The first of them is the joy of producing. It is a joy known only to the engineer. It is an absolute happiness of the engineers when the good is of great quality is welcomed by society. The second joy is when a seller is happy because a buyer has got a Honda product. The third joy belongs to the buyer. The buyer is so happy that he or she bought the product of Honda.

Honda Company is a unique example of a corporation that successfully works on the markets on five continents; it is a member of prestigious sporting events, it is the Company that is investing in the development of high-tech projects and is working to radically improve the environmental performance of manufactured products. The potential of Honda engineers is fully consistent to the professional level of sales managers around the world. Such a tandem has been ensuring the success of the company for many years and gives confidence to be as successful in the future.

Childhood

Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Company, was born on November 17, 1906, in Japan, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka. His mother, Mika, was a weaver, and even designed her own loom to weave particularly complex patterns. And his father, Gihei, was a blacksmith, who ran a bicycle repair business. The bicycle transport became extremely popular in big cities those years. His father was buying broken bikes for a knockdown price in Tokyo, repairing and selling them to all comers. Soichiro was helping his father literally from the cradle and the bicycle parts were his favorite toys.

Helping his father in the smithy, he always got dirty with soot but he was very ingenious. At the end of the quarter at school, all students were handed grade reports, which parents had to stamp with the family seal, instead of putting signatures. Soichiro was not an excellent student, but he did not want to disappoint his parents. So he cut family hieroglyphs on an old tire and “signed” a grade report himself. Soichiro did not realize that the stamp had to be mirror-imaged. He started to make fake stamps for other classmates.

In 1922, after finishing eight years of schooling, Soichiro noticed a job ad in a newspaper: an assistant wanted to Art Shokai auto repair shop in Tokyo. After that he went straight to the capital of Japan. He was accepted, but as the youngest employee, there was left only cleaning and preparing meals job for him. Despite this the owner of the auto repair shop allowed Soichiro to help in the second workshop, where he was designing a racing car every night. During the earthquake in 1923, Soichiro drove out three cars from a burning garage, but he had never sat behind the wheel. Honda was assigned as an assistance at Art Shokai; he helped the workshop’s proprietors, the Sakakibara brothers, in designing a Curtiss race car. Soichiro was a riding mechanic at races and their team took the first place at the fifth Japan Motor Car Championship on November 23, 1924.

There were a lot of other victories behind this success. Art Shokai workshop became one of the most popular garages in Tokyo and in five year after the earthquake, Yuzo Sakakibara expanded his business by opening several branches in the province. One of them was led by 21 year Soichiro in the town of Hamamatsu. Since that memorable earthquake in Tokyo, Honda decided to create durable spare parts for vehicles. Soichiro Honda proposed to replace the wooden spokes to metal ones on the wheels and even received a patent for his invention. Art Shokai was very prosperous and brought considerable revenue. But it was not enough for Honda. He tried to produce piston rings, investing almost all his savings in the research laboratory. But none of the directors of Art Shokai supported him.

Soichiro literally lived in the workshop, developing piston rings. But it didn’t give any fruits. Honda even handed over the jewels of his wife to the pawn shop. Only after that he admitted his incompetence in the foundry business and changed the attitude toward education. Up to that time, Honda had considered science useless. “If the theory promoted creativity, then all teachers would have been the inventors.” – Honda was saying. Now he has decided to acquire the necessary knowledge in the technological school of Hamamatsu. And all his spare time, Honda devoted to the racing car design. Having developed his own method of engine cooling, he resolved the main problem of the all sport cars of that time. His engine did not explode from overheating during a race. Soichiro decided to take part in major competitions to experience his masterpiece.

Race accident

In 1936, Honda took part in the Japanese high-speed rally in Tama River in the suburbs of Tokyo and almost died. His car raced at breakneck speed – 120 km / h. Honda crashed into a suddenly stopped car at the finish. The car turned over thrice in the air, and the champion was thrown out of it. The car was lost forever. Honda’s left arm was fractured, his shoulder was dislocated and his face was damaged. He spent three months at a hospital. The road to the sport was closed forever for him.

Being at the hospital, Soichiro received bad news. Out of 30,000 piston rings, which he produced in the recent years and sent for examination to the Toyota Company, only 50 were accepted for consideration and only three pieces passed quality control tests. In addition, Honda was dropped out of the college because he refused to take the examination: Soichiro needed knowledge, but not a diploma.

Any other man, perhaps, would give up in such situation. But after recovering, Honda opened his own business in Hamamatsu, . In 1937, Honda founded the company ‘Tokai Seiki’ and started producing the piston rings, production technology of which had been finally found. Things went uphill.

The beginning of success

During the Sino-Japanese War and then World War II, Honda’s company was providing “Toyota” with the piston rings by 40%, and also supplied parts to shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing companies. But with the defeat of Japan in World War II, “Tokay Seiko” came to an end. In 1945, Hamamatsu, was undergone a massive bombardment by American aircraft. Honda assumed that the country is entering into a period of poverty and ruin and decided not to restore the factory, but sold the business to “Toyota” for 450,000 thousand yen. 10,000 ten thousand yen the businessman spent on the purchase of alcohol tank. By installing it in his yard, he said publicly that he was going to rest a year. Indeed, Soichiro spent a year in drunken revels, treating friends with homemade whiskey.

In 1946 Honda opened his own ‘factory’ with a grandiloquent name – ‘Honda Technology Research Institute’ and became engaged in artisanal production of mopeds. He fitted a generator engine of a tiny army radio to a bicycle, used rubber hot water bottle as a fuel tank and filled it with fir oil. There was plenty of fir oil in the countryside of Japan in those times. Honda sold one thousand five hundred of these mopeds, nicknamed ‘choo-choo’ for their sound. Then Honda replaced the engine by a two-stroke engine of his own design. It was the first original Honda A-Type product moped of indefatigable businessman which was developed in 1947. And after two years, the ‘Institute’ became the “Honda Motor Company”.

In 1949, the first model of a motorcycle with a two-stroke engine Soichiro called ‘The Dream’. Two years later he started the production of a model with four-stroke engine. And by 1958, when his model of “Super Cub” model came to the U.S., Honda was already the largest Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, leaving behind not only 50 Japanese competitors but also 200 competitors from other countries.

As soon as the Honda Motor began producing motorcycles, foreign companies were interested in the production of Honda. To sign up a contract their representatives came to Japan. There was a story which happened with one of the foreign partners and which was included in all the biographies of Honda Soichiro.

Once, Honda overdid when treating a regular guest with sake. The guest felt very bad and during a visit to the WC he dropped his false teeth into the toilet. Honda did not hesitate for a moment and climbed into a cesspool, found the jaw and he went straight into the bathroom, after some time he came out, dashingly dancing with dentures in the mouth. He was able to instantly relieve stress and the deal was saved. Soichiro, recalling the incident, said: “The man, who stands at the head of the company, should be ready to act in such a way that it may seem strange to other employees. It is not necessary to repeat these steps several times: it is enough of one precedent to make your team follow you.”

New management

Rapidly growing company required completely new approaches to management. Management improvements implemented at Honda Company were truly revolutionary. The departments were clearly delineated and were responsible for the scientific and technical developments and units engaged in direct production. Honda Research Center got an autonomous status and it abandoned from the management pyramid. Design engineer’s promotion depended not on the vacated positions but on the personal achievements. Soichiro had always opposed to the hierarchical form of management, believing that “in general, people work harder and more innovative if they are not forced. Quite a different picture of where they are strongly suggested what to do. Honda’s system was designed to raise geniuses who sooner or later will replace him as president.

