I really didn’t need another reason to love Chick-Fil-A, but I found one. It came from learning about the family behind the company.
Last July I was invited to attend an event in which Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy was the guest speaker. His father, S. Truett Cathy, opened the first Chick-Fil-A restaurant in 1967. I was so inspired by the presentation, I purchased the book Eat Mor Chikin, Inspire More People by Truett Cathy. I started reading the book shortly before my dad became ill last August. I took the book with me to the hospital one day, and then misplaced it. I searched the hospital room and the lost-and-found with no luck. I was bummed, but then soon forgot about the book with the physical and emotional fatigue that came along with my father’s illness and passing.
Then last month, as I was headed for Scottsdale on a business trip, I was going thru the laptop bag at the airport and I discovered the book safely tucked away in one of the zipped pockets…right where I left it eight months ago. I was so excited! The book was marked where I was last reading, and I delved back into the pages to learn more about my favorite fast food restaurant.
One might classify Truett Cathy as a self-made man, but he would never take the credit for Chick-Fil-A’s success…he gives the credit to God. His values are reflected in their Corporate Purpose “to be faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.” And it didn’t hurt that Truett Cathy was/is a hard-working, smart businessman.
Here are a few of the inspirational quotes from this book:
Page 10: "To receive a blessing, we often have to take action first."
Page 35: "I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order."
Page 40: "Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business."
Page 92: "My policy has always been to share my business problems with my family. It’s uplifting for me to know that our children are praying for me about the business decision I must make. I also hoped that if I shared my problems with them as children, they would share their problems with me and let me help them when they grew older."
Page 102: "One of the most important principles we live by: The family comes first. What does a man gain if he gains the whole world and loses his family?"
Page 123: "I hope that people see something in the way I live that leads them to seek the One who leads me."
Truett Cathy’s success is certainly admirable. But for me, it was the “why” is inspired to achieve rather than the “how” he achieved that was truly remarkable.