A young man becomes lost in the desert and is desperate for water when he sees something far off in the distance. Hoping to find
water, he hurried toward the possible oasis, only to find a little old man at a small kiosk, selling ties...
The lost soul asked, "Do you have water?"
The man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5."
The young fella shouted, "You Idiot! I do not need an over-priced tie…I need water! You old guys are always trying to find a way to make a buck off the younger generation.”
"OK," said the little old man, "It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has all the ice cold water you need. Have a nice trip."
Cursing, the young man staggered away towards the hill.
Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead, and said:
"You little jerk, your brother won't let me in without a tie....."
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt -