5 Lessons Learned from the Founder of Wendy’s

By | September 2, 2013

dave_thomasIf you who like fast food a la the land of Uncle Sam, the name “Wendy’s” certainly is not foreign to you. Wendy’s logo featuring a very distinctive bright red color with a picture of a girl whose hair is braided in two.

Behind Wendy’s, we can find the story of an amazing journey of an entrepreneur, Dave Thomas (1932-2002). Dave is the founder of the restaurant chain Wendy’s is experiencing a fairly severe childhood. At age 5, her adoptive mother dies. He was then raised by his adoptive grandmother – Minnie Sinclair- until adoptive father remarried. Husband adoptive grandmother died a few moments later when working in a railroad project, and to sustain the life of four children, adoptive grandmother had to work extra hard. Thomas said that he was getting his humble nature of the adoptive grandmother.

Thomas had an adoptive father who was married three times so Dave had to follow it and move -Moved from one house to another. In birografinya, “Dave’s Way,” Thomas said that childhood trauma is what gave lessons about the important lessons in business. Here are 5 lessons you can learn from Dave Thomas for business success in the future.

Lesson 1: Find the person you care and learn of their

Such people are commonly referred to as “mentor”. They could have a family member who is closest to you, a figure which you consider to be a role model or someone who can give you advice is simple.

For a Dave Thomas, Minnie Sinclair is a figure that can be referred to as a role model and source of inspiration. Minnie at the time caring for Thomas often shows how the importance of service and good treatment and respect for others. Introduction to positive values ​​makes young Dave Thomas knows the importance of the role of values ​​and in his adult life he applied to build a solid business. He is serving each customer well and treat them like he wanted to be treated, which is with the attitude of all friendly and respectful.

Lesson 2: Dreaming early and get your goals based on the dream

Dave Thomas advised the youth to use the time to dream and make it happen. Do feel free to dream as a youth because of the time we are still relatively more.

Lesson 3: Learning to be independent early

Dave Thomas started a career and the world of work from a very young age. The first job he got at the age of 12 years. He worked in the restaurant “The Regas” in Knoxville, Tennessee but to be in conflict with the employer. Dave Thomas at age 15 moved with his family and working in Fort Wayne, Indiana at a restaurant called Hobby House Restaurant.

Lesson 4: Create a daily progress

In business, make real progress every day a little more noticeably lighter and more likely to be achieved rather than making great progress in a relatively short time.

This is Dave Thomas did when working with Kentucky Fried Chicken. Colonel Harland Sanders who was then wanted to find a restaurant that is willing to be a partner in its KFC franchise business are met with Dave who works at the Hobby House Restaurant.

Thomas then worked hard and was involved in various projects of KFC. He did venture brand recognition in the consumer and providing valuable advice on the development of the KFC franchise. In the late 1960s, Thomas decided to sell its stake in KFC and start a new business, Wendy’s.

Lesson 5: Appreciate education

One of the biggest regrets Dave Thomas is the time to quit education. He decided to quit school at the age of 15 years and chose to devote his energy and mind in full-time employment at the Hobby House restaurant. Even so, he remains enthusiastic about getting a high school diploma at the age of belonging no longer young, 61 years old. Dave Thomas earned his high school equivalence diploma after passing the General Educational Development exam in 1993. Thomas did this because he fears will affect many young people to leave school / college only to pursue the dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Therefore, the maximum value of education because education (appropriate, relevant and applicable) can enhance and accelerate the progress of our business.

Dave Thomas died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2002. He died after many years had to fight suffering from liver cancer. Dave Thomas is buried in Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. At the end of his life, Dave Thomas has managed to establish more than 6,000 Wendy’s outlets in North America.