R.A. Long was especially sensitive about granting interviews, and did not offer many until a reporter from the Saturday Evening Post finally caught up with him and got him to talk. The reporter was especially interested in what factors Mr. Long felt contributed to his success. Below is Mr. Long's response.
Turning back, as it were, through my forty-three years of business experience seeking to ascertain what particular factor or factors contributing to whatever success I may have obtained, remembering that I started with practically no capital, and it was necessary to establish a reputation in order to secure credit, I conclude that I must have impressed at least some others with the fact that I possessed the following characteristics:
Honesty. Industry. Economy.
A keen sense of the necessity of fulfilling my obligations, financial and otherwise.
When you think about it, Mr. Long’s observations regarding success in life are true today as it was in the early 1900’s. Sage advice from a man whose wealth exceeded that of Bill Gates in today's dollars.
1339 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
8am - 6pm Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm Saturday
Closed on Sundays
New Year's Day