Colonel Harland David Sanders was a man whose life was filled with struggles, but he chooses to never give up. Colonel Harland David Sanders was born on September 9, 1890 in a small town called Henryville in the state of Indiana of USA. He was the oldest child of his parents. His father was a nice hearted man who use to work on his 80 acre farm until he broke his leg, after that he worked as a butcher in Henryville for two years.
One day his father came home with a fever and died later that day. As Sanders mom after the demise of his father had to go to a different place to work which made young Sanders responsible for cooking, feeding and taking care of his younger siblings. By the age of seven, Sanders due to his responsibilities had developed some skills in cooking. As Sanders grew to the age of 10, he started working as a farmhand. When he was age of 12 his mother got remarried. At the tender age of 13 he left home to do miscellaneous works like painting horse carriages, etc. At the age of 16, he left home to live with his uncle after taking approval from his mother.
In the same year he falsified his date of birth and got selected and started working in the United States Army, after a year he was discharged. Later he met with his brother who also left home to escape from his stepdad. From the year 1907 to 1909 he worked at various places and wasn’t successful to retain his job at any place, during this period he worked as helper to blacksmith, fireman for steam engine train etc. In 1909, he met with his future wife Josephine King while working as labor in Norfolk and Western Railway. Later, after getting married, they had a son and two daughters, son died in 1932 due to tonsils.
While doing other miscellaneous jobs, he studied law by correspondence and successful completed but his professional career didn’t last long as he gets into a courtroom brawl with his own client and hence ending up his this job too. Like a long waited ray of a light reaching the eyes, in 1920 he established a successful ferry boat company and after some cashed his shares for a good amount. He used that cash for a new business which failed and making him again at the same financial position.
In 1930, Shell Oil Company provided him a rent free small space to work in return for a small share from the sales revenue of his small little restaurant. Sanders chicken dishes were getting famous by passing time in 1935 he was commissioned as Colonel of Kentucky by the governor of Kentucky Ruby Laffoon. With time his business was booming and people were loving his dishes. After few years due to fire, he lost his restaurant and motel. After so many losses he was broke but however collected his wits and decided to franchise his chicken recipe.
He travelled across country and after a lot of hard times, he got some success, but got a very less share of earnings for his recipe. He got divorced, then got married to his new wife. In 1952, for the first time the largest restaurant of South Salt Lake took his secret recipe as a franchise, resulting to triple the sales of the restaurant with 75% revenue from Sanders recipe. From there, potential of his secret recipe got known to the world and his life started to change for good.
Rapid expansion of his restaurant chains across the world made him quite well off. In 1964 he sold the company to group of Investors and remained a brand ambassador of the company for his life and even now he his the symbol of his company. And as of 2014 his company, KFC had 18,875 outlets in 118 countries. KFC as measured by sales is the second largest restaurant chain in the world and is multi-billion dollar company.
Moral of the Story:You never know how close you are, never give up on your dreams. It’s never too late to start anything.
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