Jonmarc Rasberry Dr. Rodriguez First Year Seminar 11-16-15 The road to success is never an easy path to take. However, adventuring down that road makes the journey worth all the obstacles that come your way. Everyone has had obstacles come their way and each individual 's mentality is how they will react to certain situations. Some individuals choose to fight and work hard for a better outcome of their life. However, others let life overwhelm them and let life get the best of them. Most individuals choose to flee when times and events becoming challenging. John D Rockefeller could have been overwhelmed and discouraged by some the events in his life. In spite of that, he used the negativity and challenges in his life to become one of the richest people in history,one of the richest men in his time era, and a man with a great vision for his business and himself. Before approaching all of Rockefeller’s internal and external struggles/obstacles, let 's talk about his background and the basic overview of where Rockefeller came from. He was born in a town named Richford. This small town was located in New York, more specifically, it was more around the lower middle portion of New York. He was the son of William Avery and Eliza Davison Rockefeller. He was also a brother to William Rockefeller,his brother, and Lucy Rockefeller, his sister. His family moved to the Cleveland, Ohio, area, where he began work as an assistant bookkeeper for a produce merchant at age
The man who was a business legend from the 1800s. The man who rose from having nothing to having everything. The man who obtained the first billion dollars. The man who once controlled “90 percent of the nation’s refineries and pipelines” (history.com). John D. Rockefeller Sr. was a powerful oil tycoon whose legacy would carry on forever. Rockefeller went from only getting a couple of dollars a week to earning millions at a time, with help from no one but himself. But the true question remains; did Rockefeller have a positive or negative impact on American society? During the late 1800s society began to organize business’ into two categories: captains of industry or robber baron’s. Many people argue which one Rockefeller was, but in the overall
Rockefeller’s childhood helped mold him into the man he became. He was born in Richford, New York to Eliza Davison Rockefeller and William Avery Rockefeller Sr., a traveling salesman. Being the second of six children, Rockefeller was
John D. Rockefeller and Ellen Degeneres both had to work extremely hard to get to where they ended up. Rockefeller’s father was a con man who left for long periods of time and spent
From the years 1870-1937 John D. Rockefeller was a Captain of Industry and truly was an example of the idyllic American dream. He by his success as a Captain of Industry also set a precedent from then on about the way that other Captains of Industries made their wealth and ran their companies as well. Furthermore, John D. Rockefeller was a Captain of Industry because he built the Standard Oil Company and was a very generous philanthropist. John D. Rockefeller did generate lots of revenue and create many jobs in the United States but it also can be said that he took advantage of the less fortunate by paying them less and buying out competing businesses.
John D. Rockefeller, born on July 8, 1839, has had a huge impact on the course of American history, his reputation spans from being a ruthless businessperson to a thoughtful philanthropist (Tarbell 41). He came from a family with not much and lived the American dream, rising to success through his own wit and cunning, riding on the backs of none. His legacy is huge, amassing the greatest private wealth of any American in history. Rockefeller’s influence on our country has been both a positive and a negative one, he donated huge sums of money to various public institutions and revolutionized the petroleum industry. Along with all the positives to the country, Rockefeller also had many negative affects as well, including, by gaining his
Rockefeller was an American business tycoon. His early life made an impact on him with his father’s odd habits and parenting. His father was a traveling salesman who regularly cheated on his wife; even cheating on her when he was home. His father regularly “ cheated” his children by lying to them. He made the excuse that it would make them strong. John did not let this affect him. He got a job at an early age and used this experience and knowledge to become a business partner. By the end of the year the company had made half a million dollars. He used this money to open an oil refinery. He and a few others created the Standard Oil Company, in 1870. Within two years they had owned a majority of the oil refineries in Cleveland. They, in nearly a decade, had a monopoly on the US oil refinery
First, John D. Rockefeller didn’t start as wealthy young boy he was poor growing up sold candy for a living and with every piece of candy he sold, he made money to support his family because he could not rely on his father because he was conman who left all the time. John D. Rockefeller started to get into the oil business he saw a lot of potential in oil, he became interponer and saw that oil could make him rich and powerful.
