Russell Baker is an eight years old boy who
lack of gumption, although, his sister, Doris, who is two years younger than
Russell has completely different attitude than him. She is smart and bold.
Because of Russell's lack of gumption, he doesn't have any job in the
beginning; he also didn't want to be a great person like other kids wanted
instead he wanted to be a garbage man when he grows up. Her mom always upset
with him because he is lack of gumption. She doesn't want Russell to be like
his dad, a low class worker, who died two years ago leaving his legacy, a few
pieces of sears and Roebuck furniture. She wants that Russell became a
successful man who works in office, white collars and big salary that can support
By the age of eight Russell became a salesman who works in Saturday Evening
Post. At first, he didn't sell anything because he did not
have the salesmanship. His mom instructed him about the salesmanship. She said
that Russell needs to have ring doorbells, address adults with charming
self-confidence, and break down resistance with a sales talk pointing out that
no one could afford to be without Saturday Evening Post.
One day, it was raining hard outside and Russell unable to sell his magazine.
He got home and told his mom about it and then his mom told his sister to go
back to help him to sell his magazine. She was able to sell all of the
magazines because her excellence on salesmanship.
At the age of thirteenth, Russell brought home a short "composition"
on his summer vacation which the teacher had graded with an A, his mom was so
happy that she told him to become a writer. Russell like the idea becomes a
writer because he doesn't have to ring the doorbell, rejected by strangers, and
a writer doesn't need any gumption at all.
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