I learned a lesson in perseverance as a junior in high school when my buddies and I talked about getting seasonal work with UPS that might turn into a full-time job. If a young guy landed a UPS job back in the mid-1970s, he would really have something as the starting part-time wage was $7.75 per hour. This was a great chance to earn some real money that would help me move out of the house upon graduation and, maybe, I could go full time at $9.75 per hour. Wow, what an opportunity!
Four of us went down to UPS the next day to fill out the paper work, watch a short video and listen to the job description. Then the HR guy said, "We are hiring hardworking people that can manually unload a couple 48- to 52-foot semi-trailers per five-hour shift a night. If you are still interested, please wait for your name to be called for an interview." My buddies went ahead of me and each came out smiling and high-fiving each other. When my name was called, I went in and started answering questions. But HR guy abruptly looked up at me and said, "Thanks for coming down. I'll call you if I can use you."
I was very frustrated and couldn't believe I was left out -- that I didn't make the cut. So I went back the next day. After about 20 minutes of watching guys come and go out of the HR guy's office, there was a pause and I went in, sat down and said, "Sir, there must be a mistake, my name hasn't been called yet." He looked down the list for my name. Looking up he said smiling, "Anyone that has the guts to come in here asking for a job after what I told you yesterday must really want to work for this company. Mr. Hart, you are hired!
I worked very hard that Christmas season unloading trailers and made some good money, but decided my odds of growing rich were limited by working inside a semi-trailer. Lesson learned: Be respectfully persistent when trying to accomplish a goal. "No" often means the other person simply does not have enough information.