Sam Walton of Walmart


Sam Walton of Walmart grew up in the Depression era, milking cows, delivering newspapers and selling magazine subscriptions among other money-making endeavors. Perhaps it’s not surprising that his high school classmates voted him Most Versatile Boy.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Walton purchased a single hardware store although he had to request a loan from his father-in-law to do so. This gave him scope to implement many of his innovative ideas, such as maintaining full store shelves at all times and focusing on the needs of small-town Americans.

The first Walmart location opened in 1962, and there are now more than 11,000 of them. When Sam Walton died in 1992, his heirs inherited a business that today generates almost half a billion dollars in annual revenue selling groceries, clothing, electronics and many other types of goods.

Just because you may start your career at the bottom doesn’t mean you’ll end your career in the same position. With a little bit of determination and perseverance, you can create a future of success and perhaps even become your own boss one day.