About The Author
Guy Odom, writer
and public speaker, was born and reared "outhouse poor"
in Groveton, Texas.
At age 16, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard
the USS Chilton, the last American warship to leave Nationalist
China, bringing home Marines redeployed from Tsingtao and Shanghai.
At age 17 Odom watched numerous Nationalist public executions.
In Shanghai he saw people crushed to death during a twenty-minute
stampede as thousands tried to exchange worthless Gold Yuan currency
for gold. The paper money blew through the streets - useful only
for starting fires and insulating clothing.
After his stint in the Navy, Odom worked as a bartender,
East Texas dance-hall floor bouncer, dime-store manager and Brink's
guard. He sold real estate before entering the homebuilding industry.
Along the way, he established and sold two homebuilding companies
to a U.S. firm before becoming its CEO. In three years, it became
the first American homebuilding firm to surpass $1 billion in
Odom interconnects his knowledge of psychology, sociology,
philosophy, business, economics and history - from the classics
to the contemporary - and synthesizes these disciplines to show
us where we've been and where we're headed. He is the author of
Mothers, Leadership, and Success
and lives in Shepherd, Texas.
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