Incidentally, the fact that Soichiro did not intend to transfer business to heirs, played a very important role in the company receiving long-term bank loans: the financiers were confident that it would be passed into the hands of highly qualified professionals. The quintessence of new approaches to management and production were enunciated by Honda in January 1956. and was called “The Company Principle”. Their essence can be summarized in four basic principles: the creation of new markets, participation of all employees in management, internationalization of production, solution of technical and other problems without looking back to precedents, traditions and common views.

Honda’s motorcycle business was rapidly gaining momentum. In 1961 the company was producing 100 thousand motorcycles per month and in 1968, the company was producing one million motorcycles per month. By the mid-80s, Soichiro was holding in his hands 60% of the world market and by 90s, the company’s production reached 3 million motorcycles a year.

The dream becomes a reality!

Having reached the top in the motorcycle industry, Honda decided that now he can proceed with the implementation of a cherished dream – to create automobiles. When he was a child, he was literally mesmerized when he first saw a car. In his bio, he recalls this impression: “Forgetting about everything in the world, I was running after the car…I was deeply moved…I think it was then, although I was very young, I had the idea that someday I will construct a car myself.”

In the conquest of the automotive market, Honda made a bet on his favorite race cars. The first one was debuted in 1962. While Japanese officials tried to convince him in the futility of the project, arguing that the country did not need another car manufacturer, but energetic entrepreneur did not listen their arguments. In 1970, Soichiro Honda was the winner in the highly competitive automotive industry.

One of the first attacks, Soichiro Honda took on the problem of exhaust gases. None of the world’s car automakers could not handle it directly, and solved it by creating a catalytic converter. And only Honda was able to design the first engine with a low pollution level. This environmentally friendly device he installed to Honda Civic model that was launched into production in 1975 and quickly gained immense popularity.

Ignoring the traditional idea that American workers are not able to assemble high-quality Japanese cars, in the mid-70s, Honda built in Marysville, Ohio a plant which was going to manufacture cars that match the quality standards of the Japanese assembly. Honda Accord that was manufactured there was the sales leader in the U. S in the late 80s. Thanks to this car, Soichiro was the first Japanese leader, noted in the Hall of Fame of the American automobile industry.

At beginning of the 80s, “Honda Motor Co., Inc.” was the third largest producer of cars in Japan. And by the end of the decade, it was the third company in the world.

For elegant solutions to complex engineering problems, Honda has always walked the easiest way. Its production was addressed to all – men, women, teenagers – and every particular. It was designed for very large middle class consumers, who until his producers did not take into account. The main force of the entrepreneur was not only bold and elegant technical solutions, the beauty of design, but also in the market intuition, which he possessed by nature.

To Honda’s opinion, the secret of his success lies in the fact that he had always been guided by the empirical method of “trials and errors”. And he also believed that “employers must be willing to set incredible goals and be ready for defeat”.

Another essential quality of a businessman, according to Soichiro, is the ability to take risks. He did not admit defeat and was willing to risk everything for his beliefs and ideas, in order to achieve set goal.

Among his employees, he was known as “Mr. Thunderstorm”. He got this nickname for emotional outbursts. Honda was loved, by yet was feared his wrath. Soichiro Honda served as an example of a man with perseverance, modesty, pleasant manners and with the ability to accept mistakes as a valuable asset to his employees and family – his wife, Sachi and his children (two boys and two daughters).

A turning point for “Honda”!

While Honda vehicles quickly and confidently took the leading place in the world market, he had been the stepchild in Japanese automotive industry. The reason for his rejection of Japan’s business world was in the denial of businessman traditional pillars of the economy. His rebelliousness was especially manifested in the early 70s, when Japan had the oil crisis and all of the manufacturers agreed to reduce output and raise prices. But only Soichiro refused to participate in that and did everything to oppose the scenario: he doubled the production and lowered prices. And he was right. The company’s sales of Nissan and Toyota fell by 40%, while Honda’s ones did grow up by 76%.

All his life this rebellious businessman was tirelessly fighting with traditions. For example, he refused to hire professionals for many times, who had received higher education, because he believed that dogmatic thinking would be a hindrance in the search for new ways of development. He resisted the influence of business traditions to the world of Honda Motor, which always had its principles. But he never renounced his errors about which he said: “Looking back on my work, I feel that I was doing nothing more than mistakes, blunders and serious omissions. But I am proud of the achievements. Although I did one mistake after another, my mistakes and failures never occurred to the same reasons”.

Honda had worked for 65 years in the company and personally tested every new car. He never admitted his relatives to the leadership: “No matter how outstanding could be the company’s founder; there is no guarantee that his son would be capable of the same. The company’s management should be given to a person who has the distinctive qualities of a leader.”

Withdrawal

In 1973, Honda Motor Co., Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary. During the board of directors meeting, dedicated to this event, Soichiro Honda declared that he was going to retire. The new president, as expected, was chosen from among the employees. The founding father was fond of saying that the company thrives when its former chief appears there as seldom as possible. So his departure from the office was final.

But Honda was full of energy to remain idle. He was elected as the vice-president of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Japanese Automotive Industry. He founded two NGOs – the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences and the Honda Foundation and also studied the influence of science and technology on the environment and developed an environmentally friendly technology. He also lectured at international conferences.

The legendary businessman died on August 5, 1991. By the end of his life, he came up with a large store of achievements, which were 470 inventions and 150 patents, honorary doctorate at Michigan Technical University and Ohio State University, the highest honor of his country – Japan’s Blue Ribbon – and many other more achievements. Starting a business having $3,200 thousand dollars, he created the largest company with annual revenue of more than $30 billion dollars.

Soichiro Honda once said: “Many people dream of success. I believe that success can be achieved only through repeated failure and self-analysis. Success is only one percent of your work, and the rest – bold overcoming of obstacles. If you are not afraid of them, success will come to you itself”. Today’s prosperity of Honda Motor Co., Inc. proves the truth of its founder.

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The life story of Shania Twain

Singer-songwriter Shania Twain found success by combining country and pop music. She became an international star following the release of her 1997 album “Come On Over”.

In the following text, I will describe to you the life story of Shania Twain.

Who Is Shania Twain?

A music lover early on, Shania Twain started writing songs at age 10. Twain enjoyed success with her second album, “The Woman in Me” (1995), before delivering the best-selling country album in history with “Come on Over” (1997). Following a lengthy hiatus due to personal and health problems, Twain returned to the spotlight with a memoir in 2011 and embarked on a Las Vegas residency in 2012. She released her first album of original material in 15 years with 2017’s Now, and made her feature film debut in 2019 with “Trading Paint”.

Early life

On August 28, 1965, Eilleen Regina Edwards — who would later change her name to Shania Twain — was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her parents divorced when she was young, but her mother, Sharon, soon remarried, to a man named Jerry Twain, a member of the Ojibwa tribe. Jerry adopted Sharon’s three daughters, and the 4-year-old Eilleen became Eilleen Twain.

Twain grew up in the small town of Timmins, located in Ontario. There, her family often struggled to make ends meet, and Twain sometimes had nothing more than a “poor man’s sandwich” (bread spread with mayonnaise or mustard) for lunch at school. Jerry also had a violent streak, and Twain and her siblings witnessed him attack Sharon on more than one occasion.

But music was a bright spot in Twain’s childhood. She was singing by the age of 3, playing the guitar at 8 and penning her own songs at 10. Sharon embraced her daughter’s talent, making sacrifices the family could ill afford in order to get Twain to lessons and gigs. With her mother’s encouragement, Twain grew up singing in clubs and at community events, with occasional forays into television and radio.

