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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.
Jay Leno failed the employment test at Woolworth's. He went on
to become a popular stand-up comedian and then Johnny Carson's successor
as host of The Tonight Show.
As a teenager, Joey Barrow was teased for being a "fiddle-playing
sissy." Joey gave up violin lessons for sparring in a gym. At age
23, he became the heavyweight champion of the world: the "Brown
Bomber"... Joe Louis.
Can you picture famed country singer Willie Nelson selling encyclopedias
and vacuum cleaners? Well, that's exactly what he did or at least
tried to do. Later, frustrated by his failed attempt to make it
as a musician, he tried pig farming. Refusing to give up, he became
a country music superstar boasting dozens of million sellers and
even starred in several movies such as Electric Horseman
and Wag The Dog.
As a student at Yale University in the 60s, Fred Smith created
a detailed term paper suggesting a business plan for a futuristic
overnight delivery service. Unimpressed, his professor offered an
average grade of "C." That grade may well have been the inspiration
that led Smith to borrow over $200 million to launch Federal Express
in 1973. Still acting as President and CEO, Fred Smith earns an
annual salary of near $1.5 million. I wonder what that professor
is doing today.
Ray Kroc, the late founder of McDonald's, started selling paper
cups to support his family. At age 52, he was selling milk shake
machines when he called on a small fast food restaurant owned by
the McDonald brothers. He quickly visualized the possibilities of
franchising this unique approach to fast food, bought the rights
from the brothers, and went on to build McDonalds into a multi-billion
dollar business in just 22 years! It took IBM 46 years and Xerox
63 years to reach that level of sales.
Publication Date: Winter 2003
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