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Crazy or Persistent?

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Pretty much everyone has heard of Stephen R. Covey and his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." It's a great book which made it to pretty much every bestseller list there is.

But most people haven't heard of Jacques Bazinet. Now Jacques may not be as successful as Stephen R. Covey, but he's getting there.

You have to listen to what Jacques did.

Jacques heard Stephen R. Covey speak and saw the huge success he was having with his book. And Jacques realized that if he got Covey as a mentor and/or advisor, he could realize the same success.

So what did Jacques do?

He called Stephen R. Covey's office and told Stephen's assistant he'd like to come work for him. He said he'd come for a week per month to Salt Lake City to work on projects for Covey for zero pay.

Covey's staff replied that no such job existed.

Undeterred, Jacques flew to Salt Lake City and showed up at the office. Covey wasn't there. But the staff allowed him to stay and help with some projects.

The next month, the same thing happened. Covey was out of town again, but Jacques helped the staff out with projects.

The next month, Covey was there, and greeted Jacques with open arms after his staff said such great things about him.

Over the next year, Jacques spent a week each month side-by-side with Stephen R. Covey. He gained invaluable knowledge, mentorship and connections. And he's since used these assets to exponentially grow his own ventures including the training firm InsideOut Development.

Was Jacques crazy for doing this? Or just persistent?

What about Chet Holmes. Chet really wanted a meeting with marketing consultant Jay Abraham. So Chet called, faxed and sent letters to Jay every other week for 2 YEARS. Doing so got Jay's attention, which led to a lunch meeting, and millions of dollars in business they did together.

Was Chet crazy for doing this? Or just persistent?

I think in both cases, these entrepreneurs were persistent (ok, they're a little crazy too; but aren't all of us entrepreneurs at least a little bit crazy :)).

Do you think they're crazy or persistent? Let us know in the Comments section below.


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Tony says

These guys weren't crazy, it seems that they just read Napoleon Hills, "Think and Grow Rich". They just repeated the section where Barnes went to work for Thomas Edison, even though he had never met him before.
Posted at 7:05 am
Noor says

Interesting facts....I personally have experienced such thing. And you have to be a little crazy. But this may backfire. In particular in Dave's case. You looking for some help. Ill be interested in an unpaid internship. :-).... Regards, N.H.
Posted at 7:41 am
Johnetta Core says

I like to think that being presistent now days is not look at being crazy. Some of us give up to easy. If its something that you want you must go at it full force. Don't give up. You might be just one no away from being told yes. Be presistent in all your business doings.
Posted at 9:25 am
Joy Thompson says

I to have been referred to as crazy because of my persistance so I can totally relate to this story. I have been faced with many barriers since I have been on my road to success, however my craziness/persitance has led me to achieve things many others have not. At this point I embrace my diffrences and I am thankful that GOD gave me the ability to use my crazy ways to move from good to great while remaining respected.
Posted at 10:14 am
Joy Thompson says

I to have been referred to as crazy because of my persistance so I can totally relate to this story. I have been faced with many barriers since I have been on my road to success, however my craziness/persitance has led me to achieve things many others have not. At this point I embrace my diffrences and I am thankful that GOD gave me the ability to use my crazy ways to move from good to great while remaining respected.
Posted at 10:14 am
sHea. says

"... the distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success..." lex luther in superman 3 (or 2?) anyway one of my favorite quotes of all time.
Posted at 5:31 pm
Sabrina says

I personally no think they're crazy or persistent. They destiny were made like that's The poor supose to be poors and the richer getting rich. How simple is that. Look to see you, SS.
Posted at 11:22 am
Alabamarjara Itama says

I would vote for persistence! Even an unjust king who did not regard man not fear God could not, but had to attend to a widow that persisted.
Posted at 10:24 am

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