Overcoming a family tragedy

At 18, Twain decided to try and make a go of her singing career in Toronto. She found work, but didn’t make enough to support herself without taking odd jobs, which included a stint at McDonald’s.

In 1987, however, Twain’s life was upended when her parents died in a car crash. In order to support her three younger siblings (in addition to Twain’s younger sister, Sharon and Jerry had a son together and had also adopted Jerry’s nephew), Twain returned to Timmins and took a job singing as part of a Las Vegas–style show at the nearby Deerhurst resort in Huntsville, Ontario.

However, Twain hadn’t given up on making her own music, and she continued to write songs in her free time. Her demo made it to Nashville, and she was subsequently signed to Polygram Records (which became Mercury Nashville).

Early Career in Nashville

Her new label may have liked Twain’s music, but they didn’t care for the name Eilleen Twain. As Twain wanted to keep her last name to honor her adoptive father, she opted to change her first name instead, to Shania, an Ojibwe word that means “I’m on my way.”

Debut Album: “Shania Twain”

Encouraged to use songs written by others, Twain lamented her lack of artistic control in Nashville. Still, her first album, titled Shania Twain, was released in 1993. The album was not a big success (though Twain’s video for “What Made You Say That,” which featured her wearing a crop top, got plenty of attention), but it did reach one important fan: Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who’d produced albums for groups such as AC/DC, the Cars and Def Leppard. After getting in touch with Twain, Lange set to work with her on her next album.

Albums and songs

“The Woman in Me”

Twain and Lange co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks for Twain’s next album, “The Woman in Me” (1995). Twain loved the album, but given Lange’s rock background and the record’s forays into pop as well as country music, she worried about how people would react.

She needn’t have been concerned. The first single, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” reached No. 11 on the country charts. The follow-up single, the rock-infused “Any Man of Mine,” soared to No. 1 on the country charts and was also a Top 40 pop hit. Twain received four Grammy nominations the following year, and won Best Country Album. A critical and commercial success, “The Woman in” Me would reach eventually reach more than 12 million in U.S. sales.

“Come On Over”

Twain’s subsequent album, “Come On Over“(1997), another co-production with Lange, further fused country and pop. It also had more chart-topping songs, including pumped-up anthems such as “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, as well as romantic ballads such as “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment On”.

In 1999, “You’re Still The One” earned Twain two Grammy s, one for Best Country Song and another for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The song also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts. The next year, Twain took home another two Grammy s when “Come On Over” was named Best Country Song and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” won for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

“Come On Over” reigned at No. 1 on the country charts for a combined 50 weeks. It became the best-selling country album of all time—reaching 40 million in worldwide sales—as well as the top-selling album by a solo female artist. With the success of “Come On Over”, followed by a popular tour, Twain became an international star.

“Up!” and “Greatest Hits”

In 2002, Twain’s “Up”! was released. There were three versions of the album: a pop red version, a country green disc and a blue version that had an international, Bollywood-influenced flavor. The red and green combination reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country and Top 200 charts (the rest of the world got the red-blue pairing, which was also a success). However, sales dipped compared to Twain’s previous monster hits, with 5.5 million copies sold in the United States.

By 2004, Shania Twain had recorded enough material for her first compilation of the greatest hits. It was released in the fall of that year, the album would top and the charts and eventually go quadruple platinum.

Marriages and personal Life

Twain’s personal life seemed to take off alongside her career. After working with Lange over the phone for months, the pair finally met in person in June 1993. Six months later, they were married.

Hoping to find themselves greater privacy, Twain and Lange relocated to a luxurious Swiss estate. While living in Switzerland, in 2001 Twain gave birth to a son, Eja D’Angelo Lange. Twain also struck up a friendship with Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who worked as an assistant for the couple.

In 2008, Twain and Lange separated, with Twain devastated to have discovered that her husband was having an affair with Thiébaud. Twain and Lange’s divorce was finalized two years later.

The separation and divorce were extremely difficult for Twain. Not only had her marriage ended, but she’d lost someone who had helped guide her career. Around this time, Twain began experiencing dysphonia, a tightening of the vocal muscles that made it difficult for her to sing.

However, there was one person who could understand what Twain was experiencing—Frédéric Thiébaud, Marie-Anne’s ex-husband. Twain and Frederic grew closer, and the two wed on New Year’s Day in 2011.

Return to the Spotlight

“Why Not?” and Memoir

Fortunately for Twain’s career—and her fans—the singer was able to overcome her dysphonia. Some of her healing process could be seen in the television series “Why Not? with Shania Twain”, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. Twain also wrote a memoir, “From This Moment On”, which was published that May. Later the same year she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Las Vegas Residencies

In 2012, Twain stepped fully back into the public eye when she began a series of elaborate shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The production was titled “Shania: Still the One” and was a highly successful attraction during its two-year run. A live album of the show was released in March 2015.

The performer later returned to Vegas in December 2019 for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, this one titled “Let’s Go”!

“Now”

In March 2015, Twain announced plans for a summer tour to take her through 48 cities. Meanwhile, she worked on new music, with the release of the singles “Life’s About to Get Good” and “Swinging’ with My Eyes Closed” in mid-2017 heralding the arrival of her long-awaited comeback album.

Twain unveiled “Now”, her first studio album of original songs since 2002’s “Up”!, in late September 2017. Although the material drew mixed reviews, “Now” topped the Billboard country charts and Hot 200 in the U.S., and reached No. 1 in several other countries as well.

Films

 

After years of occasional appearances on TV shows like “American Idol” and “Broad City”, Twain made her feature film debut alongside John Travolta in the 2019 racing film “Trading Paint”. The following year, she played the mother of Christian singer and songwriter Jeremy Camp (portrayed by KJ Apa) in “I Still Believe”.

 

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Colonel Harland Sanders biography: Inspiring History of KFC

In this success story, we are going to share Colonel Harland Sanders biography: Inspiring History of KFC, an American restaurant chain that he founded. Enjoy reading a life story about entrepreneurship, delicious food, trials and failures, and brilliant success.

Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 09, 1890 – December 16, 1980) is an American entrepreneur who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant chain. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is one of the oldest fast-food restaurant chains in the United States. It is famous for its fried chicken to the whole world.

Early Childhood

Harland David Sanders was born on September 09, 1890 on a country road three miles (4.8 km) east of Henryville, Indiana. It must be said that Sanders’ childhood was tough. First, he was not the only child in the family, who was not very rich. He was the oldest of three children born to Wilbur David and Margaret Ann Sanders.

His father worked part-time, doing some errands of farmers in Henryville. Mother did not work, as she had to take care of the children.

The problems began when the father of Harland Sanders suddenly died. In 1895 one summer afternoon, Sanders’ father came back home with a fever and died later that day. This occurred when the future founder of KFC was only 6 years old. His life changed dramatically. First, his mother went to work at a tomato-canning factory to feed the family somehow. And Harland Sanders was required to be a babysitter and take care of younger brother and sister at home.

This fact was the key to his life. Since these factors have contributed to the development of Sanders as the chef, all the relatives began to notice that the little boy was a real talent in this case.

When his mother remarried, he escaped from home because his stepfather beat him. Sanders falsified his birth date and volunteered for the U.S. Army at the age of 15 years. He served a full term and ended his service in Cuba. During his early years, Sanders had to work as a steamboat pilot, insurance agent, farmer, etc. Finally, he found a good regular job as a fireman in the U.S. railway company.

