Saturday, September 11, 2004

Day Two

It's Saturday, so I don't expect to hear back from Wal-Mart today. I have been reading up on them -- Sam Walton's little autobiography, Made In American. He was a really down to earth guy, who really believed that giving people the lowest price possible was the right thing to do, even if other businesses went under. It was a nearly a moral issue for him, intertwined with his near fanatic faith in the capitalist system. Sure, he's had his share of failures, so he knows what it's like to be close a business, but he learned from them, and in the end, those failures have made Wal-Mart the colossus it is today.

To be fair, Walton died in the early 90s, right before the boom. Today, Wal-Mart is as recognized on a national level as McDonalds and the New York Yankees, but at his death, Walton's discount stores were still a regional affair, mostly known throughout the Midwest and South. There are other books that discuss the post-Walton years, and we'll get to those later. I'll discuss the book a bit more in depth anoter time, just to give you an inkling of where Walton was coming from. But for now, let's just hope I can get hired! This weekend seems like it might never end...


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