Everybody knows KFC. But do you know the story behind its success?
KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders at the age of 65 years old.
Sanders is famous for his clean, crisp white suit, black string tie, and walking cane.
When he was younger, he enlisted in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a laborer.
When he was fired from the job, he founded a ferry boat company. But it did not turn out to be profitable for him.
At age 40, he started selling chicken dishes in a service station. But an argument with a competitor resulted in a deadly shootout.
Four years later, he bought a motel but it burned to the ground along with his restaurant.
However, this determined man rebuilt and ran a new motel. But World War II forced him to close it down.
After the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant. Did he become successful right away?
No. In fact, his recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it.
After failing and facing misfortunes, Sanders finally hit it big with his “secret recipe”.
KFC expanded internationally and he pursued his dream of spreading KFC franchises.
With his story, it’s amazing how the man started at the age of 65 when most people at that age retires.
He is proof that success is not about age – it is about perseverance, dedication, and ambition along with hard work.
Here are 19 Colonel Sanders quotes that will remind us it is never too late:
“I’ve only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.”
“My life isn’t over and I’m not going to sit in a rocking chair and take money from the government.”
“And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me.”
“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.”
“People are just like farm equipment. They rust out quicker than they wear out.”
“The easy way is efficacious and speedy, the hard way arduous and long. But, as the clock ticks, the easy way becomes harder and the hard way becomes easier.”
“The hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away.”
“There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.”
“There’s something inside of me that makes me want to help people, especially people who are having difficulty of some kind.”
“To me, my recipes are priceless.”
“You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?”
“If you’re a dreamer and a do’er back up your dreams.”
“Have ambition to work, willingness to work and integrity in what you do.”
“Hard work beats all the tonics and vitamins in the world.”
“I just say the moral out of my life is don’t quit at age 65, maybe your boat hasn’t come in yet. Mine hadn’t.”
“I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could.“
“I think a dream is just a suggestion to start something out, do something.”
“Feed the poor and get rich or feed the rich and get poor.”