The person who created GM, the gargantuan auto-maker General Motors, was abandoned by his father as a boy and dropped out of high school.
He was ousted by the company he founded twice, and later in life started
his own auto-manufacturing company under his own name.
He unofficially controlled the stock market for several high-flying years and warned the U.S. President of an impending market collapse. Rather than protect his personal interests by pulling out as his peers did, he kept multi-millions in the stock market to try to soften the impact of the impending crash on the American public. At age 80, he was serving hamburgers to customers in his bowling alley restaurant in Flint, Michigan.
Revered in his day, and nearly forgotten in history, he was known throughout his life as being kind, gentle, and a soft-spoken genius supersalesperson.
His story brought to mind the following words I've seen on a sign:
From a human perspective, life isn't going to be perfect. It has its ups and downs. Wine aside (as he was known not to drink in his later years), William C., W.C., or Billy Durant as he was most commonly known, rode his life to the fullest.
Takeaway: Are you "skidding in" and using your own genius,
the gifts you came into this world with? (Yes, you have them.)
Info source: Billy Durant, Creator of General Motors, by Lawrence R. Gustin
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