Colonel Harland Sanders’s Stuck Moment as a Drifter

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment: Sanders had trouble finding a career that would stick. By the age of 40, he had tried steamboat captain, farmer, insurance salesman, and railroad fireman, before eventually buying a service station in Corbin, KY.

He sets a goal: By cooking meals for his service station customers, Sanders built a local following. Encouraged, he moved his operation to a motel with a restaurant, where he spent nine years developing his secret recipe for frying chicken.

Unstuck result: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in 1952; by the early 60s, Sanders’s recipe was sold at more than 600 franchised outlets.

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