The Story Behind KFC - Age Is not An Excuse

Harland Sanders' quotes.


       You must have heard of or seen Kentucky Fried Chicken [KFC]. If you have tasted their chicken you would describe it in one word “HEAVENLY”. No restaurant in the world makes chicken like KFC. Have you ever wondered why KFC is the best? Who is used as its symbol? How it all started? Who found KFC?

       KFC exists today because of one man Col. Harland David Sanders. Who is Col. Harland Sanders? What is the story behind Harland David Sanders? Let’s meet him.

       Col. Harland Sanders was born on September 9, 1890 in Henryville, Indiana U.S, to Wilbur David and Margaret Ann Sanders. He was the eldest of the three children born to the Sanders. He lived in a four-room house with his family. His family attended the Adventist Christian Church. He lost his father at the age of five. At the age of seven, Harland Sanders was skilled in making bread and vegetables. He started working at the age of ten (10) as a farmhand and at the age of thirteen (13), Harland Sanders left home, after his mother remarried, to work as a horse carriage painter. Harland did many other jobs ranging from a bus-conductor to a soldier to a steam engine stoker to a labourer and many more.

How it all started?
       Around 1922, Harland Sanders cashed in his Ferry Boat company shares for $22,000[worth $309,000 today] and used the money to establish an acetylene lamp producing company which failed when electric lamp was introduced. In 1930, Shell Oil Company offered Harland Sanders a service station in North Corbin, Kentucky, rent free, in return for paying them a percentage of sales. Harland Sanders began to serve chicken dishes and other meals such as country ham and steaks. Initially, he served the customers in his adjacent living quarters before opening a restaurant. In 1935, Harland Sanders was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky governor Ruby Laffoon, this grew his popularity and in 1939, the food critic Duncan Hines visited his restaurant and included it in “Adventures in Good Eating”, his guide to restaurants throughout U.S. He later bought a motel in Ashville, North Carolina and by July 1940, Harland Sanders finalized his “Secret Recipe” for frying chicken.

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 In 1952, Harland Sanders franchised his Secret Recipe, “KFC” to Pete Harman, operator of one of that city’s largest restaurants. In the first year, their sales tripled with 75% coming from KFC. At age of 65[1955], Harland Sanders was left with his savings and $105 per month from his social security. He decided to franchise his chicken concept to the earnest, so he started travelling through the U.S. looking for suitable restaurants. In 1964, KFC was sold for $2 million by Sanders. He was still used as the symbol of the corporation, earned his franchise and appearance fees in both Canada and US. Col. Harland Sanders later died of pneumonia on December 16, 1980 at the age of 90 and he remained active until the month of before his death appearing in his white suit to crowds.

What’s your thought?
       Do you think that you’re too old to start up something? Have you been fed with ideas that if you don’t make it before you clock 40 that you can’t make it again no matter how hard you try? You must have lived the earlier part of your life just getting by, but you have an opportunity now to start all over. Stop regretting your past and forge ahead. You have a brighter future; don’t throw it all away because of one mistake in the past. You can’t change your past but you can do something today about your future. And if you’re young, it’s not too early to pursue your dream. Do you have a great idea? Write it down, brood on it, seek for professional advice. Don’t wait till you’re 65 before you achieve your dream.

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    A close observation would show that Col. Harland Sanders didn’t have a well-to-do background, he lost his father at a very tender age, didn’t acquire a formal education because of an unhealthy relationship with his step-father, did many tedious works just to get by, but how did he end up? He didn’t allow circumstances to pull him down, when one failed he didn’t give up he went for another. The striking thing is that even at age 65, when many have given up on achieving their dreams, Col. Harland Sanders went for his with vigor and got it. He led a happy life and lived up to 90 years before he died of pneumonia. You have no excuse not to achieve your dream; your government isn’t the problem, money isn’t the problem, neither is your background the problem. Stop looking outside of you, what are you capable of? What reality are you stalling away? What solution to a problem are you refusing to bring forth? All you need to succeed is within you. LOOK INWARD! If Harland Sanders could do it, YOU CAN!
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