Rockefeller was a great Captain Of Industry; he reshaped and converted the oil industry and became a philanthropist. Rockefeller grew up in an above average home with his Mother and Father. “After being graduated from High School in 1855, the family sent him to a Cleveland Business School.” (The New Tycoons: John D. Rockefeller) Rockefeller’s parent’s support as a young man was a great contribution to his success. Many people argue that Rockefeller didn’t deserve his great accomplishments, but just as many other successful people; he too worked very hard for his achievements. “Young John Rockefeller entered the workforce on the bottom rung of the ladder as a clerk in a Cleveland shipping firm” (The New Tycoons; John D. Rockefeller). Rockefeller went from being a clerk in a small firm to building up one of the greatest and largest industries in the U.S. As products such as automobiles were becoming more popular, the demand for oil grew. John D. Rockefeller was also known for being a Philanthropist, Rockefeller wrote one of his partners, “let the good work go on. We must ever remember we are refining oil for the poor man and he must have it cheap and good” (Folsom, John D. Rockefeller and the Oil Industry) Rockefeller knew that there was a need for oil, he gave the best oil he could at the lowest price, his customers were his main priority and they were in his best interest. Not only did Rockefeller support fellow Americans while he was alive, he also did after
I believe this because he was the original “rags to riches” story and represented the American dream. He inspired many great businessmen like Carnegie, that it doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is what you do with what you’re given. He also innovated the oil and gas business which is still a huge industry in America today. Rockefeller was the first billionaire and inspired others that if they worked hard enough, then they could have what it takes to be a billionaire as well. Rockefeller also donated half of his fortune to medical foundations, universities, and centers of art for the greater
He was born in July 8, 1839 in Richard, New York. Even as a child he was into the industrious stuff. he started his life earning money with raising turkeys, selling candy and doing jobs for neighbors. In 1853 John D. Rockefeller and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. John D. Rockefeller went to high school and briefly studied bookkeeping at a commercial college. When he turned 16 he started working as a office clark in Cleveland. The job was that he had too sell and ship grain, cole and other materials. In 1864, Rockefeller married Laura Celestia Spelman. Her father was a merchant. In 1865 John D. Rockefeller borrowed money to buy out some of his competitors and take control of the refinery, which became the biggest growing oil Company in Cleveland. In the next few years he partnered up with other businesses and expanded his oil industry even more. In 1870 John D. Rockefeller made the Standard Oil famous with Kerosene. John D. Rockefeller made a monopoly in the oil industry by buying rival refineries and also developing companies for distributing and marketing its products around the globe. In 1882 all of these various companies where brought into Standard Oil Company. And then Standard Oil would be made up of about 90 percent of the companies he took over. He did what ever he could do to make the best profit but one of the best ways he did that was he shut down all of his
Rockefeller’s life before business shaped him into the businessman he became. John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8th, 1839 in New York. Rockefeller’s father went around the states scamming people into buying what they thought was the cure for cancer. Rockefeller knew what it was like to move around the country. He first lived in multiple locations in New York, and finally ended up in Ohio where his life would change forever. At the age of 24, Rockefeller and his neighbor Maurice Clark, both put up two thousand dollars and entered the oil-refinery business. The two men, Rockefeller and Clark started Standard Oil in Cleveland, Ohio, and by 1872, the two men had owned all of the oil-refineries around Cleveland. By 1878, Standard Oil owned about ninety percent of oil in the United States through horizontal integration. Horizontal integration is “dominating a particular phase of the production process in order to monopolize a market.” Through horizontal integration, Rockefeller was able to control as many oil refineries as he wanted and could monopolize. By monopolizing, Rockefeller did not have to worry about competition, and with Henry Ford’s Model T car, oil was at a high demand to power cars. Rockefeller was not just a businessman but a family man as well. Rockefeller was married for fifty-one years and had five
John D. Rockefeller was the managing force behind the making and growth of the Standard Oil Corporation, which developed to control the oil business and developed one of the primary big trusts in the United States, therefore creating much controversy and disapproval concerning its corporate practices and procedure of organization. Rockefeller is frequently despised as one of the nineteenth-century thief industrialists who greedily followed money and control by drawing up innocent opponents, extorting consumers, and starved workers. Folks who debate this will point to Rockefeller’s tricky business strategies and coerced “persuading” of slighter businesses to either sign on or be bought out. Rockefeller also plotted with the railroad corporations
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was born July 8, 1839 in Richford, New York. John grew up the second of six children. His mother Eliza Davidson was a devout Baptist and homemaker, while his father William Avery Rockefeller was a lumberman who decided later to become a traveling salesman. His father, though rarely around, had taught his sons a valuable lesson at an early age. "Trade dishes for platters." Through boyhood John grew up raising turkeys, selling candy, and eventually moved on to loaning money to neighbors. After high school John went through a 10 week business course for bookkeeping at Folsom's Commercial College. It was here he learned most of the skills it would require to run the nation's largest monopoly.
Most people in today’s society define success as someone who makes a lot of money or has done something important to help form today’s society. People such as Bill Gates or Donald Trump are considered successful because they have lots of money. Even actors whose lives are wrecked and destroyed are considered successful because of the money they have. Others, like Thomas Edison, are considered successful because of accomplishments they achieved in their lives. Thomas Edison, for example, created the light bulb, so most people would consider him successful. In his book, Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill gives 13 steps on how to have the right mindset, attitude, and ability to become successful.
John D. Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839 in New York. He was a married man with a total of 5 kids with one of them dying at birth. His wife 's name was Laura S. Rockefeller and he married her in 1864. He always had a business mindset and he never strayed from hard work, he actually thrived on it. Even at a young age he started working harder than anyone in the room. This along with his natural talent for the business world made him a top competitor in any job he was willing to take on. Before Rockefeller had even had a job before he had walked around to local businesses and tried showing his potential and tried landing a job. He was turned down time after time but this did not