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I am not sure whether you are a fan of KFC? But I am sure that you will become a fan of Colonel Sanders after reading his inspirational story. His story tells us how handwork never fails, as for the success to attain he had to fail 1009 times. Well, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) which is the best maker of fried chicken in the world.
The Inspirational Story of Colonel Sanders:
Sanders was born in 1890 in Henryville, IN. His father died when he was a six-year-old. After this, his mother started working and left him to take care of his siblings. In the seventh grade, he got out of school and went to work as a farmhand to support the home.
At 16 sanders faked his age and join the US Army but after 1 year he was caught and got kicked out of the US Army. After this, he got hired by the railway as a laborer. However, he got fired for fighting with a coworker. While he worked for the railway, he studied law until he ruined his legal career by getting into another fight.
A failure he gets…
Sanders had to get back to his mother and get a job selling life insurance and guess what, they fired him for disobedience. But this man never gave up! In 1920, he started a ferry boat company. Later, he thinks of changes in his ferry boat business into a lamp manufacturing company but another company already sold a better version of his lamp and again he gets a failure with this.
Time was moving at its speed but the life of colonel did not seem to come anywhere near to the track, at 40 he sells chicken dishes in a service station and for advertisement, he gives freely to the people who used to pass by from his cafe. During 1935, once the governors of the city were passing by his restaurants, he took breakfast in the restaurant. Governor liked the chicken so much that he named his restaurant “Kentucky Chicken”.
Getting Popularity among people
Now people know Colonel Sanders and the restaurant also started getting popular. But after four years his restaurant closed because of some quarrel. Yet this determined man rebuilt and ran a new restaurant until World War II forced him to close it down.
Following the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant. They rejected his recipe 1009 times before anyone accepted it. Sander’s “secret recipe” was coined “Kentucky Fried Chicken” and quickly became a hit. However, the booming restaurant was crippled when an interstate opened nearby so Sanders sold it and pursued his dream of spreading KFC franchises & hiring KFC workers all across the country.
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After years of failures and misfortunes, Sanders finally hit it big. KFC expanded internationally, and he sold the company for two million dollars ($15.3 million today). Even today, Sanders remains central in KFC’s branding and his face still appears in their logo. His goatee, white suit, and western string tie continue to symbolize delicious country fried chicken all over the world.
23,000 KFC locations in 119 countries
At age 90, Sanders passed away from pneumonia. There were around 6,000 KFC locations in 48 countries. By 2018, there were about 23,000 KFC locations in 119 countries.
If you are overwhelmed by disapproval or discouraged by the failures, then remember the story of Colonel Harland Sanders. Fired from many jobs, ruined his legal career, was set back by Great Depression, Fire and World War II, yet one of the biggest fast-food chains in the world. We all should be more like Colonel Sanders (except the fighting and getting fired part).
“I made a resolve then that I would amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best there was in me.” – Colonel Sanders