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  • The Small-Town Values That Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company
  • By: Cal Turner Jr., Rob Simbeck
  • Narrated by: Cal Turner Jr.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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My Father's Business

By: Cal Turner Jr.,Rob Simbeck
Narrated by: Cal Turner Jr.
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Summary

"This classic story told through the eyes of my friend Cal Jr. is instructive in almost every area of life. I simply could not put it down. Must-read!" (Dave Ramsey, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host)

The first-person account of the family that changed the American retail landscape. 

Longtime Dollar General CEO Cal Turner, Jr. shares his extraordinary life as heir to the company founded by his father Cal Turner, Sr. and his grandfather, a dirt farmer turned Depression-era entrepreneur. Cal's narrative is at its heart a father-son story, from his childhood in Scottsville, Kentucky, where business and family were one, to the triumph of reaching the Fortune 300 - at the cost of risking that very father/son relationship. Cal shares how the small-town values with which he was raised helped him guide Dollar General from family enterprise to national powerhouse.

Chronicling three generations of a successful family with very different leadership styles, Cal Jr. shares a wealth of wisdom from a lifetime on the entrepreneurial front lines. He shows how his grandfather turned a third-grade education into an asset for success. He reveals how his driven father hatched the game-changing dollar price point strategy and why it worked. And he explains how he found his own leadership style when he took his place at the helm - values-based, people-oriented, and pragmatic.

Cal's story provides a riveting look at the family love and drama behind Dollar General's spectacular rise, pays homage to the working-class people whose no-frills needs helped determine its rock-bottom prices, and shares the life and lessons of one of America's most compelling business leaders.

©2018 Cal Turner and Rob Simbeck (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A revealing and colorful book...Cal Jr.'s openness about the trials and tribulations both within the family and the company itself, as well as his personal reflection in retirement, is something we can all learn from and is sure to help us be more honest in our own self-assessments." (Senator Bob Corker) 

"My Father's Business is the story of what it took to build Dollar General into a national retail chain from its rural, Kentucky roots and will encourage anyone with a dream of building a business." (Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Walmart)

"The story of Dollar General is an example of what makes our country so great." (George Roberts, co-founder and co-chair, KKR)

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  • Rick Caldwell
  • 19-06-18

THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!

I am an old time Retailer. I spent most of my life managing stores for Walmart. If you are young and dream of a successful care in Retail. You had better read this book. It is filled with stories and wisdom that ever retailer needs to know.

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  • Bill Francis
  • 20-03-21

Excellent book.

Excellent book. Well written. Cal Turner Jr. speaks slowly but clearly and that’s refreshing in today’s fast paced world.

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  • STANLEY W. BELL
  • 07-11-20

Very good very informative

There are a lot of things business people can take from this really insightful well presented from a very personal position

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  • Kevin Mortez Washington
  • 18-08-20

Great Book!

A must read for anyone starting a business, inheriting a business, or wishing to grow past a sole proprietorship. The author hit on many of the successes and failures and the difficulties leading up to both.

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  • J. Good
  • 12-06-20

Stick with It!

Chapters 1-4 were slow. BUT...it kept getting more and more interesting, kind of like the freight train adage. There is good leadership, decision making, and description of real business strategy as to how they distinguished their brand, deliberately focused on how to care for have-nots in the community where they established stores, and talked about how they transitioned from a small, rural business to a large national, professionally run brand. It is a personal story, where the CEO and son of the founder narrates. He shares how Jesus Christ impacted his decision making. It's a really cool book that really grew more interesting. I highly recommend it.

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  • Robert Smiddy
  • 16-01-20

Pleasant Surprise

Cal Turner does a marvelous job delivering his message and life lessons. Two thumbs up

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  • Bobbie VanZile
  • 24-01-23

An amazing story!

Such a well written book with some powerful lessons. I know that I will be rereading this book many times to comes. What an absolute gem!

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  • GaryK.
  • 20-02-22

a little 1 sided

the person who read the book was a little slow so I listened to it at 1.35 times normal speed, with no issues. would have liked to seen the author be a little more broad-minded and I try to paint himself in such a good way.

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  • Max Barbosa
  • 11-11-19

Brilliantly written and narrated

Best biography I read this year. Thoughtful, transparent and touching. Life lessons rather than common advice.

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  • James
  • 23-10-19

Great book until

Great Boom until it reaches 2001. I felt the rest of the book CTJ was trying to convince me that he duped by others.

As it rarely came up during most of his business dealings, bringing up his spiritual beliefs at the end felt insincere