Everyone at PR/PR hopes everyone out there enjoyed the holiday on Sunday and the day off of work yesterday, but, for me personally, I’m very excited about the holiday today – Tuesday, July 6, 2021, is NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY!!!
Not that I can/should eat any fried food anymore, but I love NFCD because it brings to mind one of my favorite Americans – Harland “Colonel” Sanders, the Founder and Brand Ambassador of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, today known as KFC.
Here is a prime example of a person who did not give up, and didn’t let getting a late start stop him from going on. Sanders was 62 years old when his first KFC franchise opened in Salt Lake City, UT, in 1952. Then, at the age of 73 in 1964, he sold his remaining holdings in the company and worked until he was nearly 90 representing the international chain on television and in-person.
Sanders is also a prime example of a person who thrived due to adaptation. He originally operated his restaurants on state highways and rural routes, building up quite a following. In 1939, food critic Duncan Hines (you know him better for his cake mixes), included Sanders’ restaurant in the motorist guide: Adventures in Good Eating. However, when the Interstate Highways were built and by-passed many small towns, the customers went whizzing by Sanders’ restaurant. So, he adapted, and hit the very roads that were forcing him to find new locations.
Now I know not everyone is perfect. If you dig into any hero’s past you’ll likely find something you don’t like about them. There was that teeny-tiny shoot-out with a competitor in the early 1930’s that I’m sure Sanders’ wished people didn’t know about.
In the meantime, go get some fried chicken today, it doesn’t matter what brand, and think about what you’re going to start doing and how you’re going to adapt to do it!