If you are like most people, you have probably dreamt at one time or another in your life about becoming a millionaire. Maybe you’ve watched TV shows such as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and wondered with a bit of envy what it would be like to live in a beautiful mansion, drive a Ferrari, and spend month-long exotic vacations on your 100-foot-plus luxury yacht.
It was a really hot summer’s day many years ago. I was on my
way to pick up two items at the grocery store. In those days, I was a
frequent visitor to the supermarket because there never seemed to be
enough money for a whole week’s food-shopping at once.
You see, my young wife, after a tragic battle with cancer, had
died just a few months earlier. There was no insurance -- just many
expenses and a mountain of bills.
Toward the close of a pleasant September afternoon, in one of the years when the big stick of President
Roosevelt was cudgeling the shoulders of malefactors of great wealth, the feverish home-bound masses which
poured into upper Fifth Avenue with the awakening of the electric night were greeted by the strangest of all
spectacles which can astound a metropolitan crowd harassed by the din of sounds, the fret and fury of the
daily struggle which is the tyranny of New York.
Suppliers from whom you purchase products and services for the operation ofyour business are also important members of your business team. Suppliers canplay a major role in your ultimate success or failure. Consequently, these relationships need to be carefully developed and managed. Decisions to select andwork with one supplier over another cannot be based solely on who offers thelowest price; you also have to factor many other influences, such as paymentterms, warranties and guarantees, and reliability. Remember, your supplier’s promises to you are your promises to your customers.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that retail is still physically and mentally
hard work. The pressure’s always on; we’re only ever as good as our last
trading day. Every time we open the store, what follows could be a disaster
or a triumph.
And that’s the thrill of the thing, that’s why we do
it—get things right, get the team pulling together,
make customers happy, and take some money . . . well,
those are the days that keep us coming back for more.
Getting retail right is thrilling—magic, even...
George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1864. After
the Civil War, he became an important scientist. He was the
first black man to receive a graduate degree
Carver was a skilled botanist.
He became famous for his work
with peanuts and other plants.
He used them to make new
products. Carver was also a
great teacher. He taught both
students and farmers croprotation
methods. That meant
they would change the crops
they planted each season.
It let the soil rest between
plantings to keep it healthy.
Carver was a great scientist,
but he was humble, too.
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The response to the iPhone is overwhelming. The App Store has captured the hobbyist’s
imagination like no other platform in recent memory. Hobbyists have made—and
will continue making—money from their creations sold on the App Store. And we aren’t
necessarily talking about high-minded technical innovations. The media has reported that
apps that make your iPhone pass gas have made folks hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Rival farting App developers have even gone so far as suing one another over the App Store’s
I think that running or working in a small business is one of the coolest
things a person can do. Really. I mean it. Sure, sometimes the environment
is dangerous — kind of like the Old West — but it’s also an environment in
which you have the opportunity to make tons of money. And it’s also an environment
in which you can build a company or a job that fits you. In comparison,
many brothers and sisters working in big-company corporate America
are furiously trying to fit their round pegs into painfully square holes. Yuck....