All of us must be rejected or disappointed at sometime in life? Well Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, had been rejected and disappointed again and again.
But he accepted his failures and made the world a better place by mere determination.
Colonel Sanders was born in 1890 in Henryville, IN. When he was six years old, his father passed away. Sanders was alone to cook and took care for his siblings.
In his 7th grade, he dropped out of school and left home to go work as a farmhand.
At the age of 16, he forged fake age to enlist in the United States army. He was honorably discharged a year later, he got hired by the railway as a laborer. But he also got fired because of his fight with a coworker. During his working for the railway, he studied law–unless he ruined his legal career by getting into another fight. Sanders was forced to go back in with his mom and get a job of selling life insurance.
What do you think ?
Was this job a successful shot?
No he got fired again for his misconduct. But this iron man learn one thing : Not to give up.
In year 1920, he founded a ferry boat company. Later on, he tried to encash his ferry boat business to create a lamp manufacturing company just because he wants to find out that another company already sold a better version of his lamp. But bad time,he couldn’t catch a break.
At age of 40 he began selling chicken dishes in a service station. As he began to advertise his food, a fight with a competitor resulted in a deadly shootout.
After four years, he bought a motel which burned to the ground along with his restaurant. But this strong man rebuilt and ran a new motel until World War II forced him to close it down.
After the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant. His unique recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it. Sander’s “secret recipe” was named as “Kentucky Fried Chicken”, and quickly became a hit.
However, the booming restaurant was shutdown when an interstate opened nearby so Sanders sold it and chased his dream of spreading KFC franchises & hiring KFC workers all across the country.
After years of failures and rejections, Sanders finally get a shot. KFC got a hit,spread internationally and Colonel sold the company for two million dollars ($15.3 million today). Even today, Sanders remains “Face that runs the place” in KFC’s branding and his face still appears in their logo. His goatee, white suit and western string tie continue to symbolize delicious Kentucky fried chicken all over the world.
At age of 90, Sanders passed away due to pneumonia. At that time, there were around 6,000 KFC locations in 48 countries.
By 2013, there were an estimated 18,000 KFC locations in 118 countries. Sounds AWESOME !!!
If you’re worried by rejection or discouraged by setbacks, remember the story of Colonel Harland Sanders.
Fired from multiple jobs, ruined his legal career, was set back by lot of depression, fires and World War II,
but still created one of the largest fast food chains in the world.
Sanders wouldn’t let anything or anyone defeat him. We should all be more like Colonel Sanders.
Colonel Sanders taught us one thing : “Your setback is the time for your comeback.”