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Success Story: KFC Restaurant Chain

Updated on September 2, 2015
KFC logo (Colonel Sanders)
KFC logo (Colonel Sanders) | Source
Colonel Sanders 1972
Colonel Sanders 1972 | Source

KFC Founder

Colonel Sanders (1890 - 1980) is the famous old man with snowy hair, we see his picture at any products of KFC. The thing here, he achieved this huge chain of monumental restaurant after reaching 65 years of age! How is that? What did he do? that's what we are going to discover togather. This story will motivate you not to stop whatever old you are.

No Matter Poor You Are, There Will Always Be A Way of Success

Sanders has experienced a lot of difficulties and challenges in his way to success. Sanders born in a poor family in 1890, he was a coal stoker then worked as filling station operator. His dad died when Sanders was six years old. Therefore, Sanders' mother took the responsibility and worked hard to cover home and children’s expenses. Thus, there’s no one to look after her children when she’s at work except Sanders, the eldest son. Sanders became a man at six and did the task he forced to do effectively, he cooked and fed his younger brothers, at age seven he learned how to cook delicious chicken dishes. By the time, Sanders’s mother got married and he joined the army at the age of 16. Sanders learned many trades from miner and army commander to gas station manager.

Beginning of the Journey

Sanders started his little project when he was 40, where he was selling fried chicken to travelers in train stations for nine years and knew every secret spice of fried chicken, which used in KFC nowadays. When he was 45 years old, the governor Kentucky state gave him Kentucky Colonel title for his skills in cooking fried chicken.

No Matter What

After a while, train track was changed and there was no more passengers to sell chicken to them, thus Sanders drowned in debt and taxes. He decided to stay at home waiting social Insurance, but he realized that he had time! and he was capable to work and achieve something. Sanders started proposing his ideas about fried chicken to restaurants owners and they welcomed his ideas and applied it. After a while, he saved some money and found KFC restaurant.

KFC Restaurant
KFC Restaurant | Source

Kentucky Fried Chicken

KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken which is a fast food restaurants chain known for their fried chicken. founded in 1952 by Colonel Sanders in Corbin, Kentucky. KFC restaurants speared all over the world. beside selling chicken, they are selling other things like french fries and salads.



Profits was increasing madly, KFC restaurant became 200 restaurants with 600 branches. Then, he decided to sell all the restaurants for a billion dollar.

When he was 90 years old, he traveled 250 mile across 100 country to visit all KFC branches. died on December 16, 1980 because of Pneumonia, leukemia. It's really a great story of success and struggle, and whatever you get aged there will always be a way to start over and achieve something, the snowy hair is a proof we see it everywhere.

KFC Restaurant
KFC Restaurant | Source

Never Too Old to Achieve Something

Whatever your age, whatever your goal is big, you can achieve it. Everything about focusing and doing a little thinking to your objective. Everything is simple; the complication is a thing you made up in your mind. Maybe you don’t have the ability or support to achieve something, but you have an intellectual mind, don’t keep it wrapped.

there’re many people such Sanders done unbelievable achievements at old age. For example, Frank Schearer at age 100, the oldest water skier in the world. Harry Bernstein has published his first book at age 96.

There’s another secret behind their success, which is health. Being healthy is important as much as mind, without both together you cannot do anything.

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you so much for sharing Col. Sanders' remarkable story. I appreciate you for that. And your talent for writing is very sharp. Keep up the great work.

    • Wissam Qawasmeh profile imageAUTHOR

      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      lisavanvorst . . that's great memories

      thank you

    • Wissam Qawasmeh profile imageAUTHOR

      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      I watched him once at TED talk .. he's a great speaker

      thank you Blond Logic for stopping by :)

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      I don't know if you are familiar with the motivational speaker Tony Robbins, but he too uses Mr. Sanders as a positive example.

      He did what he knew how to do and created a success. Excellent.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Lately KFC has started advertising again, which is good since places like Popeyes is so popular. This was an interesting and inspiring story. I remember when I was 14 and in junior high, I would go to school half a day and the other half assist as a teacher's aide in an elementary school. It was me and another girl and guy. Anyway long story short; me and the other girl would always go to the local KFC for lunch and order the extra crispy chicken. Your story brought back fond memories. Great reading.


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