A person in the Chick-fil-a drive-thru receiving a bag

The Success of Chick-fil-A

I overheard a conversation recently that got me thinking about success and how different people get there.

Understanding Stupidity

One guy said to another: 

“You know, some people say that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, but I think that’s wrong. I think that’s how you actually succeed. You’ve got to keep at it, keep at it, and keep at it some more…always expecting different results! I think success comes if you work long and hard enough.” 

Now, I’ve heard that definition of “stupidity” before, and I always thought it made sense. But maybe that guy was right. Maybe that’s not always true. Maybe stupidity is doing the wrong thing over and over again and expecting different results. 

Maybe when you find your passion – when you are truly inspired to do something and work toward a goal –  that’s when “You’ve got to keep at it, keep at it and keep at it some more” until you arrive at where you want to be in life. Mountains are climbed one step after another step 

after another and on and on until finally the results change and you reach the top.

The Success of Chick-fil-A

Consider the success of Chick-fil-A

A lot of people consider Chick-fil-A to be an overnight success — as if Truett Cathy stumbled upon a great recipe for chicken and, “Bam!” everybody’s favorite chain restaurant was born. But that’s not true at all. Truett opened a single restaurant in 1946 and then showed up for work and did the same thing over and over and over — perfecting his ideas and his ideals — for 21 years before the success of Chick-fil-A was born. 

So, let me ask you this: What are you working on today that will lead to your success tomorrow…or maybe the next day…or maybe even 21 years from now? What are you going to do over and over and over again…expecting the results you hope to see?

You’ve got this. Whatever it might be. 

Have a great week, everybody!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Billy Ivey is a writer, speaker, and brand strategist with more than 20 years of experience helping brands identify and communicate their stories. Over the years, Billy has worked with brands like Chick-fil-A, Home Depot, Valvoline, and hundreds more. In addition, Billy writes blogs and reaches more than 20,000 followers every day through social media.