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From the California coastline to the tip of Maine Americans enjoy the freedom to do whatever they please whenever they please Some choose a path for success while others go down a path of failure I believe the ideal American wakes up every morning choosing success rather than failure by focusing on hard work attitude and giving some of their riches back to society Dave Thomas is a perfect example of an ideal American His hard work enabled him to live the American dream Dave Thomas created a successful hamburger chain called Wendys Born out of wedlock and adopted by the age of six weeks Dave began his life with several strikes against him His adopted mother died when he was five and he spent his childhood moving from town to town while his dad looked for work One bright light in his childhood was his grandmother who taught him the values of honesty and hard work Dave went to work in a little caf at age twelve and dropped out of high school age fifteen At this time he was only making 175 an hour He did not have much money but he really wanted his own business So he started meeting bankers and other restaurant owners When he turned twenty-seven he met the one and only Colonel Sanders Dave impressed Sanders so much he was asked to manage one of Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants He was eventually given shares and then sold them to make the millions of dollars required to begin his own restaurant chain Dave learned a lot from Mr Sanders and being thirty-three and married he decided to open up his own hamburger joint called Wendys He named the restaurant after his first daughter Wendy Through publicity and good quality Wendys became a huge hit He knew one day something would happen that would make his life better He was not only set financially but he was
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