That’s not the way we do things…

English: Statue of Sam Walton and his dog outs...
English: Statue of Sam Walton and his dog outside of Wal-mart in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. ~Sam Walton

Long ago Sam Walton (the founder of the huge Walmart chain of stores found in numerous countries around the world) worked at K-Mart. He worked and thought very hard and came up with a better way of buying things to sell at K-Mart. He carefully put together a pitch to sell it to upper management. They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

Sam believed in himself and the idea so he took his idea out and started a business with it. Now K-Mart has a hard time keeping many of their stores open due to competition with Walmart.

Long ago an engineer realized that since crystals can be made to vibrate at a very constant rate when energized with a small electrical current, one could put a crystal in a watch and keep more accurate time than ever before in the history of the world. Swiss watches dominated the world market. So he carefully planned out a pitch to bring to the top leaders of the Swiss watch company for which he worked and told them about the benefits of crystals. . They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

He believed in himself, so he brought his idea to Texas Instruments and Casio and the rest is history. Now it is hard to find watches for sell that don’t use crystals.

Alexander Graham Bell attempted to sell the patent for the telephone to the president of Western Union. The president sneered and asked what in the world he would do with a silly electrical contraption like that.

A few  years later, writes Julie M. Fenster in American Heritage, the president of Western Union “told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he’d consider it a bargain. By then it wasn’t for sale.”

You have probably heard of other similar stories. Belief, or positive thinking is so important. Jesus called it faith. People are usually not open to new things. Some of the ideas in this blog are new to some people and they think the ideas are crazy, but the ideas I blog about have changed my life for the better. I try to only choose powerful ideas to write about. Unfortunately my book The Amazing Power of Prayer gets put in the category of “silly ideas” quite a bit but finding the ideas and writing about them really changed my life for the better.


  1. Texas Instruments rocks … they had the sense enough to hire Jack Kilby (even though he flunked the MIT entrance exam.) 😀

  2. As I open this email up to read, I am reminded of Gods power. I resigned from teaching after 14 years due to the feeling of not being able to be the teacher I needed and wanted to be like years ago. I was so miserable and decided to take a leap of faith on a new career. After realizing God is leading me to write the books Ive been wanting to write based on case studies of students that could have fallen through the cracks as well as getting back to the basics, I currently do not know the steps for making this happen. I would also like to start my own educational consulting for parents with special needs. Any advice would help as i have such great passion for sharing what Ive learned as well as helping parents and educators understand we must build a relationship first before we can ever see success. I still have a hard time praying that God will guide and direct me but know thats the way to go.

  3. I know of each of these stories and in fact worked as a store manager for WM for years so the Sam story is very close to my heart. but the Power of Prayer is something I have experienced myself and believe in one hundred and fifty percent! Keep up the good work!

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