Give Someone Enough Time and they will Destroy Their Own Legacy

Updated: Oct 18, 2018

Every person who has ever been in any type of sales position knows that, after you present your successful ‘pitch’, you stop talking. The reason is simply because you have said everything positive and now the potential client has to make up their mind. Any additional information you add could begin a spiral downturn, away from securing the sale. One of the old adages in sales is ‘If you let him talk long enough, he’ll talk himself right out of a sale.”

After listening to recent US election debates, conventions and media coverages, I am coming to the conclusion that the old sales saying applies not only to sales people, but to everyone, especially celebrities. I have therefore rephrased the age old axiom to read ‘If you give anyone enough time they will destroy their own legacy’.

One example that comes to mind is Clint Eastwood. Now, before I paraphrase his recent, damning comment, please realize that I am a devout fan of the man who rode into my living room every Friday night at 7:30, as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide. I loved him as ‘The Man With No Name’ in all the spaghetti westerns, and who could not be thrilled to watch Dirty Harry catch the bad guys.

As a director, this 86 year old icon has exceeded the potential of most people. Films like Million Dollar Baby and