How Sam Walton Dealt With Business Critics

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, had to deal with sharp and painful criticism throughout his life. In his 30s and 40s, he had to make peace with his wife’s profound disappointment after the failure of his Benjamin Franklin five-and-dime stores (Walton signed one-year leases, and the landlord tripled the rent and kicked Walton out and replaced it with his own five-and-dome after Walton established himself).

When the Wal-Mart stores were rolling across farm towns in the South, he was regarded as a naïve hillbilly for driving around in his pick-up truck with the dream of beating the colossal Sears.

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