Many people know Colonel Sanders as the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
But what they do not know is that his life was full of struggle from the day he was born. Let us learn about the incredible journey of Colonel Sanders who faced hardships and overcame them to come up with one of the most famous fast-food joints in the world.
Early Life Of Colonel Sanders
Colonel Harland Sanders was born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana. At the age of 6, his father died and after that, he was responsible for taking care of his younger brother and sister. His mother was out on work for many days. He has changed many jobs in his life lifetime. Until the time he was 10 he did many odd jobs including farmer, streetcar conductor, railroad fireman, and insurance salesman. Unfortunately, by the age of 16, he left his school and got married at the age of 18.
He had also joined the army but was removed from there. His wife and children shifted to his parent’s home. Harland had two daughters. He was removed from many jobs. When he started earning a good amount of money he convinced his family to come back home.
Before he got retired at the age of 65 he used to work at a restaurant for many years. At that time too he was penniless. He got the first social security check of one hundred and five dollars on his retirement.
His recipe and dedication
He had tried 1009 times before he got the perfect recipe for fried chicken. This fried chicken recipe he used to share it with the local one. Then he started travelling to houses to restaurants in the local area. Everyone loved fried chicken and got a positive response from all. He thought of selling this fried chicken recipe to the world.
He then started traveling by car to different restaurants he cooked his fried chicken recipe on the spot. If the restaurant owner liked the recipe they used a handshake agreement to sell Colonel’s chicken. There was a deal the colonel had put in front of the first KFC store, for every chicken piece they sold he should receive a nickel. He used to provide packets of a secret recipe of herbs and spices to avoid them knowing the recipe.
KFC- One of the commonly known fast food joints
By 1964, he sold the company to more than 600 outlets at $2 million to a group of investors and was also listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1969. In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
He was still a spokesperson at KFC he used to visit different restaurants around the world till he died of Leukemia on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90, in Louisville, Kentucky.
This person became a founder of KFC at the age of 65 when people get retired. Colonel Sanders proves that “It’s never too late to start to all over again”.