Opportunity: What you can learn from Sam, the Banana Man

Opportunity and Sam, the Banana Man

Banana Man
Source: Daniel Jones

Sam, the Banana Man?

Sam Zemurray was born in the Russian Empire at the latter end of the 19th Century.  Born into a poor Jewish family, they were too poor to support him through school and, as a result, he had no formal education.

In his early teens, Sam emigrated to the United States of America.  At the age of 17 he recognised an opportunity where others spotted crisis.  By the age of 21, he had banked $100,000.  A hundred grand in 1898… that’s a lot of money!  By 1930, Sam was selling his company for $31.5 million in stock shares; retiring at the youthful age of 53.

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The Eagle and The Chickens

The Eagle and the Chickens… which one are you?

My friend Greg is a motivational sort of fellow.  So, some time ago, when he discovered that I was low in spirits he got straight to work.

At the time, I had very little confidence in my work-based abilities.  I had got to that place (and you might recognise it) where I had little faith in my capabilities.  Indeed, had you asked me what I was capable of, I’d have probably replied “nothing” – and honestly believed it.  However, motivational Mr Greg sat me down and shared with me a little tale.  Now I want to share it with you…

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