Hill goes on here to provide even further proof of the success of dedication and curiosity.
A Course In Success
Let’s consider a second Depression-era example.
During the depression a salesman in a grocery store found himself without a job. Having had some bookkeeping experience, he took a course in accounting, familiarized himself with all the latest bookkeeping and office equipment, and went into business for himself. Starting with the grocer for whom he had formerly worked, he made contracts with more than 100 small merchants to keep their books, at a very nominal monthly fee. His idea was so practical that soon enough he found he needed to set up a portable office in a light delivery truck, which he equipped with modern bookkeeping machinery. His business grew until he had a whole fleet of these bookkeeping offices “on wheels” and employed a large staff of assistants, thus providing small merchants with accounting service equal to the best that money can buy, at a very affordable prices.
Ingredients For Success
Specialized knowledge, plus imagination, were the ingredients that went into this unique and successful business. The accounting business owner’s income grew to ten times what it was when he worked in the grocery store. The man’s temporary adversity proved to be a blessing in disguise.
The beginning of this successful business was an idea!
Of course, the salesman’s road to success was not as direct as this story first makes it sound. When it was first suggested to the salesman that he go into the bookkeeping business, he quickly said, “I like the idea, but I wouldn’t know how to turn it into cash.” In other words, he complained he would not know how to market his bookkeeping knowledge after he acquired it.
So, that brought up another problem which had to be solved. With the aid of a young woman typist who had a knack for letter-writing, a booklet was prepared, describing the advantages of the new system of bookkeeping. The pages were neatly typed and pasted in an ordinary scrapbook, which was used as a silent salesman; the story of this new business was so effectively told that its owner soon had more accounts than he could handle.
Proof In Action
Again, Hill proves how dedication and action can and do succeed. If you believe there is a way to accomplish your goals, and dedicate to seeing that through by being willing to act, success will be yours!
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