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The Inspiring Life Story of Colonel Sanders

It is never too late to start all over. Never give up no matter how hard it gets. You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference.

Have you been rejected or disappointed time and time again? Well Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, did. But he took his failures and didn’t just make lemonade–he made the world a better place.

kfcColonel Sanders (1890-1980) created the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain at the age of 66. Pride in his product, high standards, and brilliant marketing help to establish Colonel Sanders as an innovator in the fast food industry.

At age five, his father died, at age 16, he quit school, at age 17 he had already lost four jobs. Between 18 and 22, he was railroad conductor and failed. He joined the army and washed out there.  He applied for law school but was rejected. He became an insurance sales man and failed again. At age 19, he became a father. At age 20, his wife left him taking their children with her, because he couldn’t hold a job.  He became a cook and dishwasher in a small café. He eventually convinced his wife to return home. At age 65 he retired.

On the 1st day of retirement, he received a cheque of $105 from the government. He felt the government was saying he could not provide for himself. He decided to commit suicide, it was not worth living anymore; he had failed so much. He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realized there was much more that he had not done.

There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew and that was how to cook.so he borrowed $87 against his cheque and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbors in Kentucky. Remember at age 65, he was ready to commit suicide but at age 88 Colonel Sanders founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken Empire was a billionaire.

Opportunity don’t happen, you create them. You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. You don’t need any certificate to become entrepreneur because entrepreneur don’t build careers, the build businesses.

If you’re overwhelmed by rejection or discouraged by setbacks, remember the story of Colonel Harland Sanders. Fired from multiple jobs, ruined his legal career, yet still created one of the largest fast food chains in the world. Sanders wouldn’t let anything or anyone defeat him. We should all be more like Colonel Sanders.

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