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, he faked his age to enlist in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged.

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

3) Sanders was forced to move back in 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 venture failed after Delco introduced an electric lamp that they sold on credit.

7) Between Sanders moved to Winchester, Kentucky to work as a salesman for the Michelin Tire Company. He lost his job in 1924 when Michelin closed their New Jersey manufacturing plant.

8) It wasn't until age 40 that he began selling chicken dishes in a service station. As he began to advertise his food, an argument with a competitor resulted in a deadly shootout.

9) Four years later, he bought a motel which burned to the ground along with his restaurant. Yet this determined man rebuilt and ran a new motel until World War II forced him to close it down.

10) Following the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant. His recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it. Sander's "Secret Recipe" was coined "Kentucky Fried Chicken" and quickly became a hit.

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

12) He told the restaurant owners that he had a chicken recipe that people liked and he was giving it to them for free. What he wanted in return was for the restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage on the pieces of chicken 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