There's Always a Way if You're Committed …

Welcome back for the final installment of my week-long Sylvester Stallone story.

If you missed earlier installments, Stallone, inspired by author Edgar Allan Poe, decides to not only act in movies, but also write them. Inspired by the March 24, 1975, Muhammad Ali / Chuck Wepner heavyweight title fight, Stallone writes the screenplay for Rocky.

At this point in the story, Stallone has sold his script for Rocky and secured the lead role.

He went back to the liquor store where he had sold his dog during the time he was broke to look for the guy who bought him.

After three days, he finally spotted the guy. Stallone offered him $100 for his dog, more than four times what the guy had paid Stallone.

The guy said, "No way, he's my dog now."

Stallone raised his offer. Would he take $500? $1,000?

The answer was still the same.

They finally came to an agreement. The price? $15,000 and a bit part in Rocky.

Not only does the guy appear in Rocky, but Stallone's dog, Butkus, plays Rocky's dog in the movie.

Lesson #5 – There is always a way if you're committed. You just have to keep changing your approach.

With any new career or venture, there are bound to be bumps and obstacles along the road. The key is not to let them frustrate you, but to try a different way of achieving your goals.

For example, if you’re having a hard time getting clients to pay you what you think you should be making, try asking for a smaller fee up front with a percentage paid based on your results. Or if you feel like the niche you've chosen is too small, change your niche.

Rocky was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone. It won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing.

Just as it was for Stallone, success for a freelance writer is dependent upon your attitude. On that same note, check out my article about how the world's greatest salesman maintains a positive, upbeat attitude: "Discover How Joe Girard’s Seven Simple 'Extra Smileage' Rules."

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Published: November 9, 2012

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