William Baker III has struggled with dyslexia almost all of his 19 years â€” he was diagnosed at 18 months as part of a Rutgers University study.
But Baker never dreamed that a summer job selling Cutco knives â€” $45,000 worth â€” would enable him to pay for 50 educators to attend The Dyslexia Foundation’s conference on dyslexia at Harvard Medical School in October.
Fate intervened when, last summer, Baker received a letter in the mail from Vector marketing, which promotes Cutco; they offered a scholarship to successful knife salesmen.
“I got the job and saw instant success. The first 10 days of sales, I broke the record of sales for New England,” Baker said. “I was selling knives in the New Bedford area, South Dartmouth, Boston â€” I took Massachusetts by storm. It was remarkable the amount of success that I saw.”
Baker is, evidently, an unbelievably good knife salesman â€” he finished the summer ranked as Cutco’s 25th best salesman in the U.S. He also won a college scholarship worth $275, which paid for his textbooks.
Baker donated 15 percent of his July earnings to the Dyslexia Foundation, a donation of $2,500. That paid for 50 teachers from all over New England to attend the Harvard conference.
“By sponsoring these teachers to go to the conference, it was like pay it forward; I got to help another kid somewhere,” he said.
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