Life is Getting Better

In 1908, having a stable income, Harland Sanders married Josephine King. He had three children, a son, Harland, Jr., who died at an early age, and two daughters, Mildred Sanders Ruggles and Margaret Sanders. After a while, he was fired for insubordination. His wife Josephine left him taken the children back to her parents’ home. Her brother later wrote Harland a letter where he said: “She had no business marrying a no-good fellow like you who can’t hold a job.” Over the years he tried a lot of other jobs but did not find any, which he could work at for a long time.

At 40 years Harland had to change dozens of occupations. One time Harland Sanders was trying to obtain an education enrolling in law courses, but for an unknown reason, he did not finish them.

However, when Harland was already in his 40s, he had little capital accumulated over the years. For a long time, Sanders was in despair. Most of his life already passed, but he still was a man, who made no difference, did not have enough money to live in pleasure and wealth. He was disappointed in life. And, of course, he wanted to change it.

Harland Sanders bought a service station, motel, and cafe at Corbin, a town in Kentucky about 25 miles from the Tennessee border. It must be noted that Harland seriously thought about the location of his service station, selecting the best place for it. Along this road, people traveled to Florida, and other locations from northern states, and the flow of customers was endless.

Soon, Colonel Sanders began serving meals to his clients in the living quarters because he did not have a restaurant. He was cooking chicken dishes and other meals such as country ham and steaks in the kitchen. Soon his service station became famous throughout Kentucky. It was called “Kentucky Fried Chicken of Harland Sanders.” All customers noted the quality of its seasoning, which he prepared from 11 different spices. Life began to improve.

In order to increase his income, Harland bought a pressure cooker. It was a time when this type of pans just appeared on the market. He was one of the first chefs assessed the advantages of pressure cookers. Usually, it took about 30 minutes to prepare chicken, but now it’s time has been reduced to 9 minutes. That meant that customers did not have to wait so long for a meal, and it increased the number of orders.

A significant event in the life of Sanders happened in 1935, when the governor of Kentucky, Ruby Laffoon, awarded Harland the title of Kentucky Colonel for services to the state. And indeed, they were great: in fact, people all over the county were talking about the “national dish” of the state from Colonel Harland Sanders.

At that time, Sanders realized that he needed to refocus his business from the service station to something bigger. In 1937, he opened the motel Sanders Court &  Café, which was also an independent fast-food restaurant. However, fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald’s and Sanders Court & Cafe, were not comparable. The reason for this is that Colonel Sanders spent about 10-15 minutes to prepare an order. So it could not be called a fully functional fast-food restaurant.

In 1947, Harland and Josephine divorced. And in 1949, Sanders finally married his secretary Claudia Ledington. In 1949, Sanders was honored once again with the title of Kentucky colonel, this time by Lieutenant Governor Lawrence Weatherby.

Being a Colonel, Harland Sanders developed his appearance, starting to wear a white suit and black bow tie. And nowadays Harland Sanders is portrayed on the logos of KFC. This image quickly entered the hearts of ordinary Americans, who loved a small restaurant of Sanders. He had so many clients and net worth as he had never had before. He felt success.

Of course, from time to time, there were minor technical difficulties and problems with suppliers. Once even the building of motel burned down. It was built up again quickly and resumed its job within a few months after the accident. In addition, the state government tried to help Harland because his fried chicken was a showplace in Kentucky.

But life dealt a blow to Sanders. In 1956, there was completed the construction of Interstate 75, bypassing Corbin. Sanders’ restaurant was out of sight from passing by travelers. The number of customers decreased dramatically. The once-successful business rolled down. He was forced to sell the property for $75,000 to pay his debts. He was almost broke when he was 66 years old, living off a monthly Social Security check of $105 and some savings. After a while, Sanders decided to move to Shelbyville, Kentucky.

KFC Secret Recipe Sold to Restaurants

Upon reflection, he came to the conclusion that he can sell his recipe to other restaurants. With nothing to lose, Sanders took his spices and pressure cooker and traveled throughout the U.S. in his 1946 Ford.

He started visiting other restaurants in America. When meeting a potential franchisee, he talked about the recipe of cooking chicken and its seasoning. It took a long time before he could find the first customer. Under the contract, Sanders received just 5 cents for each of his sold chicken. Not bad, considering that the volume of orders grew steadily. Needless to say that in the early ’60s, Colonel Sanders had a few hundred franchisees across the U.S. restaurants.

And after 4 years Kentucky Fried Chicken was at the peak of glory, and the old Colonel decided to sell the corporation to a private investor John Y. Brown, Jr. Under the deal, he received $ 2 million in cash and remained the official face of the company for which he was paid about 250,000 dollars a year. Colonel Sanders net worth estimated at $3.5 million. He just had to meet with the media, customers, employees, in general, to lead marketing.

In 1980, at the age of 90 years, Harland Sanders died. In recent years he was traveling, playing golf and running their own restaurant Claudia Sanders’ Dinner House with his wife. He got disappointed at KFC because he thought that in the pursuit of the lowest price and speed – the owners went to a compromise on the quality of chickens. However, after the death of Colonel, the story was not over.

KFC Nowadays

In 1986, it was acquired, by the famous Pepsi Co. In 2002 the KFC was acquired by Yum! Brands. In addition to KFC, the company owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants. David C. Novak is the current Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands.

The chain of more than 39 000 restaurants operates in more than 50 countries around the world. Yum! Brands prefer to use the strategy of co-branding. There are many varieties of foods such as fried chicken, chicken burgers (chicken sandwiches, US), wraps, French fries, soft drinks, salads, desserts, breakfast, etc.

Currently, Yum! Brands employ more than 1,500,000 employees and the net income as of 2013 amounted to $1.091 billion.

 

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Good returns to good

Our lives are turning with the globe. You never know where life might throw us in that relentless movement. In a moment we can be on the throne, and in the same amount of time we are at the bottom. But no matter where we are, we have to behave the way we should. Look at what this instructive story of kindness tells us, the story of a poor boy who never forgot his bottom.

This story shows that in life, good returns to good!

A glass of milk

The poor boy sold goods door to door to go to school. One day, since he had no money and was very hungry, he decided to ask for a meal in the first house he came across.

But when the young woman opened the door, he only dared to ask for a glass of water. She looked at him and realized that the boy was probably hungry. Soon, she brought him a large glass of milk. He quickly drank the milk, and asked the girl how much she should pay. She replied: “You don’t owe anything. Our mother taught us never to accept money for the kindness we do. ” “Then thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said and felt that he was now stronger, not only physically, but also mentally, he felt ready to face all the difficulties that life brings.

It’s been years. One day that woman became seriously ill. Local doctors could not help her, so they sent her to a bigger city, to a specialist. One young doctor was invited for a consultation. When he entered the hospital room, he immediately recognized the woman, it was the same one who helped him when he was poor, the same one who poured all his strength and kindness into a glass of milk, just when he needed it most. The doctor was determined to do everything and help the woman recover from that serious illness.

The treatment lasted a long time, but together they managed to overcome the disease. After some time, the woman received a bill for her treatment. She was worried that the bill would be so great, that she would need the rest of her life to settle it. Finally, when the woman looked at the bill, instead of the amount, there were the words: “Paid in full with a glass of milk”.

 

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A motivational story about love, health, or success?

In the following text, I will tell you an instructive motivational story about love, health or success?

The woman came out of the house and saw three older men with long gray beards sitting in her yard. She didn’t recognize them.

She said: “I don’t think I know you, but I believe you are hungry. Enter the house and eat something. ”

“Is the husband at home?” They asked.

“No,” she replied. “He’s out.”

“Then we can’t go in,” they replied.

In the evening, when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

“Go, tell them I’m home and invite them inside!” The woman really went and invited the old men to come in.

