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The George Foreman Grill Story

Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman writes:

A business friend came to me with an offer. He said, “George, you’ve helped other companies by advertising their products. Have you ever thought about having your own product?” Later he sent me a small, slanted grill and asked me to try it out.

I got busy with other things and forgot about it. A couple of months later, he called. “George, how do you like the grill?”

“Oh, the grill. To be honest, I haven’t tried it yet. Let me get back with you on that.”

After hanging up, I almost made one of the worst financial decisions I could ever make. I thought, I really don’t have time for this.

Fortunately, Mary changed my mind. “George, I’ve tried the grill and I like it a lot. The grease rolls right off and the food tastes really good.”

“Are you serious?”

“Yeah,” she replied. “I’ll fix you a burger.”

After taking a bite, I said, “Yeah, it is really good. And the grill is easy to clean up. I like this grill!”

I wasn’t thinking about making any money on the deal. I just signed the contract so I could get sixteen free grills for my homes, friends, and family members. I never dreamed this opportunity would turn into a grilling empire! (George Foreman, God In My Corner, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007, p.156-157)

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