What I Learned About Entrepreneurs from the Founder of Monster.com
Brilliant sunsets and stopped up toilets...
As I said, McKelvey kept his yacht in Fort Lauderdale. However, he really liked to spend time on the vessel in the Bahamas, and he took her over whenever he had the time. Besides being a high powered businessman, he was a long-time, dyed-in-the-wool yachtsman. Frequently, he'd ask to have the yacht delivered by her captain to a a port or an anchorage in the Bahamas, and left there for him and his party to use in privacy, with the captain flying back for the interim to Florida.
One long weekend, in just these circumstances, the onboard toilet system became stopped up. (A pretty common occurrence on yachts, whose toilets do not tolerate foreign objects and other kinds of abuse commonly perpetrated on shoreside plumbing with impunity.) In this case, it became a pretty significant problem which, without a captain or paid crew onboard, McKelvey ended up handling by himself.
When Andy returned to NY after the weekend, I was talking to him by telephone. He asked me to have the captain look over the toilet system and have any indicated repair or maintenance performed as soon as practical. I was chagrined that he had dealt with such an unpleasant problem on his own, and I said to him, "Andy, why didn't you call me. Cap'n Rick was on call all weekend, and I could have had him fly out and be onboard in a matter of a few hours. You didn't have to mess with this yourself."
To which he replied, "Phil, that's what yachting is all about, self-reliance. You get the marvelous sunsets and sunrises out there on the ocean...and sometimes you get the stopped up toilets. But it's all part of the package."
Entrepreneurial spirit is bound up with dogged self-reliance...
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