The store visit by the regional manager had not gone well. Several
displays were frowned upon and the stockroom was not as organized as
the executive would have preferred. That evening I received a call from
the district manager to discuss what had transpired. During the ensuing
discussion I uttered a simple phrase, “I am doing the best I can.”
At the foot of the mountains a BBC interviewer approached five
mountain climbers preparing for an ascent. She asked a simple enough
question, “Will you be successful in reaching the top?” The first four
gave the same hopeful answer using different terminology.
'I'll do my best,' said a big burly guy with a heavy black beard.
'I'll give it my best shot,' said a tall, wiry man with muscles on his
'We'll see what happens,' said a blond headed poster boy for what a
mountain climber ought to look like.
'I'll sure try,' said a young, dark headed woman with bright flashing eyes.
It was not until the fifth climber, a short, scrawny guy, responded that
the reply changed.
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