Thursday, August 17, 2006

"Just before they fired me, I quit."

A great Inc. magazine interview with Richard Burke, Chairman of the Board of Trek Bicycle, on his career. An excerpt:

I was marginal in college. I had a 2.0 average at Marquette University. They barely graduated me. But in 1956, the economy was booming. Everyone had his pick of offers. I entered a training program in Caterpillar's finance department. After 18 months I knew that large corporations were not for me and I was not for them. Just before they fired me, I quit.

I answered an ad in The Wall Street Journal for credit manager at a small paint company in Madison. I lasted about 18 months. Just before they fired me, I quit.

Read it all here.

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