Woody Allen once said, "80% of success is showing up."
And there's no man who's taken those words to heart more than Harry Hallowes. At 71 years of age, the homeless Hallowes could be easily cast aside as a failure...a bum...a scalawag. But that's all in the past. Today, he's a millionaire. All because the Brit chose the right place to lay down.
Yesterday, he jubilantly emerged from court, having won the right to 8,611 square feet of prime London real estate.
How did this happen?
For 21 long years, he bedded down on the former site of a nursing home. In a makeshift shack, Hallowes found a home and stuck with it.
In 2005, luxury building developers attempted to evict him, but he refused to give in...seeking out his own legal counsel. Since he had called the lot home for so many years, and no one had previously tried to evict him, the local court ruled in his favor. Voila...instant millionaire.
When asked what he'd do with the money, the septuagenarian told AFP, "Maybe I'll build myself a house -- everyone else around here seems to love building houses."
Well... for Harry's sake, let's hope the government doesn't invoke eminent domain - in order to construct a low-income housing unit. At this point, he's going to have a hard time qualifying.