Sam Walton Essay

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Sam Walton | Sam Walton had a burning ambition to succeed. This is all apparent by how he helped his family through the depression, started his own business, and how he changed the field of management. | Johnna DennisonIRP -Human Relation | Sam Walton grew up during the depression and knew that hard work and thrift were a way of life. Sam was described as to be industrious, always trying to get the most out of money, and had a burning ambition to succeed. This is all apparent by: how he helped his family through the depression, started his own business from almost nothing, and how he changed the field of management. Sam Walton was born on March 29, 1918 to Thomas Gibson and Nancy Lee Walton near Kingfisher, Oklahoma. In 1923 the Walton's then decided that the farm was not profitable enough to raise a family on. Sam’s dad decided he would go back to being a Farm Loan Appraiser. Once this job started the Walton family moved out of Oklahoma and moved from town to town in Missouri. When Sam was in 8th grade at Shelbina he became the youngest boy in the state's history to become an Eagle Scout. This was the start of his many of accomplishments. As Sam Walton grew up he was always an ambitious boy. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia there he played basketball and football. He wasn't the smartest person at school but he was determined to do good so with hard work and lots of studying he became an honors student. Besides being athletic and smart he was also a political figure at school. He severed as Vice- President of his Junior Class and President of the Student Body his senior year. Along with his father and brother, because money was lacking due to the depression, Sam’s job was to milk the family cow, bottle the milk, deliver the surplus to customers and then deliver newspapers. When he graduated from high school he was voted the "Most Versatile Boy"

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