"At that first Bentonville store I was part of the shrinkage [unaccounted-for inventory losses usuallycaused by theft]. If I needed something, I just got it and took it home with me. I didn't even think aboutpaying for it. It wasn't good business at all. I mean, people would see me picking up things and theyprobably thought, well, I'll pick up some too. I remember it was difficult for me when we went into theWal-Mart business from the Five and Dime. I had to start paying for things, and it was a real shock. "That period right in there was the only negative I ever experienced in my whole time at the company,which is pretty remarkable in itself. Sam always felt the need for his people to compete with one anotherbecause he thought it brought out the best in them, and most of the time it did. But this was a situationthat just didn't work. When he stepped aside, it created a tough situation for everybody. Ron's peoplewere loyal to him, and mine were loyal to me. Sam was saying, I'll decide the things that needtiebreakers.' That turned out to be a lot more things than he had intended. So once he realized how badlythings were really going, he did something about it."I've always taken most of the blame for this mess I created. But it's also true that I didn't think Ron washandling some things as well as he should. I worried about his people skills, and I felt like the wholeclique thing was really hurting our management at the store end, our most unusual strength. And I guess Iwas pretty unhappy too over some issues of what you'd call personal stylenone of them really all thatunusual in most corporate environments, but different from the way we had always done things aroundWal-Mart. RULE 10: SWIM upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else isdoing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the oppositedirection. But be prepared for a lot of folks to wave you down and tell you you're headed the wrongway. I guess in all my years, what I heard more often than anything was: a town of less than 50,000population cannot support a discount store for very long. "Two things about Sam Walton distinguish him from almost everyone else I know. First, he gets up everyday bound and determined to improve something. Second, he is less afraid of being wrong than anyoneI've ever known. And once he sees he's wrong, he just shakes it off and heads in another direction."All during that real estate fiasco, I was, of course, still trying to run these variety stores, and everythingwas going along great until May 20, 1957I'll never forget the day. Bud called me from Versailles andsaid a tornado had hit the Ruskin store. "Ah, it probably shook up a little glass," I said. But later I got toworrying about it, and I couldn't get through to anybody up there so I went on up to Kansas City to seefor myself. 午夜福利1000集合集92,怡红院 欧美视频,狠狠爱 日韩区,图图资源新址 2 "O Adam, when you were in My garden, you knew neither eating nor drinking; neither faintness nor suffering; neither leanness of flesh, nor change; neither did sleep depart from thine eyes. But since you transgressed, and came into this strange land, all these trials are come over you." You caused your unoffending, unresisting slave to be bound hand and foot, and, by a refinement in cruelty, compelled his companion, perhaps the friend of his heart, to chop his head with an axe, and to cast his body, yet convulsing with the agonies of death, into the water! And this deed you dared to perpetrate in the very harbor of Charleston, within a few yards of the shore, unblushingly, in the face of open day. Had your murderous arm been raised against your equals, whom the laws of self-defence and the more efficacious law of the land unite to protect, your crimes would not have been without precedent, and would have seemed less horrid. Your personal risk would at least have proved, that though a murderer, you were not a coward. But you too well knew that this unfortunate man, whom chance had subjected to your caprice, had not, like yourself, chartered to him by the laws of the land the sacred rights of nature; and that a stern, but necessary policy, had disarmed him of the rights of self-defence. Too well you knew that to you alone he could look for protection; and that your arm alone could shield him from oppression, or avenge his wrongs; yet, that arm you cruelly stretched out for his destruction.