By Eldon Beard, Independent Watkins Associate 122236
Bill Porter - Unstoppable Watkins Associate
Millions of Americans were moved to tears by the story of Watkins Associate Bill
Porter when it appeared on ABC's 20/20 program. In fact, it received the largest viewer response of
any show in the history of 20/20.
Bill was born in 1932 with cerebral palsy. At that time, society sent a clear
message that people with Bill's condition couldn't hope for any level of success or independence.
But Bill, who was encouraged by his mother, refused to give up.
Eventually, Bill became the top selling Watkins man in the Northwest - and he did
it all with door-to-door selling, even though his physical challenges made every step painful. He
continued his daily trek for decades, creating a successful life for himself.
Obviously, today there are dozens of options for success in Watkins besides
door-to-door selling. But the story of Bill Porter's determination and courage has made him a
highly requested inspirational speaker.
The TNT cable channel also created an original movie called "Door to Door," about
the life of Bill Porter. It premiered on Sunday, July 14, 2002 on TNT.
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