In addition to thinking women weren't free to move, they didn't think women could handle anything butthe clerk jobs because the managers usually did so much physical laborunloading trucks and haulingmerchandise out of the stockroom on a two-wheeler, mopping the floors and cleaning the windows ifnecessary. Nowadays, the industry has waked up to the fact that women make great retailers. So we atWal-Mart, along with everybody else, have to do everything we possibly can to recruit and attractwomen.
Of all the notions I've heard about Wal-Mart, none has ever baffled me more than this idea that we aresomehow the enemy of small-town America. Nothing could be further from the truth: Wal-Mart hasactually kept quite a number of small towns from becoming practically extinct by offering low prices andsaving literally billions of dollars for the people who live there, as well as by creating hundreds ofthousands of jobs in our stores.
RULE 1: COMMIT to your business. Believe in it more than anybody else. I think I overcame everysingle one of my personal shortcomings by the sheer passion I brought to my work. I don't know if you'reborn with this kind of passion, or if you can learn it. But I do know you need it. If you love your work,you'll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody aroundwill catch the passion from you like a fever.