Rags to riches-two success stories

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“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete, or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win—if you don’t, you won’t.  ~Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold medalist.

George Zimmer is an amazing success story. Even though he was fired from Men’s Wearhouse, no one can argue that he is rich and famous. Not a bad life for a man who built Men’s Wearhouse Inc. from one small Houston store using a cigar box as a cash register to one of North America’s largest men’s clothing sellers with 1,143 locations.

Zimmer said this: “Over the last 40 years, I have built The Men’s Wearhouse into a multi-billion dollar company with amazing employees and loyal customers who value the products and service they receive at The Men’s Wearhouse.”

He didn’t do background checks on potential employees for his company because he believes everyone deserves a second chance.

In his younger days he carried his material and suits in the trunk of his car and went around selling them to potential buyers.

His story reminds me of a friend I had in California. He and his wife are from Hong Kong. His father escaped from mainland China and arrived in Hong Kong, his trade was to sew clothes. He began by mending and making clothes as he sat beside the road. He worked hard and dreamed of ways he could build a business.

Eventually, due to his business skills, friendly personality and excellent service, he was able to hire an employee to help him sew clothes. After training one, he trained others and soon he had the money to buy a small factory. As years passed he had grown his business to the point that he was selling containers of clothes to the USA and had become rich.

Success in relationships, career, business, getting out of debt, overcoming an addiction is possible. You really will achieve success if you have faith, work hard and follow the principles for success that the experts write about, and that I put on this blog.

Usually it boils down to how bad you want it. If you want something so much that you are willing to sacrifice for it, it will almost certainly come about.

More information at: https://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/


  1. Glad you wrote about him. That guy has amazing charisma of chutzpah and benevolence. I didn’t know (but not surprised) he came from humble beginnings. I think that the real secret is that he wanted to give men more confidence, for one. Then the rest fell in place. But there’s no denyin’ you reap what you sow! 😀

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