Good morning! I hope today’s message finds you totally on the right track. And just in case you’re not, gosh, do I have a message for you today!
I was on my way to the airport after speaking for 3 days and 2 nights in front of 1,500 people at First Steps to Success in Fort Worth, Texas last weekend. I got off the stage and jumped into a car that was taking me to the airport.
The driver was a really precious man. As soon as I got into the car, I began to talk to him. I feel that it is incredibly rude when somebody gets into a taxi and the driver is totally ignored. When people do that – especially if you are a business person - you are missing a huge opportunity to build another relationship with someone and expand your influence with that individual. So I always make a point to talk to the driver and really get to know them.
So as he and I were talking that evening, he told me that was his very first day on the job. He apologized right away, saying, "I don’t even have my GPS yet. I’ve lived in Dallas for 16 years, but I’ve never been to Fort Worth. I showed up to the office for training today, and they said they didn’t even have time to train me because they needed me to come pick you up."
So he was a little nervous, but I said, "Don’t worry about it! Everyone has had their first day doing something. I’m sure we’re going to be fine!"
I continued asking him questions and getting to know him. I asked what he did before he was a driver, and he told me he was an account rep for a technology company. He was there for 6 years, until he lost his job. He said that after 6 months of searching, this was the only job he could find.
Before that, he owned a dry cleaning business in 6 different locations. He had made 1.5 million dollars profit when he retired and sold his business. He had put all of that money in the stock market and ended up losing it all, so he was forced to go out and get a job.
But did that really force him into getting a job? NO! He was an entrepreneur. He had 6 dry cleaning businesses and had done very well as a business owner.
So what about now? Is dry cleaning not popular anymore? Is that business not profitable anymore? Does that business not work anymore? Of course it still works!
I told him, "I don’t know why you’re driving this car or why you went to work for that technology company. You are an entrepreneur. We need more people like you in the world. If you are going to drive cars, please consider owning a whole fleet of them! Become an entrepreneur again. It worked before and it will work again. Our nation needs you to do what you were born to do!"
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You should have seen him light up. He said, "Dani, I guess I just never got over the money I lost in the stock market."
I looked at him and said, "It’s time. You lost that money 13 years ago. It’s time to step up and become the entrepreneur you are called to be. Just because you had a setback does not mean that you have to keep going back."
Listen, Hans and I have had setbacks. In fact, back in 2000, Hans put $100,000 (our entire life savings) in the stock market and we lost it all in one day. But he didn’t quit. He is still in it, still making investments – much wiser this time, however.
My point is this: We’ve all had setbacks. We’ve all had failures. Hans and I have had so many business failures. But the difference between us and that precious man I rode in a car with is that he continued to step backwards in the midst of his setback.
If you have a setback, do not take an additional step back! No! It’s time to push ahead and step forward. You must step forward!
You may know a lot of people who’ve had a setback in their marriage, health, business, family, or finances. You may have even had a setback or two yourself. But if you know someone who has had setbacks and could use some help moving forward today, go ahead and pass this along to them. Please get on Facebook and Twitter and share this post with them as well.
I took time to write to you today, so please take a minute to spread this message to everyone you know. There are people you and I know who desperately need to read what you just read. I’d also love to read your comments about today’s message.
Other than that, I hope you have an awesome day, and I can’t wait to talk to you tomorrow! Until next time, God bless!
In great faith,