“We can’t enter the house together,” they replied.

“Why now?” She asked.

Female doctor with the stethoscope holding heart

One of the old men began to explain to her, “His name is Health,” he said, pointing to a friend. Pointing to the other, he said, “He is Success, and I am Love.” He added, “Now go and agree with your husband when you want to have us in your home.”

The woman entered the house and told her husband what he had said.

The husband was delighted. “Wonderful !!” he said. “If so, let’s call Health. Let him come in and fill our home with health! ”

The woman disagreed. “My dear, why not call Success?”

Their daughter was listening at the other end of the house. She jumped in with her suggestion: “Wouldn’t it be better to invite Love? Our home would then be filled with love! ”

“Let’s take her advice,” the husband told the woman. “Go and invite Love, let him be our guest.” The woman went outside and asked, “Which one of you is Love?” Please come in and be our guest. ”Love got up and started walking towards the house. The other two got up at the same moment and followed him.

Surprised, the woman asked Health and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?” The old men answered aloud: “If you had invited Health or Success, the other two would have stayed outside. You have called Love and wherever he goes, we both go with him. Wherever there is love, there is also health and success!

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The life story of Keanu Reeves

If we could make a movie about Keanu’s life, it would probably win a few Oscars. Of course, there is only one man who could portray the role perfectly.

Reeves doesn’t often talk about the string of events that made him who he is. Only he knows every twist and turn in the motion picture of his life, and he has an admirable grace and restraint when it comes to sharing his story. The incredible misfortunes that befell him were just one part of the picture about the life story of Keanu Reeves.

For a long time, he was his only audience, and then something changed.

Keanu Reeves’s career took a winding path to success and it was only later that the world took notice of him and acknowledged him for what he is — a fighter, humanitarian, and above all, a humble man.

Who is Keanu Reeves?

Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964 (he is of English-Hawaiian descent).

Long before becoming a heartthrob and an action movie hero, the actor didn’t sleep in a bed of roses.

His father, Samuel Reeves, spent half of his life behind bars for dealing heroin, only to abandon his family when Keanu was just 3 years old.

Keanu’s mom, Patricia, was left to take care of the boy and his sister Kim all by herself. Although she was a costume designer, reportedly she was working as a stripper at the time, and she was the only breadwinner in the family. First, the family of three moved from Lebanon to Sydney and then to New York.

Eventually, they settled down in Toronto. Throughout this time, Keanu’s mother remarried 3 times, which meant that the actor-to-be had 3 stepfathers over a short period of time.

As a teenager, the future star struggled with dyslexia and a tendency to disobey authority which caused him to eventually drop out of school. In his interview with “Today”, Keanu told the reporter that “he did not have a traditional path because he changed 4 high schools” so this whole period was rather bumpy for him.

Keanu never finished high school.

This is a huge disadvantage for anyone to overcome. Keanu went above and beyond his own expectations — but the biggest trials of his character were yet to come.

A rocky road to stardom

Keanu always wanted to become an actor. Although he wasn’t a great student at school, he always nurtured a keen interest in acting.

Hockey also had a special place in his heart and he was outstanding as a goalie, but his sports career came to a screeching halt after he injured his knee. The injury still plays tricks on him up to this day, and his fans could clearly see that on the set of “John Wick”.

Perhaps it was written in the stars that Keanu would instead become an A-list actor who would take Hollywood by storm.

He got involved in acting when he was just nine years old. He played several roles in the theater and was even cast for the role of Mercutio in Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet when he was just 15.

In the late ’80s, Keanu made appearances in several commercials, including one for Coca Cola. He made his first movie appearance in One Step Away, but he couldn’t quite find his place until he moved to Los Angeles.

A man in his early twenties with no savings and big plans, Keanu was determined to win over the City of Angels. Paul Aaron, Keanu’s former stepfather, helped him during this time by finding a suitable manager for the actor. The roles soon started piling up.

The baby-faced actor became recognizable for playing teenagers. He got stuck in the role of the rambunctious or clumsy boy driven by booming hormones.

However, he was an artist who knew what he wanted. He took most opportunity’s life threw at him, but he kept his eyes on his goal.

During the 1990s, he slowly began to step outside his teenage roles. He left a huge impression with Point Break (1991), along with his co-star Patrick Swayze. In 1992, he received the MTV Movie Award for the Most Desirable Male.

A Reality stranger than fiction

Bit by bit, the actor became one of the most sought-after and praised men in Hollywood. Women around the world went into a craze for his good looks and charm. However, little was known about his love life since the beginning of his career.

He has never been a typical celebrity and he gave paparazzi a really hard time. According to him, he kept the consumption of intoxicants to a minimum and did not allow himself to be swallowed up by the cruel vortex of celebrity vices.

He did admit to having used certain substances way back. But his then-best friend and colleague River Phoenix passed away due to an overdose, and this led Keanu to irrefutably stand against drug abuse.

1994 marked a turning point in his career when he got the lead role in Speed, alongside Sandra Bullock. The action-packed masterpiece soon became a worldwide hit.

Hollywood media has repeatedly claimed that his relationship with Bullock went beyond friendly terms. Towards the end of 2011, rumors about their relationship were more intense than ever but, despite the obvious chemistry between them, the duo never went beyond their onscreen romance.

Interestingly, Keanu refused to play the sequel to the movie Speed and decided to return to the boards. He re-entered the world of theater by playing Hamlet and received excellent reviews. Critics said he interpreted the role so well because he was actually Hamlet — a graceful prince who unites innocence and angst in his character.

Shortly after, Reeves refreshed his career once again by appearing in high-budget pieces such as Walk in the Clouds and Chain Reaction. He became close with Charlize Theron while they were filming The Devil’s Advocate, and the tabloids caught them getting ‘too cuddly’ in public several times. The couple never admitted any romantic bond outside of the movie sets.

The saddest guy in Hollywood

In 1999, Keanu’s career skyrocketed when he got the lead role in the action classic The Matrix. He successfully mastered an extremely physically demanding role that has, according to some estimates, added more than $30 million to his bank account. Interestingly, at the casting, Reeves was selected over other Hollywood A-listers such as Leonardo di Caprio Caprio, Will Smith and Brad Pitt.

But ominous clouds were gathering over Keanu’s life.

The first shock came after his sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 1992. Although the public was unaware of it at the time, Keanu donated a lot of money to cancer charities and organizations. He even runs a private charitable foundation.

“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research”, the actor told Ladies Home Journal in 2009. “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does”, he added.

It was during the period of making Matrix that he met a woman who would change his life.

Her name was Jennifer Syme and she was working as David Lynch’s personal assistant at the time. The two met at a record label party in LA and soon started dating. She was the first girl in a long while to appear publicly as Keanu’s official girlfriend. It was clear she meant the world to him.

A year into their relationship and Syme was pregnant. The couple didn’t tie the knot but they started living together, eagerly awaiting the baby’s arrival.

That day came too soon. In fact, the baby was born prematurely in the eighth month and unfortunately, there was nothing doctors could do to save the little girl. Her devastated parents named her Ava Archer Syme-Reeves.

The relationship between the actor and his girlfriend started deteriorating as they were unable to handle the immense grief. The drifted away but kept in touch occasionally.

Coming back from a house party on the morning of April 2, 2001, Jennifer Syme lost control over her vehicle and crashed into a row of parked cars in Los Angeles. She died instantly.

Her body was laid to rest next to their late daughter in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Losing a child and the love of his life shortly thereafter broke Keanu’s heart into tiny pieces. He was supposed to start filming the sequel of Matrix but had to take some time to grieve.

