A Short Never Give Up Story

I love “never give up” stories. Here is one that a friend sent me today about Sylvester Stallone and I decided that I just had to pass it on to you. Enjoy…

– Begin –

Sylvester Stallone grew up in and out of foster homes.

As a young adult he had to sell his dog for $25.00 to help turn on his electricity.

Two weeks after selling his dog Stallone wrote the Rocky script in nearly 20 hours straight.

He peddled the script relentlessly.

Finally, after being rejected over 1500 times, Stallone was given a nod by United Artists for $125,000.

BUT – only if Stallone would NOT star in it. Stallone refused.

He was subsequently offered $250,000 and $325,000!  But he would not accept unless he starred in it.

Finally they compromised.

stalloneThey would allow him to play the role of Rocky, but would only pay him $35,000 and a percentage of profits as a concession. He accepted.

Incidentally, Stallone’s first purchase with his $35,000 windfall was buying his dog back for a whopping $15,000!

Rocky cost $1,000,000 to make. It grossed over $200,000,000!! His sequels grossed over a billion dollars!!

Never Quit!

-End-

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