A lesson from a hero of mine.

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the Archives at the Chick-fil-A Corporate Support Center. It was an amazing experience and the highlight for me was holding notes from a talk Truett Cathy gave. Truett, the founder of Chick-fil-A, would create the outline of his talk on an envelope so he could put it in the pocket of his suit coat and take it out when delivering his message.

Truett was one of the smartest AND wisest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. There’s a difference between being smart and being wise.  We can be smart but not wise. Truett’s life was a reminder of the power of being both.

He learned to be smart through his hard work, but learned to be wise through his faith, which gave him both humility and wisdom even though he achieved stunning success.

The true test of someone’s character isn’t adversity, according to Abraham Lincoln. The true test is what they do with success, he said. Reading the outline of this talk from Truett, it shows how he decided to respond with success.

This week, how will we choose to respond?  How will we respond when things go well, when they don’t, when people meet our expectations and when they don’t?

In other words, what message will you write down and live out this week?

FOR You,
Jeff Henderson

PS. Chapter 1 of Know What You’re FOR begins with a significant experience I had driving Truett to a speaking engagement. You can get the book here:

The FOR Book

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