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Smith 1 Joseph Smith Professor Pryor English 1A 20171_11210 4 November 2020 Word Count: 2,024 ReReading America #6 Sam Walton/ Jay Z 1. Walton had a lot of positive attributes and habits which lead up to his successful business but some were more helpful than others. One of Walton’s positive characteristics was that he never settled when it came to his business. Walton was always thinking of how to improve his stores and how it was relevant to the people. He had no shame in investigating the competition and stealing their best workers because he knew it was going to improve his store and his business. Walton’s story shows me that you have to keep your eye on the prize and that to never stop working hard for it. My idea of rich is being in a state-of-mind where money doesn’t stress you out, where you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay the bills or how to support your family. 2. One of Walton’s lifetime principles was “People were cheap” and he lived his life that way. No matter how much money he made or had, Walton was always cheap. The only difference between Walton and the public was that Walton was open with it and most people aren’t willing to admit it the way he is. However, this turned out to be one of his most useful tactics. Walton knew people were cheap, whether they were willing to admit it or not, so he created a chain of
Smith 2 stores for those secretly cheap people to get the best deals out there. Another tactic that Walton would use in his stores, and others do as well but to the same extent, was asking people and workers for their comments and concerns on how to make the store better, except that Walton made it a point to reassure people that they were being heard. 3. Walton took every precaution when it came to building his business and he knew that he needed people who had the right moral character in order for it to be successful. I believed he looked for specific characteristics in his workers because he wanted to be able to trust them and vice versa. Walton was smart to put a restriction on his employees when it came to dating and I think all business owners should do the same because at the end of the end of day the consumer or cause of that business comes first. There needs to be rules because it wouldn’t look good on the company’s part if a customer wasn’t helped because a young couple was too busy gazing into each other’s eyes. To most employees this is just a job but to Walton and other business owners, this is their livelihood. 4.Some adjectives that would be appropriate to describe Jay-Z would be determined and focused.