Although he had never been too open about his private life, these events made him retreat into his privacy even more.

“Much of my appreciation of life has come through loss. Life is precious. It’s worthwhile.” — Keanu Reeves, Interview for Parade magazine, 2006

After these tragic events, the actor’s life has never been the same. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends”, Keanu added for the same interview. “All you can do is hope that grief will be transformed and, instead of feeling pain and confusion, you will be together again in memory, that there will be solace and pleasure there, not just loss.”

“Too good for this World”

Keanu was nowhere to be found for years because the actor deliberately took a break from the spotlight. But soon, people started seeing Keanu in all sorts of random situations in public — he was clearly depressed but kept that down-to-earth charm he had always possessed.

Instead of mocking him or letting him fall into oblivion, his fans wanted to give him some love and support.

They started sharing their stories about encounters with the actor and many of them were tear-jerking or heartwarming. Various people tweeted about their experiences talking to him, and they all agreed that he was sweet, polite, and genuinely a good listener. Somehow, Keanu managed to avoid that typical Hollywood arrogance. His fans even dubbed him “the world’s crush”.

Ode to happiness

For a long time, Keanu stayed away from the spotlight, and nearly nothing was known about his dating life. He kept a low profile as he struggled with depression. He tried recovering his career with 47 Ronin but the movie was a flop. No one actually believed he would make yet another comeback, let alone replicate the success of the Matrix.

But then came John Wick, another massive blockbuster franchise, and all eyes were on Keanu once again.

The bereavement and grief of the retired assassin character struck a chord with Reeves. In his 2019. Interview for the Guardian, the actor said that grief “was one of the foundations of the role for John Wick. I love his grief.”

“For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss, those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you,” he added.

One of the ways Keanu fought grief and loss was writing. In 2009, he teamed up with Alexandra Grant, a visual artist, and the two of them created a publishing house called X Artists’ Books. Their partnership also resulted in Reeves’s poem picture book, Ode to Happiness, containing poems by the actor and illustrations by Alexandra Grant.

It was the start of a beautiful friendship between the two. In fact, it soon became more than just friendship.

The couple kept their relationship away from the spotlight until they finally appeared together holding hands at the LACMA art and film gala in Los Angeles 2020. It seemed that Keanu had finally come out of his shell and felt confident again.

Fans around the world rejoiced and fell for Keanu even more because he was one of the very few Hollywood stars to have a partner who doesn’t conform to the beauty standards of the industry. But then again, who would expect anything less from this man?

Why is Keanu Reeves such an inspiration?

Even though his fortune is estimated at around one hundred million dollars, Keanu still rides the subway and it is not uncommon to see him on a sidewalk talking to a homeless man. His life hasn’t been easy but he still sports a friendly smile on his face without letting the fame warp him.

Reeves took the most painful parts of his life and found inspiration in them. He never stopped grieving or forgot about the loss, but he found a way to channel it into his movies and his book. This painful sincerity might be why his work continues to touch people’s hearts all around the world.

He continues to contribute to the film industry through amazing roles and an unflagging passion for acting. Most importantly, Keanu has never stopped being kind to others, and it is great to see him receive love in return.

 

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How does the rich director choose who would succeed him?

In a motivational story, “How the rich director chose who would succeed him?”, I will show you the meaning of life!

One successful businessman entered old age and realized that the time had come for someone to replace him.

Instead of choosing his heir among his assistants or his family, he decided to do something unusual. He invited all potential candidates, financial directors, heads of detachments and plants, treasurers, advisers and gave them the following speech:

“Dear friends, the time has come for me to finish my business and retire. Also, now it is best to appoint a new CEO who will run our company in the future… I have decided that it will be one of you. ”

Young promising bosses were confused…

“I will give each of you one seed. It is a very special seed. I want you to plant and water it and get back together next year to see what you did with it. Then I will decide who will be my successor. ”

Jim was also present at that meeting, and like everyone present, he received a seed.

When he got home, he shared the director’s thoughts with his wife, and they decided to cultivate the seeds from which the plant would sprout together.

They found a nice jar, put fertilizer, took a thermometer, read a few books on plant care and lived in the rhythm of the news from the jar.

They flooded the ground every day and waited impatiently for something to sprout.

After about 20 days, some of Jim’s colleagues have already started talking about the plant growing in the company. Jim and his wife looked at the jar every day, but nothing happened. More than a month has passed and nothing has happened yet. Plants have now been widely discussed.

Practical ideas about fast growth were exchanged at joint lunches, and Jim realized that he was the only one who had nothing and that he was the only one who failed.

Not even six months later, nothing sprouted in Jim’s jar.

He began to believe that he had done something wrong. Maybe too much water or bad fertilizer or something else he couldn’t explain. He knew he had done the best he could and he was sorry he was without results.

The year soon came to an end and the young bosses reunited with their plants around the CEO. Jim told his wife that he would not carry an empty jar, but she still managed to persuade him to do so, telling him to tell him honestly what had happened. He felt nausea and insidious pain in his stomach.

This, he guessed, would be the most awkward moment of his life. Still, he knew she was right and he was firmly convinced he had done nothing wrong. He brought his empty jar into the meeting room. He saw various plants, carefully nurtured, on the table. They were all beautiful, irresistibly attractive in their lushness.

He placed, with the ridicule of his friends, his empty jar on the floor. He was right. There were sad moments ahead of him.

When the CEO arrived, his gaze flew over all the plants and greeted the candidates. Jim tried to be as far away from him as possible so as not to meet his gaze.

“How nicely you nurtured them!” – the general director began. “I see that it will not be easy for me to find an heir…” And, at that moment, he noticed an empty jar. He asked the vice president to bring it and bring the owner forward. Jim shuddered.

“Now he’ll be embarrassed… Maybe he’ll kick me out of the company,” he thought.

When he stepped forward, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed? And Jim told him everything, honestly and fairly. The CEO asked everyone to sit down – except Jim. He looked at them and said:

“Jim, I’m very proud of you… Dear, Jim is the new CEO of the company!”

It seemed, almost, unreal to everyone, especially to Jim.

“So… how is that possible? My jar is empty… ”, – he stammered confused.

The old general director explained: “A year ago, I gave each of you a seed from which nothing can sprout. I gave you a dead seed, sterile. Each of you, when you saw that nothing was growing, decided to replace it with healthy seeds. Each of you – except Jim. You all brought me plants and flowers from your seeds, not mine. Only Jim proudly accepted the failure and had enough courage and honesty to bring me an empty jar. You were all looking for success – at all costs, and for Jim, his honesty was more important than success. That is why he is the CEO today… ”

And continue:

“If you show honesty, you will reap trust.

If you show goodness, you will reap friendship.

If you show humility, you will reap the right size.

If you show simplicity, you will reap lasting joy.

If you show openness, you will reap respect

If you show loyalty, you will reap success.

If you show forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

If you show sincerity and love, you will reap eternal joy and happiness.

Therefore, be careful what you show, because that will determine what we will reap later. ”

 

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The life story of J.K. Rowling’s

In this text, I will give you details from the life story of J.K. Rowling’s.

In 1990, as she waited on a delayed train bound for London, an unknown author named Joanne Rowland began musing on the idea of an adolescent boy who attends a school for wizards. Thus marked the conception of Harry Potter, but it would take far more than a magic spell and the wave of a wand to bring him to life.

At the time Harry first popped into her head, Rowling was caught in that no man’s land between college graduation and the pursuit of a life’s passion. She had worked a series of temp jobs since earning her French degree at the University of Exeter and was looking at a move to Manchester to live with her boyfriend.

