Do you know how long 50 years really is??
Think about it. -- I just did.
I was sitting here at my desk this morning re-reading my "You
Can Be A Millionaire ... " course (geez, it's good) when
it hit me that I've been doing business successfully for over
50 years. -- My Gawd that's a lo-o-ong time in anybody's book.
But, I hadn't really stopped and thought about it before ...
50 ... 50 ... 50 years!
Back when I started, automobiles only had one headlight on
each side ... gasoline was 14¢ a gallon ... milk was 25¢
a gallon ... cigarettes were 11¢ a pack; $1 a carton ...
and grown men worked 40 hours a week for $44 - but - you could
buy a full shopping cart of groceries (enough to last 2 weeks)
for about $25. -- My first telephone number was 29W3.
When I was in High School, there were 33 students in my class
... 16 boys; 17 girls. Being an absolute democracy, the girls
won every issue we voted on ... unless Curt could get Linda to
vote our way.
I went to college carrying a double-major; music and mathematics.
Dropped out my sophmore year when the Dean of Men found out I
was making more money than the President of the college and advised
me to "just go do what you do and hire some of the students
Went into the Army ... I was the oldest man in my unit; even
older than the Captain. Served in Viet Nam ... lots of good memories
Then, I remembered the o-o-ld business men who had shared
their experiences with me and taught me how to do what they had
done ... couldn't have done it without them.
Over the years, I've had more money than I could count - and
- I have been totally, completely broke - but - I have never
been poor (poverty is a state of mind; not the state of your
Learned my most valuable lessons from my failures ... my successes
never really taught me much of anything. -- My successes were
simply based upon what I had learned from my failures.
All in all, it has been a wonderful 50 years. I'm looking
forward to the next 50.