Colonel Harland David Sanders was born in 1890 in Indiana. Sanders, who lost his father at the age of 5, had to take care of his siblings at the age of 5 after his mother had to work.
Sanders, who started working at the age of 10, dropped out of school at 16 and had been laid off from four different jobs by the age of 17. After his mother’s marriage, he ran away from home because he could not get along with his stepfather and changed his date of birth to join the American army.
Colonel Sanders married Josephine King at the age of 18. He worked as a conductor on trains until he was 22 years old, but when he was fired from there, his wife left him with their children.
He worked in many different jobs for many years, but was not successful. Sanders thought of committing suicide because of these failures. While thinking about it, he remembered that he had a talent for one thing: cooking!
The menus of Sanders, who started to sell fried chicken with his own special sauce, in his first KFC shop, which he opened at a gas station in Corbin, near Tennessee, were loved by the customers in a short time.
This success of Colonel Sanders did not last long. The road, which was served by Sanders, which was frequented by everyone, became unusable due to a newly built highway and Sanders sank.
At 66, he was broke, but he still wasn’t going to give up!
With only his pension left, Sanders looked for a dealer to sell his chickens. Sanders, who received a rejection from 1008 restaurants in America with his car, went to the 1009th restaurant he went to. He managed to get the restaurant to accept his offer.
Sanders’ fried chicken, which received a commission per chicken sold, was again loved by customers. Orders were constantly increasing, and Sanders franchised hundreds of restaurants across the United States.
With KFC becoming a legend, Colonel Sanders sold his company to John Brown Jr. for $2 million, on the condition that he remain the official face of the company. He would be paid $250,000 each year for remaining the official face of the company.
KFC, left behind by Colonel Sanders, who died at the age of 90, is now one of the most popular fast-food brands in the world, serving at more than 19,000 points in 115 countries.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight!”
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