Mitzi Perdue: How a Dying Man Redefined My Idea of Failure

At a recent conference hosted by the Field Center, entrepreneur and businesswoman Mitzi Perdue recounted how one of her employees longed to write a book called ‘Life: The Owner’s Manual.’ With an IQ of over 200, he had spent 40 years doing research for the book. One day, he was diagnosed with terminal heart disease. Miraculously, he survived a quadruple bypass surgery and lived another 30 years, but he never wrote the book.

“I recommend to everybody, if you give it your all even if you don’t get the immediate thing that you’re after, you will put yourself farther along the road to success just for having tried.”