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The Achiever Newsletter

When the Going Gets Tough
Part 3

By Harry K. Jones

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.

Carly Fiorina

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.

Paul Orfalea

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

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 alone.

Donald Fisher

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 history.

Dr. Seuss

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

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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