Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter: The Inspiring True Story of the Door-to-Door Salesman Who Changed Lives

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New World Library, Oct 5, 2010 - Self-Help - 192 pages
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Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Bill Porter grew up to take the physically demanding job of a door to door salesman in the worst neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, earning no pay, only commissions. Eventually he became the companys top salesman in the city, the region, and finally the country. Along the way he learned powerful life lessons that he imparted to those around him. One of those people was Shelly Brady, first hired by Porter as a typist and driver, later to become his great friend. In this inspiring book, she brings together his lessons. These seemingly simple ideas, such as Mothers Know Best, Persistence Pays Off, and Know Your Limits, but Reach Beyond Them, resonate powerfully when seen through the lens of a life lived to the fullest against what would be impossible odds for many. Whether finding cooperative bellmen to button his cuffs or beaming a video to his speaking engagements because of ill health, Porter, whose life story became a cause celebre in the 1990s, gets the job done with a smile, and inspires readers to do the same.

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User Review  - briannad84 - LibraryThing

A man born with cerebral palsy chooses to work as a door-to-door salesman for Watkins products. This was an okay book in my opinion. It was a bit different than I thought it'd be, but it was ... Read full review

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Amazing man! Great book!!


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Shelly Brady first worked for Bill Porter as a teenager, typing up orders and delivering the products in her family’s car because Bill cannot obtain a driver’s license. When she began raising a family of her own, she again came into contact with Bill and resumed a relationship, this time as an all around helper, shopping and running errands for him and making him a part of her own family. Her own dream to be on stage was realized when she and Bill began telling his story at conventions and to corporations, first inspiring other Watkins salespeople and eventually speaking to organizations such as Amway, Calloway (golf clubs), Disney, Homebase, Franklin Covey, Million Dollar Roundtable, and Nike. Bill supported Shelly completely in the writing of this book and has spoken with her on its behalf, either in person or via satellite and video. Shelly lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and six children.

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