Everything abruptly changed at the end of the year when her mother, Anne, succumbed to a decade-plus battle with multiple sclerosis at age 45. Devastated, Rowling sought refuge in the thrill of a new, adventurous life, and moved to Portugal to teach English.

Settling in the coastal city of Porto, Rowling scrawled out the beginnings of Harry Potter before her evening classes and hit the clubs with her roommates afterward. She eventually met and fell in love with aspiring journalist Jorge Arantes.

Rowling soon discovered she was pregnant, moved in with Arantes’ mother and had a miscarriage. Ignoring her friends’ concerns about the state of her relationship, she married Arantes in October 1992, became pregnant again and this time gave birth to a baby girl, Jessica, the following July.

Meanwhile, Arantes had grown increasingly abusive. The final straw came with an ugly fight in November 1993, when Arantes harshly slapped his wife and threw her out of the home without Jessica. Rowling soon returned – with a police presence – to take her daughter, and within weeks they were on a plane back to the U.K., along with the first three chapters of Harry Potter.

Upon returning to the U.K., Rowling was ‘poor’ and contemplated suicide

After spending the holidays at the Edinburgh, Scotland, home of her sister and brother-in-law, Rowling applied for benefits that helped her secure a small apartment and weekly stipend. She grudgingly accepted a friend’s loan for a deposit on a more welcoming apartment and began spending her days at her brother-in-law’s café with Jessica by her side as she continued the long march through her manuscript.

Barely getting by with the help of friends and family – “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless,” she later described it – Rowling found herself increasingly despondent, angry over her failures and guilty about an inability to provide for her daughter. As a reminder of her missteps, Arantes showed up in an attempt to reconcile, though he retreated after Rowling obtained a restraining order.

Harboring thoughts of suicide, Rowling realized she needed to get her act together, for the sake of her daughter, if no one else. Her outlook improved after therapy, and she set her sights on a one-year teaching training course, though there was still the matter of unfinished business with the boy wizard who flitted through her imagination.

Publishers rejected the first ‘Harry Potter’ book

Upon completing her manuscript in 1995, Rowling followed through with the plan for teachers’ certification while hunting down literary representation. A three-chapter sample of Harry Potter was enough to reel in a London agent Christopher Little, though the regional publishing houses seemed largely immune to the magic of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Co.

Following a dozen rejections, Little finally found a taker in London publishing house Bloomsbury, which offered a £1,500 advance. Rowling also snagged an £8,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council, enabling her to finish a Harry Potter sequel on a brand-new typewriter.

On June 26, 1997, the author saw her hard work come to fruition with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. She was now known as “J.K. Rowling,” due to concerns about how boys would respond to a female writer, but the name change was fitting in that her life of anonymity was about to end.

Rowling became a billionaire in less than 10 years after the first book was published

Within days of Harry’s debut, children’s publishing powerhouse Scholastic had bid more than $100,000 for the American publishing rights (They renamed the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). The highly successful sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets followed a year later, and by the fall of 1998, Warner Bros. was on board with a feature-film deal.

The rest reads like a fairy tale: Rowland was a billionaire by 2004 when Hollywood was still only halfway through eight Harry Potter films and well before the launch of another cash-cow franchise, Fantastic Beasts. She also found love again, with Scottish doctor Neil Murray, and continued churning out best-sellers on the strength of her name brand and addictive prose.

And while her life looks charmed from the outside, the author no doubt carries the reminder of her years as a struggling, single mom wherever she goes, like the scar on the forehead of the character that made her so famous.

 

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A success story of Bob Beamon

No name is as synonymous with the Olympic long jump as that of Bob Beamon. Nearly a half-century after his gold medal performance at the 1968 Mexico City Games, reporters still attach the label “Beamonesque” to one of the greatest exploits in all sports.

Childhood

However, the a success story of Bob Beamon did not start at the Olympics. Born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, Beamon was surrounded by a world of drugs and violence, Beamon became engulfed by the culture of the time. By the age of fourteen he was rarely at school and involved in gang life, eventually becoming a gang leader. With the help of positive goals developed through sports, Beamon turned his life around. Athletics was the catalyst that fueled this transition. Bob was a New York state record holder and Junior Olympian. He won the 1965 National High School Triple Jump and High Jump awards. In 1967, he won the Indoor AAU Long Jump Championship as well as the Silver Medal at the Pan American Games Outdoor Long Jump Championships. Beamon made the shift from hanging out on the corner to attending college. After beginning his NCAA career at North Carolina, A&T, he transferred to the emerging track powerhouse program at the University of Texas El-Paso. While competing at UTEP, Beamon proved to be a man of unparalleled principle. As a college student at the time of the civil rights movement, Beamon and fellow African-Americans boycotted a track meet held by a university with insensitive racial practices. His decision had major repercussions, costing him his scholarship and coach mere months before the Olympic Trials.

Olympic Games in Mexico City, 1968.

The year of the 1968 Olympics, Bob had 22 wins in 23 events, which landed him a spot in the Olympics. Nothing less than gold was expected of Beamon in Mexico City and his jump was nothing short of miraculous. Just 22 years old, he landed a jump of 29 ft (8,95 meters). 2 inches, destroying the existing world record by 1.8 feet.

The fantastic jump from Mexico remained one of the most impressive moments in the sport of the 20th century. Not only did Beamon surprise himself and the competition with such a feat, but the judges also had to look for an additional meter to measure the jump, since it was simply not possible to measure such a length on the prepared optical system for measuring the length of jumps. After the length of the jump was announced at the stadium after a long repeated measurement, Beamon himself fell to his knees in disbelief.

To illustrate why that result was so strange, it is important to note that until that moment, the official world record in the long jump had been broken 13 times since 1901, when the results were kept. The average growth of the record was 0.06 meters, and the highest growth recorded so far was 0.15 meters. Bimon improved the record by 0.55 meters in one jump! The record remained unbroken for 23 years, until the jump of Mike Powell, who in 1991 jumped to 8.95 m (1991., World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo). Beamon’s record is still the second jump of all time and a valid Olympic record.

One of the factors was certainly the high altitude at which the competition took place, because on that occasion, many world records were broken in sprint disciplines and jumps affected by thin air. However, that does not fully explain Beamon’s jump, especially if we keep in mind that until then his personal record was 8.33 meters, and that after a miraculous jump in the next competitions, he jumped the furthest to only 8.22 meters.

His Olympic record still stands today, nearly a half-century later. He is also in the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, New York Track & Field Hall of Fame as well as ESPN’s top 100 athletes among many other sports accolades.

His story also did not end at the Olympics. Following his uncharted success, he went back to school to complete his degree, graduating from Adelphi University in 1972 with a degree in Sociology. Now, Beamon takes lessons from his own life to positively affect American youth. As the Associate Commissioner of Parks in Miami-Dade County, Bob Beamon along with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger organized the South Florida Inner-City Games for at-risk kids. He was Chairman of the Bob Beamon United Way Golf Classic, which benefited youth-related programs for the United Way. In addition, he has gone on to pursue new dreams. He operates his own corporation, Bob Beamon Communications Inc., in Central Florida as well as Las Vegas NV where he now lives with his wife Rhonda A. Beamon. He collaborates with several organizations to facilitate scholarship fairs in the Central Florida area. More than 35 colleges and Universities award over $10 million in scholarships to qualified high school seniors. He is also an exhibited artist, designing and marketing a successful line of neckties and scarves. He has a line of apparel that can be purchased online at the IOC website. Bob spends much of his time as an inspirational speaker and corporate spokesperson. He has developed his own motivational program, The Champion in You, in which he describes how, Champions are made by the things you accomplish and by the way you use your abilities in everyday life situations. Beamon is also on the Jessie Owens Foundation Board of Directors and is an Ambassador for Special Olympics. Bob remains very active in the Olympic movement.

