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Sam Walton: Made In America Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993
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"[A] wise and inspiring autobiography--Walton tells his quietly fantastic story with conviction and makes no bones about his mistakes."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns."
-- Sam Walton
"Here is an extraordinary success story about a man whose empire was built not with smoke and mirrors, but with good old-fashioned elbow grease."
-- Detroit Free Press
"A sure-fire all-American success story."
-- The New York Times Book Review
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"Wise and inspiring autobiography... Walton tells his quietly fantastic story with conviction and makes no bones about his mistakes." -- San Francisco Chronicle. It's a story about entrepreneur, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns. Sam Walton. Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who turned a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, Sam Walton tells his extraordinary story in his won inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure of his ambitious and achievements, Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream. "Here is an extraordinary success story about a man whose empire was built not with smoke and mirrors, but with good old-fashioned elbow grease." -- Detroit Free Press.
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Sam's story of Wal-Mart tells of passion and purpose. What's possible if you believe in putting the customer first, showing love and care for your partners and your associates, and giving back to the community that enables free enterprise. One lesson most important of all is to persist. Also as Sam says, "To succeed in this world, you have to change all the time."
This book also illustrates the journey that faces all entrepreneurs of overcoming adversity and obstacles. It would give you inspiration to succeed in your venture.
This is a gem of a book. Thank you, Sam for sharing your remarkable story. Invest in this book, you will be glad you did. The book you don't read won't help.
Now, if your wanting to see what it takes to succeed and gain customers, and see how such an amazing thing like walmart has happened.. well this books may be for you.
If your just curious about the founder behind walmart, and you get a kick out of adventure.. then check this out!
I bought this book on a whim, up to this point I had never concerned myself with the "autobiography" type categories... but after buying this and reading, and learning how this man made it.. well it's changed my attitude a bit.
Well worth a read.
This is just a side, but maybe Elon Musk will repeat this success but with space travel and battery technology? Lets hope so.
Sam's views on pricing and how that affects volume is also helpful. A lot of small business owners refuse to "compete on price", but Sam built a 1/2 trillion dollar empire doing just that.
I think Wal-Mart has gotten an unfair share of negative PR. They are a great company that does much for American commerce.
If you're an entrepreneur, in the retail business, or just interested in business in general, you'd have to be crazy to not purchase this book.
Once big success hits in many of the memoirs I read, I find it less interesting. It's more a recitation of facts and figures and less of the evolution.