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The Achiever Newsletter
When the Going Gets Tough
We share the following anecdotes in the spirit of inspiration and motivation
we all need from time to time. Please enjoy each and pass them on to others
in that same spirit.
UCLA law school drop out Carly Fiorina worked as a Hewlett-Packard
shipping clerk. Years later, in 1999, she became the first female
CEO of a blue-chip company as she was appointed chief executive
officer of Hewlett-Packard.
Nicknamed Kinko by his childhood friends because of his
red Afro haircut, Paul Orfalea was a dyslexic who failed second
grade and was erroneously put in a school for the mentally retarded
for six weeks. He grew up to create Kinko's, the most successful
photocopy chain in the United States.
Garth Brooks worked as a bouncer at Tumbleweeds, a nightclub in
Stillwater, Oklahoma, as others sang their songs. However, Garth
got the last laugh as he went on to become a world-renowned country
singer, selling more than 100 million albums in the United States
A San Francisco department store refused to exchange a pair of
Levi's jeans for a different size for Donald Fisher in 1968. Frustrated
by the experience, the real estate developer opened his own store
specializing in jeans and called it The Gap. The store quickly
grew into one of the most successful specialty chains in retailing
Dr. Seuss's first book was rejected by twenty-seven publishing
houses, and Seuss considered burning the manuscript he called And
to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. He went on to author
more than forty best-selling children's books including The Cat
in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Sam Walton, the owner of fifteen Ben Franklin self-service hardware
store franchises running under the name Walton's Five & Dime,
proposed opening discount stores in small towns in 1960, but
Ben Franklin executives rejected the idea. Undaunted, he and his
brother Bud opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City in Rogers, Arkansas,
founding what would later become the largest and most successful
discount store empire on earth!
Publication Date: Spring 2002
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