Colonel Harland Sanders: created history by founding KFC at the age of 65

The owner of KFC, Colonel Harland Sanders, proved that no matter how old you are, you can be a successful entrepreneur if you have a will power to do something. There are many people who dream to be a successful businessman but very few are able to make their dream come true. Many people start a business with enthusiasm and energy but as soon as they come across any challenges they give up in between because they don’t pluck up the courage to take any risk in life. Maybe they lack the ability to take the right decision at the right time. But, let me tell you a story of great Colonel Harland Sanders, the owner of KFC. We all know that today KFC has become a brand all over the world. Colonel Harland Sanders is now an example for everyone. His life has been full of struggles. He has gone through several ups and downs but never gave up and eventually, he became one of the world’s topmost businessmen in the world.

Have a look at his early life:

He was born on September 9, 1890. He was so unfortunate that his father passed away when he was just 5 years old. After a few years, his mother married again but he left his home. At the age of 16 he left the school too and between 16 to 17 he was fired four times from the interview. He married when he was 18 and got a job but did for only 4 years. At the age of 19, he became a father but destiny wanted something else. When he was 20 years old, his wife left him and went away along with her daughter. Despite happened all these things in his life he did not give up and joined the army but unfortunately, he was fired from the Army. After that, he tried to join a school but disappointment came in his hand. Then, he started working in a small cafe where he used to wash dishes. In 1930, he was offered a service station in North Corbin, Kentucky. Sanders began to serve chicken dishes and would also feed hungry travelers.

his journey towards becoming a successful businessman:

He retired at the age of 65 and got 105 dollars from the government. You will be surprised to know that he failed 1009 times in his life. He got disappointed with his life. He thought of committing suicide several times but one day he was sitting under a tree and writing about his life. Then he realized that there are yet many things in life to be done and he found his hidden talent, he started cooking the chicken as he was very fond of cooking chicken. This is how he started his journey and also started home delivery. Gradually, he built the wall of KFC and became one of the most successful entrepreneurs. Sanders faced several obstacles throughout his life but he never gave up. At this age, people generally think that they have lived 80% of their life and can not do anything now and thus they give up easily. But sanders did not think this way, he thought in a different way and proved to be one of the most popular businessmen across the world. He could also have lived the rest of his life in a comfort zone with whatever he had but he took a risk and set an example for generations.

Key points to remember:

Know your hidden talent.

Do what you want to do.

Never underestimate your ability.

Believe in yourself.

Be ready to take new challenges.

Fight with problems

And never give up.


If you are facing failures in your life and have given up then stand up and do not give up. If you have the potential to bring changes in your life then nobody can stop you. If you ever come across any problems, face them instead of running away from them. Only then you can go ahead in life because failures are the step of success.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.