This is one of my favorite “motivational” stories.  If you have a half hour, give this video a spin.

If you’re engaged in a great endeavor, such as internet marketing, I highly recommend it.

The first 3-4 minutes are a little generic as far as motivation goes, but bear with it or skip that part.  Once he gets into the story, you’ll be riveted to your chair to see how it ends.  (BTW the background music, which apparently was added on later is a little dumb to me, but ignore it.)