Every day, when you are working on your work, you may make mistakes or fail.
Repeating the same work every day, so-called routine work, you can do it quickly because you are used to it, but you may be careless and make mistakes.
I also try to concentrate on my work so as not to fail, but sometimes I do it wrong.
Many people know him as the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. that’s right. This is the old man standing in front of the store in Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Colonel Sanders is a grandpa who rose from failure
In Japan, he is known as “Uncle Kernel” and “Uncle Kentucky”, and is a familiar uncle with a gentle smile, white beard and glasses.
This time it’s Colonel Sanders, who has the indomitable spirit to climb up from the bottom over and over again.
kernel sanders biography
Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman and founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He is known as Colonel Sanders.
“Colonel” is neither a name nor a military rank (colonel), but an honorary title (honorary colonel) of “Kentucky Colonel” given to those who have contributed to the state of Kentucky.
In Japan, nicknames such as “Uncle Kernel” and “Uncle Kentucky” have become established.
His father died when Sanders was six years old, and his mother worked in a factory to raise Sanders and his younger siblings. Sanders has been working on the farm since he was 10 years old. He left school at the age of 14, and he worked as a farm helper and a tram conductor.
In 1906, at the age of 16, he misrepresented his age and enlisted in the army, serving in Cuba. His military career ended as a private. After being discharged from the military in 1907, he worked in a variety of occupations throughout his youth, working in 40 different occupations, including railway locomotive repairman, boiler operator, engine assistant, track maintenance officer, insurance salesman, ferry boat, and tire salesman. It changed. In his late 30s, he started running a gas station in Nicholasville, Kentucky, but it went through many ups and downs, including bankruptcy due to the Great Depression.
He worked more than 40 jobs before his Kentucky Fried Chicken business became a success.
Some even got into fights and got fired.
I started several businesses myself, but they all ended in failure.
Kernel, who is nearly 70 years old, runs around the United States with a single car, demonstrates fried chicken recipe know-how at restaurants, etc. and goes on a journey to obtain a franchise contract.
Even in this sales activity, he continued to be refused, and it seems that the number has reached “1009 times”.
Kentucky Fried Chicken was made with an indomitable spirit that does not get discouraged even if you lose.
Saunders Cafe and Fried Chicken
In 1930 Sanders moved to Corbin, Kentucky and started a gas station business. Even if he came just to ask for directions, he treated customers with sincerity.
In June 1930, a customer who used a gas station said to him, he started a six-seat restaurant corner “Sanders Cafe” by remodeling a storeroom in a corner of the gas station. Sanders is a gas station manager, cook and cashier. Shops along the north-south highway of the state prospered and expanded. In 1935, he was given the honorary title of “Kentucky Kernel” by the governor of Kentucky for his “contributions to the culinary arts of the state.”
In 1937, the Saunders Café grew into a 142-seat restaurant attached to a motel. In 1939, the restaurant suffered a fire, but in 1941 the restaurant was rebuilt in Corbin with a capacity of 147 people. The store is now a museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The main product of “Sanders Cafe” was fried chicken. The recipe for “original fried chicken” using a pressure cooker introduced in 1939 has been handed down as the “original recipe” for over 70 years.
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In 1952, Sanders started a new business model (franchising) in which he taught restaurant owners and employees how to cook fried chicken and earned 5 cents for each chicken sold.
That year, Salt Lake City, Utah became the first franchisee, and the first franchise store opened. The brand name was proposed by KFC Harman.
In 1955, when the interstate opened through the outskirts of Corbin, traffic and foot traffic changed, leaving Saunders Cafe on the highway empty.
Sanders sold the unsustainable store, leaving little for him once he paid off his debts.
Since then, Sanders has worked to spread the franchise business, traveling around the world with fried chicken on a wagon.
In 1960 he had 400 stores in the United States and Canada, and by 1964 he had over 600 franchised stores.
Great reversal from the age of 65
— 大橋（モトコンポ乗り） (@e1kv8CdV9WH9xIU) August 14, 2022
Sanders’ life has been turbulent. He never loses his fighting spirit, but he unexpectedly loses important things and people.
Sanders is cornered, but his indomitable fighting spirit ignites.
Finding a way out with indomitable fighting spirit from the age of 65
However, this time, the wall of reality was blocked. No bank would lend money to a 65-year-old man with no assets. But Sanders picks himself up.
I came up with the idea of turning this recipe into gold. It is a business scheme that “provides original spices, teaches cooking methods and receives a contract fee”.
Sanders loaded the autoclave and spices into his car and toured restaurants across America.
He sleeps in his car and eats prototype fried chicken for a day.
However, he persistently sells fried chicken.
After having restaurant employees try the prototype, they rented the restaurant’s kitchen and provided fried chicken to customers free of charge.
Through these steady sales activities, Sanders’ fried chicken became popular, and more and more restaurants sought contracts.
This is how the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was successful.
— ケンタッキーフライドチキン🍗 (@KFC_jp) August 14, 2022
The fighting spirit from the age of 65 brought success. It makes me want to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken and bow to the Sanders doll.
Despite being a very relatable character, Sanders’ life was anything but smooth. Job changes, bankruptcy, divorce, licking the bitterness of life, let alone setbacks, you can choose death without unreasonable experiences. How Sanders, stricken with just about every misfortune a human can experience, turned into “Uncle Kernel” and turned his life around.
I would be happy if you could refer to it even a little. Thank you for reading to the end.
Thank you for your support.