August 10, 2021
Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.
Roy T. Bennett
Before I had to give up my drivers license because of my deteriorating eyesight I made an almost daily visit to Starbucks both for a Grande Latte and a snack. The ones I visited provided me the opportunity to meet with friends, colleagues and others. Now that I am somewhat immobile I have to substitute my time with my neighbors instead of my pleasant Starbucks visits.
I am grateful to Howard Shultz for having the perseverancemake Starbucks what it is today. Here is his story:
Thanks to the persistence and tenacity of Howard, today we can enjoy a delicious Starbucks coffee as we work at our computers in just about every city in the United States of America.
Most people don’t know this, but when Howard Shultz was just starting out, he was finding it very difficult to convince investors to write him a check. It would take more than 214 rejections before he found someone who believed in his idea enough to help him fund it.
Now that’s staying power. But that’s not all. In it’s infancy, his company also incurred losses for three straight years. And on one of those early years, 1989 to be exact, he incurred more than $1 million in losses alone. Fortunately, he managed to stick with his goal, and completely turned his company around and into one of the strongest brands on the planet. His k
Howard Shultz was a beast, and his efforts have made his pursuit a classic motivational story!
“I am convinced that most people can achieve their dreams and beyond if they have the determination to keep trying.”
A man went to his lawyer and said, “I would like to make a will but I don’t know exactly how to go about it.”
The lawyer said, “No problem, leave it all to me.”
The man looked somewhat upset and said, “Well, I knew you were going to take the biggest slice, but I would like to leave a little to my children too!”
“Some people grin and bear it. Other people smile and change it.”
Steinberg and Fleisher, partners in the garment industry had just suffered through their worst season ever. Ten thousand madras sports coats were hanging on the rack unsold, and bankruptcy was looming closer.
Out of the blue, in walked a buyer from Australia. “I say there,” he began, “you boys wouldn’t have any madras sports coats, would you? I’ve been looking for them everywhere.”
Steinberg said there MIGHT be a few left, and soon a deal was made whereby the ten thousand jackets would be shipped to Australia at a handsome profit.
“There is one thing though,” said the Australian buyer. “For an order this large, I’ll have to get a confirmation from my home office. I don’t anticipate any problem, and unless I send you a telegram by this Friday, the deal goes through as planned.”
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday passed slowly, with the partners nervously waiting to see if the Australian would change his mind. Friday morning went by without incident. Steinberg and Fleisher were closing up shop when, at ten minutes to five, there was a knock on the door: …”Telegram!”
The partners froze. Trembling, Fleisher grabbed the telegram and opened it. Suddenly, his face lit up.
“Steinberg, GREAT NEWS! Your sister died!”
Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.
When I was in high-school, Joel, a buddy of mine and I were discussing a girl from French class we had both befriended. Her family had recently relocated to the metro area from a farm way out in the sticks. We both agreed that we’d never met a sweeter girl before, but she was too naive and trusting.
Joel said, “Listen, for her own good, and as her friends, we’ve got to teach her quickly what’s right & what’s wrong.”
I replied, “Agreed! You teach her what’s right.”
All I want is a LITTLE more than I can spend!
Mrs. Crumps was called to serve for jury duty, but asked to be excused because she didn’t believe in capital punishment and didn’t want her personal thoughts to prevent the trial from running its proper course. But the public defender liked her thoughtfulness and quiet calm, and tried to convince her that she was appropriate to serve on the jury.
“Madam,” he explained, “This is not a murder trial! It’s a simple civil lawsuit. A wife is bringing this case against her husband because he gambled away the $12,000 he had promised to use to remodel the kitchen for her birthday.”
“Well, okay,” agreed Mrs. Crumps, “I’ll serve. I guess I could be wrong about capital punishment after all.”
“HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN GOSH”
As a single, never-married woman in my 40’s, I have been questioned endlessly about my status by friends, relatives, and co-workers. Over the years I’ve noticed a subtle change in the nature of their inquiries.
In my teens, friends would ask, “Whom are you going out with this weekend?”
In my 20’s, relatives would say, “Whom are you dating?”
In my 30’s, co-workers might inquire, “So, are you dating anyone?”
Now people ask, “Where did you get that adorable purse?”
“I don’t feel old – I don’t feel anything until noon. Then its time for my nap.”
Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.
When little Johnny received his plate he started eating right away. “Johnny wait until we say our prayer.” “I don’t have to.” The boy replied. “Of course, you do,” his mother insisted. “We say a prayer before eating at our house.”
“That’s our house,” Johnny explained. “But this is Grandma’s house, and she knows how to cook!
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
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