Bob Beamon MEXICO. Mexico city. Olympic games. The american athlete Bob BEAMON, winner of the long jump, receiving the gold medal. He jumped at lenght 8 m 90, improve upon the world best reference by 55 cm, and is also protesting against US discrimination by clutching his fist. 1968. Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos

 

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Motivation and psychic strength

In this text, we will talk about motivation and mental strength.

When people want to do something, before they take the first step, they ask themselves the following questions: will I be able to do this? Will I be mentally strong enough to endure all that awaits me?

From my experience and the experience of other people who were in the same or similar situation, with great enthusiasm, I will tell you that the answer is YES!

Many people achieved what they wanted, without even knowing how they would achieve it and whether they would succeed !? What they were doing was going further despite all the problems that arose during that process, refusing to surrender! Along the way, they changed and became mentally stronger people – totally different from those who were at the beginning of what they set out to do.

Mental stability and mental strength are certainly qualities that every person wants to possess. I will show you how we can achieve to be strong and stable, that is, what are the characteristics, characteristics of people, to have mental stability and strength, and what will you gain when achieving your goals!

One of the characteristics of stable people is that they do not waste time on self-pity.

Therefore, don’t waste time on self-pity either, because you don’t get anything at all. So, if some bad things happen to you, just overcome them. You really can’t benefit from that, and when you focus on some negative things, negative thoughts, then negative things happen in your life. So think positively and don’t feel sorry for yourself in any way.

If you want to be just strong, mentally stable, you are not afraid of change, you are not afraid of challenges in life.

Changes are, moreover, very welcome, because if the same thing happens to us all the time, if our life is somehow settled, if nothing new or even unforeseen happens, then there is simply no special value for living. Do not be afraid of change because with change you can only get good things, you can get quality of life, quality of life, and nothing of the opposite.

Then the third thing – just don’t focus on things you can’t control in your life.

So, something that does not depend on you is simply not worth your attention, it is not worth getting nervous about it, because these are simply things that will come, pass you by and there is nothing you can do about it. If you think about things that you cannot change, then you are promoting those things that you can and should change in your life, that is, your life as such.

Mentally stable people do not try to please everyone.

Therefore, do not try to please everyone, because that is impossible. Primarily impossible on the one hand, and on the other hand it is completely unnecessary. Trying to please everyone, you only spend yourself on things that are not important in life at all, because honestly it is not important for you to do something “for the sake of others”, who do not respect you yet, but work for yourself. Therefore, satisfying other people, some people yes, but by no means everyone!

Mentally stable people are not afraid to take calculated risks.

So, in life not everything can be stable, not everything can be clear, not everything can be so that there is absolutely no risk. Yes, there are risks, but when we take risks, they are not the headless risks, to just play the lottery, so if something happens – it happens. Calculated risk may exist. The calculated risk is quite fine, because the risk can come from the benefit. If there is no risk, you live an empty life in which nothing really happens.

The next characteristic of mentally strong people is that they do not burden themselves with the past.

Just let the past go. What happened, happened, you can’t correct, you can’t correct what happened. So do not live in the past, live in the present, live in the present, and live for the future in the sense of planning for the future and striving for some goal that you have conceived.

As we mature, we will realize the universal truth about the past, and that is that we cannot change it, but we can FEEL when we remember it!

Then, mentally stable people just don’t make the same mistakes over and over again.

In other words – learn from your own mistakes. Don’t let yourself do something wrong once and now you will do it every time because it’s just so much easier. Whether something is easier or not is easier does not mean that you should not change your attitudes or change the way you work, live, think and so on.

When it comes to mistakes, the first time is a mistake, and if it happens a second time, then it is a choice!

The next trait is very interesting, in the sense that actually mentally strong people should not despise other people’s successes.

So if other people have succeeded, you shouldn’t try to pull them by the legs and lower them because their success bothers you and you just feel bad because someone else has succeeded and you may not have succeeded or you have succeeded less. them Quite the opposite, try to find a way with those people who have succeeded, to communicate with them so that you succeed, so that they teach you something, so that you try to do the same. On the contrary, many people usually do not like other people’s successes, despise other people’s successes and thus want to diminish the same other people’s successes.

The next characteristic is that mentally strong people should not and must not give up after the first failure.

So, anything to do in life, at work, privately, socially, however, if you fail – what should you do? So just get up and go on and on. And you fail again – and you fall again – and you rise again. So, only the weak remain to lie down. Those who are strong, who are mentally stable, they just get up and go again and again and again, no matter how many times it takes to do something to get results.

Mental stability implies another interesting thing, and that is not to be afraid of loneliness.

Don’t be afraid to be alone with yourself, don’t be afraid to think woefully what I’m going to do now, I’m bored, I have nothing, I’m bored with myself, I have nothing to do, etc. You always have something to do, read a good book, learn something, learn something, watch a good video. We can simply do a lot with ourselves. And not only do we have some external stimuli, we read a book or watched a video, but loneliness is the right moment for self-perspective, for thinking about oneself, for imagining. Imagination is the real thing that leads you to the goal. You need to create your own goals, primarily you do it with yourself, you fantasize about those goals of yours, you find ways to reach them, and for all that you need solitude. Don’t be afraid to be alone.

If you want to be mentally strong, don’t even think that the world owes you anything, that society owes you anything, that as a rule you should get something.

As a rule, you don’t have to get anything. To get anything you have to work for it, you have to work on it. People who expect to get something just because they were born as something, it’s completely pointless. There does not come mental strength, quite the opposite. These are the people who learned as small children to be spoiled and to cry a little – here is a parent, he immediately comes and gives them everything. It can’t be that way, the world doesn’t work that way.

The next item is to not expect immediate results.

No current results. There is if you play the lottery, so they just sting you – then you can get an instant result, otherwise they don’t exist in life. And if you expect immediate results and of course they don’t happen, because they don’t happen, then what will happen? Then you will cry, then you will blame the whole world for not getting something. No current results. Results are chasing, for results you have to work hard, sometimes you have to sweat well to get something.

But to get that something, the first thing you need to do is create your own, your own definition of success.

For each of us, success is a different concept, a different thing. For some it is a success to have a lot of money, for some it is a success to be with some people you love or whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. You need to create your own definition of success and then strive for that success with your daily work, so just work on achieving that success.

To achieve that success, it is necessary to believe in yourself.

To believe that you can do it! That you just never doubt if you can do something or not? Of course, you can. Just look at people who are handicapped in all possible, physical and other ways, so they do so much in life, and you think you can’t. Real, healthy, smart and you say, “I can’t do that.” How can you not? If you tell yourself that then you are not a mentally strong person. Say to yourself: “I can do it!”, Really think so and start the phase of taking concrete steps!

Finally, mentally strong people simply take responsibility for their own lives.

So you are responsible for what happens in your life, no one else is responsible for it. There is no other who will do something for you, there is no mom and dad who will always be responsible for what you do and for what happens to you in life and for whether or not you will succeed in doing something. You have to take responsibility for your own life and for your own actions.

All these characteristics are characteristics of a strong personality and they will help you in moments when your motivation drops and you doubt yourself and your potentials. It will help you move on!

The goal of every person in this world should be the following: to develop into a mentally strong person who will know how to position himself in the right way in every situation and to make himself and others satisfied and fulfilled with his actions!

Never defeat. Just a lesson!

Marco

 

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