KFC Founder Colonel Sanders Biography

Have you been rejected or disappointed time and time again? Well Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, did. But he took his failures and didn’t just make lemonade–he made the world a better place. KFC – Colonel Sanders

A name that is marked its presence in the hearts of hundreds and thousands of chicken lovers, doesn’t need any introduction.

Well…Even if you don’t have a love for chicken, the inspirational story of Colonel Sanders will create a interest to know more about him.

This story is about a man who was an excellent example of PERSISTENCE, COMMITMENT and DETERMINATION. Today we are going to talk about the Founder of the most love chicken brand in the world KFC. And this is the success story of Colonel Harland Sanders. As how this fast-food icon created a multi-billion dollar international company.

There was a man, born a long time ago, somewhere in the United States.

Brought up in a simple middle-class family. His father was a loving family man and used to work in his farm.

When he was 5 years old, one summer afternoon his father came home with a fever. He saw his father in pain but did not understand what was going on.

That day doctor was called twice, he could see from far his mother crying. He got scared that was the first time he saw his mother cry.

Later that day his father died. He was too young to realise what has happened. But will always remember that summer afternoon all his life.

After his father’s death, his mother started stitching clothes of other people and also got a job in a factory.

At 7, he learned how to cook, to feed his younger siblings as his mom was away working. One day he baked his first bread, he wanted to show this to his mother. But she was working in a factory 3 miles away. He grabbed the bread and took his 5-year-old brother and sister along with him. Three of them walked 3 miles across the field,  so he could show his mother his first loaf of bread.

Colonel Sanders biography
Colonel Sanders biography

When they reached the factory, he started searching for his mother. His mother saw him from far, carrying a loaf of bread in his hand and having a huge smile on his face. She came, held the bread in her hand and gave him a big hug.

At age 10, he began work as a helper in the farmland and then took up job painting horse carriages.

He left school after sixth grade, so he could work full time. Life moved on… job after job. He sometimes worked as a conductor, then joined  United States Army for a while then cleaned trains and even worked as a helper in railway construction.

He was 18 he met a beautiful girl. They both fell in love, soon got married and had three beautiful children.

But one day he got fired from his job. Once he reached home his wife was gone. There was a letter from his wife’s brother saying “She had no business marrying a no-good, fellow like you, who can’t hold a job.”

He then convinced her to come back. Later studied and practiced law for some time and after that even became an insurance salesman. All this while moving from one career to another.

At age of 30, he established a ferry boat company,  the ferry was an instant success. He sold the shares of the company and started a new one, wanting to do something bigger.

He established a company manufacturing oil lamps, hired salespeople across the country. The business initially started well with some new orders coming in every day. He felt Yes, Finally I have made it. But destiny had some other plans. A company named Delco introduced electric lamps and the venture failed.

Then he started working as a salesman in the Michelin Tires. But there too, he lost his job when the manufacturing company was shut down.

He again started looking for some work and traveling to different cities, to find it. While coming back, with no money in his pocket. He was looking for a lift to get back home. A man stopped and picked him up in his big car. He shared with the stranger his story, how he is looking for some work. That stranger turned out to be the state manager of standard oil. The manager asked him ‘Would you like run a service station(Petrol bunk)?”

Colonel Sanders Biography
Colonel Sanders Biography

He had no experience of what it takes to turn a service station. but he said YES. For six years he managed the place successfully. He sold more fuel than anywhere in the state. But then the Great Depression came, his station closed down, like many other businesses at that time.

As luck would have it, At that time SHELL company offered him to run a service station, rent-free. At the age of 40, he opened the new service station and also started serving food, people loved his recipes.  He didn’t have any seating at the service station so people would eat in his adjacent living quarters.  The business grew big. He later bought a motel nearby and converted into a 140-seat restaurant.

Time went on, he was finally successful. But when he was 63, his booming restaurant took a massive hit. A new Inter-state highway was built which took traffic off the route where his restaurant was situated.  His business collapsed. His restaurant was auctioned in front of him, he could not do anything to save it. He was almost bankrupt, it was his life’s biggest failure.

But he still wanted to try, all these failures have taught him one thing… “Not to Give up”

He decided to sell his recipe to various restaurants, at a small cost. He borrowed 87 dollars, went door to door to try and sell his recipe. People told him he getting old, he should retire.

What will he achieve in trying to sell a good for nothing recipe at such an old age? but he did what he always did in his life, he moved forward.

Everywhere he went there were rejections one after another. He was rejected 1,009 times.

Finally, at age of 65, he met a restaurant owner, he cooked his recipe and made him eat it.  The owner liked it, he said YES.

Now decades after that one restaurant, the number has grown to over 20,000 restaurants across the world with annual sales reaching over 23 billion dollars. All  20,000 of them serving the same recipe, which a 65-year-old man was trying to sell and was rejected over 1000 times.

He is Colonel Sanders Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC).

KFC Founder Colonel Sanders Biography
KFC Founder Colonel Sanders Biography

If he would have retired or accepted failure, there would not have been any KFC, hundreds and thousands of jobs that were created because of him would never have been created.

We don’t even try to achieve dreams because we fear failure or remember the failures of the past when we tried and failed. We don’t realize, failure is inevitable. Throughout history, there has never been a single Human being, who has never faced the failure.

So Why should we fear What is and what always will be there? if your heart is pumping, If your mind is ready to accept the challenges…

It’s never too late to late to try to achieve your dream.

It’s never too late to learn something new.

It’s never too late to experience something beautiful.

It’s never too late to keep on trying, no matter how many times you fail…


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