In a letter to his friend Lord Marischal, dated Dresden, November 23, 1758, just after the retreat of Daun into Bohemia from Saxony, Frederick writes sadly, 鈥淒earest,鈥?he said, in his deepest, tenderest tone, leaning toward her, and putting his arm round her, 鈥測ou are mine now 鈥?the world believes it; duty must spring out of that now. 偷偷鲁青春草原视频 As everybody today knows, Wal-Mart's stock performance, and the wealth it has created, is a story initself. Just fifteen years ago, the market value of the company was around $135 million; today it's over$50 billion. But here's a better way to look at it: let's say you bought 100 shares back in that originalpublic offering, for $1,650. Since then, we've had nine two-for-one stock splits, so you would have51,200 shares today. Within the last year, it's traded at right under $60 a share. So your investmentwould have been worth right around $3 million at that price. Obviously, our stock has made a lot of folkshappy over the years, and pure and simplethat's where the Walton family net worth has been created. "I had been with the company about five days, and we were opening a store in Idabel, Oklahoma. Wehad thirteen days to open it, which is still a record. They worked me about 125 hours or more the firstweek. The second week it was getting worse. Then Samwho knew who I was because I was a localBentonville boycomes walking up to me and says, 'Who hired you' I told him that Ferold Arend had,and he said, 'Well, do you think you'll ever be a merchant' Just the way he said it made me mad enoughto want to quit. Then Don Whitaker came walking up to me and looked at me almost like he smelledsomething bad, and said, 'Who in thehell hired you' At the time, it didn't seem like going to college wasmuch of an advantage in this company. We really had to prove ourselves to those old guys."Obviously if we were going to grow, we had to bring in college-educated folks. But at first, the culturetried to reject them. And now that we have even more complicated needsin technology, finance,marketing, legal, whateverour demand for a more sophisticated work force is growing all the time. Allthis requires some basic changes in the way we think about ourselves, about who's a good Wal-Mart hirefor tomorrow and about what we can do for the folks already on board. That's one reason Helen and Istarted the Walton Institute down at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. It's a place where ourmanagers can go and get exposure to some of the educational opportunities they may not have hadearlier on. Also, we as a company need to do whatever we can to encourage and help our associatesearn their college degrees. We need these folks to get the best training they possibly can. It opens uptheir career opportunities, and it benefits us.