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“I’m a Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona…”

 

by Glenn Shepard
January 24, 2017
Category: Success

   


 

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Ask a classic rock lover who wrote the lyric “I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” and most will say it was someone in The Eagles.

But that’s not the case.

It was legendary rocker Jackson Browne, who was living in the basement of Don Henley and Glenn Frey’s apartment at the time. He couldn’t come up with the next line, so he gave it to them.

Don had been an English major at the University of North Texas, and was a magically talented wordsmith. He immediately added “It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowing down to take a look at me" and “Take It Easy” became The Eagles’ first hit single.

Although The Eagles were one of the most talented and successful bands in history, a little help from someone else is what helped make them living legends.

The Michael Keaton movie “The Founder” tells a similar story of how this happened with McDonald’s.

The title is misleading, because it’s about the man who built the McDonald’s empire – Ray Kroc. But he was not the founder.

The company was founded by the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac. In 1937, they opened their first drive in. By 1940, they were splitting $50,000 a year in profit (the equivalent of $844,732 today).

Their efficiency in the kitchen was sheer genius. Restaurant owners from all over America visited them to see how their operation worked, and they received 300 calls and letters per month.

In 1952 they started selling franchises, but sold just 15 (ten of which never opened).  It wasn’t until 52-year-old milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc came along that everything changed.

He opened his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, IL in 1955, with first day's revenue of $366. He opened 100 more locations over the next four years, and 500 more over the four years after that. And the rest is history.

People often make the mistake of thinking that those who have reached the summits of success had an exact plan in place and knew all the answers.

While it’s true that high achievers do make plans, they also know when they can use some help.

The people who think they know everything and won’t ask for – or accept – help from anyone are the ones that never go very far.

To Your Success,


Glenn Shepard


P.S.
The relationship between Ray Kroc and the McDonald Brothers ended badly. That wasn’t included as part of this story because it wasn’t relative to the point being illustrated. The grandson of one of the founders said his family never received a dime of the $100,000,000 a year in royalties they were supposed to receive.




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