Colonel Sanders is best known for inventing a fried chicken recipe that would launch the world’s largest fast-food chicken chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
“Just because you took longer than others, doesn’t mean you failed. I started KFC at 65,” is famous saying by Colonel Harland Sanders, who created Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
This quote shows Colonel Sanders’ amazing journey and inspires those who might feel discouraged because of their age or past failures. Colonel Sanders faced many challenges and disappointments in his life, but he didn’t give up.
About Colonel Sanders
Harland David Sanders was born on 9th September 1890, in Henryville, Indiana. After his father died when he was 6 years old, Sanders became responsible for feeding and taking care of his younger brother and sister. Beginning at an early age, he held down numerous jobs, including farmer, streetcar conductor, railroad fireman and insurance salesman.
At age 40, Sanders was running a service station in Kentucky, where he would also feed hungry travelers. Sanders eventually moved his operation to a restaurant across the street and featured a fried chicken so notable that he was named a Kentucky colonel in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon.
In 1952, Sanders began franchising his chicken business. His first franchise sale went to Pete Harman, who ran a restaurant in Salt Lake City where “Kentucky Fried Chicken” had the allure of a Southern regional specialty.
When a new interstate reduced traffic at Sanders’ own restaurant in North Carolina, he sold the location in 1955. He then started traveling across the country, cooking batches of chicken from restaurant to restaurant, striking deals that paid him a nickel for every chicken the restaurant sold. In 1964, with more than 600 franchised outlets, he sold his interest in the company for $2 million to a group of investors.
Kentucky Fried Chicken went public in 1966 and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1969. More than 3,500 franchised and company-owned restaurants were in worldwide operation when Heublein Inc. acquired KFC Corporation in 1971 for $285 million.
KFC became a subsidiary of R.J. Reynolds Industries, Inc. (now RJR Nabisco, Inc.), when Heublein Inc. was acquired by Reynolds in 1982. KFC was acquired in October 1986 from RJR Nabisco, Inc. by PepsiCo, Inc., for approximately $840 million.
When Colonel Sanders was 65 years old, he started the KFC franchise, which became one of the most famous and successful fast-food chains in the world.
Colonel Sanders continued to visit the KFC restaurants around the world as an ambassador spokesman in his later years. He died on 16th December 1980, at the age of 90, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Colonel Sanders’ story teaches us that it’s never too late to follow our dreams and accomplish great things, no matter how old we are or what happened in the past.