Colonel Sanders - To Old To Quit

If you talk to any amount of old people you will find out something most of them are good at.  Using the excuse that they are too old to start a new career, a new business, a new adventure.  "I'm past my prime, I'm washed up, I'm 50 years old, who wants to hire me",  Exactly, no body does.  Heck I will admit it myself, at my ripe old age of 25 I feel some what unemployable, I simply would suck at working for someone else. Plus the idea of working to help someone else's dream instead of mine just doesn't sit right with me. 

Another person who didn't let age define his success was this guy... 

Colonel Harland Sanders was Born in 1890 in Heneryville, Indiana.   According to his 1974 autobiography, before Harland Sanders became a world-famous Colonel, he was a sixth-grade dropout, a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, a railroad worker, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, a ferryboat entrepreneur, a tire salesman, an amateur obstetrician, an (unsuccessful) political candidate, a gas station operator, a motel operator and finally, a restaurateur. 

Sound like an entrepreneur? I think so, the guy never had a bad idea, or so he thought. 

In 1930, the then 40-year-old Sanders was operating a service station in Corbin, Kentucky, and it was there that he began cooking for hungry travelers who stopped in for gas. He didn't have a restaurant yet, so patrons ate from his own dining table in the station's humble living quarters. It was then that he invented what's called “home meal replacement” — selling complete meals to busy, time-strapped families. He called it, “Sunday Dinner, Seven Days a Week.”

As Sanders' fame grew, Governor Ruby Laffoon made him a Kentucky Colonel in 1935 in recognition of his contributions to the state's cuisine. Within four years, his establishment was listed in Duncan Hines' “Adventures in Good Eating.”

At the age of 65, a new interstate highway snatched the traffic away from his Corbin, Ky., restaurant and Sanders was left with nothing but a Social Security check and a secret recipe for fried chicken.

Never letting anything get in his way he pressed on despite this challenge.  In 1955, confident of the quality of his fried chicken, the Colonel devoted himself to developing his chicken franchising business. Less than 10 years later, Sanders had more than 600 KFC franchises in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1964 he sold his interest in the U.S. company for $2 million to a group of investors including John Y. Brown Jr. (who later became governor of Kentucky).

Until he was fatally stricken with leukemia in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world. His likeness continues to appear on millions of buckets and on thousands of restaurants in more than 100 countries around the world.

Not bad for a man who started from scratch at retirement age. The moral of the story is this: if you feel to old, maybe you have lost your passion, or you're recently retired and looking to FINALLY start that business you ALWAYS said you wanted to START.  The best time to start a business was yesterday, stop using the excuse your waiting for the perfect business or the perfect opportunity.  It never comes, its never perfect.  Don't be that old guy sitting in the rocking chair telling your grandkids how you ALMOST started a business once.  Be the old fart telling your grandkids they can do anything, at any age -- 

Be inspired, START -- 




Thanks to Colonel Sanders for the info.