The Founder

Adam Parish
2 min readSep 4, 2018

This is an updated version of a story originally published on December 27, 2017 on Blogger.

I watched The Founder two times. The movie was a recommendation from a co-worker that spends so much time in airplanes he’s seen the majority of the in-flight movies. I knew The Founder had to be good to get a recommendation from him.

Michael Keaton is the lead actor in The Founder. Keaton has had a tenacious career. Loved him in Gung Ho three decades ago. Enjoyed his performance in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. He has career longevity.

My personal keyword for the past couple of years has been grit. Last year, I read Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. What I lack in talent, I hope to make up for with personal grit.

As I surpassed 42 years of age, I begin to relate to someone like Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds. He didn’t experience a great deal of career success until his 50’s. Ray had flaws, but he also had grit.

To be good at anything you have to stick with it. Some call it grit. Ray Kroc referred to it as persistence.

Here’s a snippet from The Founder’s final scene that summarizes Ray Kroc’s focus on persistence.


How the heck does an over-the-hill

52-year-old milkshake-machine

salesman build a fast-food empire

with 1,600 restaurants in 50 states

and five foreign countries, with

annual revenues in the neighborhood

of $700 million? It’s quite simple:


He turns to the next card.


Nothing in the world can take the

place of good old persistence.

Talent won’t. Nothing’s more common

than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius won’t. Unrecognized genius

is practically a cliché.

His words have a familiar ring… They’re lifted straight

from “The Power Of The Positive” by Dr. Clarence Floyd Nelson

(the record from the beginning of the movie), with just a bit

of rephrasing to make it “his own”.


Education won’t. The world is full

of educated fools.




Persistence and determination alone

are all-powerful.

He pauses a beat to let his words of wisdom sink in.


There’s no obstacle under the sun

that can’t be overcome with honest

hard work and determination. It’s

these core principles that enabled

me to rise to the top of the heap

at a point in life when most men

would be thinking about retirement.



Adam Parish

I work in product management. I’m curious in a broad range of topics. Digitally enabled by Android, Brave, Signal and Windows.