An interesting encounter
Usually when I travel any sort of distance, whether it be on plane,bus,or train, I always try and get to know my fellow passengers because everyone has a story to tell and you never know who you might meet. Last Thursday was no exception. While on my connecting flight from Seattle to Kansas City to go see my family, I meet such an individual. This man was an entrepreneur and physicist from Vancouver, BC, who just happen to be going to Kansas City. One of his daughters attends a school in the area, and he stopped in before going to a business meeting in New York! As we got talking, he told me how he had achieved so much to get where he is, and then revealed to me he is a billionaire who owns a multitude of businesses! You can imagine my astonishment!
The first thing that came to my mind, was to ask: "What advice would you have wanted to know when you were my age that could have helped you on your path?" As the saying goes," wisdom is better than silver or gold." *emphasis added .- Bob Marley.
He said the number one thing you can do to help yourself succeed in your plans and ambitions, is to surround yourself with doers. "Doers" are people who, like everyone else, have problems. What sets them apart are their ideas of how to fix their problems and find the solutions, no matter how simple or complex; and then act on that solution. This reminds me of a quote from Oprah Winfrey; "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
He also told me to invest in education and to learn multiple languages to help me in the future as more and more business become global. Furthermore, respect is more easily gained by knowing the language of the country you are visiting.
What great advice to give! This is advice that will definitely be useful to me as I am looking into the potential opportunity to become a student missionary in one foreign land or another. At this time in my life I have so many opportunities and challenges, I certainly am looking forward to meeting and connecting with doers and achievers in all facets of my life. I think that the one thing we should all remember is that doers and achievers are not judged by the material things they have, but by the life they choose to lead.