One of my favorite stories about a desperate person taking a desperate chance and succeeding is when, in 1973, Fred Smith, founder & CEO of FedEx, did not have enough money to make the company payroll. Smith flew to Las Vegas, played blackjack, won $27,000.00, wired it back to the home office and, as they say, the rest is history.
I say, I say, these spammers and solicitors are getting really enterprising.
Not only do I get an email from Fred Smith almost immediately after I send an email to Fred Smith, and they're not the same Fred Smith, I received a long, detailed diatribe showing that the solicitor actually studied my shtick, the shtick of my employer, then proposed her own shtick.
She'd devised an entire PR plan for our product.
The only problem was, it contained so many ?????????????? and !!!!!!!!!! and breathless statements that it was a complete turn off.
The founder of Federal Express and the creator of overnight delivery is obsessed with time and the pursuit of speed. He learned everything he knows about leadership from the marines. And he gets choked up at the movies.