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But you want to go watch the video.
Weird, I was just on their blog right before I came to yours. Came to read yours clicked on the link and went right back to where I was. Cool video thouh.
Ta very much for this – a lift and a half it has given me!
I just read a children’s bio of Milton Hershey, a simply horrible student, whose education was only to the 4th grade. He was apprenticed to a printer as a young teen, but failed to live up to the demands of his employer. Found success at making candies for an ice cream/sweet shop, and found his real passion. He failed multiple times at candy making shops and went broke as many times before he finally succeeded in making a fortune in
Caramels. Made with milk, not paraffin.
He eventually bought a German chocolate factory set up at the World Columbian Exposition, had it all moved to his own caramel factory in Pennsylvania, and began messing about making chocolate that was smooth and affordable to everyone. At the time American chocolate was very grainy and extremely expensive.
In order to focus on chocolate full time, he sold off his ice cream and caramel businesses and made the first American milk chocolate bar that wasn’t grainy and so expensive only the rich could afford it.
He did a lot of real good with his fortune, and always tried to treat his employees with dignity.
He was also supposed to be on board the Titanic, but failed to board in time… which is another story entirely.
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Thank you. This is just what I needed after a long week of reminders of Hhurricane Hugo (I stayed and I thank God I every day that I lived that night).
Edgar Rice Burroughs failed at lots of jobs and seemingly was doomed to be a drifter until he discovered writing. He went on to write the Mars books and eventually created Tarzan.
L. Frank Baum went bankrupt several times. Then he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and achieved immortality.
When the interstate cut off traffic to Harland Sanders’ restaurant, he went out to franchise his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. He was 65 and used his social security check as traveling money. The rest is history.
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