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Determination Will Never Fool You

Updated on January 14, 2018

One of the motivating Japanese proverbs says, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” If you are breathing, you have no excuse to give up on your dreams. Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (known as KFC), seems to believe in this axiom based on his life events. Many people know him as the founder of the famous restaurant, but they don’t know him specifically as a person. Throughout his early life, Sanders had suffered by going through many predicaments and struggles until he fulfilled his great achievement at an old age.

Sanders’s miserable story began when his father died at the age of 5. Followed by his father’s death, he had to look after his siblings and cook for them since his mother was away for working in a tomato cannery. As a child, he quit school and went to live and work on a nearby farm as a farmhand. A few years later, he was sent to the army, while still underage, completing his military service. Sanders held copious jobs during his life including steam engine stoker, insurance salesman, and filling station operator. By reaching the age of 65, Colonel Sanders, instead of retiring, built a global empire out of fried chicken. The development of his restaurant was the medicine that cured his tiring career.

He created his secret recipe, used it to fry some chicken with a pressure fryer, and earned money by selling it to customers. In addition, he visited restaurants offering them to cook his chicken where many rejected his suggestion. He was turned down several times before his chicken was accepted. Luckily, his project became highly successful, and it expanded internationally. Since he was aging, and his company was spreading rapidly, he had to sell it for $2 million to a partnership of Kentucky businessmen headed by John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack C. Massey. Even though the corporation was sold, Sanders remained the brand’s symbol filming various TV commercials and advertisements. In 1976, Colonel Sanders was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.

Sanders lost his father, left his education, and worked at a young age; however, he was determined to succeed. He was as patient as a camel in eliminating the impediments he faced. In his latest 60s, he spent days at a restaurant, peddled his chicken technique, cooked for customers, and slept in the back of his car. Finally, he was able to live in comfort for the remainder of his years after his considerable efforts. For this purpose, determination will never fool you.

© 2018 Sara Zyadeh


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