But at the time I was sureNewportand the Ben Franklin had great potential, and I've always believed ingoals, so I set myself one: I wanted my littleNewportstore to be the best, most profitable variety store inArkansaswithin five years. I felt I had the talent to do it, that it could be done, and why not go for it Setthat as a goal and see if you can't achieve it. If it doesn't work, you've had fun trying. I loved doing it myself. I'd get down low, turn my plane up on its side, and fly right over a town. Oncewe had a spot picked out, we'd land, go find out who owned the property, and try to negotiate the dealright then. That's another good reason I don't like jets. You can't get down low enough to really tellwhat's going on, the way I could in my little planes. Bud and I picked almost all our sites that way untilwe grew to about 120 or 130 stores. I was always proud of our technique and the results we got. Iguarantee you not many principals of retailing companies were flying around sideways studyingdevelopment patterns, but it worked really well for us. Until we had 500 stores, or at least 400 or so, Ikept up with every real estate deal we made and got to view most locations before we signed any kind ofcommitment. A good location, and what we have to pay for it, is so important to the success of a store. We'll never know, because we chose the other route. We decided that instead of avoiding ourcompetitors, or waiting for them to come to us, we would meet them head-on. It was one of the smarteststrategic decisions we ever made. In fact, if our story doesn't prove anything else about the free marketsystem, it erases any doubt that spirited competition is good for businessnot just customers, but thecompanies which have to compete with one another too. Our competitors have honed and sharpened usto an edge we wouldn't have without them. We wouldn't be nearly as good as we are today withoutKmart, and I think they would admit we've made them a better retailer. One reason Sears fell so far offthe pace is that they wouldn't admit for the longest time that Wal-Mart and Kmart were their realcompetition. They ignored both of us, and we both blew right by them. 成年人电影视频大全_成年人电影在线播放 鈥淥f course they are,鈥?says America; 鈥渂ut what then?鈥? As soon as dessert was removed two lieutenants got up, and seizing a couple of drums played away with all their might, while some other officers, under the pretext of dancing a Highland fling, cut the most amazing capers. When the band had left[Pg 276] the fun went on to the sound of the banjo, lasting late into the cool night, all in the highest spirits.