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Mormon Entrepreneur Credits God with His Life's Success

Jim Yates of Flint Hill, Va., has fond memories of dirty laundry.

Fifty years ago, Yates learned a lesson amidst soiled shirts, skirts, slacks and socks. It was a simple observation that over time fueled a wildly successful business career: In both your personal life and in business, you can either complain about problems, or you can find solutions.

In 1962, as a young college student in rugged and rural southwest Virginia, Yates quickly grew frustrated with the dysfunctional campus laundry.

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