"Two things about Sam Walton distinguish him from almost everyone else I know. First, he gets up everyday bound and determined to improve something. Second, he is less afraid of being wrong than anyoneI've ever known. And once he sees he's wrong, he just shakes it off and heads in another direction."All during that real estate fiasco, I was, of course, still trying to run these variety stores, and everythingwas going along great until May 20, 1957I'll never forget the day. Bud called me from Versailles andsaid a tornado had hit the Ruskin store. "Ah, it probably shook up a little glass," I said. But later I got toworrying about it, and I couldn't get through to anybody up there so I went on up to Kansas City to seefor myself. The Miss Guests saw an alleviation to the sorrow of witnessing a folly in their Rector; at least their brother would be safe; and their knowledge of Stephen鈥檚 tenacity was a constant ground of alarm to them, lest he should come back and marry Maggie. They were not among those who disbelieved their brother鈥檚 letter; but they had no confidence in Maggie鈥檚 adherence to her renunciation of him; they suspected that she had shrunk rather from the elopement than from the marriage, and that she lingered in St. Ogg鈥檚, relying on his return to her. They had always thought her disagreeable; they now thought her artful and proud; having quite as good grounds for that judgment as you and I probably have for many strong opinions of the same kind. Formerly they had not altogether delighted in the contemplated match with Lucy, but now their dread of a marriage between Stephen and Maggie added its momentum to their genuine pity and indignation on behalf of the gentle forsaken girl, in making them desire that he should return to her. As soon as Lucy was able to leave home, she was to seek relief from the oppressive heat of this August by going to the coast with the Miss Guests; and it was in their plans that Stephen should be induced to join them. On the very first hint of gossip concerning Maggie and Dr. Kenn, the report was conveyed in Miss Guest鈥檚 letter to her brother. Chapter 10 Stepping Back 东京热加勒比高清无线 Today, we have a 90,000-square-foot store in Harrison. Down the road in Springdale, we were trying tolearn something else: would a really big, nice store work in a larger town We opened a35,000-square-foot Wal-Mart there, and it quickly became our number-one store in sales. Just to giveyou some idea of how the whole concept has changed over the years, we recently opened a gigantic185,000-square-foot store in Springdale, and the store in Rogers today is 135,000 square feetcompared to 18,000 for the original old number one. Well, I was no more ready to retire in 1974 at the age of fifty-six than the Arkansas sun is ready to startrising out of Oklahoma in the morning. But for a while I did step back and take off a little more time. I'msure to Ron Mayer it must have seemed like I never took off at all. The truth is, I failed at retirementworse than just about anything else I've ever tried. Actually, I knew it was a mistake almost right after Iresigned the chairmanship. I tried to stay out of Ron's way. The problem was that I actually just keptdoing exactly the same thing I had been doing all the time. I wanted to see my ideas keep flowing aroundthe company, but I wanted Ron to be successful in operating the company and building an organization. Anyway, we published it 360 pages of itin fifty-nine days."As you'll see later, Jack may have been the most controversial guy we ever had in senior management,but he dove right into systematizing things, and he became a great merchant too.