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Story: A Man Who Lost It All And Gained A Fortune

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Before the Civil War, a man named Edmund McIhenny operated a sugar plantation and a saltworks on Avery Island, Louisiana.

In 1863 Yankee troops invaded the area, and McIhenny had to flee for his life.

He was gone for about 2 years and when he returned in 1865 his sugar fields and saltworks were ruined.

There wasn’t much left, but one of the few things that were left were some hot Mexican peppers that had reseeded themselves in the kitchen garden.

McIhenny, who at the time was living off of whatever basic food he could afford, came up with an idea to liven up his dull diet.  He started experimenting with the ground peppers to make a sauce to season his food with.

His new found sauce is known now known as Tabasco sauce.

And over 145 years later, the McIhenny Company and its Tabasco business is still run by the McIhenny family. 


Do you realize this? The tragedy of the Civil war and the loss of all he had was actually the greatest thing that ever happened to him!

It gave him and his family a fortune they would never have had without it.

  • What if how we normally see adversity is all wrong?
  • What if the problems, the trials, and the pain that we normally complain about are the most important and needed parts of our lives?
  • What obstacle in your life can you turn into an opportunity?
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