Whether you like KFC or not, the story of Colonel Harland Sanders is truly amazing. This story is inspirational because it’s an example of how perseverance, dedication, and ambition along with hard work can create success; regardless of your age. It proves that age is not a barrier and the concept of “retiring” is actually quite silly.
Colonel Sanders has become a world-known figure by marketing his “finger lickin’ good” Kentucky Fried Chicken now known as simply KFC.
One of the most amazing aspects of the Colonel’s life is the fact that when he reached the age of sixty-five, after running a restaurant for several years, Colonel Sanders found himself penniless. He retired and received his first social security check which was for one hundred and five dollars. He went to the bank and took out a loan of eighty seven dollars (against his next social security check) And that was just the beginning of his international fame and financial success story…
Col. Sanders was a fellow who really loved to share his fried chicken recipe. He had a lot of positive feedback from those who tasted the chicken. Now, the Colonel was retired and up in age and while most people believed in the sanctimony of retirement, the Colonel opted to sell the world on his cool new chicken recipe. With little in terms of means at his disposal, Colonel Sanders traveled door to door to houses and restaurants all over his local area. He wanted to partner with someone to help promote his chicken recipe. Needless to say, he was met with little enthusiasm.
He started traveling 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”.
Ok, let me repeat that.
He was turned down one-thousand and nine times before his chicken was accepted once! How many “no’s would it have taken for you to walk away?
Colonel in front of his first KFC store. The deal was that for each piece of chicken the restaurant sold, Sanders would receive a nickel. The restaurant would receive packets of Colonel’s secret herbs and spices in order to avoid them knowing the recipe. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had 600 franchises selling his trademark chicken. At this time, he sold his company for $2 million dollars but remained as a spokesperson. In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
It’s amazing how the man started at the age of 65, when most retire, and built a global empire out of fried chicken. There are a few things that you should take away from this. first, age should not limit your aspirations. Second, no doesn’t mean never. If you believe in yourself and keep trying nothing is impossible.
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