KFC Founder Colonel Sanders Inspirational Life Journey !

Colonel Sanders (KFC Founder)

Colonel Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding fast-food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (popularly known as KFC).

He was born in 1890. He was six years old when his father passed away due to high fever leaving behind his mother, him and his siblings. Sanders used to cook and care for his siblings.

1) At age 16, Colonel Sanders faked his age to enroll himself in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged.

2) A year after, he got hired by the railway department as a laborer. However, soon he was fired for fighting with a coworker.

3) As a result, Sanders had to move back with his mom and get a job selling life insurance. Again, he got fired for insubordination.

4) But he didn't give up. In 1920, he founded a Ferry Boat Company. The ferry was an instant success.

5) Sanders cashed in his Ferry Boat Company shares and used the money to establish an acetylene lamps manufacturing company.

6) This lamps manufacturing business failed after Delco introduced an electric lamp that they sold on credit.

7) Between Sanders moved to Winchester, Kentucky to work as a sales rep for the Michelin Tire Company. When Michelin closed their New Jersey manufacturing plant he lost his job in the year 1924.

8) At age of 40, he began selling chicken dishes in a service station. While advertising his food, an argument with a competitor resulted in a deadly shootout.

9) After 4 years, he bought a motel which burned to the ground along with his restaurant. Again he rebuilt and ran a new motel until World War II made him close it down.

10) After the war is finished, he tried to franchise his restaurant. However, his recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it. His 'Secret Recipe' was coined 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' and quickly became popular.

11) To sell his idea, he left his home in Kentucky and traveled to many states in the US.

12) He convinced the restaurant owners that he had a chicken recipe that people liked very much and he was giving it to them for free. In return he wanted the restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage on the pieces of chicken they sold.

13) After years of failures and misfortunes, Sanders finally hit it big. KFC expanded internationally. 

Age is no barrier to success, What is needed is an idea put into action, followed by proper planning and persistence. 

"My life is devoted to business and supporting my family" - Colonel Sanders