In 1903, Annie Johnson was a recently divorced black woman living in Arkansas with two young sons to feed, little in terms of an education, very little money and no job.
Annie decided that she wanted to work a job that was different from what was available to her. She decided that she wanted to become a cook.
One night, to prove to herself that she was ready, she carried two heavy buckets full of rocks to and from the cotton and saw mills near her house. After she had done this, she decided that she was ready to go through with her plan of becoming a cook.
The next day, she started selling meatpies to the workers at the mills. Even though business was slow at first, she continued to sell her food to the workers every single day for years and years.
Eventually, after years of hard work, Annie's business began to grow and prosper, allowing Annie to start selling different things like fresh fruit and even leather for shoes.