I recently interviewed a New Zealander who was on a brief visit back home in Auckland with his wife.
He revealed to me the impact that a few seconds hesitation caused, and about a little book that he found, – that has brought incalculable benefits to countless people all around the world.
A number of years ago he was a young Operations Controller for our International airline.
He had been sent to Los Angeles to attend a computer graphics conference
Late one evening in downtown LA he was walking back to his hotel at the end of the confernce feeling tired and a little concerned.
He had concluded that the last thing that was needed to improve the operational performance of the airline was to ‘computerise current practises’ as it would probably just add more expense to the current problems, rather than solve them. – But what to do ??
Walking past a tall office building, he noticed a light on through a basement window. – Something made him hesitate and look further.
It turned out to be a bookshop that was still open late in the evening.
For sum strange reason, he decided to go in – not knowing what he was looking for.
There were books from floor to ceiling – rows and rows of them – thousands of them…
Something caught his attention – he noticed out of the corner of his eye – allmost as though there was a spotlight on it – edge on – amongst an endless row of paper backs. – one book stood out.
Feeling prompted – he stooped down and pulled the book from it’s shelf and glanced at the title – “Think and Grow Rich”
He thought it was probably about finances, and so without even opening it
he decided to buy it on the spot.
Hurrying back to his hotel, he had to begin packing for the long flight home.
Finally onboard the aircraft to fly home, he took the book out and opened it to read the introduction.
He read all through the night – all through the 13 hours from Los Angeles to Auckland. – the booked changed everything !!
Here was a formular that could be applied to the challenges of ‘re-organising the operations of an Airline ‘!!
Given that his role at that time was a ‘lower level position’ and that to achieve the potential improvements would require Board level approval – some ‘creativity’ would be required.
The net result was that progressively – with a definite purpose in mind and by forming a Master Mind Group – over the years massive improvements were made, that resulted in 100’s of millions of dollars in benefits to the airline.
Promotion followed promotion – it was almost effortless.
As years progressed he then came to realise that he was beginning to feel less and less ‘satisfied’ and that ‘further challenges awaited’.
It was around this time he received his Partriarchal Blessing which he discribed as being a ‘Pathway to Follow with confidence ’
Through a series of events – he and his wife decided to become involved in ‘the network marketing industry’.
Without relly knowing what they were doing they built three businesses in succession to moderate levels, but found to their horror – that each of the companies they partnered with, – lacked the infrastructure to last the distance and they went out of business.
Finally, with number four, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, and success soon followed.
It was during this period that ‘history began to repeat itself’.
By focusing on business development, it became apparent that the only limitation was a personal one. – He realised that for the business results to get better – he had to get better.
‘When the student is ready – the teacher appears…
Through a series of ‘coincidences’ he was led to MKMMA and again the use of the foundermental book – Think and Grow Rich.
By re-learning and applying those fundamental principles that never change –
they have now developed their business into over 50 countries,
Their purpose is ‘to be a force for good’
So far they have helped directly or indirectly around 56,000 people improve their lives – physically, financially and spiritually.
They discribed the benefits they have personally received as – “the satisfaction of helping ‘make a difference’ in the ‘global village”’
When asked about the financial rewards, they simply said – ‘we are set for life’!!
The financial rewards have enabled them to now concentrate their time and attention on serving in their church – both locally and internationally.
When asked about their favourite places they gave a number of examples-
Having dinner with friends at the Bouevard Restaurant overlooking Temple Square in Utah – surperb views over the city and Salt Lake Valley
A pub lunch with friends by the river at Henley just outside London
The French Onion soup at the little French restaurant minutes from their hotel in Ho Chi Min City Vietnam.
I commented that ‘it sounds like a lot of eating’ in far flung places
To which they replied that ‘we now have friends and family all over the world’
Some are business partners – some are our children and their children – some are of the same faith.
I asked about their level of energy and health with all of the travelling..
To which they simply asked me to ‘guess their age’
I ‘guessed 30 years too young’ – they are way older than how they look or act – time seems to have stood still !!
I asked them – whats the next challenge?
To which they replied –
‘We are being richly blessed – physically, financially and above all spiritually, so now we feel we have an obligation to pay it forward – to help as many others – who want to –
to become aware of the same opportunities.
The interview had to end as he was racing off the give his youngest grandson another flying lesson…
Watch this space !!