Winston Churchill said:
"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up."
Winston Churchill also said: "The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem."
I think of the times in my life where I maybe quit too soon. I see this in other people as well. I've heard that a lot of people who tried to swim the English Channel quit too soon. They just didn't know how close they were to the shore.
I watched a TV Show about Jerry Weintraub who wound up a movie producer, such movies as Ocean 11, Oceans 12, 13... Before that he was an agent for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra etc. Jerry Weintraub really went after what he wanted.
Way back he had the desire to take Elvis Presley on a world wide tour. He called up Presley's manager, introduced himself and told him what he wanted to do.
The manager's response went like this:
"I never heard of you. I don't know who you are, and I don't want to know. The answer is no."
Wouldn't you take that as final?
Jerry Weintraub called that manager EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR. He called the man who could hardly have been more dismissive 365 times. They actually became telephone friends. And after a year, the manager said: "If you want to meet me in Las Vegas, we'll talk."
The manager also made a condition. "Come with a million dollars."
Jerry did not have a million dollars, and he didn't know how he would get it. He finally found someone on the phone -- I'm not sure it was even someone he knew -- and Jerry explained and asked the man over the phone for a million dollars. The man said: "What do I get out of it?"
Jerry said: "Half of my business. Half the profits on all the business I do."
And the man sent him a certified check for one million dollars!
If I remember correctly, later the man who gave Jerry the one million dollars, somehow made a whole lot of money from this venture apart from Jerry. It might have been from selling Elvis memorabilia. Not sure. Anyway, the man showed up with two suitcases, filled with big bills.. He said to Jerry: "I owe you half." He emptied the suitcases onto the table.
Jerry said: "You don't owe me anything."
And the man said: "To me, a partner is a partner." And he heaped what he eyeballed as half over to Jerry.
Isn't that a beautiful story?
First it began with Jerry's going for what he wanted. He didn't let ANYTHING stop him. He persisted, not for a week, but for a year!
And then he needed one million dollars. He didn't have it. Didn't know how he could get it. But again he kept going forward, and he got it. And then he made a friend, and that friend was the height of generosity with Jerry who had been generous with him.
I love stories like this.