Sam Walton, Made in America

Sam Walton, Made in America

My Story

Book - 1992
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Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. Combine the pluck and luck of Horatio Alger, the wit of Will Rogers, the promotional verve of P. T. Barnum, and the charm of Professor Harold Hill and you'll discover the powerful personality of Sam Walton. An undisputed Captain of Commerce, Sam never lost the common touch--he reveled in it.
Here, finally, Sam Walton tells his extraordinary story in his own inimitable words, sharing a revealing perspective on the elements of his success. Genuinely modest, but always sure of his ambitions and achievements, Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style.
Sam Walton: Made in America is peppered with his philosophy of life and practical business advice, including:
Competition: I've always had a passion to compete. Our story proves that spirited competition is good for business.
Partnership: Individuals don't win; teams do. Wal-Mart is just a spectacular example of what happens when people find a way to work together--where almost four hundred thousand people have come together as a group like this, with a real feeling of partnership, and have been able, for the most part, to put the needs of their individual egos behind the needs of their team.
Money: Success has always had its price and I learned that lesson the hard way when Forbes named me the so-called "richest man in America." The next thing we knew all these reporters and photographers arrived, I guess to take pictures of me diving into a swimming pool full of money they imagined I had, or to watch me light big fat cigars with hundred-dollar bills while the hootchy-kootchy girls danced by the lake.
Celebrity: I'm not sure I ever really figured out this celebrity business. Why in the world, for example, would I get an invitation to Elizabeth Taylor's wedding out in Hollywood? Why do I drive a pickup truck? What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls-Royce?
Family: Though Helen bore more than her share, through our combined efforts the kids received your everyday heartland upbringing based on the same old bedrock values: a belief in the importance of hard work, honesty, neighborliness, and thrift.
In this compelling self-portrait Sam Walton communicates the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream. Chockablock with rich anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, the wisdom of Sam Walton: Made in America will endure and serve others well for generations to come.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385426152
Branch Call Number: 920 WALTON, S.
Characteristics: xiii, 269 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Huey, John


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May 25, 2017

A must read to everyone who owns a business or is thinking about being an entrepreneur!


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