Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders’ Recipe for Success…

Everybody in town knew that Harlan Sanders made great fried chicken because he sold it at the gas station he operated in Corbin, Kentucky. But in 1955, when the new interstate highway system passed him by, Sanders knew that traffic at his hometown business was bound to slow down. So, at age 65, he sold the gas station, which meant that he had to live on the $105 monthly check he got from Social Security. To make extra money, he started selling his super-secret fried-chicken recipe to other restaurants, and that’s how Kentucky Fried Chicken got started.

Colonel Sanders was a senior citizen when he jumpstarted his career. That fact should give hope to the rest of us as we think about ways we can be successful. Why? Because Colonel Sanders proved once and for all that no matter how old you are, or where you come from, you can be a winner if you keep working and keep searching for a better way to get things done. That was Colonel Sanders’ recipe for success, and it can be your recipe, too.

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Quotes About Success

“Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Success actually becomes a habit through the determined overcoming of obstacles as we meet them one by one.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Here’s a six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through.”
Eddie Rickenbacker

“Do you want to be successful? Nurture your talent.”
Tennessee Ernie Ford

“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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About Kentucky

It’s a Fact: For official purposes, Kentucky is called a “commonwealth.” So, the official title of the state is “The Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

It’s a Fact: When somebody becomes a “Kentucky Colonel” (like Colonel Sanders, for example) it’s not because that person served in the military. It’s because he or she received an honorary award from the governor of The Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It’s a Fact: Mammoth Cave, which is in Kentucky, is the largest known cave system in the world. It has over 4,000 miles of passageways!

It’s a Fact: The capital of Kentucky is Frankfurt. The largest city in Kentucky is Louisville.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Kentucky is KY.

More Fun Facts
Fun Fact: Meteors are space rocks that fall through the sky and leave a bright trail as they burn. If a meteor doesn’t burn up, it lands on earth and is called a meteorite.

Fun Fact: It takes a ray of sunshine about 8 minutes to travel from the Sun to the Earth. But if you could drive the same distance in a car traveling 60 miles per hour, it would take you about 177 years.

Fun Fact: Asia is a continent, and over half the people in the world live there.  In fact, if the whole world had exactly 100 people in it, 60 of them would live on the Asian continent.

Fun Fact: Brazil is the largest country in South America. Over 200 million people live there!

Fun Fact: Dolphins can’t breathe under water, but they can hold their breath for up to 15 minutes! And, they can dive 850 feet below the ocean’s surface.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
What's the capital of Kentucky? Is it Louisville, Frankfort, or Corbin?
Frankfurt is the capital of Kentucky. Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, and Corbin is the town where Colonel Sanders started his fried-chicken business.
What's the biggest cave system in the world? Is it Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, Horse Cave, or Dunbar Cave?
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. It has over 400 miles of passageways, and new discoveries are adding several miles to that total every year.
How long does it take for light to travel from the Sun to the Earth? Is it 8 minutes, 8 hours, or 8 days?
It takes about 8 minutes for light to travel from the Sun to the Earth.
How long can dolphins hold their breath? Is it 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or a hour?
15 minutes.
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.

Idea #1: You can write a story about the amazing life of Colonel Harland Sanders.


Idea #2: Imagine that you were going to start your own restaurant. Write a story about it. What kind of food would you serve? What would the restaurant look like?

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a Riddle for You:
What's the most musical part of a chicken?
The drumstick.
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