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The Achiever Newsletter

When the Going Gets Tough
Part 5

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.

Jay Leno

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.

Joe Louis

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.

Willie Nelson

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.

Fred Smith

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

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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