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10/9/2012 7:59 AM
Young Kid in Lulu Lemon with Giant Heart
By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
I don't want nobody to give me nothing
Open up the door, I'll get it myself...
Do you hear me
I don't want nobody to give me nothing
Open up the door, I'll get it myself
I don't give me no animation, give me true communication
I don't give me sorrow, I give me equal opportunity
To live tomorrow
Over the weekend, I entered a Lululemon store for the first time. The first thing I thought about was if I was short, I would cover. The store was a beehive of activity marked by great service and high prices. A young employee, probably not even 25 years old, said hello and approached me. He recognized me from a Glenn Beck special a couple years ago and said how much it meant to him. The thing is this kid had a serious stuttering problem. Still, he spoke with enthusiasm, cheer, and hopefulness for his future as if his last name was Kennedy, and he was graduating from Harvard.
In a nation where sloth is being rewarded like never before, Warren B. could have stayed home and gotten a check or found a job outside the public eye. But there he was engaging, confident and filled with the kind of passion that seems to be fading fast. That was Saturday, and I have to say this kid made my day. He went to the back to find something for my wife, and I became choked up explaining how impressed I was. These days, the word "courageous" is used too much and for too many people like politicians and others that are often only doing their jobs. I will not use that word to describe Warren, but I will say he comes close.
The word I would use is inspirational.
I pray this young man overcomes his stuttering hurdle and reaches his goals in life. I owe him a few prayers because meeting him was a blessing to me.
Open the Door
Where is the leadership that makes all young men and women feel like Warren instead of feeling like they're doomed out of the gate? I guess I was poor enough to be dumb enough to be thrilled with a $13,000 a year gig coming out of the Air Force and onto Wall Street. Hell, I was thrilled. It's time to bring the thrill back, Time to understand investing in life takes time for results, but it's the only way-it's the best way. All I want is for someone to keep opening the door, and I'll get the rest myself.
Plus Sign: Yesterday, Marathon Petroleum paid $2.5 billion for a refinery operation from BP, and MPC shares soared 5.6%. This is an amazing trend as acquiring companies, those buying assets and other companies continue to surge. Wall Street must think it's smart to bulk up, and that most assets are undervalued.
Negative Sign: Dave & Buster's scuttled its IPO, which makes 50 for the year. That's a lot of companies with second thoughts about the tough world of being publicly traded when there are no investors around and lots of question marks on the horizon. There are a few more IPO's than last year, but nothing to suggest confidence in the system.
|This story hit home. My son is 36yrs old and suffers with Tourette's Syndrome since he was 10. He was teased in school but tried to rise above it. He managed to get through 4 years of Air Force training using the techniques he learned at an early age to mask his symptoms. He served our country and fought bravely in Afghanistan. Became a police officer and was put on disability after being injured in the line of duty. My son fought hard against his disability and it took being hit by a snow plow, while pushing a suspect to safety, to bring him down. He has a desire to help other children with this affliction and has done great things in spite of his own. He has told me that in some ways fighting Tourettes made him better. I am very proud of my son and yet my heart aches for him and his daily struggle.|
Terri on 10/9/2012 10:10:06 AM
|the biggest inspiration to me is my son, Ben, who was recently paralyzed from the chest down in a bicycle accident (you bicyclists out there, be ware, it's dangerous business)... so what does he do with all his free time? besides physical training every day, he's studying for his masters in hospital administration|
paul meyerhoff on 10/9/2012 12:48:23 PM
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