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  • Mayur Pawar

Shake up your life: Never give up

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

Nearly everyone knows KFC for exotic fried chicken, burgers and fingers. But, do you know the history of person behind it? I am talking about Colonel Sanders. After 1009 unsuccessful attempts his receipe came in market in 1952 under is brand name KFC. Today KFC serving in more than 123 countries with more than 20,000 branches.

Harland Sanders was born in 1890 and grew up on a farm in Indiana. When he was 6 years old, Sanders’ father died, leaving him to take care of his younger brother and sister while his mom spent long days working. Harland Sanders was required to be a babysitter and take care of younger brother and sister at home. and by age 7 he was already a decent cook. His mom remarried when he was 12, he escaped from home because his stepfather beat him. In seventh grade, he dropped out of school and left home to go work as a farmhand. Already turning into a tough cookie. At 16, he faked his age to enlist in the United States army. After being honorably discharged a year later, he got hired by the railway as a laborer. However, he got fired for fighting with a coworker. While he worked for the railway, he studied law–until he ruined his legal career by getting into another fight.

Sanders was forced to move back in with his mom and get a job selling life insurance. And guess what? He got fired for insubordination. But this guy wouldn’t give up. In 1920, he founded a ferry boat company. Later, he tried cashing in his ferry boat business to create a lamp manufacturing company only to find out that another company already sold a better version of his lamp. Poor guy couldn’t catch a break. It wasn’t until age 40 that he began selling chicken dishes in a service station. As he began to advertise his food, an argument with a competitor resulted in a deadly shootout. Four years later, he bought a motel which burned to the ground along with his restaurant. Yet this determined man rebuilt and ran a new motel until World War II forced him to close it down. At age 65 he retired. On retirement day he got a check of $105. He felt like a failure & decided to commit suicide. He sat writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life & thought about how good of a cook he was. So he borrowed $87 from one of his friend and started, fried up some chicken using his recipe, went door to door to sell. At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of


Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.” “He told the restaurant owners that he had a chicken recipe that people liked and he was giving it to them for free. what he wanted in return was for the restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage on the pieces of chicken sold. he got rejections after rejections, but did not give up. In fact, he got over 1000 rejections.” He got 1009 no’s before he got his first yes. With that one success Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the eating habits of the whole world with Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC. Following the war, he tried to franchise his restaurant. His recipe was rejected 1,009 times before anyone accepted it. Sander’s “secret recipe” was coined “Kentucky Fried Chicken”, and quickly became a hit. However, the booming restaurant was crippled when an interstate opened nearby so Sanders sold it and pursued his dream of spreading KFC franchises & hiring KFC Workers all across the country.