The Inspiring Story Behind KFC – Colonel Sanders

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colonel sanders


Colonel Sanders the Man Behind the world-famous ‘finger licking’  Kentucky fried chicken KFC. His story is truly an inspiration for the world. He Started at the age of 65 and he had faced failures 1000 times before he Climbed the Ladder of Success. In today’s world KFC is the Brand name for its amazing chicken recipe.

The life of Colonel Sanders was not at all happening till he was 65. He was a complete failure, But his perseverance, Dedication and handwork brought him success.

Early Life

  • Colonel Harland David Sanders was born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana.
  • His Father Died when he was 6 years of his age.
  • After his father he was responsible to look after his younger brother and sister.
  • At the age of 16 he quit the school to look after his family.
  • When he was 17 he already lost four jobs including being a Farmer, streetcar conductor, railroad fireman and insurance salesman.
  • At the age of 18 he got Married, but it also didn’t Work for long.
  • He joined the army but was kicked out from there as well
  • At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby.
  • He became a cook in a small cafe and convinced his wife to return home.
  • At age 40, Sanders was running a service station in Kentucky, where he would also feed hungry travelers.
  • At the age of 65 he retired.

He thought himself a failure and decided to commit suicide. He sat down writing his will but instead he wrote what he could have achieved from this life. Then he realized how good a cook he was. He knew he was perfect at this. So he borrowed 87$ from someone, brought home some chicken, fried it using his own distinct recipe and went door to door to sell his fried chicken. He got rejected many times, no one agreed to buy his chicken easily as it was something new. But slowly his recipe began to gain popularity among the people.


He started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no”s before he heard his first “yes”. His first franchise sale went to Pete Harman of Salt Lake City. In 1964, with more than 600 franchised outlets, he sold his interest in the company for $2 million to a group of investors and decided to be the spokesperson of the company.

  • KFC went Public in 1966 and was listed on New York Stock Exchange in 1969.
  • 3500 franchisee outlets by 1971 worldwide.
  • Heublein Inc. acquired KFC Corporation in 1971 for $285 million.
  • Heublein Inc. was later purchased by Reynolds in 1982.
  • KFC was acquired in October 1986 from RJR Nabisco, Inc. (Reynolds Inc.)by PepsiCo, Inc., for about $840 million.
  • In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
  • At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC Empire was a billionaire.
  • He died of leukemia on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90, in Louisville, Kentucky.

From this story we can take a lesson that age is no bar for achieving your dreams. Most Indians retire at the age of 58 and they start to relax but this guy started at 65 and owned the world for himself. Dreams doesn’t come with age tag. Its all about how curious you are to achieve yours.

At Last I can say NEVER BACK DOWN. You should always be UP FOR A CHALLENGE.

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