Daily Archives: May 3, 2011

KFC – A Real Success After 60

I’m sure everyone has heard the story of Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame… He was over sixty when he started this business.  A definite success.

I found the following information about Harland Sanders from this website.  Not only is the story about Harland Sanders here, but other interesting stories of people we all have heard of who got their start a bit later than some people.

I say… “What great role models!”

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Harland Sanders

Kentucky Fried Chicken
Founded KFC at 62
1890 – 1980 (age 90)

Harland Sanders owned a small gasoline station in Corbin, Kentucky, where he converted a portion of his living quarters at the station to serve customers chicken dishes that he prepared in a back room. As local popularity grew for his chicken, he moved to a motel restaurant and worked as the chef.

After the construction of Interstate 75 reduced customer traffic at the restaurant, in 1952 at age 62, Sanders started franchising Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants using $105 from his first Social Security check to fund visits to potential franchisees.

You got to like your work – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference.

– Harland Sanders

Sanders credits his accomplishments to enjoying what he does, saying “You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference.”

The next several years were an overwhelming success, and Sanders sold his Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation a dozen years later in 1964 for $2 million (almost $14 million in today’s dollars). Now a division of Yum! Brands, there are more than 14,000 KFC restaurants in 80 countries.

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I love stories like this, although most of us had heard of this one before.  It just gives us validation that no matter our age, we can do what we really want to do.

What’s your ‘success after sixty‘ story?