Wouldn't Have Missed It book cover - young boy sitting in green grass under a tree, looking thoughtful
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When you grow up in the 1940s and 1950s in a poor, small, rural town, how do you envision a bigger world? How do you dream of success? How do you describe the color red until you’ve seen it?

Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World begins with small-town life in a simpler time. Walnut Grove, Missouri, is the foundation on which Jonathan Alcott built his life and career. He left with twelve dollars in his pocket and returned with dreams achieved and stories to tell, not to mention a few more dollars.

From washing the dishes to running the show, five decades in the restaurant business taught Jonathan lessons in customer service, leadership, and managing the numbers. Along the way he learned personal, sometimes painful, lessons. Each challenge he faced was met with the dogged determination to do things his way.

And he had some fun, too.

You’ll find gentle inspiration in Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World: Memoir of a Small-Town Boy Who Dreamed of Success and Achieved It. And you’ll see why Jonathan’s motto is “Dreams come before success.”