While browsing through advertising genius David Ogilvy’s The Unpublished David Ogilvy, I stumbled across a mention to a 1964 letter of introduction that Ogilvy received from a gifted job-applicant.
Ogilvy calls this “the best job application letter I have ever received.” The first paragraph announces,
My father was in charge of the men’s lavatory at the Ritz Hotel. My mother was a chambermaid at the same hotel. I was educated at the London School of Economics.
Ray Taylor, that aspirant, became an Ogilvy & Mather copywriter.
It reminded me of a quotation from the American priest Henry Ward Beecher: “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
Idea for Impact: Appreciate how far you’ve (and others have) come.